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PIRATES BACK FOODBANK CAMPAIGN

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Paisley Pirates have given their backing to a festive drive by local organisations to help families in the area experience some Christmas cheer next month, by asking fans to donate items and bring them to the club’s next home game against Dundee Tigers on Sunday 11 December.

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“Our Supporters Club has already been in touch with representatives from the Trussell Trust and Renfrewshire Foodbank to discuss what we can do,” said chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “They’ll be at our game on 11 December and we’re asking our fans to show their traditional generosity by bringing along food items, selection boxes, indeed any item which might make this Christmas a little easier for local families. I’m sure our fans will respond in numbers to the initiative and I’m hoping that the representatives from the two agencies will need a lot of boxes to carry away the donations from supporters.”

Coach Ian Turley also commented, “We always stress that we are a community club wanting to give something back for all the support we receive, and this is an ideal opportunity for us to show that desire in a very practical way, by hopefully bringing a smile to some faces, for whom Christmas might otherwise be a very difficult time. Like Marie, I’m in no doubt that our fans will respond in quantity and it’s a hugely worthwhile project to be involved in. I can only recommend it wholeheartedly to all our supporters and, indeed, to everyone in the wider community. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a difference and I really hope we can do that, and, by doing so, reinforce the message about the festive period being a time for giving.”

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MILLIE’S MIRACLE FUND RAISER

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A charity ice hockey match organised by a grateful dad has raised an amazing amount for two vital neonatal units, after they helped save his baby daughter’s life.

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Ross Andreucci, a member of the 2013 Paisley Pirates championship winning side and now playing for Kilmarnock Storm in the Scottish National League, is amazed, not to say humbled, by the support he received after he decided to raise money for the Crosshouse and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Neonatal Units when his daughter Millie received 24 hour, round the clock, care after weighing only 180 grams at birth.

“I felt a simple “thank you” to the people who gave Millie all the care she needed during the first few months of her life was insufficient after all they’d done for her.. She was so small, it was months before we got her home, and I had to do something to recognise all that they did for her. I spoke to a few folk I know in the ice hockey world and the response was just overwhelming. So many folk wanted to play, or help out with some of the jobs needing done to make a game of ice hockey take place, it really was a humbling experience to have so many folk wanting to take part in the event. It’s also true to say I’ve got a far greater appreciation now of what it takes to run an ice hockey club now, I was a nervous wreck in the days and weeks leading up to the game, which took place at Ayr Ice Rink on 12 November.”

The match resulted in a 9-6 win for the pink team against their purple opponents, both teams made up of players playing for Scottish National League teams, recreational sides, and even players who came out of retirement just to take part, but the result really wasn’t important as the event raised a staggering £5,443 which will go to both neonatal units and allow them to purchase vital life saving equipment.

Ross went on, “I’ll never be able to properly thank all the folk who helped make the event an overwhelming success, from those who baked and sold cakes on the day, to those who donated items for an auction, the players who turned up to play, and even just the people who turned up to watch the game. We had an attendance which a few clubs would be happy to see at their games, and it just goes to show that the ice hockey community really does turn out in numbers to support one of their own. They made the event the success it was, and I just want them to know I’ll never forget their generosity. I’ve already been asked if I’m running another event next year so the work for that one is already underway. After the success of this year’s inaugural match I’m hoping to make the next one even bigger and better.”

 

 

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Paisley Pirates Christmas Offer

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Paisley Pirates are entering into the Christmas spirit by offering local community groups the chance to come and watch their local ice hockey team for special festive admission prices.

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“We’ve got two very tough games coming up on the two Sundays just before Christmas, as we take on the Dundee Tigers on 11 December, and we’re at home again the following weekend, which is the last match before the temporary halt to fixtures over Christmas and New Year,” said coach Ian Turley. “We’ll be starting both matches at 6.00pm and we think it’s a great opportunity for local organisations to give their members a special Christmas treat without breaking the bank. For group bookings, the cost will work out at considerably less than our normal admission prices, which means massive savings for groups coming along. We think, in these difficult economic times, these rates won’t be beaten, particularly when compared against other forms of entertainment at that time of year. We have to stress that the deal isn’t open to away fans travelling in numbers.”

