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!

Defiance 50k – Volunteering

Saturday, October 14th, seven Tacoma Rangers drag themselves from slumber and make their way to Point Defiance Park. The Tacoma City Marathon Association (TCMA) hosted their annual Defiance 50k (and 30k and 15k) and we took the opportunity to volunteer as both course marshals and start/finish line help.

It was a brisk day but the runners were full of happy anticipation. It was great to be able to cheer them on especially as the miles wore on. It was a bit more than 10 miles per lap and the encouragement helped, at least according to post-race feedback. All in all, it was a great day to be out in the park, represent the club, and support fellow Tacoma athletes.

In attendance: Brian, Ellis, Tom, Ed, Brett, Sean, Molly and Kevin.

Off-season 2017-18

It’s freezing cold, dark, wet, and no one is watching; time to earn my place.

Here we are in the first few days of October and it’s officially the off-season. However, that does not mean there’s nothing to do!
If anything can be said of the off-season, that’s where we make our improvements; in-season is just maintenance. So what’s the plan?

First off, we are still getting together weekly, on Saturdays, for pickup games. Outside of there being an established start time, there is zero formality for these games. Show up if you want to, stay home if you don’t.

These pickup games should also be great opportunities to introduce new folks to the games, there is no pressure, just come out, learn some new skills and have fun.

Wednesday evening conditioning is back on the schedule but we’ll address the specifics there in another post.

Other things to look forward to in the coming weeks:

  • DIY Fitness and Conditioning plan (for those unable to attend Wed. or are looking for additional work).
  • Solo/Duo wall drills
  • Field Position reference docs and skill goals
  • Social events
  • Volunteer opportunities

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.