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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

 

 

 

 

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Preview – Paisley Pirates v Moray Typhoons – Sunday 16th Oct

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Paisley Pirates are back in action this weekend as they host Moray Typhoons, who make the long journey south to provide the opposition this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm).

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“Yes, it’ll be good to get back onto the ice for some competitive action,” said Coach Ian Turley. “Sometimes it’s good to get a weekend off, as it allows any of the boys carrying an injury an extra week to recover, but normally I’m looking for a game every weekend to keep us ticking over. I’ve got a lot of young players in the squad this year and they all want to be playing every week and getting ice time.”

He went on, “To compound the situation, this will be our last home game until a couple of weeks before Christmas, as Braehead has the Arena booked out for the whole of November, and the way the fixtures pan out, there will be no home games until December. It’s not ideal, we’d prefer to be getting a regular pattern of home fixtures, but that’s the way it’s working for us and when you don’t own your own rink you really aren’t in control of your own affairs. It’s not a complaint, it’s just the way it is.”

“So we’re hoping that with this being the last home game for a while, we’ll get a good attendance at the Moray game as it’ll be the last chance for many supporters to see the team in action until we’re into the festive season. It would be good to come away happy with a win, even better if we can do so in front of a good crowd! It will be a chance, too, for folk to start their Christmas buying early as we’ll have in stock replicas of our new jerseys which have had a great reaction from supporters, limited edition pucks, ski hats, and a whole bundle of new merchandise flying off our tables!”

 

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Paisley Pirates match report

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PAISLEY PIRATES  8                       NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD  1

Pirates put on a good performance as they thrashed their visitors by 8 goals to 1 to the delight of the home support.

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It took less than 2 minutes before slick passing between Riddell & Wilson with a final pass being left to FRASER CAMPBELL to sink the puck in the back of the Wilds net.  The great work continued as BAIN, MILLER and again CAMPBELL saw them notch up a further 3 goals, making it 4-0 Pirates.  It was no surprise that the Wild bench decided to call a 30 second time out at 12:36.

The second period saw new signing MARC CRUTE skate hard up the wing to score his first goal for the Pirates, with FRASER CAMPBELL notching up a hatrick, power play goal with an excellent back hand.

Minor Pirate penalties handed out to both teams gave Wild a 5 on 4 advantage, which saw Brown pull one goal back at 36:34, finishing the score line of the second period at 6-1 for the home side.

It took just over 10 minutes of the final stanza for Pirates Man of the Match CALLUM BLAIR to score unassisted, with his second of the evening coming again 25 seconds later.

Coach Ian Turley will be delighted with the immense overall improvement and performance his team are putting on display for the approving fan base of the Paisley Pirates.

Pirates’ next home match is against the Moray Tornados on Sunday 16th October, facing off at 6.00pm in the Braehead Arena.

 

Scorers:          Wilson (0+4), Campbell (3+0), Blair (2+0), Miller (1+1), Riddle (0+2), Bain & Crute (1+0), Thorp & Johnston (both 0+1)

Penalties:        Riddle, Turley, Guy & Thorp (all 2 mins)

Shots on Goal: On Pirates      24

On Wild          33

Man of the Match: Calum Blair

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Paisley Pirates-preview

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Paisley Pirates go into this weekend’s local derby against North Ayrshire Wild buoyed by their 3-1 success at the home of the reigning SNL champions, Kirkcaldy Kestrels, last Sunday evening in a tight thriller in Fife.

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“We played very well against the champions,” said coach Ian Turley as he reflected on the match before looking forward to another tough looking local derby. “Once again, I was delighted that we kept calm and stuck to the game plan which saw us through, just as it had done the previous weekend when we came back against Dundee Comets. It gives us confidence to know we can play for 60 minutes, and it puts a wee bit of pressure on our opponents as they know they won’t get any respite from us over the course of the game.”

He continued, “Sure, as we anticipated, there were times in the match against the Kestrels that we were under pressure, you have to expect that when you’re playing against good teams. What was pleasing, though, was the way in which we dealt with those situations and came out the other side with a win. Our young team is getting better with every game and I’m pleased with the way the newcomers are settling in as if they’ve never played with anyone else.”

“This Sunday we have another challenge in front of us in the form of North Ayrshire Wild. We know they’ve got a good team assembled as they’ve already recorded a win and two draws against good opposition. They’ve got a talented squad, with a couple of former Pirates in their ranks, and they’ll be desperate to put one over us, and equally we’re very keen to put on another performance for our own supporters. I know the Wild will bring a good number of supporters with them so it has all the hallmarks of a noisy local derby, just the way we like them!”

