The Rangers post-scrimmage

Practice Times & Locations

Regular Practice:

Every Saturday (starting January 7) at Jane Clark Park.

Practice begins at 11 AM sharp(ish) and runs until about 2 PM. Plan to arrive at least by 10:45 to kit up  and stretch. Earlier help (around 10 AM) is always welcome as there are many things to set up in order to conduct a smooth practice session.

Additional Practice:

Until mid-year we have Conditioning Practice sessions every Wednesday (starting January 4) at Mason Middle School.

Session begins at 7:30 PM and will last approximately an hour.  We park on 28th and meet on the track by the football goal post that’s closest to the school side.  Wear running shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

Once the sunset is accommodating (starting approximately May 3, we switch to field practices at Vassault Park.

Practice begins at 7:30 PM and lasts until we can’t see the ball or the mosquitoes get really aggressive.

Defiance Cup Hurling – Aug. 19th

It’s your last chance to catch the Tacoma Rangers this season before we make our way to the USGAA Finals in San Francisco!

The Tacoma Rangers will be hosting the Seattle Gaels, Columbia Red Branch, and Willamette Hurling Club at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood this Saturday, Aug. 19th, for the last tournament of the NW Division’s 2017  season.

Following the tournament, the trophy will be presented at the afterparty, held by sponsors Pacific Brewing & Malting in downtown Tacoma.

Defiance Cup – Tacoma, Aug. 5th

Gaelic Football returns to Tacoma this Saturday, Aug. 5, as the Rangers host the Defiance Cup at Vassault Park in Tacoma, beginning at 10am. This year’s competitors include the Tacoma Rangers, Seattle Gaels, Portland Eireannach, and Thurston County.

Following the tournament, teams will re-gather at the Rangers’ sponsors, Pacific Brewing & Malting on Pacific Ave. in Downtown Tacoma for the trophy presentation and pints.

Gorge Cup – Portland, July 22nd

This Saturday, the Tacoma Rangers will be traveling to Portland to compete in the Gorge Cup, held at Northgate Park, 10am. The Rangers will be participating in both the Hurling and Gaelic Football competitions during their last NW tournament on the road in 2017.

The entire rest of the NW Division is expected to attend, with Tacoma competing against hosts Columbia Red Branch, the Seattle Gaels, the Thomas Meaghers from Missoula, Benton Brigade, and Willamette in Hurling and against Portland Eireannach and the Seattle Gaels in Gaelic Football.

The tournament’s after party will be held at On Deck in the Pearl District (there are 2 located across town from each other, so make sure you’re headed to the right one).

Up the Rangers!

July Pub League

It’s that time again for the Tacoma Rangers’ Monthly Pub League competition! Matches will once again be played at Jane Clark Park in North Tacoma, beginning at 11am.

July’s match-ups will pit the Tacoma Rangers in a Gaelic Football rematch against a traveling Olympia side. Gaelic Football will be followed by the return of a classic Pac Brewing Black Sheep v. Doyle’s Evergreens Hurling match.

June Pub League

The Tacoma Rangers will hold their fiercely-contested, monthly Pub League matches on June 17th, at Jane Clark Park beginning at 11am. Once again, the Pac Brewing Black Sheep will take on the Doyle’s Evergreens.

This weekend will also look to feature an appearance from a developing club starting up in Olympia, who will bring a side to kick off the day with a Gaelic Football match. Following this battle from different sides of the Nisqually, the Rangers will compete against each other in a Hurling match, set for roughly 12pm.

Come on over the Jane Clark Park to see Tacoma’s finest GAA club in action!

Corvallis Bound

The Tacoma Rangers will be traveling down to Corvallis, OR in defense of the Willamette Cup! Last May, the Rangers returned home with their first cup, which was proudly on display the past year at sponsors Pacific Brewing & Malting. A contingent of around 20 Rangers will be making their way south between tonight and early tomorrow morning.

It’s a bit of a haul from Tacoma, but for anyone interested in attending the competition, the Willamette Cup Tournament will be held at the Crystal Lake Sports Center in Corvallis, OR. The first match at 10am and the Rangers will first play at 11am.

UP THE RANGERS!

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…

When Life Gives You Goals…

Two months ago, someone decided it would be a great idea to drive through the fence, through the goals, and onto the field at Jane Clark Park – one of Metro Parks Tacoma’s facilities and the practice field for the Tacoma Rangers. You can see the aftermath in the image at the top of the page, where one goal was completely destroyed and the other damaged at a not-entirely-insignificant structural point. The somewhat-damaged goal was repaired with spare parts, but replacing its destroyed counterpart was going to require a little ingenuity.

 

Another goal was discovered while coordinating with Metro Parks and NorTac, sitting unused at nearby Vassault Park and waiting for removal. Being opportunists, the Rangers took it upon themselves to dismantle, walk, and reassemble the goal 1 mile away the only way Tacomans know how – with some grit.