Morné

Succeeding to fail


Written by Morné Nortier (Morné)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content on 11 Jan 2011 at 11:32
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The time to feel sorry for the Freestate Cheetahs has to come to an end, they have no-one but themselves to blame for their ongoing problems.

It was 1997. We were at our home in Cape Town and one of my best friends from schooldays, a Cheetah supporter to the bone, sat down to watch what would turn out to be an epic Currie Cup final between WP and the Cheetahs at Newlands.

I will never forget his reaction when the Cheetahs seemingly broke the line to send Jan-Harm van Wyk (if memory serves) over in the corner to give the Cheetahs their first Currie Cup title since 1976. The reaction thereafter when they were called back for the forward pass, was equally emotional.

Fast forward to 2005. By this stage I left Cape Town and found myself living in Namibia. The only means for me to follow that final played at Loftus against the mighty Blue Bulls was via streaming audio on my PC. Straight after the final whistle and an historic win for the boys from Bloem in almost 30 years since they last drank from the Golden Cup, I phoned the same friend, who by this stage was already tanked as you could not believe but almost in tears.

Fact is, on that day in 2005 I was as ecstatic as I was in 1997 when WP won the Cup, afterall, they Cheetahs were my ‘second’ team (aren’t they everyone’s?).

The Cheetahs went on to share the trophy in 2006, and win it again in 2007 and making another final in 2009 which they lost to the Blue Bulls after upsetting the much fancied Sharks in their own backyard in the semi-final.

Last year they lost out to the Sharks in the semi-finals but since that historic day in 2005, the team featured in all the semi-finals, including 4 finals since 2005.

Enter 2011, and we have to read how the Cheetahs are staring down a barrel because they seemingly cannot find a title sponsor for the team since Vodacom ditched them (and WP) last year.

Excuse me? Stop die donnerse horlosie asseblief!

How can it be that one of the more successful teams domestically in the last 6 or so years cannot find a title sponsor just over one month out from the start of the Super 15?

Let’s not forget the fact that they also sit with the most successful breeding grounds in South African rugby in the modern era in Grey Bloemfontein who has been the top rugby school in South Africa for too many years to even bother to count delivering Springbok after Springbok.

Add to this the fact that some of South Africa’s most famous rugby icons like Os du Randt, Andre Venter, Juan Smith etc. call this union their home, and that they discovered/mentored exciting black and coloured rugby players like Kabamba Floors, Ashley Johnson, Lionel Mapoe and Bjorn Basson and you cannot help asking yourself how the Freestate Cheetahs failed to improve, or even establish their commercial value as a rugby union (read business) for which sponsors or potential investment partners should be falling over each other to sign the dotted line.

Yet we have to hear year in and year out how the union administrators sing the same old tune of how all the ‘bigger’ unions lure their players away with big money and how they always struggle for depth because of the fact and how they always have to start over every year, blah, blah, blah…

I will also not buy the line where there are no big local businesses that cannot buy into the union. Not in this day and age of technology where all traditional geographical boundaries in business are removed.

How is it that a hopeless team like WP and the Stormers, who have last seen a Cup at the turn of the century, manage to pack their stadium year in and year out and sign massive 3-year sponsorships?

How is it that an even more hopeless team in the Lions with regards to recent success on the field and support at the stadium managed to secure the financial assistance of a millionaire businessman and his partner?

The Freestate Cheetahs administration quite simply missed a golden opportunity to increase the union’s commercial value and appeal over the last couple of years in a market where they are, and definitely were one of the most popular teams or at least in the top 2 of 90% of rugby supporters in South Africa.

So forgive me if I have no sympathy for a union who given all of the above is struggling to find a title sponsor because for my money (which they cannot have) they deserve exactly what they are getting.

I do however feel for my friend, who I am planning to see again in about a month’s time. I will even buy him a supporters jersey as a token of my support to him, I heard they are going quite cheaply currently…



52 Comments

  • Poor helgaard muller still made that final(forward) pass ..

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.01.11 11:41:36 by bergshark Reply
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  • Don’t worry. `n Boer maak `n plan. Before long some obscure local kooperasie business will pop up and the Cheetahs will probably soon be known as Coligny Aartappels Vrystaat Cheetahs.

    Or they’ll simply organise a Kerkbasaar and sell some koeksisters to raise money. ;-)

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.01.11 11:45:03 by rhineshark Reply
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  • They could have made a lot of money by ‘selling’ some of the talent they developed.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.01.11 11:47:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Morne – I have written words similar to these in the past (albeit in the slightly more colourful tones of Piet Pienaar) but I could not possibly have expressed this more eloquently or succinctly than you have here. Well done, mate!

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.01.11 11:48:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think a big problem is that the people running the show, does not think outside of the box. Like you mentioned, the union appears to have quite a huge following, so why is it so difficult to get a sponsor. Just because you are based in Bloem, does not mean you should only look in Bloem for a sponsor. :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.01.11 12:04:08 by Farlington Reply

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  • I’ll support the Cheetahs….NEVER!! I support the Sharks and no-one else :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.01.11 12:19:43 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Very Good Article!

    Their recent attitude regarding the Mapoe saga saw them fall out of my top 5.

    Hope they get Hammered!! :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.01.11 12:31:29 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @robdylan: so you do blog with an alter ego! ..perhaps you also megatron… ?:-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.01.11 12:34:56 by bergshark Reply

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  • You probably find that getting a sponsor isn’t the hold up, it’s the amount of money they’re asking the guys to fork out that needs to come down a bit. There aren’t that many companies out there that are as generous as Vodacom.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.01.11 12:36:46 by beet Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 8) : did I just give away Piet Pienaar’s secret identity? Ooops… :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.01.11 12:44:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 1) : and almost bounced right out of the stadium when called back. :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.01.11 12:47:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 2) : You say it as a joke, but 2 minutes after reading this article Harold Verster will be on the phone to his commercial chief telling him to secure a venue for the great kooeksister cookoff of 2011.

