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Paisley Pirates Head Coach Ian Turley was happy with his team’s performance at the weekend, when the side took a maximum four points from their two matches at Kilmarnock Thunder and at home to Edinburgh Capitals on the Sunday.

Paisley Pirates celebrate their Scottish Cup win in 2016 – Picture courtesy of Al Goold

“I don’t think we managed a four point weekend all of last season, when we won the Scottish National League, so Adam and myself are pleased that we managed to get through both matches, perform well, and score a few goals in the process,” he commented. “The team has come together very nicely, considering the fact that there were a lot of new faces brought in before the start of the season, there’s a fantastic team spirit in the dressing room, and the boys are all desperate to learn. One or two of them have commented that they wish they had come to Pirates earlier, which is a big compliment to the club and, to be fair, the boys seem to be enjoying what they’re doing not just on game nights, but also in training.”


He continued, “The attendance rate at training is virtually 100%, and while you might expect that to be the norm, when you’re training at amateur club level there can be work commitments, family responsibilities, and any number of events which can cause players to miss it, but these guys have been committed from day one.”


“There’s a real positive feel about the place right now. A number of fans have already said that they can see and feel a difference on the ice, a very positive one, in terms of how we’re going about our game plan and our strategies, and how well the guys seem to be playing as one, as a team.”


“Both Adam and I are delighted with the response we’ve been getting from the team, it’s very satisfying to watch players listen and understand what we’re saying to them, and then go out and do it on the ice. I think we’ve maybe surprised a few folk already this year. We’ve got a bit of a break this weekend with no games, which I’m quite pleased about as they’ve worked very hard up until now and I don’t expect that to change. We’re back in action against Kilmarnock Thunder at Braehead Arena on Sunday 10 December.”

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Paisley Pirates have embraced the spirit of Christmas in a big way by announcing a special cut price deal for local groups and organisations who apply for a special discounted deal which will be valid for their home games at Braehead Arena on Sunday 10 and 17 respectively.

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“We know it’s a special time of year for most folk, but we also know it can be a difficult time as there’s not a lot of money around these days for the wee special things that can make all the difference at Christmas, and not all local groups have the cash to take a group of kids to the likes of the pantomime or cinema, for example, when they’re looking for something a little different as a pre-festive treat for their members,” said club secretary Jackie Turley.


“With this in mind, we’re offering what we consider to be a pretty sensational cut price deal for such groups which will be valid for our matches against Kilmarnock Thunder on Sunday, December 10, and Dundee Comets seven days later. We’ve already been asked by a few people if we’re doing something this year, as these deals have been very popular in previous seasons, and the answer is a very definite yes. Because of certain restrictions in place we can only offer a limited number of these deals, so our advice to groups is to book early to avoid disappointment, by contacting the club at paisleypirates.org@gmail.com to ensure they get in on one of these nights.


“We will, of course, have all sorts of Pirates’ merchandise on sale on these nights, just in time for Christmas Day, so anyone who’s struggling to come up with the perfect present can find the ideal solution at the merchandise table when they’re attending. The only condition we’re putting on the cut price deals is that the kids attending must shout very loudly and get behind their very own ice hockey team.”

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Paisley Pirates romped to their biggest win since they moved to the Braehead Arena in 2007 as they swept Solway Stingrays aside in a mammoth 18-1 victory.

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The home side built on their great 5-2 away win at Edinburgh the week before in an amazing first period which saw them score no fewer than ELEVEN times, although it wasn’t until the seventh minute they actually took the lead through Michael Dobson, and doubled their lead in under a minute, while short handed, as Thorp found the net for the first time. A spirited Stingrays side responded immediately as they went straight up the ice and reduced the deficit to one through Adams, but it was the last crumb of comfort they were to get in a very long evening.


Sarginson, and then Thorp with his second of the night, took the score to 4-1 before the halfway point in the period, and a three goal burst in less than a minute through Bain, Crute and Johnston took the score to seven before the 14th minute, while a four goal burst in under four minutes before the first break through Thorp, completing his hat trick, Sarginson and Crute netting their second respectively took the score into double figures before the former completed his treble, taking the score to an astonishing score 11-1 at the first interval.


