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
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?
-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.