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Less than a week after going to Tayside for a successful Scottish Cup semi final tie, Paisley Pirates are once more heading for the Dundee Ice Arena this Saturday, where they will again face the Dundee Comets, this time in a two legged tie which will determine which club will be one of four to progress to the end of season playoff finals, again in Dundee, in April.

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Pirates will be hoping for a similar outcome to their Scottish Cup semi final tie with the Comets, where a 10-6 aggregate win saw them progress to the final, which sees them anticipate a cup final appearance the following weekend, again in Dundee, against Murrayfield.

In the meantime, however, their eyes are firmly fixed on the matter in hand, which is to set up the second leg of the playoff match at Braehead Arena on Saturday 28 March (face off 6.30pm) for another aggregate win, in what will be their SIXTH match against the Comets during the current season. To date, Comets have beaten Pirates three times to one, but the latter scored an important two legged win in the Scottish Cup, and will be hoping for a similar outcome over the two legs, to give themselves a chance of retaining their playoff title for another year.

Face off in Dundee is at 6.30pm.

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Paisley Pirates helped young fan Josh O’Neill have a very special birthday last weekend, when they were asked to help make his 6th birthday one to remember.

His dad Michael wrote to the club saying that his young son, a P1 pupil at St Charles’ School in the town, was a huge Pirates’ fan, who dreamed of one day scoring a goal at Braehead-and his favourites responded in style to make his wish come true. Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley takes up the story:

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“When we received Michael’s email, we had a wee bit of a problem, as our schedule means we don’t have another home game until 28 March, but we wanted to help Michael bring his son’s wish to life, so to speak, so we put our thinking caps on, and invited both of them down to our training session where we were preparing for our important Scottish Cup semi final tie against Dundee Comets the following weekend. As a community club we’re always pleased to get the chance to give something back to the fans who support us, and this was a perfect opportunity.”

“We showed him round the dressing room, introduced him to his favourite mascot, Shivering Timbers, and then took him round to meet the players and set up a shoot out area from where he took shots against two of our goalies, Danny Morris and Callum Donaghy. He was a bit over-awed by it all but, encouraged by the players, he fired home half a dozen shots, and we’ll certainly want to speak to him again when he turns 16”, she joked. “After the shoot out, we gave him a birthday card signed by all the players, and presented him with a commemorative puck, a specially scaled down hockey stick, and a Paisley Pirates top with his favourite character, Shivering Timbers, our mascot, on it, so we hope we were able to give him something to make his birthday a bit special.”

Dad Michael said,” I can’t thank the club enough for the lengths they went to in order to give Josh a special day. He talked about nothing else leading up to the event and was thrilled to bits for what they did for him, even if it went way beyond what he and I were hoping for from the Pirates.”

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Paisley Pirates face probably their most important weekend of the season so far as they prepare to travel to Tayside to face Dundee Comets in the second semi final of the Scottish Cup (second leg) on Sunday, with Murrayfield Racers awaiting the winners on Saturday, 21 March.


Pirates carry a healthy 7-2 lead from the first leg at Braehead in mid February but will be taking absolutely nothing for granted, as they anticipate a make or break deciding leg against a side which has already shown it can come back from a substantial deficit, having recovered twice from a three goal minus in their league game at Braehead Arena in the league game to record an 8-7 victory, and they beat Pirates 9-5 in the return league game in Tayside the following night.  

Comets were seven goals down in the cup tie at Braehead before two late counters gave them some hope that the tie is not completely over, so Pirates will require to be on their guard in the deciding leg, and ensure that they work hard at both ends of the ice in order to give their travelling fans a night to remember, and a cup final to look forward to, in what has sometimes been an up and down season. 

The deciding leg faces off at 6.30pm in the Dundee Ice Arena.

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Pirates finished their regular season campaign the same way that they had started it way back in September-with a thumping away win at Kilmarnock, scoring seventeen goals without reply in a one sided game


Pirates were ahead in under a minute as Thorp beat Anderson to get the show on the road, and from then on they beat a relentless procession to his goal. McLaughlin doubled the lead less than two minutes later before Thorp score his second with under seven minutes on the clock, and by the interval he had netted his hat trick with further goals from Abercrombie and Duncan taking the score to 6-0.

