Player Profile: Kacey Ma

Kacey Ma (right) takes no prisoners on the pitch...all while grinning

Kacey Ma (right) takes no prisoners on the pitch...all while grinning

Kacey Ma owns a Jeep. A really, REALLY old Jeep.

Most of the time, we half expect her to pull up to matches Fred Flintstone-style, with her feet dangling out the bottom of the vehicle in order to stop. (And this is just one among the many things we dig about her.)

We asked Kacey to give us the lowdown on her favorite sport. Her answers are typical Kacey: smart, funny and more than a little badass. 

Where are you from? 

I grew up on a farm outside of LeMars, Iowa, the Ice Cream Capital of the World

What do you do for a living?

I’m a freelance copywriter and corporate ghostwriter for The Hungry Typewriter, a company I completely made up. 

Where do you live? 

In the tropical paradise of Annandale, Virginia

What sports have you played before discovering Irish football?

Volleyball and a little rugby. I also play a mean game of hide-and-seek when it’s time to unload the dishwasher.

What do you do for fun when you're not on the pitch? 

I work on my Jeep, sing at the top of my lungs while mowing the yard (sorry, neighbors), bake homemade bread (you’re welcome, neighbors), tackle home remodeling projects with my partner-in-crime, and nerd out Tolkien-style with my kids.

Why do you dig Irish football?

This sport has everything—endurance, agility, chaos, mud, competition, creative swear words, and the occasional Irish rant. Most of all, though, it has some of the best people on the planet.

What have you learned about yourself because of playing with our club? 

That you’re only as old as you feel the day after a match. Just kidding. I learn something new every time I play—about myself, about the game, about the crazy people I play it with. And I still come back for more. 

Have you had a favorite/memorable moment while playing in one of our drop-in matches? 

I don’t have a single favorite memory, but every time I play, I’m reminded how much playing Irish football is a lot like parenting. There’s a lot of running and flailing about, people are cheering and yelling, someone loses a shirt, somebody winds up crying (usually Greg), and, at the end of the day, it’s one of the best ways to spend your time.

Why do you love the Fairfax Irish Football Club?

There’s so much to love about this game, and I think I enjoy it because it’s a serious game that no one takes super seriously.

We’re all out to have a good time, and we all make the most of it. It’s also very inclusive. (Like, for real. If you’re a spectator or a passerby, don’t make eye contact with Mike or you’ll be on the field before you know it.)

Life philosophy? 

When in doubt, write it down.

Fitness philosophy? 

The best exercise involves being outside, getting dirty and laughing as the major ab workout. 




Michael McCarthy