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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,, 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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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.

Pirates 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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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 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 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.”




Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is calling on everyone to identify their local heroes as the Community Awards open once again for nominations.

Jim Price- Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services, Nicola MacNaughton- Glasgow Airport, Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall and Maureen Hill- Paisley Piazza

Jim Price- Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services, Nicola MacNaughton- Glasgow Airport, Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall and Maureen Hill- Paisley Piazza

The awards- which are now in their 20th year- give civic recognition to those who work or live in Renfrewshire and make a difference to their community.

There are five categories under which people can be nominated: Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year.

2016 Community Award winners with award sponsors and Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall

2016 Community Award winners with award sponsors and Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall

Provost Hall said: “Every year we discover yet more incredible people who give their time and effort to their community without expecting anything in return.

“The Community Awards is your opportunity to reward these people and ensure they gain the recognition they deserve.

“There are five categories to nominate in so make sure that deserving person or group doesn’t miss out and get your nominations in early.”

Jim Price, Managing Director of Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services, who sponsor the Sporting Achievement Award, said: “It’s been a pleasure for Acre to be able to support such a worthwhile cause as the Provost Community Awards for the last 13 years.

“I’m personally always amazed and humbled to see first-hand the enthusiasm and energy members of the community bring to their chosen endeavours.

“It is truly inspiring to witness the differences they make to their local communities and I look forward to being a part of this for many years to come.”

The Community Group award is sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre and celebrates the organisations in Renfrewshire that have a positive effect on their communities and deserve to be rewarded for their accomplishments.

The Community Volunteer award recognises those who give their time and effort for nothing more than the knowledge that they are making a difference to their community.

Employer of the Year is sponsored by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark MacmIllan and encourages employees to nominate their employers who have provided a positive working environment and have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their workers.

Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison- who has been a part of each of the Community Awards since its inception- donates the Carers’ Award which rewards anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award.

More information can be found on

Printed nomination forms are available at Council offices and facilities.

The closing date for nominations is 30 November 2016.

The winners in each category will be invited to a special ceremony which will be held in March 2017.

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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.”

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Paisley Pirates get their competitive season under way this Sunday (11 September) when they host local rivals Kilmarnock Storm at Braehead Arena in their opening Scottish National League fixture, having narrowly missed out on the league title last year to Kirkcaldy Kestrels.

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“We were a shade unlucky to lose out to the boys from Fife, with it going down to the last set of matches before they deservedly took the title,” said coach Ian Turley. “We had the massive consolation of lifting the Scottish Cup a few weeks later and, indeed, this Sunday will be the first opportunity for many of our fans to see the team in action since that evening back in April.”

“We’ve had the comparative luxury, for us at least, in getting in some proper pre-season practices at Kilmarnock, ironically enough, and the challenge match at NIHL Solway Sharks on Sunday allowed us to get in some competitive time on the ice under our belts before the serious stuff starts this weekend. We managed to introduce no fewer than SIX new players to the line up, and we gave both goalies solid ice time, and while the integration process will take a few games, that’s the show on the road-as far as challenge games go, I reckon that it was a success.”

He went on, “Our visitors had a tough time of it last year, but they’ve added a couple of former Pirates to their ranks now, so that will add more of an edge to the match. They’ll be out to prove a point against their former team mates, and we certainly don’t want to lose our opening match at home, particularly when it’s a local derby against a team which is only half an hour away from us.”

“In addition to having most of the usual faces from last season, we’ve added a number of hungry young players who’ve shown me that they’re ready and willing to display the kind of ability, enthusiasm and attitude I’m looking for every single game, and I’m still hopeful we might have another player in the ranks for opening night. I think we’ll continue to entertain the fans in the style they’ve become accustomed to seeing in recent seasons, so I’m hoping we’ll get a good turn out from supporters on Sunday (face off 6.00pm).

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Paisley Pirates fans, starved of seeing their favourite team in action for over four months, have been handed a pre-season boost with the news that the team will be in action a week before their official league campaign gets under way.

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Pirates will travel to Dumfries next Sunday, following an invitation from the Solway Sharks, to take on their Northern Ice Hockey League side in a pre-season challenge, a match which coach Ian Turley is already looking forward to.

“We’ve managed to get in some valuable training time at Kilmarnock over the last month, and this match will mean we are far better prepared for the start of the SNL season than usual, as in past years Braehead has been unavailable to us till October.  It’s a tough trip to go to play the NIHL Sharks, they play in a higher standard of league than we do, and will be icing a couple of imports, as their league permits a limited number of foreign players to be included in squads. However, we regard it as being a bit of a feather in our cap to be asked, as Solway made it clear they were looking for someone to give them a competitive match, so they asked us.”

He continued, “Solway normally do well in their league so it will give us an idea of where we are in terms of fitness and standard, albeit it’s the first match of the season and you don’t always get an accurate guide as to where you are at the beginning of another year. However, we’ll be doing as we always do, we’ll prepare for the game and go down there to give it our best shot. I’m looking forward to getting the chance of going in against a higher standard of opposition than we sometimes will face in the SNL, with no disrespect to anyone. I’ve always felt we could handle ourselves in a higher league and this will give us a chance to put that theory to the test.”


The match faces off at 5.30pm.

In their final competitions before the World Championships this Saturday the two Johnstone Pipe Bands headed for North Berwick at the weekend to see if they could continue this season’s fine form.  On a successful day for the bands, the Grade 4 Band won their competition with the Grade 2 band placing second in theirs and also placing fourth in the Grade 1 competition beating two of the top grade bands who will be competing at Glasgow Green this week. With the Worlds only days away, both bands will be hard at work all week to give themselves the best possible opportunity on the day when the Grade 2 band will be competing against 24 other bands from across the globe in their competition and the Grade 4 band facing a huge 66 other bands.

 the combined bands with the three trophies won on Saturday

the combined bands with the three trophies won on Saturday Pictures taken by John Shaw

Grade 2 Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jr commented, “The band had a great day out at the North Berwick Highland Games which was perfect preparation for the World Pipe Band Championships. The grade 2 band played three times, allowing us perfect some areas that needed improvement. The results also provided us with some great confidence that will undoubtedly have the heads well up going into the biggest and most important competition of the year. I have everything crossed that both bands will put in good accounts of themselves and I trust in the band that they will put everything they have into making those performances count.”

Grade 4 Pipe Major Keith Bowes Sr commented, “I was happy to get a good run a North Berwick and it allowed us to pick up on a few areas which we will be working on this week to ensure the band is in the right place to give the best possible account of themselves on Saturday.  It has been a great season so far with Scottish and European titles for the band and this is a huge opportunity for them to go for the big one.”

Johnstone Pipe Band are currently on the lookout for sponsorship to help enable them expand and progress the band and their educational activities, for further information please contact the band on 07751 500520.  Details on the band’s learner setup can also be found by calling the same number.