Comb. Zwiers & vd Goorbergh - young, strong longdistance team!

Presentation of Frank Zwiers

Frank Zwiers - Veni, vidi, vici!

"Veni, vidi, vici" - "I came, I saw, I conquered". The famous words spoken by probably the most famous ruler of the Roman age, Julius Caesar after his speedy victory against king Pharnaces of Pontus. Words that also describe the re-entry of Frank Zwiers in the world of marathon racing. In 2011 the first long distance pigeons were acquired, in 2012 a cautious start was made and in 2013 the first win was already recorded from Tarbes in the strong Federation Brabant 2000.
Also from another three races that season his pigeons arrived early and the prize ratio won was exceptional. That was accomplished with a few two year olds and the rest were yearlings. It is high time to get acquainted with this star in the making.

The barony city of Breda is the home of the 31 year old Frank Zwiers. Along with his wife Suzan, daughter Vienna (4 years) and son Kian (1 year) he inhabits a terraced house in a typical new residential estate built in the eighties. Not exactly the place that you would imagine to find this young champion located.  The gardens in these newer estates are normally not suitable for keeping pigeons and although it is big enough it is also surrounded by fairly large trees and a lot of shadow. The branches of the trees are stretching out above the loft. It is far from ideal of course but it doesn't seem to hinder Frank.

At the beginning of this new century a very young Frank got acquainted with our beautiful sport. Via his grandfather the interest grew for these birds with unknown characteristics. Within no time a loft was built in the back garden of his parents house. Right from the very start Frank was a champion fancier. His main interest at the time was the sprint and middle distance races (up to 700 kilometers). That remained so until 2005 when he moved to his current address. The start was at the time as impressive as it is now from the long distance races because he won the first race he entered from his new address in the entire CC Breda. In the second race all hell broke out. The first eleven positions were won in the combine by Frank. That season he won five of the ten young bird races in the combine. It soon became very evident that we are speaking about a fanatic fancier with the feeling for pigeons.

But in 2009 a decision was made to say farewell to the sport. After the birth of his daughter and his busy work activities (Human Resources) Frank could not manage the pigeons in a manner that he felt necessary. A new home was found for all of the pigeons and a time without pigeons began for Frank.

Frank always retained his interest in pigeons and for the sport. He followed everything on the internet, visited the club regularly and frequently watched the pigeons arrive home from the races of fanciers in the area. His wife Suzan (then his girlfriend) noticed that he really missed the pigeons. On several occasions she urged him to get back into the sport and finally she got the courage to order some long distance birds from a leading fancier from the town of Ijsselmuiden, named Mark van den Berg.  In his hectic lifestyle the relative short season of long distance racing would suit the most.

The contact with soul mate Mark was prima and alongside the purchased pigeons a number of top pigeons were borrowed to breed in Breda. In the meantime descendant of all of the leading pigeons of Van den Berg are now housed in the stock loft.

In addition Frank Zwiers bought GOLDEN FUTURE from the massive vedette from the province of Overijssel, Arjan Beens. When Frank went to pick up his new acquisition Arjan rewarded the young talent Frank with a unique pledge. Frank was promised several pairs of eggs from the racing pigeons. Free of charge! Meanwhile a close friendship was formed with Arjan. Now descendants of almost every top pigeon of Beens are housed in Breda. One unique specimen is a child of the OLYMPIC MISS GIJSJE x SNELLE JELLE.

Owning the bird GOLDEN FUTURE led to an interesting contact with another massive name in the marathon world. In the autumn of 2012  Frank came into contact with Jelle Jellema from Nijverdal. Jelle is well known for his Spartans manner of keeping pigeons and he was exceptionally interested in the GOLDEN FUTURE. This led to an agreement on joint breeding from this bird during 2013. She moved there and was paired to all the toppers of the Jellema loft and the youngsters were split between them! Because of this Frank possesses a capital collection of Jellema pigeons.

Due to the arrival of the Jellema pigeons Frank Zwiers has obtained both indispensable characteristics that pigeons must have to be successful from the long distance in his loft. Endurance and Power via the Jellema pigeons and the talent to fly at night via the pigeons of Van den Berg and Beens.

Results in 2013

2nd. National Champion on marathon races (OAGW):
St. Vincent National: 199, 284, 407 and 970 against 10.121 p. (10 pigeons basketed / 6 prizes)
Tarbes Afd. Brabant 2000: 1st against 2.538 p. (10/7)
(Tarbes National: 5th against 8.707 p.)
Cahors National: 10 against 10.624 p. (10/6)
Dax National: 93, 415 against 7.461 p. (10/6)
Bergerac Afd. Brabant 2000: 13th against 3.363 p., only yearlings basketed (34/6)

After that season Frank decided to form a racing combination with good friend and good pigeonfancier Willie-Jan vd Goorbergh.

Presentation of Willie-Jan vd Goorbergh

Willie-Jan, aged 30 and also living in Breda with his wife Susanne and daughters Manouk and Livy started pigeon racing with his grandfather. After buying his own house in 2008 he started racing on his own, in this year he came in to contact with Frank Zwiers. Being the only two fanciers under the age of thirty the two had a connection witch grew into a friendship. In his first year he and Frank became each other’s competitors at young bird racing Willie-Jan took the trophy in the combine Brabant Noord and Frank won 2 races and also the 7th National Orleans. In 2009 the two combined forces for the first time and also the focus was on the young bird races. Together they won races and were crowned as champions in the combine and region. At the end of season 2009 the cooperation was ended. Frank quit pigeons racing and Willie-Jan racing marathon races in 2010. His base was formed with the POELSTRA COUPLE. This couple was formed by a cock owned by Joseph Poelstra and sons and won in a lottery. The hen also came from Joseph and was from the Van Houten strain. This couple became the parents of:

MANOUK - a fine hen raced by Willie-Jan and won 4th NPO Bergerac against 4.096 pigeons.
She also became the mother of DAPHNIA who was raced by Frank and won 7th NPO Cahors and was the fastest yearling.

MR. WILLIE - a mighty cock that won 2nd NPO Dax and also 11th National on the same race, he was raced by Willie-Jan

VIENNA - a beautiful hen raced by Frank, she won 13th NPO Bergerac as yearling.

SAN raced by both as Comb. Zwiers & vd Goorbergh won 71th NPO St. Vincent and also a good prize from Barcelona.
Willie-Jan quit racing in 2012, due to his young family he didn’t had the time to race pigeons the way he wanted.

But as written above - in Season 2014 Frank Zwiers and Willie-Jan vd Goorbergh joined forces again. In this partnership named  “Zwiers & vd Goorbergh”.
Frank is responsible for the racing loft and Willie-Jan handles the breeding loft.

Season 2014

The first results of this partnership in 2014 are already known:
St. Vincent NPO winning 23, 71, 100 etc. against 2.780 pigeons 
Bordeaux NPO winning the 8th (Teletext) NPO and 15th National against 12.195 pigeons with KRONOS.

We send our greetings to this young top-team - and cross our fingers for many more topresults!!

(Parts of this article was taken from article by Michel Beekman)

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