The pattern remained the same in the middle session as Abercrombie and Duncan both doubled their individual tallies to take the score to eight, but there was no letting up by the visitors took the total to a round dozen by the second buzzer as Duncan completed his treble, Henderson got his second, and Andreucci got on the score sheet.

Thunder may have thought Pirates had run out of gas, as the score remained unchanged at 12-0 until 47 minutes, but thereafter normal service was resumed Harju got in on the act, Kenneth joined in two minutes later, before Andreucci notched his second, Duncan grabbed his fourth, and Spiers scored the final marker to take the final score to seventeen. The action wasn’t over, though, as with barely a minute left no fewer then four players finished the game early after a fracas led to forty minutes in penalties being dished out to Paisley’s Duncan and Thunder’s Paul, Hose and McPhail, and round off a miserable night for the hosts who only managed five shots in the whole game, compared to their visitors’ 62.

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For the second time in a week, Paisley Pirates scored seven times as they recorded a comfortable road win against local rivals North Ayrshire Wild, in a match where the final margin of victory could have been wider, but for controversial decisions by the match night official, who twice disallowed goals by the visitors after originally allowing them to stand.

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Pirates were up and running straight away and went ahead after less than 90 seconds as Thorp finished off a move with Sarginson and Duncan to put his team ahead. The visitors had to survive a number of penalties which left them shorthanded but they did so without conceding and went to the dressing room nursing a narrow 1-0 advantage.

That lead disappeared as the hosts equalised through player/coach Cowan within two minutes of the restart, but inside 60 seconds Pirates’ player/coach Adam Walker had returned the compliment to restore to restore the visitors’ advantage. Pirates continued to have the bulk of the play and two quick fire goals from Duncan late in the period gave the visitors a comfortable looking 4-1 lead going into the final session.

The hosts again came out looking for a quick goal and got it within two minutes as Parkin netted to bring the difference back to two. Pirates responded in style as first Guy and then Henderson netted to take the score to 6-2, before the moments of controversy as Kenneth, who had been the subject of some heavy challenges all evening, had a goal disallowed by referee Stewart after the official had awarded the marker, before protests by the home side persuaded him to reverse his decision, and within minutes a second Pirates’ goal was washed out after a similar scenario.  Wild, encouraged by their vocal successes, then scored two goals in half a minute through Cowan, with his second, then Fowley, to make the score 6-4 when it might have been 8-2, before Spiers scored an empty net goal in the last minute to round off the scoring, and finally extinguish any thoughts of a fightback by the home side. 




Pirates produced one of their worst performances of the season in their final league game to go down 6-5 to a shorthanded Kestrels side whom they had already defeated three times earlier in league and cup games..

The visitors took the lead in six minutes through Scott Jamieson in a period where the home side appeared unable to put in a concerted effort, with passes going astray and players seemingly unable to link with each other, and it was no real surprise when the same player doubled his side’s advantage with three minutes of the session remaining. Pirates briefly got back in the game within a minute through McLaughlin but were again two behind as Cochrane beat Meechan to make it 3-1 at the first break.

It got worse for the home side in the middle session as Jamieson completed his hat trick after 26 minutes and while the hosts continued to struggle they did get a goal back through Harju  just before he halfway point to raise some hopes, and when Walker netted a disputed marker after 34 minutes the team briefly found some of the form which had hitherto escaped them. Andreucci scored the equaliser with 90 seconds of the period remaining, leaving the game poised at 4-4 when all seemed lost only 10 minutes earlier.

However, two quick fire goals by that man Jamieson took his team’s total to six, and his personal tally to five, inside 4 minutes of the restart and while a 5th goal for the home side after 49 minutes from Henderson gave them renewed hope, their form once again left them as the visitors comfortably held on for a deserved win

Pirates will play their last home game of the season in the playoffs on Saturday, 28 March (face off 6.30om) and will be desperately hoping that their good form of only a few weeks previously will return by that date.

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SCOTLAND’S most popular retail and leisure destination, intu Braehead has teamed up with the Glasgow Warriors rugby team.

