Listen to the Tacoma Rangers on the Hurling: In the Shadow of the Rockies podcast!

The Tacoma Rangers recently had the pleasure of hosting Jason from “Hurling: In the Shadow of the Rockies” in our clubhouse at Jane Clark Park. We spent about an hour talking about Tacoma, the start of the Rangers, and the future of the Rangers community we are trying to build in this beautiful city we call home. Check out the podcast here featuring Cory our chairman, Molly our Camogie chair, Brett our public relations office and Brian our sponsorship chair! Also, check out our friends at Hurling: In the Shadow of the Rockies on Facebook!

Defiance Cup Gaelic Football 2019

Join the Tacoma Rangers as we host the Seattle Gaels and Portland Eireannach in the 2019 Defiance Cup Gaelic Football tournament! Matches start at 11 AM at Vassault Park.

11:00 – Tacoma v Seattle
12:00 – Tacoma v Portland
13:00 – Seattle v Portland
14:00 – Mixed Sides

Tacoma Rangers practices are always open to all!

Have you ever wondered what the Gaelic Athletic Association is all about? Have you ever wanted to give Hurling or Gaelic Football a shot? Are you looking for something to do to keep active while spending time with like minded people? The Tacoma Rangers are your one stop shop for all of the above! As Tacoma’s one and only GAA endorsed Hurling and Gaelic Football club, we welcome anyone and everyone to come out to our bi-weekly practices to learn about the sports we love. If you’ve never played a team sport before or are a former athlete looking to stay in shape, we welcome you to come down to Jane Clark Park on Wednesdays and Saturdays to give these Gaelic games a shot!

When do we practice?
Wednesdays: 6:30 PM to ~8:00 PM alternating Hurling and Gaelic Football. Curious as to what we are playing any given Wednesday? Shoot us a message on Facebook!

Saturdays: 10:45 AM to 1:00 PM both Hurling and Gaelic Football.

Where do we practice?
We practice at beautiful Jane Clark Park, off of N. Orchard St and N 39th St!

What do I need to bring?
Please bring cleats (soccer cleats work best, but American Football or Baseball cleats will work just fine) water, and weather appropriate clothing. We will provide the rest!

I’m in! How do I stay in touch?
Sign up for our weekly player newsletter to stay up to date on all the Tacoma Rangers happenings!

The Tacoma Rangers are heading to the 2019 Emerald City Cup!

Join the Tacoma Rangers as we head up I-5 and into the heart of the Emerald City to take on the Seattle Gaels and other NW Division rivals at the 2019 Emerald City Cup! The event starts at 9:00 AM on June 8th at the Magnuson Upper Sports Meadow with matches between NW Division and an international club from Vancouver BC. Take a look at the official Facebook event page for more details, and while you’re there, go ahead and give us a like on Facebook!

Full team list and Schedule will be provided soon!

Up the Rangers and we hope to see you there!

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!!!

Player Profile – Molly

Tacoma’s formidable female player, Molly Hughes is our Ladies Coordinator and recently helped organize an “Intro to Irish Sports for Women” event that takes place this Saturday the 16th at 1 PM at Jane Clark Park! Molly, here is you player profile!!!

Name: Molly Hughes

Age: 46

Hometown: Woodstock, Illinois

What is your thing about or place in Tacoma?
The Proctor District. Artistic and walkable, but not too fancy. It’s just my speed. Otherwise, Sushi Tama is the best sushi joint in town and it’s right around the corner. I may or may not have chosen the house I’m living in because of its proximity to this restaurant.

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers?
Defiance Cup, 2016. I think.

What is your favorite thing about the club?
My teammates. They are super supportive and encouraging, but they also expect 100% when we’re on the pitch. We push each other toward greatness.

Also, the love of this game is contagious. I’m a middle-aged ex-college athlete who came out with no experience with *any* field sports, and it’s been an amazing experience. Now I just wish I’d found it years ago.

Do you prefer Gaelic Football or Hurling? What Position?
Hurling (camogie) – when I play with the guys, it’s usually full forward. When I’m playing with the women, I’m usually fullback.

What was your previous club(s)?
None! This is my first GAA club.

What is your ‘motivation music’?
Rihanna, Janelle Monae, The Black Keys

What would you change about your game?
I need to keep working on my stamina so I’m not wrecked by the end of the game and can keep up with the rest of the team.

What is your funniest GAA/Rangers quote or memory?
How charmed I was the first time the team broke out into song for no apparent reason. I didn’t know that all you had to do was hand them a beer.

What is the best piece of advice you were given?
“If you’re not a leader on the bench, don’t call yourself a leader on the field. You’re either a leader everywhere or nowhere.”

If you could host a dinner with any 3 guests (alive or dead), who would you invite?
-Michelle Obama
-Artemisia Gentileschi (a Renaissance artist)
-Caroline de Maigret

What is your proudest GAA/Rangers memory or accomplishment?
Playing in the finals last year in San Francisco, and spending the weekend with the team there.

In 10 years the Rangers will be:
A full GAA club with men’s and women’s teams in hurling/camogie and Gaelic football. And hopefully a youth program.


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!!!