While there was perhaps an expectation that another barrage of goals would follow in the middle session after the carnage of the first twenty minutes, it never materialised as the visitors defended valiantly, with Dolan in particular in the away net performing heroics to keep the score down, and there was almost 35 minutes on the clock before Johnston put Blair in the clear to beat him for the only goal of the session.


With the final twenty minutes underway, it took Pirates only three of them to find their way to the goal, Hamilton getting on the scoresheet for unlucky thirteen, and a two goal burst in half a minute saw Dobson grab his second, and Thorp his fourth, while another two goals in 20 seconds before the halfway point in the period through Crute and Thorp again took the score to seventeen. A final counter from Guy with six minutes to go finished the scoring for the night, with the Stingrays happy to leave the ice after another heavy defeat.


A ruthless performance by the Pirates allowed then to complete their biggest win ever in Braehead Arena, and set them up nicely for a tough clash against Edinburgh Capitals this coming Sunday (face off 6.00pm) at the same venue.


Scorers: Thorp (5+3), Sarginson (4+1), Dobson (2+6), Crute (2+4), Hamilton (1+3), Bain, Johnston & Blair (all 1+2), Guy (1+1), Henderson (0+3), McLaughlin (0+2), Crawford (0+1)

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Paisley Pirates v Dundee Tigers Post Match Interviews


Paisley Pirates 6, Dundee Tigers 1 from Braehead Arena 22nd Oct 2017.

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Pirates were delighted to get their season off to a flying start at the weekend with two good wins.  On Saturday they travelled to North Ayr, taming the Wild with a 7-0 win.  

Their first home game on Sunday resulted in a 7-1 win against Kilmarnock Storm.

Paisley Pirates defeat Kilmarnock Storm 7-1 at Braehead on ,15 October , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Coach Adam Walker said “It was really pleasing to get off to a good start last weekend.  We expected a test in both games, however, the team responded well to the challenge and grew in confidence as the weekend went on.  Obviously there is a long way to go and I think we had one or two tired bodies on Sunday in the latter stages, but that is to be expected with us not being game sharp. Fitness will improve as we work our way through the games.  We haven’t had the opportunity to play any pre season games and starting late means we will be a little behind for the first three or four games.  Both North Ayrshire Wild and Kilmarnock Storm were playing there seventh game against us, but I thought we coped well and were comfortable for long spells in each.  A real positive for the team is that every line had scoring at the weekend, which will enable us to rely on everybody to make an offensive contribution.  Everyone has a role on the team and we expect our top offensive players to contribute regularly, however, that secondary scoring is also vital if we are to be successful”


“This weekend we welcome Dundee Tigers to Braehead and although they haven’t got off to the best start we will go into the game prepared and ready for the challenges they bring.  They have some good players in the team that can pose a threat and we have to respect that.  Hopefully we can get the same support from the fans as we did last week.  They were excellent and the boys really appreciate the support, which inspires everyone to work hard, giving our fans a team to be proud of…”


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The waiting is just about over for Paisley Pirates fans, who are on countdown to a weekend which sees them in action twice after almost six months of inactivity, an away match against North Ayr Wild on Saturday preceding their opening home fixture at Braehead Arena on Sunday evening (face off 6.00pm) against Kilmarnock Storm.   “It’ll be good to get back onto the ice in competitive action after such a long spell of inactivity,” said Head Coach Ian Turley. “There’s been a freshness in training over the last few weeks, as the makeup of the team has changed quite …

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Paisley Pirates’ fans have the opportunity to catch up with all the latest news about their team this Saturday (30 September), when the Supporters Club stages a Race Night and Question and Answer session within Priorscroft Bowling Club, Paisley, with doors opening at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

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“It’s going to be the first chance for fans of the club to find out about, and maybe even meet, some of the new signings made for the up and coming season, which is now only a fortnight away,” said Supporters Club Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “It’s been a a long close season, so everyone’s looking forward not just to the Race Night, which will be along traditional lines, but also the Question & Answer session, with coaches Ian Turley and Adam Walker taking questions from the floor about everything and anything. I’m anticipating the formation of this year’s team will be of particular interest to those attending, so all in all supporters will be getting a lot for their £3 admission fee.”