He continued, “We anticipate that both games will be very difficult ones for the boys and, in turn, therefore, very entertaining, not to mention exciting, for spectators, and we think it’s a great way to encourage local community groups to come along and watch a game, make it a special night out for their members, and give us a wee bit extra encouragement all at the same time. We are forever preaching to folk that we are a local club run by the community, for the community, and in the community, and we believe we should be putting back into it some of the support we get on a regular basis, and this is one of the best ways we can think of to fulfil that desire.”

“We won’t be difficult to deal with in terms of negotiating a price for local group bookings, other than to stress that they must be made and confirmed before the match concerned, as for health & safety reasons we need to know about any large groups coming in advance of their arrival so that we have appropriate stewarding in place. Group leaders should get in touch with us via our website, paisleypirates@gmail.com, and we’ll be delighted to make sure they have a great experience when their organisation comes to watch the Paisley Pirates in action. These deals have become increasingly popular with local groups in previous years, so there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that they’d best not wait too long to make their booking, just in case our ship has sailed without them!”

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ABERDEEN LYNX 3 – PAISLEY PIRATES 3

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Honours, points, and six goals were shared in this top of the table clash which saw both teams retain their unbeaten records to date.

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The visitors had the advantage of an early powerplay, with Lynx’s Reynolds sitting out a Tripping call as early as the 5th minute, and they took full advantage as Miller was on hand to finish off a sequence with Wilson and Campbell for the opener within a minute. Both sides swopped periods of ascendancy as penalty calls were exchanged, but it was actually during a period of five on five that Aberdeen got back on level terms as Malcolm beat Meechan, the latter conceding his first goal in over two hours of play stretching back over a month, with just over two minutes remaining, to tie a tight game at 1-1 after the first session.

Pirateshttp://www.paisley.org.uk/2016/11/paisley-pirates-christmas-offer/ were quicker out of the blocks in the middle period and regained the lead in only ninety seconds, this time Campbell netting with assistance from Turley to put his side back in front for the second time. In spite of both teams having spells of pressure it wasn’t until after the halfway point that the scoreboard changed again, the hosts again equalising, this time through Leyden, to tie the scores up at 2-2 as they headed for the dressing room with all to play for in the final 20 minutes of an enthralling match.

Into the final period, and while Pirates took two penalties in succession, they managed to play them off without incident, but lost a critical third goal on 47 minutes as McIntosh was on hand to give the home side the lead for the first time, Pirates’ coach Ian Turley called a 30 second time out at this juncture, and his words of wisdom seemed to have the desired effect, as his troops fought back well and were level with just under six minutes remaining as Wilson fired home from Miller and Hassan to tie the scores for the third time. Pirates did have the chance to win the game in the latter stages, with Callum McEachran sitting out a double minor, but the hosts survived and took a point to both keep their own unbeaten record going, and become the first side to take one from the Paisley side..

Pirates now face a long period of inactivity before returning to action against Dundee Tigers on Sunday 11 December at Braehead Arena.

Scorers: Wilson, Campbell & Miller (all 1+1), Turley & Hassan (both 0+1)

Penalties: Thorp 4, Spiers, Blair, Turley & Hassan (all 2)

Shots on Goal: Lynx (C. Chalmers) 22
Pirates (Meechan) 24

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CHARITY ICE HOCKEY MATCH FOR YOUNG MILLIE

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The local ice hockey community is rallying round a very special young lady and her family to raise money for a local hospital which helped save her life when she was born.