The new partnership means that sports fans and regular visitors to intu Braehead can take advantage of Glasgow-Warriors-related augmented reality experiences, promotions and special offers along with and the opportunity to meet the stars of the Warriors team.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Nick Grigg is pictured after agreeing a new deal with Glasgow Warriors, on February 12, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group / SRU)

Warriors will get access to the 17 million visitors that come to intu Braehead every year to promote the club and the sport of rugby. And intu Braehead will be able to reach out to the ever-increasing audience of rugby and sports fans. The partnership will run until the end of the 2021 season.

Warriors’ star Nick Grigg visited Soar at intu Braehead to see for himself the various leisure attractions there and even had a go on the modern-day version of the helter skelter  – the UK’s tallest indoor slide.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “With our shared values of entertainment, community engagement, innovation and excellence, this is an ideal match between our two organisations.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Nick Grigg is pictured after agreeing a new deal with Glasgow Warriors, on February 12, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group / SRU)

“Glasgow Warriors is the most successful rugby club in Scotland and intu Braehead has been given the accolade of being Scotland’s No 1 retail and leisure destination.

“Warriors players already come to intu Braehead and Soar with family and friends to take advantage of our wide range of stores and to have fun at the fantastic leisure experiences we have.

“The new partnership merely cements our relationship between intu Braehead and Glasgow Warriors.”


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Nick Grigg is pictured after agreeing a new deal with Glasgow Warriors, on February 12, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group / SRU)

David added: “People can unwind and relax, or get active as we have a host of leisure opportunities at Soar from a multiplex cinema, indoor ski slope, ten-pin bowling, trampoline, the UK’s tallest helter-skelter, to a climbing wall and aerial assault course. Plus of course, all our cafes, restaurants and bars.

“As well as watching the Glasgow Clan professional ice hockey team at the intu Braehead Arena, we’ve also got some amazing events coming to the venue like Cirque Du Soleil and the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters.

“We own and manage the most popular destinations working with partners to create compelling experiences on and offline.”

Nathan Bombrys, managing director of Glasgow Warriors, added: “We’re really excited intu Braehead have decided to partner with Glasgow Warriors. They are Scotland’s leading retail and leisure destinations, and they pride themselves on delivering great experiences for the entire family, just like we do.

“We are looking forward to working with intu Braehead and look forward to experiencing the leisure opportunities on offer with our fellow Warriors supporters.”

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Paisley Pirates have a busy weekend coming up,  with two matches over the weekend which sees their league campaign reach it’s final stages. On Saturday, they’re on the road to Auchenharvie Leisure Centre in Ardrossan to take on North Ayrshire Wild, while on Sunday night they have their final home game of the regular season as they go up against Kirkcaldy Kestrels (face off 4.30pm) at Braehead Arena.

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Pirates beat Wild 5-2 in a closely fought fixture at home less than two weeks ago and only won the match in the final ten minutes, while they knocked Kestrels out of the Scottish Cup on a 12-4 aggregate win and recorded a 6-3 away win in the league earlier in the season,

The Renfrewshire outfit will be looking to continue their excellent form of last Sunday when they beat a strong looking Dundee Comets side 7-2 in their Scottish Cup semi final first leg, and hope continued good performances will see them rack up another four league points and will keep their momentum going in advance of March, when playoff hockey and, hopefully, a Scottish Cup final appearance will be on their schedule.

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Renfrewshire has taken a battering recently with two back to back storms – Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. The bad weather doesn’t seem to be letting up – there are more weather warnings issued for the rest of the week. The main towns of Renfrewshire have been quite fortunate in that they have not been affected too badly, however localised flooding has occurred, as well as costly leaks and water ingress into buildings caused by the downpours.

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Lots of people in the UK are at risk of flooding, yet not everyone has a flood protection plan in action. It is one of those disasters that we don’t think about, and it is often left until the threat is imminent before action is taken. That being said, anyone who has suffered first-hand the effects of flooding will be able to tell you just how devastating it can be. Watching helplessly as everything you have worked hard for is damaged and often destroyed, including sentimental items like photographs that are irreplaceable. Flood damage can take an age to clean up and repair properly. More often than not people have to leave their homes for weeks, months or even years.


