“Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentleman” – and women!
What is often said by women who do not play rugby (yet) is that they are not suitable for the sport: “I am too fat/too thin/too small/too long/too slow”. But you know what the beauty of this sport is… Rugby is a sport for everyone! As a team, you work together to bring the oval rugby ball to the other side of the pitch, so a try can be scored. For that to happen, you need people of all shapes and sizes. The great diversity within the team makes rugby a dynamic and incredibly fun sport that you will fall in love with!
Obelix’ women’s team is very diverse. From experienced players to international and first years who have only just started playing in our beginners’ course, you can find everything and everyone.
For us, Rugby means going to practice with friends twice a week and traveling the whole country during the weekend. Rugby is sportsmanship as well as deep connectedness. We sweat together, we win together, and we need each other.
But there is more to Rugby than sports. A big part of the rugby culture is the third half – after a game, we dress up and get together with the opponent to sing and drink beer. After every training session, we have some drinks at the bar in the sports center and often the drinks are continued at Tappers (our main pub). Next to that, we organize pub nights, movie nights, dinner nights, other fun activities, and an annual trip to another city that is to be turned upside down.
Altogether, this ensures that, as Rosan puts it: “the team will no longer consist of just your teammates but your real mates. “ Or as Marjo says: “The team means a lot to me, it is like a family. I can be myself and feel accepted, appreciated and safe.”
Since 1979 our beloved club Obelix has been enriched with our ladies team. For three-decades-long, the Obelix ladies played competition in combination teams with Wageningen, Doetinchem and Bemmel. In season 2012-2013 it finally happened; we could announce the first full Obelix women’s team playing in the First Division. Since then, we travel across the country to finish at the top of the rugby league. In season 2018-2019, we managed to become the champion of the Second Division. Next to the annual recurring competition, we also compete in several tournaments. Every year we are looking forward these summer tournaments because they’re known for lots of rugby, beer and fun.
We are looking forward to seeing you on the field and to drinking a beer or two with you afterwards!
Captain Obelix Dames – Katrin Bringmann
Team manager Obelix Dames – Eline Bovy