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…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSPmliqxYPg

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.

Tacoma Parks - Mud Run

Metro Parks Tacoma’s Mud Run at Swan Creek (3-25-17)

This past weekend, some of the Tacoma Rangers crawled, climbed, and solo-ed through the Metro Parks’ Mud Run. Starting at 10am, the Rangers contingent began the 2 mile, 16 obstacle event by working through numerous mud pits on elbows and knees to ensure that the run lived up to its billing.

Following the initial mud-trudging, the Rangers worked their way through farmers carries, tire flips and drags, pushups, burpees, flames, wall-climbs, dirt piles, and more before one last mud pit, a short trail run, and final hill climb to reach the finish. Throughout the whole mud run, the Rangers carried or solo-ed two Gaelic Footballs and handpassed or kicked them back and forth, or over and around obstacles to the teammates who had already made it to the other side. Check out some of the event pictures below!

Grit City Opener 4-1-17

On April 1st, the Tacoma Rangers will be hosting a friendly tournament at Ft. Steilacoom Park to kick off the NW Division’s 2017 GAA season!

Teams attending the event will be the Seattle Gaels, Columbia Red Branch, Portland Eireannach, and Benton Brigade. The day’s competitions will feature both Hurling and Gaelic Football, beginning at 10am with the final schedule TBD (updates coming soon!).

Matches will be played on two fields, one by the entrance to the park and one towards the far side that is reached by following the horseshoe around  Ft. Steilacoom until arriving at a small parking lot. Stop by throughout the day to witness some exciting grassroots sports as these teams go head to head. The road to the 2017 USGAA Finals in San Francisco starts here!

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St. Paddy’s Weekend Recap

St. Paddy’s weekend flew by this year – faster for those who remember less of it! – especially for the Tacoma Rangers who took part in one event per day. Check out the gallery below for some photos from the weekend!

The weekend started off with the Tacoma Rangers Pub Crawl, which took us from 7 Seas Brewing Co. to our sponsors Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. by way of a few extra stops and the light rail. (Copious) Pints were had and songs were sung as we brought some real St. Paddy’s atmosphere wherever we went. The Rangers closed down Pac for the night at midnight to call time on the agenda’s first event.

Day 2 kicked off on Saturday evening, giving the Rangers some much-needed rest and recovery before heading to Pierce College to cheer on Femme Fianna as they were crowned back-to-back champions of the Dockyard Derby Dames. Fianna threw down some seriously heavy hits, skate-stopping blocks, and impressively agile jamming in an action-packed bout that saw them clear 300 points on the night. We can’t wait to see what Fianna has in store for 2018!

Day 3 started at 11am with the final Pub League matchup before the NW Division’s 2017 GAA season begins on April 1st, pitting Pacific Brewing & Malting Co.’s Black Sheep against Doyle’s Public House’s Evergreens. The matches – featuring 3 first-timers recruited during the Pub Crawl – were hard fought and split between the Black Sheep pulling in the Gaelic football W (17-9) and the Evergreens taking Hurling’s (20-19).

Stay tuned for more Tacoma Rangers news and mark off your calendar’s for St. Paddy’s 2018!

Femme Fianna and Dockyard Derby Dames photos courtesy of Eric Von Flickr

Player Profile – Clint

Quick-witted and fleet of foot, we see here our ankle-breaking St. Louis import doing what he does best. Take a look at Clint’s player profile:

Name: Clint Daniels
Age: 32
Hometown: Lafayette, IN

What is your favorite thing about or place in Tacoma?

Proctor farmer’s market, paddling off Owen’s beach at Point Defiance, and close proximity to great outdoor activities.

When did you make your competitive debut for the Rangers?

About a week after moving to WA, I joined a team of mostly rookies in getting trounced by Missoula at the Washington State invitational in Pullman.

What is your favorite thing about the Rangers?

The long weekly email updates. Can we get this down to a single page with lots of maps and graphs? 🙂

Do you prefer Gaelic Football or Hurling? What position?

Hurling, half-forward

What was your previous club(s)?

St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club

What is your ‘motivation music’?

Irish Classic

What would you change about your game?

I would like to improve my roll lifts while running, and striking with frees and sideline cuts.

What is your funniest GAA/Rangers quote or memory?

“Keep it up Clint, you’re going to get that cake.” – Fred Dunne

What are your hobbies and interests outside the Rangers?

Hiking, kayaking, climbing, camping, reading, cooking, playing piano (terribly), astronomy and cosmos, wood working, wood burning, leather work, board games, puzzles, craft beer, snarky comments, etc…

What is the best piece of advice you were given?

“Don’t hit at all if honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.” -Theodore Roosevelt

I think of this quote every time I see someone do a shitty dink ground hurl on the pitch.

