The Groninger Studenten Rugby Club

The Groninger Studenten Rugby Club is a one of a kind. The combination of our long history (we were founded in 1986) and the fact that we are the only student rugby club in the northern Netherlands makes us unique. We understand that being a student means more than just studying, and that is what the GSRC is all about.

Maybe you did, or maybe you didn't play rugby before, at the GSRC that doesn't matter. The GSRC is for everyone and will make your time in Groningen worthwhile!

Are you a student who wants to play one of the most intense sports on the planet and experience the rugby life? Than send a mail to the board via bestuur@gsrc.nl or simply search for us on Facebook!

If you want to join us for a training session, feel free to join us on Tuesday (18.00 - 20.00) or Thursday (20.00 - 22.00) at Sportpark Corpus den Hoorn.

The G.S.R.C. is proudly sponsored by:

 

 

First game of the season

Last Sunday, the studs took some hard fought points back to Groningen.
After driving all the way to Bemmel, the GSRC was ready for the first match of the season against RC Betuwe in an our brand new Canterbury kit. We started off strongly and spent most of the first half on the oppositions half. We had some nice interplay between the forwards and backs and played very structured, with a half time score of 5-10 for the GSRC as result.

In the second half, we weren’t able to play as well as we did before, allowing the opposition to get back into the game. Despite this, we kept our chins up the entire game and never lost hope. In the dying minutes, we scored a try to recover the lead and emerge victorious!

Final score: RC Betuwe 12-17 GSRC
Man of the match: Tsjuck Kingma

New season

We’ve had to live without rugby for a long time, due to the corona situation and summer break. However, the Studs are returning to town and soon we’ll be able to play our beautiful sport once again. For the GSRC, the new season starts on Thursday September 3rd with an introductory training. We would like to invite everyone interested in student rugby to this training, both the experienced and the inexperienced. After the training we will have a barbecue, during which we can get to know each other and consume some beers at an appropriate distance. The training will take place from 20:00 – 22:00 at Sportpark Corpus den Hoorn, so we’d like you to be there at 19:45. Our Manor and pitch are on the right side of the park, all the way in the back. We hope to see all of you there!

A word from a former member of the GSRC

1) Why did you join the G.S.R.C. for half a year?

I’ve always played Rugby throughout my life and it was an obvious choice to continue while in the Netherlands. The club from the outside seemed very welcoming to international students and looked like everything you’d expect from a typical Rugby club, and such, made my decision to join an easy one.

2) How did you find/hear about us?

I researched the club myself as I planned to play rugby before even arriving in Groningen. I found the club through the ACLO website, which took me to the website for the team. From there I found all the information that I needed.

3) What did you think of the rugby level at the G.S.R.C.?

Compared to Rugby standards in native rugby playing countries, it wasn’t as good. However, that being said, the standard was perfect for anyone wanting to get a start in Rugby. There was a great mix of experienced and new players. Experienced players didn’t make life hard for new players and in fact, were great a teaching the game. For experienced players, the standard was still great fun and there was still a challenge in winning games as a team.

4) What do you think about the atmosphere at the G.S.R.C.?

Brilliant. The connection and bond I created with the boys in the club was incredible and I’m sad to leave it after just one semester. Socially, the club created some of the most incredible and surreal experiences I had in Groningen. I couldn’t recommend enough for anyone keen for an amazing social University experience.

5) Was it combinable with studying?

As an exchange student, it certainly was. My studies weren’t too important and not once did I feel like Rugby was in the way of studying.

6) What did you enjoy most at the G.S.R.C.?

The social side of the club was amazing. As said earlier, some of the best experiences I had in Groningen were due to the G.S.R.C..

7) Would you recommend joining the G.S.R.C.?

100%. For experienced players, it is exactly what you want from a rugby club. For new players, it will open up a whole new world of sport, drinking and connections like nothing else.

Home game against DRC Phoenix

Last Sunday we played another game. This time against DRC Phoenix. During the first half we managed to create a lot of space and with the speed in our back line we managed to get the first few tries of the game on the board. In the first half we did not concede a lot of tries, yet in the second half due to poor weather conditions the ball slipped out of our hands quitte often, resulting in a more chaotic game with tries being made by both teams evenly. Even though the chaotic second half of the game we still managed to push trough and keep the points in Groningen where they belong. With now having won 2 games already in 2020 it promises to be another great year for the G.S.R.C. Final score: 38-21 Man of the Match: Eoin Doyle

