Fall 2016 Alumni Game recap from Coach Bob Macnab

October 18, 2016 by  
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The score 10 to 55! But a flip from the usual as the students won. A beautiful but warm day with a prevailing wind straight down the pitch the game opened with the wind in the Alums favor things looked steady with good defense from both sides and then the students started on a string of penalties upon which the Alums failed to capitalize, after that the students settled down and the Alums began an excessive amount of penalties that lasted the rest of the game.  Tries by Grasshopper (still going strong at 43) and David Bible was ultimately all the Alums could manage. Quite a few breakout trys from the students as the game wore on and tired legs set in. The turnout for the Alums was exceptionally low from the norm and the students fielded more players than the Alums for the first time and fitness took a great toll. Tyson Marks was awarded Man of the Match and Bill Moser Oldest Participant (56). The students looked very good and I expect they will do very well in their division this year.

The crowd was big and enthusiastic. Prayer by Raph Flood. Halftime saw the largest number of children running races under Bill Demers supervision. The Alums had a super gathering for Bar B Que on Friday night hosted by our good friends Joe and Theresa Losole  where first and only attempt at the Yard by Alec Thies was almost successful. A technicolor yawn ensued!

The after game gathering at Spirit Grill organized by Kate Roberson was very well attended and a great time had by all. Usual awards and speeches and a successful 50-50 raffle organized by Nino Burkert raised over $300 for GRAA, after the winner donated back his winnings.

There is the possibility of a mini Alum game early next year UD schedule permitting and Alum participation there . Stay tuned and in Touch. Thanks to all attended, played and helped organize. I would particularly like to publicly thank my family for all they do from organizing, getting awards to washing jerseys and all else in between.  It was a great weekend!

Of note this year: the very first father son matchup. Chris Bennet (class of 92) played against his son Bill a freshman at UD, as well as playing with nephew Kevin Flannery a recent grad and against two more nephews at UD Danny Flannery and John Paul Jones.  Chris (Homer) was captain at UD for two years and is still going strong just having a baby this year!

Alumni Evening Fall 2016 -Friday, October 14 at 7 PM – 11 PM

September 10, 2016 by  
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Please join your fellow Groundhog Alumni for some drinks and food at the house of Joe Losole. Spouses welcome (not so kid friendly due to location). There is pool, shuffleboard, foosball, and darts! Please RSVP so we can gauge food needs and forward to other Alumni. For privacy reasons I cannot post the address here. Please text Alex on 972-510-870three for address. We kindly ask that you arrive between 7-8.

Jan 31st Game: Alumni vs UDRFC at UD

January 13, 2015 by  
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From Coach Macnab:

Gentlemen, time is growing near. At this time I have responses from 18 players, 8 backs and 10 forwards Listed below. We may need a few more so f you are interested please let me know. Hoping we will have our new jerseys in time.


Backs, Botto, Danaher, Dreisbach, Mehaffey, Lasswell, Ta, Schena, and Nkwochwa.

Forwards, Burr, P Rowles, C Rowles, Torrez, Halisky, Flood, Karas, Wilder, Collard and Hash.

Jan 31st, 2015 Alumni Game!

November 10, 2014 by  
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From Coach Macnab

OK, game on!!! Email your official RSVP for playing in this January Alumni game to bmacnab@swsfinancial.com

I have had quite a number of very quick positive responses. In making up the roster for this year’s Alum game I noticed we have a lot of more Alums in the close geographical area than normal and I ran up a quick list of 25 off the top of my head. The purpose here is of course to have fun and more Rugby for the Alums but I felt it would be beneficial to the students to get in an early game hopefully before they begin Cup play but that can’t happen as they have thier first Cup match scheduled for Jan 24th so the 31st is the first chance we have. They will only have two training sessions before the first game. This will also give us a chance to play students who are not starters and need to play.

I am very excited about our student side his year with a lot of new potential talent and we have ten in Rome coming back for the Spring.  We traveled to San Angelo this past weekend to take on the Rams who have been beating everyone in the conference by 30 to 40 points.  We started out by giving up two tries in the first 5 minutes and at half time it was 24 to nil. We gave up another at the start of the second half so it was 31 to zip and not looking good. Then the lads began to play and took over the game, something very unusual in UD’s history as many of you will remember. In the latter 25 minutes we scored 4 tries and put up 24 points!! SO WE LOST 24 TO 31.  Given another 5 minutes we would have tied or won the game. We at least picked up 2 conference points for putting up 4 tries and losing by less than 10.  The Rams had no idea what hit them. We came home with our heads up. We played ten rookies in the game. So you better be ready in Jan!

GRAA members and first responders  will be given playing priority. I will give you a list as it develops.

Bob Macnab

Groundhog Alumni Game and Friday night Alum gathering

September 12, 2014 by  
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Alumni game Friday night gathering for Rugby Alums. Email me for details, alexmacnab@gmail.com. We’ve moved it from Club Schmitz to a private residence in Irving last year and it was a great success. I cant post the address here for privacy reasons. Great place with billiards, shuffleboard, darts, etc. Hope to see you on Friday Oct 3rd and Sat Oct 4th for the game.

Again, email me for the address and to RSVP so we can organize food. Starts around 6:30. alexmacnab@gmail.com



Alex Macnab

GRAA raises money for collegiate rugby

October 31, 2011 by  
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Quick update. We raised fifteen hundred for collegiate rugby during alumni weekend. Had a typo in previous update.


Alumni beat students in annual Rugby match

The UD Groundhog Alumni were triumphant yet again! A great game was played be each side, but the the wisdom and experience of the alumni proved too much for a fairly fresh student side. As usual, the fans enjoyed the beer garden, raffle, and halftime kiddie race.

The GRAA thanks all the supporters and fans. We raised about $1500 to continue our support of collegiate rugby in the US. Looking forward to seeing everyone in October 2012!

You can find game pics and group shots on the link below as well as the Groundhog Rugby Alumni Association (GRAA) Facebook page





UD Alumni celebration of Groundhog will be at the Meridian Room

For all you local UD fans, the UD Alumni celebration of Groundhog will be at the Meridian Room on Feb. 5 starting at 7:00 pm. You can register here: http://udlinks.com/groundhogyoungalumnidallas