Stefan Jordaan – The banana farmer growing a cricket club

Stefan Jordaan taking a catch for the Wicket Wasps. Photo from file.

STEFAN Jordaan is used to getting his hands dirty to ensure that things happen and the club members knew this was the person they could trust when they voted him in at their AGM.

“At the end of last season, an extra pair of hands were needed on the committee and I felt that, as a player, I needed to also chip in to make sure that the club was running smoothly. When people asked me to stand for the committee I though that, if I could help the club to create an atmosphere where the players and their families enjoy themselves, then I would be willing to do that from any position that was needed on the committee.”

Stefan was voted in as chairman and with his managerial experience he soon had the committee working hard to make sure they were ready for the season ahead.

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“We are all just a bunch of hard-working guys with a passion for the game and our club. Vryheid Cricket Club has a rich history and we need to make sure we are adding value to that. Many players don’t realize that, away from the matches and practices, there is a lot of work being done behind the scenes each week; pitch preparation, maintenance and administration is all done by the volunteers on the committee. No man can run this club singlehandedly and my team knows how much I appreciate their work”

The club has been very fortunate this season to have the continued support of Robbie from Bo’s who assists us in producing some of the best pitches in the province. New businesses have also started to invest in the club and players have seen that Stefan is improving the atmosphere at the club but also improving their facilities.

“The committee is very eager to improve our league and the grounds. It has been difficult to side-line a few projects as we focus on other urgent matters and completing our current projects. This season has produced new challenges and we have just had to grit our teeth and weather the storms, nobody likes to do it, but the trenches are where the battle is won.”

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As a player, Stefan is a member of the Wicket Wasps team and he focuses on churning out some extra runs in the lower order. ” So far we haven’t had the best of starts to our season, but I am looking forward to the new Aitken Cup format and will hopefully be scoring a few more runs as the season goes on. Players enjoy cricket being played at different levels so we have tried to make sure that we are providing opportunities to suit each player from the more social Aitken Cup to the serious cricketer who enjoys the pressure of playing in the Zululand team.’

Stefan is a caring husband and proud father of two daughters. “I appreciate the support that my family has given me. Seeing my daughters playing on the grass embankments and my wife chatting with the other women at the picnic table, reminds me of what I am working towards at the club.”

As Stefan leaves the club smiling, one can not hold back their smile as well. There is a feeling that the cricket club is moving towards a fruitful season and there are nurturing hands helping it along the way.

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Issued by Vryheid Cricket Club

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