Frans Maris has been a feared short-haul player for many years
The village of Berlaar is a hot spot in pigeon racing.
If you want to compete on the middle distance, you have to make a huge effort and have a top material of pigeons. After all, you have to beat Gaston Van De Wouwer, Johan De Belser, Jos Maris and many other strong-playing punches.
The Belgian short-distance game was certainly shaped by the super fast “breed” Soontjens. After all, Jos Soontjens from Wommelgem (province of Antwerp) has left his mark on many short-distance players. One of the big names is certainly the topstroke Luc & Bart Geerinckx former neighbor of Jos Soontjens as well as countless other breeders who crossed this fast blood.