Load shedding disrupts hockey Tests

2008-01-21 00:00

BECAUSE of the load shedding experienced in Potchefstroom over the last few days, the Five Nations Men’s Hockey Tournament organisers have been forced to revise this week’s match schedule, bringing the games forward to daylight hours.

Eskom would not give the hockey organisers any assurances at emergency meetings that the constant power outages at night in the North West city could be avoided, making it impossible for Test matches under floodlights to be played.

“It is a great pity that Eskom could not find a way to accommodate us,” said head of hockey at North West University and tournament organiser Paul Revington.

The former national men’s coach said the top four teams in the world — Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and Spain — together with hosts South Africa, were forced to accept the changes at late notice.

“As the organisers, we could not foresee this [the load shedding] happening at such late notice, so the result is that many spectators and schoolchildren will not be able to attend the matches in the afternoon,” said Revington.

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