Tag: 2017

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!

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

Rangers Anniversary Dinner (2-11-17)

The Tacoma Rangers held their 5th Anniversary Dinner at sponsors Pacific Brewing & Malting Co last month on February 11th. Emmett McElhinney (That Irish Guy) led music for the night and sister club Femme Fianna stopped in to say hi. Pints were downed, glasses raised, songs sung, and tables stood upon. The evidence shows it was a standard Rangers affair – and we even tried to get a little arty with some photos!

Come join us at Pac or our next social event to join in on the fun with the Tacoma Rangers!

Rangers and Emmet Singing

Anniversary Dinner – Pacific Brewing

It is that time again. Come celebrate the anniversary of the club and the kickoff of the best Ranger’s season yet!

Dinner will be hosted by our fantastic sponsors, Pacific Brewing (Directions), and feature food from O’Sheas.  All Rangers and their significant others are invited. Dinner will be served/available at 6pm with entertainment from our unofficial minstrel Emmet (That Irish Guy) commencing at 7pm.

Please RSVP (see the weekly email) and let us know if you will be attending and if you will have a guest.

Tacoma Rangers 2017 AGM

Annual General Meeting – 2017

The Tacoma Rangers held their 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, January 21st, immediately following the first Tacoma Pub League match of 2017. The fifth AGM in club history was attended by over 20 members who discussed and voted on measures to continue the Rangers’ substantial growth on and off the field in the coming year.

The most significant portions of the AGM included voting on the 2017 Committee Board, updating the club crest, a new club name, and a new website. The new club crest will be featured within a press release set for the coming weeks. The unanimously passed name change updates the club from the “Tacoma Rangers Gaelic Football and Hurling Club” to the “Tacoma Rangers Gaelic Athletic Club” to better conform to GAA standards and reflect the organization’s membership and planned growth. Finishing touches to the new website (which is hosting this press release) will be made over the next month.

 

The Tacoma Rangers GAC Committee Board for 2017 is as follows:

Chairman – Brian Thompson

Vice-Chair – Kevin Lisowski

Secretary – Tom Lagan

Treasurer – Rory O’Flaherty

 

Two of the club’s auxiliary committee positions were filled – Lawrence Weigel as Registrar and John Wilkinson as College Officer. Additional positions and further discussion were tabled until the club’s February Committee meeting, to be held on Wed. the 1st at Doyle’s Public House, 8:30pm.

 

Thank you to all club members who attended. We would especially like to thank Founding Chairman Hud Wilkins for his dedication and years serving on the Ranger’s Committee Board and his continued service as Vice-Chair of the USGAA’s NW Division.

The Rangers post-scrimmage

Practice Times & Locations

Pick-up Games and Beginner Overview
Since we are officially in the off-season, the only regular game/practice events are at 11am every Saturday at Jane Clark Park.

Everyone is welcome to attend – former, current, and prospective players included. Depending on turnout, we may play a conditioned game, hit-/kick-around, or whatever strikes our fancy. Beginners are especially welcome! There will be ample opportunity to learn about the games, receive instruction on individual skills and get a feel for the team atmosphere.

Bring cleats (if you have them), water, and weather appropriate clothing!

Regular Practice:

No practice until 2018, see above!

Conditioning:

Conditioning sessions are held every Wednesday (starting October 18th) at Mason Middle School.

Session begins at 7pm and will last approximately an hour.  We park on 28th and meet on the track by the football goal post that’s closest to the school side.

Wear running shoes and weather-appropriate clothing!