Tag: Indoor League 2019

Hounds on the Grit City Podcast

Fall 2019 Activities: Indoor League, Grit City Podcast, & Hurloween

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the Tacoma Hounds are shifting gears for Fall 2019 – but don’t go thinking we’ve closed up shop completely. This week, our episode of the Grit City Podcast dropped and, in a few weeks, Indoor makes its return!

Last month, some Hounds sat down with Scott, Justin, and Jeff for the Grit City Podcast. We ran into the show-runners at the McKinley Hill Street Fair and things just got rolling from there. The episode is available for download or stream on their website as of 9/2. The live-stream recording is also available on their YouTube page. Be sure to check it out and give a listen! We had a super rad time and hope to do more with these guys in the future.

Next up on the Hounds’ Fall 2019 calendar is everyone’s favorite spin on Hurling: Indoor League! We’ll be down at the Tacoma Soccer Center once again to showcase the South Sound’s silkiest stickwork with the “freshest game on ‘grass’”. This time, however, we’ll be taking our talents center stage to the big field for 5 matches plus a special event.

If you’re interested in playing Indoor, be sure to reach out to us or join us at a Rookie Day session on September’s Saturdays to gain a bit of experience before tackling the turf. Spectators are more than welcome if that’s more your wheelhouse; the main field at TSC features mezzanine seating for an unparalleled view of the action.

Fall 2019’s Indoor League Schedule:

Every Saturday in October, 10am
(Pending TSC confirmation; Update Soon).

Hurloween Extravaganza – Costumed Indoor Match
10/26, 10am

The Tacoma Soccer Center is located at:
2610 E. Bay Street
Tacoma, WA 98421

You’ll notice in the Indoor Schedule that the Hound’s special Hurloween Extravaganza makes a reappearance for its second annual year. Whereas last year’s costumes were a free-for-all, the 2019 edition is themed. What theme you may ask? Why, none other than John Woo’s 1997 action epic Face/Off starring Nicholas Cage and John Travolta. This year’s event will feature a team of various Nicholas Cage roles pitted against a team of various John Travolta roles. You’re definitely going to want to show up for this classic showdown unlike anything else in the Hurling world.

For the remainder of the off-season, we’ll be paring down our weekly activities to pick-up/hit-arounds on Saturdays at the usual practice time and location: 9am, Ford Middle School. These informal meetups are the perfect opportunity to grab a hands-on introduction to the fastest game on grass. During the week, you can find Hounds at Tacoma Strength, Tuesday and Thursday 730-9, keeping in shape for whatever challenges we tackle in 2020. Wednesday practices will resume next Spring.

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!