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Paisley Pirates Wekend Preview

Paisley Pirates’ Head Coach Ian Turley declared “business as usual” following his team’s 11-1 win over Moray Typhoons, the two points from which resulted in his side leap frogging Aberdeen Lynx and move up to third place in the Scottish National League

“We scored another win, and that helps build up momentum, but at this time it’s critical that we keep our sensible hats on and continue doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I know some people are looking at the league table and saying “well, if they do this, and we do that, then this could happen,” but I can honestly say that is not the focus of attention for Adam Walker and myself, nor has it been, since the season commenced in September.”


“We said away back then that this year would be about performances, and that’s exactly how it’s been in training and games. With good performances you will normally get the rewards you deserve, play badly and you don’t. Conversely, we got away with two below par performances a few weeks ago against this Sunday’s opponents, North Ayrshire Wild, and that’s not to take away from the good display they put on, we just didn’t play to our standards.”


He continued, “Wild will be looking at their own performance in the second leg of that tie and thinking “we could cause an upset here” if the same conditions prevail, so it’s up to us to go out and prove we can play very well and put on a show for our supporters. We had a group in from a local Paisley cubs section in Paisley for the Moray game and they certainly made a lot of noise, and we’re still taking group bookings via paisleypirates@gmail.com if local leaders want to give their youth groups a good night out for not a lot of money. We’ve got quite a few games still to play at home this year so there’s still time if you want to get in touch with us and come along to support their local team, and see some of the very best local talent available on Sunday nights.”


Sunday’s match faces off at the usual time of 6.00pm

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In partnership with Pinnacle Training, February’s Shine The Light is Bill Elliot.

Bill Elliot, 64, of Houston was nominated by friend and fellow supporters club chairwoman Marie Cadenhead, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Paisley Pirates. Bill was presented with his award in front of an audience of Paisley Pirates fans, club members, and players, as well as his his wife and son.

Paisley Pirates Ice Hockey club is a non-profit sporting organisation run by the Turley family on a voluntary basis.
Bill is credited with spending his own time producing match reports and promotional material for the club, often working late into the night, as well as having an active role in the Supporters Club as former Chairman and Secretary.

Bill has been volunteering for several years, from the Pirate’s home in the Lagoon Leisure Centre to their new home in Braehead Arena.

The Paisley Pirates were founded in 1946 and are one of the oldest hockey clubs in Scotland and the UK. As well as receiving prestigious awards such as Volunteer of the Year 2015 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, Team of the Year 2016 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, as well as recently receiving the Provost’s Community Award – Sporting Achievement. They are an asset to Paisley and Renfrewshire, something Bill is keen to see continue, as evident with his volunteering, fund raising and promotional work.

Marie, Paisley Pirates Supporters Club Chairwoman, credits Bill, “Bill does a lot of behind the scenes work. On a personal level, he has been a huge support to me, especially when I was asked to start Paisley Pirates Supporters Club”.

Bill’s interest in the sporting community extends beyond just Ice Hockey, as he was highly involved with the Paisley Lions. Paisley Lions were a motorcycle speedway team that participated in the British National League in 1975 and 1976, based at Love Street in Paisley.

Despite having to take a step back in recent years due to family commitments and personal illness, Bill is still a driving force in maintaining and promoting the club.
Jackie Turley, Paisley Pirates Club Secretary said “Bill is a stalwart of the club and at times has been a vital part of the Pirates’ operation. He has went above and beyond to ensure the club is successful both on and off the ice and there’s no task he won’t undertake. Bill constantly keeps us in the public eye.”

It is because of people like Bill that organisations like the Paisley Pirates flourish, creating opportunity, growth and positive attention to Renfrewshire. It is those inspirational people in our community such as Bill Elliot that we should recognise and we are only too pleased to award Bill the title of Shine The Light – Mr February, as presented by Jim Furie, Managing Director.

Anyone wishing to support the Paisley Pirates can do so by contacting paisleypirates@gmail.com

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Pirates swept the Typhoons aside for the second weekend in a row and, in doing so, racked up their 100th league goal of the season in a match accentuated by bursts of scoring and periods of play in which they dominated, but couldn’t find the net.