Flood insurance in the UK is becoming more expensive. Taking steps to protect your home from flooding may, in some instances, enable you to obtain a more affordable insurance policy. For example, if you have suffered from a flood before and continue to be at high risk of repeat flooding you can take advantage of the rebuild and repair works by using flood resilient materials. (Flood resilience refers to measures that reduce the impact and damage caused when flood water enters your property, and flood resistance refers to measures that help prevent floods from happening and entering your property in the first place.) 


A flood protection plan should be a consideration for the 2.5 million properties throughout the UK that are at risk from flooding. An appropriate plan, or even knowing where to get supplies such as sandbags when floods are imminent, can save you money and help protect your valuable property and belongings. Rukeri, a brand of Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd, based on Arkleston Road in Paisley supplies filled, woven polypropylene sandbags that are a perfect flood defence barrier. Lisa Taylor, Marketing manager at Rukeri says, ‘Don’t leave it until it is too late. As with most things in life, prevention is always more effective than a cure’.

You can order sandbags from Rukeri’s microsite – If you have any serious concerns about the risks of flooding,  more information on predicted floods and safety measures can be found at or on Renfrewshire Councils website at .


Pirates recorded their biggest win over the Comets in a number of years, and in doing so took a significant step towards reaching the Scottish Cup Final next month. However, they did leave the back door slightly ajar and this left their visitors with a shaft of light at the end of an otherwise very dark tunnel.

The home side took the lead in the third minute when Conor Duncan took a pass from Richard Thorp to smash a low drive past Shearer to give his side a lead which they never lost. They successfully played off a penalty on Guy and made it two as Henderson was first to a rebound to poke the puck over the line in eight minutes to double the advantage. Pirates were on the ascendancy with some slick play and added a third goal through Abercrombie near the 15th minute to give them a handy 3-0 advantage. They did, however, lose players to penalties for almost 5 minutes in total either side of the interval but they played them off comfortably, keeping the visitors out of the game when they threatened to make a comeback.


Pirates got back to full strength early in the second session and made Comets pay for their missed powerplay opportunities by scoring a fourth in the 23rd minute with a man advantage as Guy squeezed the puck home at the near post. Again Pirates were on the defensive as they were penalised twice within seconds but with Meechan performing heroics in the home goal, they repelled boarders for the full penalty session once more and hit Comets with a double whammy within a minute as first Duncan, with his second, and then Abercrombie, also completing a brace, took the score to 6-0 and Pirates were looking pretty, ending the period still looking for more goals.

Pirates again started the final period with a flourish, and scored a seventh after four minutes as Thorp fired home and Pirates’ chances of a Cup Final place appeared to increase. However, they allowed the visitors back into the game and two quickfire goals from McIntosh and McBean around the halfway point in the period gave them just a glimmer of hope in the second and deciding leg on Sunday 8 March.

After the game, player/coach Adam Walker commented, “We played well for 50/55 minutes but let them back in a little. If you’d offered us a 5 goal lead before the match we would have taken it but we’ll need to go there and battle a bit.”

The second leg takes place on Sunday 8 March and the winners go through to the final on Saturday 21 March. In the other semi final,, Murrayfield Racers recorded a narrow 3-2 win away to Dundee Tigers.


FAMILIES can be scientists for a day when they come along to the intriguing activities being held in Soar at intu during the February mid-term break.

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Demonstrations that everyone can get involved with include – how to make a cloud, a lava lamp, a hot air balloon, how to create electricity and how to make a volcano.

The free fun science-inspired events – from Saturday, February 8 till Tuesday, February 11 between noon and 5pm – will astound youngsters and grown-ups alike.Presenters will give easy-to-understand explanations of the science behind each of these experiments.

Those taking part are asked to bring an empty plastic bottle so they can make their lava lamp, which they can take home.


Places on the activities will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. And there’s a special treat exclusively for intu Family Club members, who are invited to come along each day from 11am till 11.30am to find out how to make slime.

The intu family club in partnership with Playmobil is free to join and members receive exclusive offers and discounts, a child’s gift, a membership pack, a magazine and more.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’ve got some amazing science demonstrations lined up that are not just interesting and informative, but they’re great fun as well.

“This is something all the family can get involved in and everyone will be amazed when they see the results of their scientific experiments.”

David added: “We own and manage the most popular destinations and our aim is to create compelling experiences for our visitors.”

Go to for more details and to sign up for the intu Family Club.