“We’re also intending to hold an auction at some stage during the night, with a couple of very valuable items on the table. We’d like to thank Morrisons from Lonend and Falside Rd, Arnold Clark Hillington, Chives Regal, Rangers Football Club, and Drennan’s Deli, all of whom have contributed substantially to the prizes and/or aution items which will be available on the night. There will also be a “Play Your Card Right” section during the evening so I don’t think anyone will be able to complain that they’re not getting excellent value for their £3, which can be paid at the door on the night.”

“We’ve had loads of support already, to the extent that we’re likely to have at least a couple of races “double booked”, so to speak, and just to add a Pirates’ theme to the races they’re going to be called after former coaches or people who have run the club over the years, so folk will see the likes of a “Doug Marsden Chase” and an “Allan Maxwell Handicap” during the night.

“It’s obviously before the start of the playing season for us but the task of fund raising is a 52 weeks of the year job, so we’re starting as early for the new campaign as we can. We’re hoping we get good support from fans and players alike as, let’s face it, all the money raised goes towards keeping our favourite ice hockey team on the ice. We’re also hoping our new team will do the business on the ice this year, so it’s up to us, the supporters, to do the same off the ice. We know it takes an awful lot of money to keep an ice hockey team afloat so the work in raising that cash starts now!”

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Paisley Pirates are back on the ice after enjoying a long summer break, following their SNL Championship success which saw them lift the League trophy away back in February.

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“Yes, it seems an awful long time ago since we celebrated winning that particular trophy,” commented coach Ian Turley, “but that’s maybe not such a bad thing, as while we will be defending league champions that will count for nothing this season, apart from maybe encouraging opponents to try and down us. It’s time to forget about what we did and concentrate on what we need to be doing this season.”

“We had a good trial come training session last week which let us look at a few guys as well as those who were with last year, and there’s still time for anyone wanting to try out for us as we’ve got another session tomorrow (Tuesday) and on Friday, all potential players need to do is let us know that they want to come along.”

He continued, “We’ve also had a few foreign players in contact with us looking to try out so we’ll see what happens on that front over the next wee while, if any of them follow up their initial enquiries. Like I say, there’s still time for potential new signings to come to a trial/practice and let us see what they’ve got, but I wouldn’t want them to be waiting too much longer before getting on the ice.”

“We’ve also made an important off-ice appointment by bringing on board one of our main sponsors, Steven Gardner from Cold Blooded Sports, as Equipment Manager and he’ll be on the bench with us on match nights. It’s important to have someone in that position who is an expert in his field and in that context we couldn’t have anyone better than Steven, who as a recreational hockey player and someone who retails equipment as his real job, certainly ticks all the boxes in that respect. We’re delighted to have him with us and it’s just one more illustration of the fact that while the Paisley Pirates might be an amateur club, anyone coming to play with us will be joining one of the most professional organisations around.”

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Paisley Pirates are gearing up for a successful defence of their SNL title and are inviting players and volunteers to come forward and join the organisation.

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Coach Ian Turley said, “I’m really looking forward to the start of training in a few weeks, on 22 August, as this won’t only give our new member of the coaching set up, Adam Walker, the opportunity to get to know the players, it’ll also give us the chance to look at the guys who played for us before, and, hopefully, there will be a few players from around the ice rinks wanting to come along and impress us enough to be offered a team slot. It’s a very critical period for us as we’d like to get a lot of hard work and preparation under our belts before the serious stuff starts.”

“It’s always nice to get a few new faces in as it freshens up the dressing room a bit, and it showed last season when we got young players like Dean Hamilton and Euan McLaughlin to join up with us. The enthusiasm of the youngsters always rubs off on the more established players so I’m hoping that the early practices will throw up at least a couple of new faces able to join the ranks and make a difference. The standard of the SNL has risen markedly in the seven years I’ve been involved with the Pirates and there’s no reason to suggest the new season will be anything different in that respect.”