The home side were ahead as early as three minutes in when Walker opened Pirates’ account on the powerplay, but they were pulled back within ninety seconds as Typhoons, now with a man advantage equalised through Grant for 1-1. Pirates had the bulk of the play thereafter but the go ahead goals didn’t actually appear when until the eighth minute when, while playing shorthanded on both occasions, they scored twice in under fifty seconds through Guy and Thorp to give their side a cushion at 3-1. They netted a fourth in the 13th minute as Crute was handily places to shoot home, and seconds before the buzzer Walker got his second to give the home side an already comfortable 5-1 advantage going into the first break.


The pattern of play was repeated in the middle session as Pirates beat a steady path to netminder McPherson, but the goalie was having a great night as shots were sticking to his gloves and pads like magnets, until the 27th minute when Martyn Guy neatly took the puck round him to score the 6th. Pirates’ 7th, and their 100th League goal of the season, duly arrived after 31 minutes as skipper Chris Turley fired in an unstoppable effort, and a further pair from Guy, securing his hat trick, and a first from Haydn Bain, took the score to 9-1 by the 2nd buzzer.


The third session continued as the previous two, with Pirates mostly on the offence, with Meechan in goal equal to the occasional shot which came his way, and the goals came early in the session as Haydn Bain scored a double either side of the 45th minute to complete his own hat trick, and take the score to 11-1, and while the hosts continued to press, they couldn’t find another counter, with Thorp coming closest with a shot which came back off the bar with 5 minutes left.


Pirates will be happy to clinch another two points and continue to push Kirkcaldy and Dundee Comets at the top end of the league table..


They are back in home action next Sunday when they take on North Ayrshire Wild in a league derby (face off 6.00pm).

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Paisley Pirates return to Braehead Arena this Sunday

Paisley Pirates return to Braehead Arena this Sunday (face off 6.00pm) for the first time in three weeks to take on the Moray Typhoons in swift re-match following the Renfrewshire side’s 7-1 win over the Elgin side when they met last Saturday.

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“Yes, it’s a quick turnaround for us as we only saw them last weekend, but that’s sometimes how the fixtures work. It won’t make any difference to our preparation though, as we’ll be just as thorough as we always are before we take on an opponent,” said Head Coach Ian Turley. “People might be of the view that we’re favourites for the two points after defeating them in their rink only a week ago, but we don’t see it that way at all,” he went on.


“At this stage of the season, it’s vitally important that we continue to do what we’re doing, work hard, and go into the game not expecting anything other than a tough challenge. Any attitude that even hints at complacency could cause problems for us so Adam and I will be working hard as usual this week in training to make sure the players know what is expected of them on Sunday, when we’re playing in front of our own support.”


“Dundee Comets beat Kirkcaldy Kestrels, who have been front runners for the SNL title for most of the season, at the weekend, so that’s opened up the league race a bit, and we’re in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup again, where we’ll meet Aberdeen Lynx for a place in the final, with the first leg at their place on Saturday 17 March, and the return at Braehead Arena the following Saturday, so there’s a lot to play for in the remaining part of the season.”


“People forget that this team was only put together a week or two before our season started and they’ve done pretty well for a young side to have got to where they are right now. However, this is now the business end of the season where every game is important and, as Adam and I keep reinforcing, we have got to keep our standards up and even try to improve on them further, because there are some very good teams left in the running for the various competitions and we can be sure that they won’t give us an inch in the weeks and months to come.”

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After several under par performances in recent weeks, Pirates returned to form with an excellent away win in Elgin, overcoming the Typhoons comfortably to record a 7-1 victory.

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Pirates were penalised after only nine seconds as Thorp took a trip to the penalty box with his opposite number Millar but as they came back onto the ice, Munro for the home side took another minor and Pirates scored immediately through Henderson to take the lead. It got better for Pirates as with only 5 minutes on the clock the same player linked with Crute and Walker to double the advantage and give the visitors a healthy cushion with the game still in its early stages.


Both goalies were kept busy on the small rink but with the first period almost at an end, the Typhoons got themselves on the board with 14 seconds remaining as Munro beat Russell to give the scoreline a tighter look, as the teams headed for the dressing room with Pirates holding a narrow 2-1 advantage.


