Frisbee squad aims to grow the sport in KZN

2019-11-20 06:00
The Long Donkeys frisbee team.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Long Donkeys frisbee team.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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PIETERMARITZBURG’s flying disc (frisbee) team The Long Donkeys recently participated in the Rocktober tournament hosted by Johannesburg-based teams however they are still on the hunt for more players to join the squad.

Frisbee is a non-contact team sport played with a flying disc. According to Juan Pieterse of The Long Donkeys, frisbee is simple to learn, fun to play, and is easy to afford.

“All you need is a frisbee, eight marker cones, and your friends. It combines elements of netball, touch rugby, and level ground into a fast-paced, athletic sport where women and men of all ages are equal,” said Pieterse.

Pieterse explained that flying disc is a sport that is played over a level piece of field where the disc gets moved up the field by throwing it from player to player while the defending team has to either intercept it or the attacking team drops it.

“You score by catching the disc in the end zone,” said Pieterse.

In talking about the sport, Pieterse emphasised that it promotes fair play, equality, and development. He also said that, from his personal experience, the game has healed the places where no psychiatrist ever could.

“It taught my son teamwork and how to be a team player the fun way. Ultimately, the members of the team are what makes this sport so amazing,” he said.

Furthermore, Pieterse said there are only a few frisbee teams in KwaZulu-Natal that play the sport, such as the Fourthprime form based in Howick, the Bunnies in Durban, another team in Lions River, and then the The Long Donkeys.

In speaking of the team’s highlights, Pieterse said in that April The Long Donkeys took a trip to Stellenbosch where they played in the mixed national tournament which saw the best 18 teams from all across the country converge to compete.

“In October, for the Men’s/Women’s Open Championship hosted in the heart of the Midlands, KZN-based teams really represented the province well but it was the Nightmares, The Long Donkey ladies team consisting of a mixture of Bunnies and Donkeys, that took the third place. It was by far the most impressive match of frisbee I’ve ever seen from a ladies game,” said Pieterse.

Concluding, Pieterse encouraged interested individuals who wish to join to contact the Long Donkeys, Fourthprime, Bunnies, or Lions River Ultimate clubs on Facebook, saying: “We would love to have you and your family join us.”

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