Grit City Podcast

Grit City Podcast with the Tacoma Hounds

On August 18th, 4 of the Tacoma Hounds sat down with Scott, Justin, and Jeff to record a can’t-miss episode for Grit City Podcast!

These guys release an episode every Monday highlighting the business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, and unique characters that call Tacoma home. They love to sit down with Tacomans they feel personify the blue collar, hard work ethic people associate with “Grit”. It was an awesome experience!

Upon arrival, Justin let us inside the Union Club and we all headed downstairs to their studio for the session to get started. After a quick overview, we were ready to sit down to the mics and record what felt more like a hang-out than an interview. Unique characters themselves, Scott, Justin, and Jeff were on it from start to finish with a fun but professional mindset. As rookies to the podcast format, we felt very welcomed and witnessed them exemplify the gritty ethic they love to see in their guests. It was super rad to be a part of what they do and get a behind-the-scenes look at the podcast world.

The conversation started out with an overview and explanation of Hurling, made all-the-more enjoyable by the 3 host’s lack of familiarity. We love to introduce our passion to new people and the hosts were full of insightful questions. From rules to player mentality to our familial community to the Co-op’s activities, we covered the whole gamut. The episode wrapped up with some “Coaster Questions” – a unique format that hit us with a live, un-prepped Q&A round.

To listen and get a feel for the Tacoma Hounds organization and its people – and find out our favorite mythical animals – check out the episode when it drops on Sept. 2 for download. A recording of the live stream is also available on the Grit City Podcast youtube channel.

Coachs Corner

Coach’s Corner: Composite Sticks are Trash; Here’s Why

Welcome to the first edition of Coach’s Corner with Hounds Manager, Alex Whitney!

Ah. The good ole’ (?) composite stick. The perfect tool to send your errant strike even further away from your teammate. And quite possibly straight to the opposing side. I can almost hear the immediate remonstrations to the tune of “Oh the ash disease!!!”, “It’s too arid!”, or even worse still “But it hits sooooooo much further!” The arid argument notwithstanding, can anyone out there please tell me why you want to hit sliotars accidentally (I hope) past, or away from a teammate? When it comes to making your strikes true and your control supple, ash, as always, remains king.

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Salty Pretzels vs. Unicorn Wranglers, Week 1

Showcasing the South Sound’s Silkiest Stickwork this Spring

Interested in trying out a new activity or simply a sports super fan? If you love sports, you’ll love Hurling and there are two exciting events in the month of April where you can catch the Tacoma Hounds playing some top-notch matches:

4/13/19 – The Annual Sean-nós Festival
The Evergreen State College in Olympia, 11:15am-12:30

4/17/19 – Indoor League Cup Final Match
Tacoma Soccer Center, 730pm – 830pm

Sean-nós Festival

Every year, the Irish Cultural Society of the Pacific Northwest hosts the Sean-nós Festival at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. The festival primarily celebrates and promotes three aspects of traditional Irish culture: sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, and the Irish language – otherwise known as “Gaeilge”. This year’s festival will be held form April 12th-14th, mostly in the campus’ Communications Building.

“Sean-nós” (pronounced “shan-nos”) literally means “old style.” It refers to the Irish language songs, poetry, and dances that were popular during the 17th and 18th centuries. Although songs and steps are passed down from teacher to student and between artists, each performance is unique and personal to the performer.

The Tacoma Hounds will be building on last year’s appearance as Featured Guest Instructors for 2019, with an expanded exhibition scrimmage and accompanying, hands-on demo for any interested participants. This session will occur at the soccer field near the Communications Building, from 11:15am to 12:30 (please see image below). Please wear clothing and footwear that will be comfortable while moving and suitable for grass; water is recommended in general, but the hands-on demo will not feature strenuous activity.

Sean-nós session location outlined in red.

Indoor League Cup Final Match

The Unicorn Wranglers, the Trashfires, and the Salty Pretzels’ efforts to win the Indoor League Cup all come to a head on April 17th during this spring’s final Wednesday Night Lights showdown. The Unicorn Wranglers have already punched their ticket to the turf for the title match, but who will join them?

There’s still time to find out who else makes the title card, as the Trashfires and Unicorn Wranglers throw down tonight (4/3) before one last match pits the Trashfires against the Salty Pretzels (4/10). It’ll all come down to the final week of the regular season, but a Trashfires win tonight really turns up the heat on the Pretzels. Will the Trashfires overbake the Pretzels? Or will the Pretzels’ dough rise to the occasion and come out of the Indoor oven golden-brown?

The Tacoma Soccer Center provides the perfect venue to be right on top of the action, with elevated seating above the field and glass that brings you rink-side, right up to the players. Every match this season has featured electrifying play resulting in over a score per minute. Check out some of last season’s highlight reels while this spring’s are still cookin’!

If you can’t get enough Hurling action like the rest of us, keep an eye out for information about our upcoming Rookie Day Series starting later this month!

Tacoma Hounds Indoor Draft 2018

Tacoma Hounds’ 2018 Indoor Draft Recap

The 2018 Indoor Draft is finalized! If you have seen the main page overhaul of the Tacoma Hounds’ website, you should know that Indoor League kicks off tonight! You can catch us over at the Tacoma Soccer Center (2610 E Bay St, Tacoma, WA 98421) every Wednesday through November 14th, playing indoor matches from 700pm-830.

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