“I keep saying this, and it doesn’t get any less true each time I do-if there’s a more value for money evening around than coming to watch the Paisley Pirates in action, I certainly don’t know about it. The word is getting about that we’re worth a look, and it’s a great family night out without breaking the bank to do it, so get yourselves along to watch us this Sunday at 6.00pm!”

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Paisley Pirates-update

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Paisley Pirates have made another important signing, but their latest addition will be doing all his work off the ice.

The club has recruited Chris Mudie to their ranks, and he will be acting as the club’s physio/sports therapist on match nights, where he will take his place on the bench alongside the club’s playing squad, team manager, and coach.

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Coach Ian Turley commented, “He’s another very important signing for us, as he’s got loads of qualifications while he’s already built up a business as a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist, while he’s well versed in massage techniques as well, and I’m sure the club in general, and the players in particular, will benefit hugely from having him at their side.”

He went on, “We might be an amateur club playing in an amateur league, albeit the highest calibre competition at this level in Scotland, but as I’m constantly saying, that shouldn’t be seen as a barrier to being as professional an outfit as we can possibly be in our preparation, fitness levels, and everything else which goes into these elements of the sport. Chris’ addition to the ranks means we can raise the bar a little higher in those respects, and for our players it means they’re perhaps getting the services of a qualified professional which they’d maybe not get if they were playing somewhere else.”

“We keep preaching the need to have a healthy regime in place if you want to play ice hockey, and Chris’ signing is just more evidence that we don’t just talk about it, we go out and do it! He’s got experience in identifying rehabilitation needs after an injury as well, and while, of course, we’re hoping that players won’t have recourse to that element of his services on a regular basis, just knowing he’s there is in itself a big plus for us. We’re looking to having him work with us on a weekly basis and I don’t think it will be long before we see the benefit of having our latest recruit working alongside the rest of the team.”

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Paisley Pirates-update

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Paisley Pirates head for the east coast for the second consecutive weekend as they take on SNL champions Kirkcaldy Kestrels in an important SNL fixture this Sunday, having won a tough encounter at Dundee on Saturday when they triumphed 5-2, after trailing going into the final session.

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“We were back to something like full strength at Dundee and having everyone available always makes things that little bit easier,” said coach Ian Turley. “I think we were able to capitalise on having four lines as our guys were definitely that bit fresher in the final session and it showed. The goals were spread around a little too and that’s always pleasing when you know that you have a lot of players who can chip in with a goal or two.”

“While it was a good win to achieve we’ll have to step up a gear again to take on the team which deservedly won the league title last year. We swopped wins in the league during the season, and we beat them in Kirkcaldy on our way to lifting the Scottish Cup last season, so while it’s another tough one for us we’re entitled to think we can put on a show again and give a good account of ourselves. Our new guys are settling in well so it’s good to have a number of lines you can send out with confidence to do a good job, and while we had to come from behind, in spite of having the bulk of possession throughout the Dundee game, it nevertheless showed that we don’t let our heads go down if the puck isn’t running for us. There will be spells on Sunday where that might happen so it’s important that our players remember they’re playing against a good side.”

He continued, “We hope to create chances with our style of play. However, it is important we are clinical around the Kestrels’ as not taking our chances could prove to be costly. It’s usually a game worth watching when we go against each other and I can’t imagine Sunday night will be any different.”

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Paisley Pirates – Team of the Year

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Paisley Pirates are celebrating after the club picked up the prestigious “Team of the Year” trophy in the annual Renfrewshire Community Sports Award ceremony held in a packed Paisley Town Hall on Friday night.

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With representatives attending from all the major local clubs within their respective sports in the Renfrewshire area, Pirates made the final three in the “Team of the Year” category before beating off strong competition from Kelburne Hockey Club and the Shito-Kai Karate Club, to be voted into top spot by the panel of judges.

Delighted coach Ian Turley, who collected the trophy on behalf of the club, thanked the judges for their vote, while paying tribute to everyone within the club who had contributed to a huge team effort both on and off the ice, while the trophy will shortly go on display in the Pirates’ trophy cabinet at Braehead Arena. He commented, “You realise you have achieved something when you see the quality and commitment of clubs and individuals  in this area to their respective sports, so to win this award is something very special.”