First half of the season

The G.S.R.C looks back at a successful first half of the season. In the first half of the year we have trained week in, week out to build a strong and coherent team. We have had our new players make tremendous results in the first half of the year. From not having any experience playing Rugby, to winning the Jonghe Honde Tournament at the end of November. An incredible achievement from all of you guys! We have also had internationals that were only studying in Groningen for half a year playing for us as if they had always been a part of the Rugby studs. We will definitely miss all of you in the second half of the season and wish you the best onward! Besides playing Rugby we have also managed with all the guys at our club to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer through the Movember foundation. We can’t wait to participate in this great cause again next year. Besides the intense games and trainings we were also able to have a laugh with each other at one of our many events like our legendary team night, the delicious Christmas dinner and the drinks with our sister clubs from the Bares and the Walvisch. We look forward to the second half of the season and can’t wait to see all of the new faces that show during 2020.

2019 – 2020 season

The G.S.R.C. invites you for the 2019-2020 season! Please feel free to join our first training session Thursday the 22nd of August.
Training sessions are Tuesdays 18:00 – 20:00h and Thursdays 20:00h – 22:00h at Sportpark Corpus den Hoorn. We play our matches on Sundays. Everyone is welcome!

Trainingen zijn ‘open’ op dinsdag van 18:00 – 20:00 uur en donderdag van 20:00 – 22:00h en vinden plaats op Sportpark Corpus den Hoorn.
Wedstrijden zijn op zondag. Kom gerust een keer langs!

For questions/voor vragen:
Email: bestuur@gsrc.nl
Phone/WhatsApp: +31633345574
Facebook: rugbystuds

Summerbreak!

As the season has come to a final, so has training.

We will be back on the pitch come middle / end of August. The exact date will be posted here end of July.
Keep hitting the gym during the summer!

the 33rd Board of the G.S.R.C.

Gouden Klomp 2019

Not too long ago we played our yearly match versus the old members of our club, the Bokke.
A day filled with plenty of food, stories of the old days and ofcourse a grand match.

We cannot wait for next year to see everyone once again!

Review of former members

Two great players, Jack from Australia and Alex from Great Britain, joined the G.S.R.C. at the beginning of this
season. Sadly, they could only stay for half a year. We conducted an interview with
Jack to learn about his experience at the G.S.R.C.

1) Why did you join the G.S.R.C. for half a year?
Jack: “I was only here until the end of January and had the opportunity to play for half
a year. Playing rugby in another country has also been something I’ve always wanted
to do so it was great to have this opportunity.”

2) How did you find/hear about us?
Jack: “I met some members of the G.S.R.C. at an ESN sports day, I showed my interest
and received a message a couple days later.

3) What did you think of the rugby level at the G.S.R.C.?
“I think the level was good in some parts, however lacked consistency. The standard
between the best teams and worst teams were big which was expected. I was
impressed with the level of the G.S.R.C. players, especially those players that have
only been playing for a few years. It’s great to see people playing and enjoying rugby
at all different levels.”

4) What do you think about the atmosphere at the G.S.R.C.?
“It has a great atmosphere!! They combine all the best things of rugby that I love. It
has to be a great atmosphere for people from all countries and feeling welcome.”

5) Was it combinable with studying?
“Yes definitely, I found it very combinable compared to back home when I would be
working, studying and playing rugby. But I think for anyone it would be combinable as
its only 1 or 2 trainings a week and a couple hours of your Sunday.”

6) What did you enjoy most at the G.S.R.C.?
“I loved the experience of playing rugby in a different country and realizing how
similar the culture is half way around the world. I loved playing but also the social
aspects and getting to know people over a couple beers.”

7) What did you not like at the G.S.R.C.?
“That I wasn’t able to finish the whole season.”

8) Would you recommend joining the G.S.R.C.?
“Definitely!! Was a great decision, broadens your friends’ group whilst studying in
Groningen and allows you to play a bit of rugby in a new place. You get to meet great
people and have a new experience you wouldn’t of expected by just playing another
sport here.”

Movember 2018

Every year during the month of November, awareness is being raised for the devastating disease of prostate cancer.
Many men around the world grow out their moustaches for Movember and so too does the G.S.R.C.

Thanks to these lads yet again a great sum of money was collected and donated to further research into prostate cancer.
Above a small overview of this years’ results!

Matches

Here you can find when and where the next game will be held. Come and look at one of our games and see the greatest club play!

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Board

Here you can find information about the GSRC board members. They are responsible for keeping our club awesome!

Meet our board members >>>

Ascot Manor II

Here you can find information about the Ascot Manor II, training sessions and renting the manor. The best place to play the thirth half!

Visit the Ascot Manor II >>>

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