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Young Millie Andreucci was born on Burns’ Day, 25 January, but she weighed only 20 ounces after arriving 14 weeks prematurely, and her parents feared the worst. “She was absolutely tiny when she was born, she fitted into the palm of my hand, but she is a real fighter and with Crosshouse Hospital’s Neonatal Unit providing 24 hour round the clock care for a number of months, she pulled round,” said dad Ross Andreucci, a member of the Kilmarnock Storm ice hockey team which plays in the Scottish National Ice Hockey League, and a member of the Paisley Pirates championship winning side of 2013.

“It was four and a half months before we got her home, during which time she spend 3 weeks in a Glasgow neonatal unit, as it took a while before she was pronounced fit enough to join the rest of her family, but it was well worth the wait after all the trials and tribulations of the previous few months,” he went on. “She’s now a fighting 11 lb 11 ounces and you wouldn’t know in looking at her how much she’s already been through in her short life. We’re so proud of her and just so delighted that she’s home and with us now.”

Ross, who works as a groundsman at Ayr Racecourse, explained how he and his partner wanted to do something practical to say “Thank you” for what they had done for Millie, and that was where the idea of the charity ice hockey match began to come together. “I spoke to a few team mates who play with me at Kilmarnock, guys like former Pirates Kris Underwood and Scott Blackwell, and even talked Graeme Lester, a big favourite with the Paisley Pirates in his hey day, out of retirement to play, but I’ve had support from all over. Cold Blooded Sports have donated items to the event, and all the jerseys will bear the name “Millie’s Marvels”. We’ve got a few other fundraising projects on during the match like a prize auction and an open skating session between 3.15pm and 4.00pm, and all money made will of course go to the Neonatal Unit at Crosshouse Hospital. So many people have come forward and offered their services free of charge, it’s heartwarming to see how folk have rallied round to support this event, which will take place at the Ayr Ice Rink, Limekilns Rd, at 5.00pm next Saturday. I’m hoping we’ll get a healthy turnout of fans for the game, as every admission means more vital funds will be raised for an absolutely vital service which, as we know only too well, literally saves lives.”

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

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Paisley Pirates took time out from their on ice exploits to play “good neighbour” at the weekend, lending the Braehead Clan a netminder when the Elite League team faced a crisis as a result of an injury to their first choice goalie, Michael Zajkowski.

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“I got a call from Gareth Chalmers from the Clan at tea time on Friday night asking if we could help them out, as they had two tough games coming up on the Saturday and Sunday against Belfast Giants and Nottingham Panthers respectively,” said Pirates coach Ian Turley.

“We didn’t want them to go into a match at that late stage in the week without a back up, so we were happy to lend them Calum Hepburn, who in turn is with us on a two way contract with Solway Sharks, and Calum was happy to go. Because he’s not had a lot of ice time with us this year as a result of Graeme Meechan’s excellent form, and bearing in mind that he’s covered for the Clan before, he was the obvious choice.”

He went on, “It did leave us with only one goalie for our match at North Ayr on Saturday, but we’re never going to stand in the way of any player who’ll get the chance of picking up the experience you’ll get dressing for an Elite League side, whether or not you actually get on the ice. We always preach to players that we’re here to develop them and make them better, and clearly getting the experience of mixing with Elite League players is going to be part of that development if an opportunity appears.”

“I think that makes 4 goalies which the Clan have dressed at least who have very clear Pirates’ connections-their current back up goalie Gary Russell started his career with us, they had Finnish star Jarkko Suomolainen for a season and he played for us during our time at the Lagoon, and two of our goalies, Calum Hepburn and Colin McGill a couple of years ago have helped out at short notice when they needed a back up.”

“I do think that it’s possible for SNL clubs like ourselves to develop players capable of playing in the Elite League, and I would like to think that if the Clan need any back up from us at any time, they’ve only got to come and ask.”

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NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD 0 PAISLEY PIRATES 15

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Pirates enjoyed a goal fest as they put their Ayrshire rivals to the sword in a one sided match played at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre, scoring no less than FIFTEEN times against the hosts, while Graeme Meechan enjoyed his third shut out of the season.