    And that is the problem, Verster and his management have the business sense of a clutchplate.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.01.11 12:53:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : Don’t compliment them :roll: :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.01.11 13:12:38 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Guys one q..who is sponsoring the stadium rights for the tank..wasn’t that info been released on jan1st..

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.01.11 13:40:23 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 14) : no – it hasn’t been announced yet

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.01.11 13:42:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : @shaniboi (Comment 14) : ‘I & J’ :razz:

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.01.11 13:47:19 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 14) : The stadium is still “wearing” ABSA branding on the roof. (well it was when I last saw it on 4 Jan)I would suspect there will be an official unveiling of the new sponsor and that would in all likelyhood only be done AFTER the ABSA name has been removed.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.01.11 13:59:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : I better register http://www.moersekoeksisterkompetisie2011.co.za as soon as possible to protect my idea. :mrgreen:

    Seriously though, I agree with you. The Cheetahs seem to run their union on a handshake and a prayer. True professionalism hasn’t yet reached the Vlaktes, which is such a pity because the talent bred in those parts is freaky.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.01.11 14:18:03 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Is it only me who can’t edit comments?

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.01.11 14:19:05 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I will also not buy the line where there are no big local businesses

    Agree with most of your points, but have you been to Bloem recently? It’s a complete dive.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.01.11 14:21:57 by klempie Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 19) : No…I haven’t been able to either. Hint hint Rob ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.01.11 14:23:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • did the Sharks find a sponsor for Kings Park?

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.01.11 14:24:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : @rhineshark (Comment 19) : same here.

    but I don’t make mistakes :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.01.11 14:25:11 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 19) : what happens when you try?

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.01.11 14:52:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • what’s this about editing comments?

    Seems I can edit just fine

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.01.11 14:53:31 by BruceMac Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : ugh – let me guess… you’re using internet explorer, right?

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.01.11 14:56:38 by BruceMac Reply

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  • Bruce is right… there seems to be some stupid problem with comment editing in IE.

    *sigh*

    Don’t suppose I can convince you guys to switch to Chrome or Firefox? Even Safari?

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.01.11 14:58:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 19) : I don’t think so.

    Administrators can edit any comments anytime.

    regular posters can only edit their own comments and only for 5min after posting it.

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.01.11 15:00:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Who in their right mind still uses IE?

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.01.11 15:00:38 by Morné Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : ignore that comment just saw the rest of the comments afterwards.

    Sorry for presuming you guys don’t know anything, but I HAVE been dealing with Klempie most of the day. :razz:

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.01.11 15:03:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 29) : me?

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.01.11 15:04:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : I get a kind of see-through gray “screen” over the entire page and I can faintly see the Save Comment bit, but that’s it. If I go near the area where the comment box normally is my cursor changes to a hand and when I click the “screen” disappears and I’m back on the page again.

    All this within the 5 minute window. Am using IE 8.

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.01.11 15:06:24 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) : You’re a lawyer and whe’re supposed to believe you? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.01.11 15:07:15 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 32) : when did this start happening?

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.01.11 15:35:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Which is better Chrome of firefox?

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.01.11 15:51:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) :

    Firefox, I can edit everyone’s comments!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.01.11 15:54:42 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 36) : Handy that! It that why you get so many compliments on your articles? :twisted:

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.01.11 15:56:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.01.11 15:57:20 by Morné Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) : since moving to Chrome I have never looked back. Before that, I used FireFox for about 4 years. I hate IE.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.01.11 16:00:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 36) : I like this game.

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.01.11 16:10:13 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 36) :

    IE. So can I. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.01.11 16:41:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Sorry I took so long. I’m not sure, but I guess after the site maintenance downtime a few days ago. Whether it’s related I don’t know.

    I’m surfing in Firefox now. Let me see if I can edit this.

    Edit: YIP, no problem.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.01.11 16:45:57 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Article is spot on.

    What holds the Cheaters back is the small town mentality of their administrators: not wanting to bring in real businessmen and approach FS rugby as a saleable prooduct.

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.01.11 17:30:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 29) : Me. And yes, I AM in my right mind! :twisted:

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.01.11 17:51:38 by klempie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) : IE9.

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.01.11 17:53:27 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Started happening to me too and I’ve been using IE8 for ages.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.01.11 17:54:34 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 46) : it happens to me too on ie8. I will find another way to address this problem. I have seriously gone off the ajax comment editing plug-in anyway.

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.01.11 18:16:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : Just do the whole website in Silverlight dude. ;)

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.01.11 18:23:06 by klempie Reply

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  • Happy New Year Morne ! ;-)

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.01.11 02:18:23 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 6) :

    Except when they reach the play-offs right?

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.01.11 08:25:19 by Richard Ferguson (KCM) Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 49) :

    Hey you too mate!!!

    And may the bloody Highlanders, my favourite NZ team do something this year!!!

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.01.11 08:32:19 by Morné Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 49) :

    I actually went to the Highlanders training yesterday. Offered my services in a playing capacity only to be declined.

    So it looks like I won’t be starting this year.

    Today I’m taking my boots along. :cool:

    However they were looking good, will certainly hit the ground running. Look really good up front….however just can’t see the penetration in the backs. Great to see Colin Slade out there, will be a key player for us this year if we are to win any games.

    We have a couple of tough derby games to start with but should only improve from that point on !

    Well here’s hoping anyway ! :lol:

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.01.11 23:14:39 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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