Pirates came out for the middle session looking to take the game away from their hosts and were rewarded with a quick goal in the 23rd minute as Hamilton, up with the forwards, beat McPherson to restore the 2 goal advantage. The visitors were now motoring in top gear and four minutes later Walker was on hand to make it 4-1 on the powerplay, and less than a minute later it was game over as Johnston was on hand to give his side a four goal advantage. Pirates were outshooting the hosts by more than two to one during the session, but were unable to turn their superiority into more goals. Nevertheless, at the buzzer, they were sitting pretty at 5-1.


If there was any lingering doubt about the destination of the two points, they were dispelled after only 18 seconds of the final session as Thorp finished off a move with McGlaughlin and Crute to make it six. Pirates ran into penalty trouble and were forced to play off no fewer than 4 minor penalties thereafter, but there was still time for the giant forward to net his second of the night and present a final scoreline of 7-1 to the visitors, and round off an excellent night for them before the long trip home.


Pirates are at home for the first time in three weeks this Sunday when they again line up against the Typhoons at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm) in the reverse fixture.

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Kids will have a blast with space-age fun and games

Youngsters can have some fun that is out of this world at intu Braehead during the school half term break this weekend.

And eight-year-old Owen Macdonald, from Foxbar, in Paisley visited the shopping and leisure destination yesterday to get ready for take off.

Free games, arts and crafts and competitions with a space age theme are taking place at intu Braehead between Friday, February 9 toMonday, February 12 from noon to 4pm.

There will also be a space hunt around the shopping centre during the 5,4,3,2, Fun! event where budding astronauts can discover new planets and life forms.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We had a recent survey of youngsters asking them what kind of activities they would like during the long weekend and the majority said they wanted something with an outer space theme.

“Well that’s exactly what we’re giving the kids and I’ve no doubt they’ll have lots of fun.”

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Synchro skating team from intu Braehead are British Champs

HOURS of practice at the Arena at intu Braehead ice rink has paid off for a team of synchronised skaters after they were crowned British champions.

The Starlight Rain team from the Starlight Synchro Skating Club won the adult category in the British Synchronised Skating Championships.

The synchronised skating club, with members from all over west central Scotland, also had four other teams compete in various categories of the tournament.

The Starlight Mist team skated in the adult category; the Blizzard team in the Elementary category; Storm in the mixed age category and Cyclone in the preliminary category.

Team coach Kate Matthews said: “We won the adult championship title back in 2014, so it was great to bring the trophy home again. The team deserves a lot of credit for the way they performed at the championships.”

Scott Martin, Arena general manager said: “We have lots of different ice sports teams at the arena rink and the synchronised skaters are one of the hardest working in training.

“Well done to the skaters in the Starlight Rain team and we’re proud to have them as one of our ice users.”

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Years of Neglect Have Left Our Roads At Breaking Point

Roads across Renfrewshire are the talking point of every local community at the moment. The volume of potholes and repairs needed over the winter has seen motorists reach breaking point. Renfrewshire Council have been swamped with complaints as outraged drivers have seen the roads reach dangerous levels with burst tyres and vehicle repairs becoming a common occurrence for motorists.
This issue is impacting all areas of Renfrewshire as the bad winter weather has taken its toll on our roads. SNP Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, Natalie Don has spoken out however, as she explains it is not just down to the bad winter that we are seeing our roads in need of such repairs. Councillor Don believes that we are now seeing the impact of years of neglect to the roads budget from the previous Renfrewshire Council Labour administration.
Councillor Don stated,
“Although the bad weather has obviously been a contributing factor, the current situation we are experiencing is the result of the previous Labour administration’s mismanagement and years of neglect of our roads. Labours inability to effectively invest in our roads during their last five years in administration has seen our roads gradually deteriorate and the recent bad weather was the final straw. The current SNP administration are still running on the previous administrations budget and I think it is both hypocritical and patronising to see Labour councillors complaining about the state of the roads, when it is down to their current and previous budgeting decisions over the last 5 years that the roads are in the state that they are now.”
Councillor Don, also Depute Convener of the Infrastructure Land and Environment Board, has assured residents that Renfrewshire Council is dedicated to seeing our roads improve and urges constituents to get in touch and report any damages that they encounter while commuting.
“I understand that roads across Renfrewshire are causing a great deal of concern for many local people. The number of complaints I have received regarding roads within my ward of Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank alone, has been high but I understand that this problem is affecting residents across Renfrewshire. I want to ensure all residents that your local SNP councillors are working extremely hard with Renfrewshire Council roads department, around the clock, to ensure that your complaints are dealt with and poor conditions are reported and repaired swiftly.”
On 1st March the SNP council group will put forward their first budget since taking over the administration in May last year. The current budget for roads was set by the previous Labour administration for the 2017/18 financial year and Councillor Don has emphasised that investment in Renfrewshire’s roads will be seen as a top priority when it comes to the budget in March.
“The SNP will shortly be putting our budget proposals forward and I am positive that we will see proper investment in our roads. I have certainly made it clear that it is one of my top priorities. It is time for the SNP to fix the mess that the Labour administration left Renfrewshire in and to ensure that our roads do not end up in this state again.”
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Paisley Pirates head for the Ayrshire coast this Saturday

