PMB’s Long Donkeys return home victorious

2014-05-08 00:00

THE Long Donkeys of Pietermaritzburg have returned victorious, beating the best in South Africa to clinch their national title.

The team spun their way to the top of their game in Cape Town recently.

The Long Donkeys are Pietermaritzburg’s fleet-footed frisbee team, who are making waves in the world of the fast-moving and fast-growing sport.

Team member Ryan McFie said the city’s squad was a mixed team — as frisbee is a sport where there is no segregation of the sexes — made up of nine men and seven women.

He said the competition in Cape Town was stiff. “It’s very competitive. We battled it out in a round robin with the strongest teams and beat the Chilli Ultimate team from Cape Town in the finals to get the title.”

Asked what they won for their effort in grabbing the cup from the Western Cape and bringing it to KZN, McFie replied with a chuckle, “A very small trophy”.

McFie said what he found inspiring about Ultimate Frisbee, was the concept of self refereeing.

“There are guidelines but within your own team you control how you play.

“If someone cheats in your team it will be frowned upon by all the players. There’s a spirit of ethical morality.”

He said frisbee was a game for all ages. “Our team has a 13-year-old girl and a 43-year-old guy.”

He said they had not yet celebrated their win, but planned to go to Midmar for a braai soon.

Check out the team’s Facebook page at Pietermaritzburg Ultimate Frisbee — The Long Donkey for more details and a video clip of the thrilling final.

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