Category: Player Profile

Player Profile – Brett

Tacoma’s eccentric, homegrown Gutenberg; he has been accidentally enforcing across fields from Missoula to San Francisco. To the happiest Ranger, Brett, this is your player profile:

Name: Brett

Age: 27

Hometown: Tacoma

What is your favorite thing about or place in Tacoma?
Its a perfect mix of big city, small town.
Also the fear in peoples eyes when you tell them you’re from Tacoma haha.

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers?
I made my competitive debut for the Rangers at the Defiance Cup in 2016!

What is your favorite thing about the club?
The Tacoma Rangers are a real club. Its not just about the hurling and football, its a real community.

Do you prefer Gaelic Football or Hurling? What Position?
I prefer both, but if I have to pick it would be hurling. I’ll play pretty much any position in hurling, but keeper is terrifying and anyone who volunteers for that is insane and should be committed haha.

What was your previous club(s)?
None!

What is your ‘motivation music’?
depends on the day. I might listen to Metallica or Mastodon one tournament, then some deep house the next.

What would you change about your game?
I wish I was as swift as a coursing river, but with the force of a great typhoon and maybe as strong as a raging river.

What is your funniest GAA/Rangers quote or memory?
SUP BITCHES – Ed

What are your hobbies and interests outside the Rangers?
I’m a huge darts fan.
I also like long walks on the beach, and getting caught in the rain. wait. wrong profile.

What is the best piece of advice you were given?
If you want something, go get it!

If you could host a dinner with any 3 guests (alive or dead), who would you invite?
Kurt Cobain
Jeff Bridges
Robin Williams

What is your proudest GAA/Rangers memory or accomplishment?
Scoring my first competitive hurling point! Got it in the last tournament in Portland. Best feeling ever!

In 10 years the Rangers will be:
National champs in both codes, and contending for all the NW division cups!

Player Profile – Patrick

A smiling, burly fuzzball, Pat is always flashing a smile and one of our favorite first-responders. Pat, this is your player profile:

Name: Patrick

Age: 36

Hometown: Sammamish, WA

What is your favorite thing about or place in Tacoma?

My neighborhood; Proctor District

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers?

Grit City Opener, 2016

What is your favorite thing about the club?

The group of misfits that we are

Do you prefer Gaelic Football or Hurling? What Position?

I prefer hurling just a bit

What was your previous club(s)?

None. No previous USGAA teams

What is your ‘motivation music’?

Don’t really have any. It used to be Dire Straits ‘Money for Nothing’

What would you change about your game?

Improve my striking and panic when I actually have the ball!

What is your funniest GAA/Rangers quote or memory?

Anything that Fred yells!

What are your hobbies and interests outside the Rangers?

Family life, biking, CrossFit, gardening, camping, cooking, eating and imbibing

What is the best piece of advice you were given?

You don’t get good at these sports until you have been playing for 3 years

If you could host a dinner with any 3 guests (alive or dead), who would you invite?

Steinbeck, Thicht Nat Hanh and Alton Brown

What is your proudest GAA/Rangers memory or accomplishment?

Being a part of the team that won the Willamette cup last year (2016)

In 10 years the Rangers will be:

I have no clue. Completely different. Hopefully much younger.

 

Player Profile – Alex

She’s arguably the most forward-frustrating, never-say-quit member of the Rangers’ backfield. Alex, this is your player profile.

Name: Alexandria Schmidt

Age: 24

Hometown: San Bernardino, CA

What is your thing about or place in Tacoma?

Point Defiance, it reminds me of running on the bluffs in Santa Barbara.

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers?

October 31, 2015…naturally it was pouring rain.

What is your favorite thing about the club?

Signing my waiver.

Do you prefer Gaelic Football or Hurling? What Position?

I definitely started out preferring football because it came more naturally, but now I have really come to enjoy hurling because it’s really challenging for me.

What was your previous club(s)?

None.

What is your ‘motivation’ music?

The Unicorn Song!

What would you change about your game?

I want to consistently be able to make contact with the hurl and sliotar in hurling, and work on my kicking distance in football.

What is your funniest GAA/Rangers quote or memory?

Standing on the table at Pacific Brewing singing Irish songs with some of the guys.

What are your hobbies and interests outside the Rangers?

I love painting and photography.

What is the best piece of advice you were given?

“Look at the sliotar when you hit it” – Rory

If you could host a dinner with any 3 guests (alive or dead), who would you invite?

(Alex apparently doesn’t ‘do’ dinner. – Ed.)

What is your proudest GAA/Rangers memory or accomplishment?

Helping the team win a tournament for the first time in Willamette (Corvallis) for hurling.

In 10 years the Rangers will be:

Letting me play in nationals…

Player Profile – Clint

Quick-witted and fleet of foot, we see here our ankle-breaking St. Louis import doing what he does best. Take a look at Clint’s player profile:

Name: Clint Daniels
Age: 32
Hometown: Lafayette, IN

What is your favorite thing about or place in Tacoma?

Proctor farmer’s market, paddling off Owen’s beach at Point Defiance, and close proximity to great outdoor activities.

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers?

About a week after moving to WA, I joined a team of mostly rookies in getting trounced by Missoula at the Washington State invitational in Pullman.

What is your favorite thing about the Rangers?

The long weekly email updates. Can we get this down to a single page with lots of maps and graphs? 🙂

Do you prefer Gaelic Football or Hurling? What position?

Hurling, half-forward

What was your previous club(s)?

