Category: Announcement

Rangers Announce the Grit City Opener March 30th!

The Tacoma Rangers are happy to announce the first tournament of the 2019 NW Division Season, the Grit City Opener! Join the Tacoma Rangers and other Northwest Division clubs as they battle it out in Hurling, Camogie and Gaelic Football. The tournament is being held at Vassault Park this year with the first game starting at 10 AM. Check out our Facebook Event for more details!

We can’t wait to see you all out there!

Up the Rangers!!!!

A New Era for the Tacoma Rangers! AGM Notes and Pub League Scores

On Saturday, the Tacoma Rangers completed their 2019 Annual General Meeting and welcomed in a new Chairman, Cory Haven! The team would like to thank Brian Thompson for his incredible work as the Rangers Chairman for three years. Under Brian’s leadership the club lifted its first NW Division Tournament trophy as well as making its first two appearances at USGAA Nationals in 2016 and 2017 with the team competing in both Hurling and Gaelic Football, including two Championship Finals for Gaelic Football. Cory has some big shoes to fill, but we know he is up to the task to lead the Tacoma Rangers to even greater success! There were some other moves on the Rangers board on Saturday, with Mike Gould taking Cory’s place at Registrar, and Brian Thompson taking a different board position as Sponsorship Officer. The rest of the board remains the same from last year, with Hud Wilkins as Vice Chair, Rory O’Flaherty as Treasurer, Tom Lagan as Secretary, Brett Burden as Public Relations Officer, and Molly Shanks-Hughes as Member-at-Large/Special Projects/Camogie Director. Aside from the board elections, the club set goals for 2019 and is looking forward to competing at NW division tournaments throughout the summer and USGAA Nationals in Leesburg, VA at the end of August!

It wasn’t all administrative work on Saturday! The club played two pub league matches before the AGM, one Hurling and one Gaelic Football, pitting the Doyle’s Evergreens vs the Pacific Brewing Black Sheep. The matches ended up being very competitive, with the Doyle’s Evergreens winning Hurling 12-9 and the Pacific Brewing Black Sheep winning Gaelic Football 15-9! More pub league matches are coming up, so keep an eye on the website and Facebook for dates as we start to ramp up for the 2019 season.

A big thank you once again to our sponsors and we look forward to another great year of GAA in Tacoma!

Rangers Welcome New Players!

The Tacoma Rangers welcomed new players to practice over the weekend! We host open practices almost every Wednesday and Saturday (barring holidays and tournaments) at Jane Clark Park in Tacoma. Head over to the “contact us” section of our website to sign up for our weekly player newsletter for more detailed practice times! Even if you’ve never heard of our great sports come out to a practice and give it a shot! You’ll be hooked in no time!!!

The Tacoma Rangers head to the Emerald City Cup!

The Tacoma Rangers head to Seattle for the Emerald City Cup on Saturday June 9th. The Rangers face off against Portland Eireannach in the first Gaelic Football match of the day at 9 am and then turn around to face Montana in Hurling. Come support The Tacoma Rangers at Magnuson Park for a fun day of Gaelic Football and Hurling!!!

Rangers at the McEneaney Cup

The Tacoma Rangers participated in the McEneaney Cup on the weekend of April 28th, competing with a side composed of Tacoma Rangers and members of the Willamette Hurling Club. The Rangers fought hard and showed progress in becoming a competitive side with a handful of new players competing in their first competitive tournament. After the tournament the Rangers had a night on the town enjoying all the nightlife Missoula has to offer as well as the camaraderie that playing for a competitive traveling team can bring!

Special thanks to the University of Montana Hurling Club and Thomas Meagher Hurling Club for hosting another great tournament. We look forward to bringing a bigger and stronger side to McEneaney Cup 2019!!

Up the Rangers!

Grit City Opener

Join the Tacoma Rangers as we host the first Northwest Division tournament at Fort Steilacoom Park on April 7th starting at 10:00am. Teams from all over the Northwest Division are coming down (or up!) to Tacoma to test their skills in the first friendly tournament of the year. This is a great opportunity for new players to experience their first tournament setting and for old players to dust off the off season rust. The first two games see the Tacoma Rangers take on the Seattle Gaels in Gaelic football on field one, while Columbia Red Branch play a combined Benton Brigade and Willamette Hurling Club in Hurling on field two.

For a full schedule of games check out our Facebook event page!

Open Field Day March 24th

Come join the Tacoma Rangers as we host our first open field day of the year at Jane Clark Park on Saturday March 24th. Field days are a great way to dip your toes into Gaelic sports, and your favorite Tacoma Rangers will be on hand to teach you the basics of Hurling, Camogie and Gaelic Football.

What is Hurling?
Per Wikipedia:

Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The game has prehistoric origins, and has been played for 3,000 years. One of Ireland’s native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, the number of players, and much terminology. There is a similar game for women called camogie. It shares a common Gaelic root with the sport of shinty, which is played predominantly in Scotland.

The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliótar between the opponents’ goalposts either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points. The sliótar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.

What is Gaelic Football?
Per Wikipedia:

Gaelic football, commonly referred to as football or Gaelic, is an Irish team sport. It is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular grass pitch. The objective of the sport is to score by kicking or punching the ball into the other team’s goals (3 points) or between two upright posts above the goals and over a crossbar 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) above the ground (1 point).

Players advance the football, a spherical leather ball, up the field with a combination of carrying, bouncing, kicking, hand-passing, and soloing (dropping the ball and then toe-kicking the ball upward into the hands). In the game, two types of scores are possible: points and goals. A point is awarded for kicking or hand-passing the ball over the crossbar, signalled by the umpire raising a white flag. A goal is awarded for kicking the ball under the crossbar into the net, signalled by the umpire raising a green flag. Positions in Gaelic football are similar to that in other football codes, and comprise one goalkeeper, six backs, two midfielders, and six forwards, with a variable number of substitutes.

St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl!

Come down and join The Tacoma Rangers this Saint Patrick’s day for a night of raucous singing and drinking and pub crawling! Meet up at 8:00pm at Pacific Brewing and Malting, then down to Dunagan’s Brewing, and finally off to The Swiss!

Dunagan’s Brewing is offering FREE entry to any Rangers wearing Rangers jerseys! They will also be pouring our very own TACOMA RANGERS ALE!!! $1 from every pint goes to the team so DRINK UP!

The Swiss is also waiving their cover for our pub crawl!

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