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!!!

Player Profile – Cory

Hailing all the way from the land of cheese is one of The Rangers newest additions, Cory! Having been with the team for less than a year, Cory has cemented himself as a formidable player on the field, and even volunteered to be the teams new registrar! Here is your player profile:



Hometown:Cedarburg, WI

What is your favorite thing about or place in Tacoma?
I can play sports outside all year round without worrying about snow.

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers?
Grit City 2018

What is your favorite thing about the club?
My teammates. There are some real characters on the squad. Not much for dull moments.

Do you prefer Gaelic Football or Hurling? What Position?
Definitely prefer football (at least for now). Half-forward is probably my favorite position.

What was your previous club(s)?
None, new to GAA

What is your ‘motivation music’?
80’s hardcore punk is usually my go to, but never can go wrong with some Rebel songs

What would you change about your game?
Break less hurls……

What is your funniest GAA/Rangers quote or memory?
Way to many inside jokes to mention, but probably “the kinder, gentler Tacoma Rangers”

What are your hobbies and interests outside the Rangers?
Hiking/Camping/anything outdoors, wrenching on my truck, running, watching elite/professional sports (Go Badgers and Brew Crew!), and beer (I did grow up in Wisconsin after all)

What is the best piece of advice you were given?
Which way the toe of the hurl goes and why. Knowing the reason why definitely helped me with getting that down to execute my lifts better.

If you could host a dinner with any 3 guests (alive or dead), who would you invite?
Elon Musk, Anthony Bourdain, and Jaromir Jagr

What is your proudest GAA/Rangers memory or accomplishment?
Seeing as I haven’t scored in a match yet, probably taking the field for the first time in the Rangers kit at Grit City.

In 10 years the Rangers will be:
The strongest and best traveling 4 code club in the division. UTR!


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!