St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club

What is your ‘motivation music’?

Irish Classic

What would you change about your game?

I would like to improve my roll lifts while running, and striking with frees and sideline cuts.

What is your funniest GAA/Rangers quote or memory?

“Keep it up Clint, you’re going to get that cake.” – Fred Dunne

What are your hobbies and interests outside the Rangers?

Hiking, kayaking, climbing, camping, reading, cooking, playing piano (terribly), astronomy and cosmos, wood working, wood burning, leather work, board games, puzzles, craft beer, snarky comments, etc…

What is the best piece of advice you were given?

“Don’t hit at all if honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.” -Theodore Roosevelt

I think of this quote every time I see someone do a shitty dink ground hurl on the pitch.

If you could host a dinner with any 3 guests (alive or dead), who would you invite?

Nick Offerman, Pete Adeney (Mr. Money Mustache), Woody Harrelson.

What is your proudest GAA/Rangers memory/accomplishment?

Proudest GAA memory is co-captaining a St. Louis club team to the 2015 Pub League Championship.
Proudest memory as a Ranger is competing in the GAA finals in hurling, and watching high level hurling with the club.

In 10 years the Rangers will be:

Old.

Lawrence at North American GAA Finals

Player Profile – Lawrence

The Rangers’ own one-man cheering section, hype-man supreme, Lawrence.  This is your player profile:

Name: Lawrence Cecil Weigel VII, Esq.

Age: 33

Hometown: Graham, WA

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers? October 2015

What is your favorite thing about the Rangers?

Everyone plays aggressively but everyone gets along. Not to say we don’t have our occasional asshole, but everyone plays together nicely.

What is your favorite code and position?

Hurling, Half-forward wing. Farthest from the parking lot.

What was your previous club(s)?

Drama, Chess, Friday Night MTG

What is your ‘motivation music’?

Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

What is your favorite movie?

Gremlins 2, watch it and tell me it’s not amazing.

What would you change about your game?

Be more aggressive

What are your hobbies and interests outside the Rangers?

Arcade machine repair and maintenance.

What is the best piece of advice you were given?

Don’t worry about being someone else. Best the best you, that you can be.

What is your favorite GAA memory?

I scored my first hurling goal from the half back line against Columbia Red Branch in Montana. I didn’t even know that it happened. When people told me to get excited I just ran in a big circle like a headless chicken without making a sound… good times.

In 10 years the Rangers will be:

…defending champions of the newly formed Puget Sound League on their own pitch.

 

Sean Davis with the Willamette Cup

Player Profile – Sean

Frequently seen as a fluorescent blur, bounding from one goal box to the other, few Rangers parallel the effect he has on the field and the team.

Sean Davis, this is your player profile:

Name: Sean Davis
Age: 28
Hometown: Tacoma, WA

What is your favorite thing about or place in Tacoma?

My favorite thing about Tacoma is the pride that people who grew up here have. The number 253 means a lot to people and there is a sense of community that other cities around here don’t have.

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers?

I was the 3rd member to join the club when it was formed in 2012, and competed in my first match a week or two after joining.

What is your favorite thing about the Rangers?

My favorite thing about the Rangers is the level of commitment members of the team have shown. There are people on this team that put in a yearlong effort to improve their skills, and it shows in the improvement this team makes each season. Also, the fact that I get to be on a team that is in my hometown is something special to me.

What is your favorite code and position?  Hurling, Midfield!

What was your previous club(s)?

I have suited up for Tacoma, Seattle, Red Branch, Vancouver, Eugene, and Willamette. However, the only club I have ever been a part of since I started has been Tacoma.

What is your ‘motivation music’?

I prefer anything with a fast beat or motivational words to get me amped up. I usually just put my music on shuffle and let whatever hits me at that moment influence me.

What would you change about your game?

I wouldn’t change anything about my game. I’m proud of the growth I have had as a player, and am excited to continue adding new skills and growing as a player.

What is your funniest GAA/Rangers quote or memory?

My funniest memories/quotes are everything Fred says while on the field. I would type on specific examples, but I don’t want to ruin the innocence of any youth players who read this.

What are your hobbies and interests outside the Rangers?

Outside of the Rangers, most of my time and energy is spent improving myself as a PE teacher and improving my health. My hobby is constantly looking for different ways to be active, which is one of the reasons I found and joined the Rangers.

What is the best piece of advice you were given?

The best advice I was given was to never let something stop you from being who you want to be, and to be optimistic in life.

If you could host a dinner with any 3 guests (alive or dead), who would you invite?

I would invite my friend Tyler, my cousin Scott, and my great-grandfather. They are all gone now, but they all influenced my life in such a way that I would want the chance to tell them how much they mean to me.

What is your proudest GAA/Rangers memory/accomplishment?

The proudest accomplishment I have had with the Rangers was our tournament win this past year. Considering the fact that I have been with the team since the beginning, and our first match win didn’t occur for a few years, the growth this club has made in such a short time has been amazing. While there have been growing pains as a club, the joy and comradery I saw from everyone after the championship win was very special, and the swell of emotion I had from holding the trophy is something I’ll never forget. I know there will be more wins and trophies in the future, but that first one will always be meaningful to me.

In 10 years the Rangers will be:

Further established as a club, with more involvement in the community, along with a larger fan base. The Rangers will have a pipeline of new players mixed in with the veterans, and we will be consistently competing for championships at both the northwest division and national championships. Finally, the Rangers will be in a position to recognize the contributions of a certain #12, by retiring his number!