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It took the hosts less than three minutes to open the scoring through an unassisted Chris Turley goal, and with under five minutes on the clock the lead was doubled as Chris Wilson finished off a move with Orr and Miller to give notice that it was going to be a long night for the hosts. Two minutes later the score was 3-0 as Marc Crute got in on the act, and with the flow of play going in only one direction further goals followed through Campbell and then Haydn Bain, scoring against his former club, to take the score to five by the first break, after a period in which Wild managed only two shots on goal.

The story and pattern of play continued in the same vein in the middle session, as Pirates continued to keep their collective foot on the gas pedal, and with less than half the period played the score had risen to 8-0 as first Thorp, then Wilson with his second, and Orr, all found the target to put their team well over the horizon. Pirates continued to push forward without adding to their total for the next ten minutes before Miller added a quickfire double in the last few moments of the session to duly rack up double figures in a spell which, once again, the visitors had dominated.

Into the final session, and with the destination of the league points already well established, it only remained to be seen what the final tally would be. Miller collected his straight hat trick goal with 5 minutes gone in the period. Pirates continued to press and with Thorp, Crute and Orr all completing their doubles, and another ex-Wild player, Riddell, also getting on the scoresheet, the scoring stopped at 15 with a few minutes left, the visitors defending a 5 on 3 disadvantage at the finish as first Bain, then Blair, sat out minor penalties.

Pirates will be pleased to record another untroubled win and now face the difficult trip to Aberdeen next Saturday to take on the local Lynx, in a match that will certainly test them to the limit.

 

Scorers:          Miller (3+2), Orr (2+4), Wilson (2+3), Crute (2+2), Thorp (2+1), Turley (1+3), Riddell (1+2), Campbell (1+1), Bain (1+0), Hassan & Jordan (both 0+1)

Penalties:        Bain 4, Spiers, Blair & Miller (all 2)

Shots on Goal:            Wild (Galloway)        46

Pirates ( Meechan)   10

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Paisley Pirates preview

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Paisley Pirates hit the road again, after another blank weekend, to make the short trip to Saltcoats to line up once more against the local North Ayrshire Wild, Pirates having won the corresponding match at Braehead Arena 8-1 a few weeks ago.

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“I’m expecting a difficult match on the Wild’s home ice,” commented coach Ian Turley. “We played well against them at the beginning of the month, I thought they didn’t play so well, and we were able to take advantage to pick up another good win.”

“I think it will be a different story this weekend however, as they’ll be out to show that they’re a decent side, and with it being a local derby there’s always bragging rights to be played for. We’ve also got a number of ex Wild members in our ranks and I’m sure the home players will be wanting to show them they made a mistake in going up the road to Braehead.”

Turley went on, “I believe there might be a few personnel changes in the home side for the match and that will just make it more interesting, as I’m sure the players brought in will be keen to show their coach that they’re worth their starting slot. They’ve got a few guys in their squad who can hurt us, but equally, we’ve got players all over the lines who have done a turn for us recently, so all in all, it looks like being quite a game, as usual!”

The match faces off at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre at 6.00pm.

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Paisley Pirates-update

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Paisley Pirates continued their impressive start to the season after beating Moray Typhoons 10-0 at the Braehead Arena in their last match, but coach Ian Turley is warning against allowing any hint of over confidence to creep in.

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He commented, “It’s very important that we as a club keep doing what we always do, and that’s to look at the next game as the one which we focus on-that’s the return match against North Ayrshire Wild next Saturday, and the fixture will get our fullest attention and priority. Only when that game is finished, will we then turn our thoughts to the fixture after that and ensure we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves. It’s a well-used mantra, but it remains as true as ever, and that’s to take one game at a time.”