He continued, “We’re also looking to expand our army of off-ice volunteers to do the million and one jobs which need to be done on match nights. We’re proud of the fact that we’re regarded as a well run organisation and there’s good reasons for that-we work very hard at being the best we can be, and we have a lot of folk helping us too! Like I say, we’re wanting to further increase our volunteer numbers as there’s a lot of unseen jobs go into putting on a professional show.”

“The message is the same for anyone wanting to join our on-ice team, or our off-ice squad. Get in touch with us at paisleypirates@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you with all the details you need to become one of the Pirates’ family. It really couldn’t be simpler and we’ll look forward to hearing from you!”

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Paisley Pirates have announced a major coup with the signing of former Manchester Phoenix and Braehead Clan forward Adam Walker, who will join the re-jigged coaching set up within the current SNL champions.

Ian Turley commented, “I’m absolutely delighted to have landed Adam, who will primarily function as a coach within the club, although he will be registered as a player so that, if circumstances dictate, he can add his considerable playing ability to our bench. Adam’s skills behind the bench are already well known to Pirates’ fans, as he coached the Dundee Comets to a double success last year in the finals of the league playoffs and Scottish Cup, ironically against us on both occasions, so our new coaching team can boast that between them their clubs picked up the major honours in the SNL last season.”

He went on, “I don’t see the arrival of Adam as a sign of me bringing in an assistant, I regard it as a partnership of equals, although the buck stops with me with regard to any coaching issues in the final analysis. He will make a huge difference to us on the coaching front as, on a very simplistic level, he can be taking players at one end of the ice to work on a particular aspect of playing, while I can be working at the other end on something else. He’s got so much more than that, however, as his wealth of experience in playing for teams at the top level can only be a good thing for the club in general and the players in particular.”

“I’ve felt for some time that we needed to enhance the coaching set up within the club, and Adam is a perfect fit for where I see the club going. We already share a number of philosophies and ideas on coaching, but I felt I needed someone who will from time to time make me think differently, maybe even challenge my ideas, and I’m entirely happy that Adam will bring that element to the club.”

Walker said, “I’m really chuffed to be getting the chance to join one of Scotland’s top clubs, so much so that I’m certain I’ll learn a lot just by being part of it. The regular commute to Dundee was just getting too much to contemplate continuing, much as I really enjoyed being with a great squad of players, and I could hardly believe my luck when the chance came up to join a club pretty much on my doorstep. To be invited to become part of the set up is, for me, a very great honour as it has always been, in recent times certainly, a very well run club and, of course, it has a heritage going back 70 years. Pirates have a very professional outlook as to how they go about their business and Ian comes across very strongly as a guy who wants to improve every single time the team is on the ice and that’s a philosophy I share. Ian is a very fine coach in his own right and I think it can only be a matter of time before that is recognised at international level.”

“From what I saw of them last year, the players work very hard, and that ethic will always bring results. The club has a substantial core of very good players already, so we have a very solid base to work from and I’m really looking forward to making a contribution to the continuous improvement of the squad. I genuinely feel that the match of Ian and myself as a coaching team will help make that happen.”

Turley continued, “From a player’s perspective, we’re hoping too that Adam’s signing will make this year’s squad members look at themselves and realise that when you play for the Pirates you should constantly be re-evaluating your contribution and commitment to the cause, and bringing in someone who will change the group dynamic for the better will help achieve that aim. The slate has been wiped clean in the sense that those who played for us last season and, indeed, maybe in previous years shouldn’t necessarily expect to be automatically offered the chance to play for one of the top teams in the league-they’ll have to earn their spot!”

“We have 22 places to fill on the roster and we will be looking for every one of them to be filled by guys wanting to play on the first line every week, rather than just occupy a spot. We’re also looking for players to be coming to us having already achieved a good level of fitness, rather than working up to it once the season actually commences. It will hopefully send out a message that regardless of what you have done in the past, and remember, we’ve just won the league, you always need to be looking to improve, and that’s one of the messages that Adam’s signing should send out.”

“It’s very important to the club that we can continue to persuade young developing players to come to the Pirates, and we think our first signing is very much a declaration of intent, namely, that young guys coming to us wanting to improve their skills, and be the very best they can be, will get every chance to do so.”