Paisley Pirates head for the Ayrshire coast this Saturday as they look to progress to the semi final of the Scottish Cup for a third successive season. They take with them an 8 goal advantage after a big win over North Ayrshire Wild last Sunday at Braehead Arena, but coach Ian Turley is taking nothing for granted.

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He said, “We’ve gone into every game with the same level of preparation and in that respect nothing will change for this weekend. It’s a very dangerous path to go down when you take your opponents for granted and it’s not something we’ve done at any time during my tenure here, so it will be the same for this game.”


“We really didn’t play to the standards set and expectations required to play for the club on Sunday night and we simply cannot afford to take them lightly for the return leg. It’s too easy to write off teams when you have a sizeable lead and then find yourself several goals behind, they’re then flying with all the momentum and you’re on the back foot, so as far as we’re concerned we start at 0-0 on Saturday and perform to a higher standard than we did on Sunday.”


“We’ll be taking a good travelling support for the game at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre and we won’t just turn up with the intention of going through the motions as we couldn’t possibly let them down like that. I know a lot of supporters battled through the weather on Sunday just to make sure they got to the game, with some leaving hours before the scheduled start, as buses and taxis went off the road, and we simply can’t let down support like that with an under par performance. Some of the supporters came to watch us on Sunday without knowing if or when they were going to get home and I fully intend that we repay that loyalty and support with a good display on the ice.”


“We will be looking for the players to put in the kind of performance which has been a feature of our play this season. We’ve been working on various aspects of our play in training and I think that attention to detail has been reflected in our general level of play on the ice.”


Face off on Sunday is at 6.30pm.

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Youngsters get sneak preview of iconic Monarch of the Glen painting

YOUNGSTERS yesterday (Thursday) got a sneak preview of one of Scotland’s most famous paintings before it goes on public display at Paisley Museum.

Launch of Monarch of the Glen painting exhibition at paisley museum… local school kids from Arkleston Primary school, renfrew first to see the exhibition.

And their verdict was: “It’s stag-nificent!”
The pupils from Arkleston Primary, in Renfrew, were special guests at the launch of an exhibition of the painting The Monarch of the Glen (c.1851) by Sir Edwin Landseer.

The painting is an iconic image associated with Scotland and Paisley is only one of four venues in the country chosen by the National Galleries of Scotland for it to go on show.

People can view The Monarch of the Glen for free at Paisley Museum from tomorrow, Saturday, January 20 until March 11.

The painting was bought for the nation for £4 million from drinks giant Diageo last year, after a four-month fundraising campaign supported by the National Lottery, Art Fund, the Scottish Government, private trusts and public donations. Diageo had agreed to sell the famous painting for half the market value.

The image of a majestic red deer stag on a mist-covered Highland hilltop was painted in 1851 and has been used in modern times as an advertising tool on everything from beermats, biscuit tins to bottles of whisky.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, who operates Paisley Museum added: “Having this painting on view in Paisley is a huge coup for Renfrewshire and shows we are at the cultural centre of Scotland.

“Many people will have seen the image used in advertising, but may not have realised it is a painting by such a famous artist.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to see the original version of The Monarch of the Glen and it certainly is, as the pupils have been telling me – stag-nificent!”

Christopher Baker, Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery said:
“We want this tour of The Monarch of the Glen to be seen as a huge thank you for the overwhelming support we received during the fundraising campaign and as a celebration that this amazing work of art now belongs to all the people of Scotland.

“We hope that many people will take the opportunity to come and admire this iconic and world-famous painting.”