He went on, “Yes, it’s great to be winning and it breeds confidence in the camp, but by the same token, it means that every opponent wants to be the one who puts an end to your sequence, and that maybe makes them play just that little bit harder against you. Moray gave us a hard time of it for a while on Sunday and I felt we didn’t play as well as we’re capable of, particularly early on. We again came good and found some chemistry as the game progressed and I like to think that in turn puts our opponents under pressure, knowing that we’ll be going at them for the entire 60 minutes without beginning to tire toward the end. A goal scored in the final minutes of play is at least as important as one scored at the beginning, so we will continue to play until the final buzzer.”

“I changed a few things round on Sunday, switching the lines about a little and trying a few ideas out. I believe we have a number of players able to play various roles on any given night. Now that we have had a few games under our belt I can see the direction I want the team to go and it’s crucial that all players buy into that ethos. There are a couple of guys starting to find form and it’s important to exploit this and give players a chance to play. The honeymoon period is over and it’s key to ensure that complacency doesn’t creep in. We have a solid group of guys who want to play major minutes every game. This creates competition for places and no one is safe in that respect. I stand by the saying that you are only as good as your last game, competition is healthy, and with that in mind it will continue to push players to perform at the highest possible standards every game.”

 

 

 

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Paisley Pirates match report

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PAISLEY PIRATES   10        MORAY TYPHOONS   0

 Pirates duly completed a straightforward victory against the Typhoons in a match where the ultimate result was never in serious doubt, but it took their now regular third period surge to put a convincing result on the scoreboard.

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The home side opened with pace and were ahead in under 90 seconds as Haydn Bain finished off a passing movement with Hassan and Thorp to score the go ahead goal. However, in spite of having most of the play for the remainder of the session Pirates were unable to add to the scoreline during a session which failed to get the pulses racing. While they pushed towards the Moray goal, they rarely threatened to add to their total, while the visitors, on their rare ventures forward, were similarly ineffectual, leaving a one goal margin separating the teams after 20 minutes.

Coach Ian Turley’s interval team talk appeared to shake the home side out of their lethargy, as with under 6 minutes of the second period gone they were two in front as Fraser Campbell weaved a path across the visitors’ defensive zone before backhanding beyond Ramsay to double his side’s lead. Before the halfway point it was three as Crute fired a rocket beyond the Moray goalie, and with less than two minutes remaining on the clock in the middle session it was David Orr’s turn to finish off a move with Guy and Miller to send the home team in at the second break with a four goal advantage, and with Calum Hepburn having replaced a mostly redundant Graeme Meechan between the pipes halfway through the session.

Pirates again stepped up a gear in the third session and were 5-0 ahead in under two minutes, as Campbell notched his second in a goalmouth scramble, and with Crute netting his second unassisted effort within half a minute the game was done and dusted. However, while Pirates were now in complete control they added three goals in the space of under 90 seconds as Miller with a double, then Thorp, both scored before the halfway point in the session took the score to 9-0.. With just over six minutes remaining, Bain took the score into double figures as he slipped the puck beyond the advancing McPherson in the Moray goal.

However, with the game well and truly over as a contest, all hell broke loose with barely half a minute left as a high challenge on Crawford brought an instant reaction from the number 66, and with players from both sides participating in several exchanges on the ice, the penalty count rose rapidly when the match result was already well decided, and which saw the respective penalty boxes full to overflowing.

Pirates will be happy to record another big win which takes their goals total in three home games to 28-3. They now face a long wait for their next home game before entertaining Dundee Tigers at Braehead Arena on Sunday 11 December.

Scorers:          Bain (2+2), Miller (2+1), Campbell & Crute (both 2+0), Orr (1+3), Thorp (1+1), Spiers (0+2). Guy, Hamilton & Hassan (all 0+1)

Penalties:        Crawford 47, Blair 39, McLaughlin 27, Turley 16, Crute 14, Johnston 10, Hepburn 2

Man of the Match: Fraser Campbell