If you could host a dinner with any 3 guests (alive or dead), who would you invite?

Nick Offerman, Pete Adeney (Mr. Money Mustache), Woody Harrelson.

What is your proudest GAA/Rangers memory/accomplishment?

Proudest GAA memory is co-captaining a St. Louis club team to the 2015 Pub League Championship.
Proudest memory as a Ranger is competing in the GAA finals in hurling, and watching high level hurling with the club.

In 10 years the Rangers will be:

Old.

Seattle St. Paddy’s Parade

It may have been wet and soggy, but the Tacoma Rangers didn’t shy away from the opportunity to show off their 2017 jerseys with the updated club crest. Members old and new, young and not so young participated in the March 11th event. Behind the Ulster section banner, the Rangers marched down 4th Ave. from Jefferson St. to Westlake Park on Pine St.

Meeting at the Tacoma Dome Station, the team bussed it to Seattle and regrouped at Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub for some pints and breakfast. Before lining up for the parade, the Rangers out-sung the other patrons with renditions of “The Fields of Athenry” and “Marrying Man”.

 

 

The Rangers lined up behind their banner featuring the original club crest, but not before a (just) successful over-the-bridge strike.

 

 

http://www.facebook.com/TacomaRangers/videos/1261655457237250/

Just prior to the American and Irish National Anthems, the CHEER! Seattle group marching just ahead in the parade order performed an on-the-spot cheer for the Rangers. Once the parade was underway, the Rangers marched along while passing sliotars and Gaelic footballs back and forth to the entertainment of parade-goers.

https://www.facebook.com/TacomaRangers/videos/1261658730570256/

Be sure to keep up with the Ranger’s St. Paddy’s events and catch us on the day itself with our 3/17 Pub Crawl!

St. Paddy’s Weekend

3/17 – 3/19

The Rangers have an action-packed few days coming up – Pub Crawl, Roller Derby, and Pub League all rolled into one body-shattering weekend.

Pub Crawl – Fri. 3/17
First up, on St. Patrick’s Day is the Pub Crawl. We’ll be starting at 7 Seas in downtown Tacoma, singing (and drinking!) our way north until ultimately ending at Pacific Brewing and Malting.  Check out the event page for a rough timeline and join us along the way.

Femme Fianna Championship Bout – Sat. 3/18
On Saturday, we’re pulling out all the stops to support our sister club, Femme Fianna as they once again battle for the championship. The Rangers will be out in force and manning our very own section in the stands cheering them towards victory. See the event page or go buy your tickets now. We will also be headed back to their sponsor to celebrate (hopefully!) their victory.

Rangers Pub League – Sun. 3/19
Finally, on Sunday is another installment of our local Pub League. The Black Sheep and Evergreen’s (entirely fictional) rivalry is deadlocked with equal points across both sports. It’s the last event before the official season opens with Tacoma’s annual invitational tournament; the Grit City Opener.

It going to be a fantastic weekend and we hope to see as many of you as we can.

Up the Rangers!

Calendar of Events – Subscribe!

Never unintentionally miss another event again! We’re always on the move, doing things in the community like running in the Liliir Project 5k. We face off against each other in our monthly Pub League matches and fiercely compete against the rest of the division in tournaments both friendly and competitive.

It’s not all about the competition though. It’s also important to us to support other amateur athletics like our ‘sister’ club, Roller Derby superstars, Femme Fianna. Especially as they soon compete to retain the championship title.

How can we possibly facilitate your attendance, besides being hilariously fun to hang with? By getting you our event calendars in an easily consumable form!

Iphone/iOS

For the iOS users out there, click the following links to subscribe to the calendars you care about:

Competitions and Results

Social

Outlook

If you are an Outlook desktop application user, you can click the following links while on your PC to subscribe:

Competitions and Results

Social

Office365

If you use Office365, Outlook.com or Outlook for the web this article will walk you through adding a web calendar.

Here are the URLs you will need:

Competition and Results – webcal://www.tacomarangers.com/calendar/fixtures-results?feed=sp-ical
Social – webcal://www.tacomarangers.com/calendar/social?feed=sp-ical

Google Calendar

While arguably more convenient and ubiquitous, Google’s implementation of the webcal standard leaves much to be desired. If you are a Google Calendar (and/or Android) user you have sort of an extra hoop to jump through. Basically, if you do it the ‘right’ way by going the linked route, your times will be all screwy because Google converts them all to GMT-0…as if you cared.

Follow the directions here for the desktop or here for Android (choose ‘Add using a link’ for either) and use the following URLs:

Competition and Results – webcal://www.tacomarangers.com/calendar/fixtures-results?feed=sp-ical
Social – webcal://www.tacomarangers.com/calendar/social?feed=sp-ical

Thanks

We’re seriously excited to make resources like this available and hope to see you soon!