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Pirates gave new netminder Danny Morris his competitive debut and it proved to be a successful one for him as the club recorded a fine victory over the Kestrels.

The visitors got off to a flying start and were ahead in under a minute as player/coach Adam Walker was on hand to net and give his side the lead after only 49 seconds. It got better for Pirates as with less than four minutes on the clock Guy linked up with Thorp to double the advantage as he fired beyond Simpson for 2-0. Back came the hosts to get on the board through Quinn in the 8th minute, and while both teams continued to press neither could alter the score board, and thus the opening 20 minutes ended with Pirates holding a slim 2-1 lead.

Pirates again came out flying and doubled their lead after only eleven seconds as former Kestrel Conor Duncan was on hand to score against his old side and stretch the lead to 3-1. The scoreline remained the same until the second half of the period, when a flurry of goals decided the match. The home side pulled a goal back through Wands in 31 minutes but a three goal in 90 seconds burst through Guy, Andreucci and Abercrombie took the score to a handy 6-2 lead for the visitors within two minutes and the match was effectively over as a contest.

Anderson did net a 3rd goal for the Kestrels in the early part of the final session, but Pirates remained comfortable at 6-3 and saw out the remaining minutes for a good win.

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PIRATES BEGIN HOME SCHEDULE

 

Paisley Pirates finally commence their home schedule this SATURDAY when they play host to Aberdeen Lynx, who scored a dramatic 4-3 penalty shot win at Dundee Tigers at the weekend. Pirates similarly recorded a win on the road, beating Kirkcaldy Kestrels 6-3 in Fife, after which player/coach Adam Walker commented, ”It was a good road win for the boys. There’s lots of work to be done yet, but we’re getting better every day.”

“We’re looking forward to playing in front of our own fans after a few weeks on the road,” said Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley. “Our matches with the Lynx are usually entertaining  affairs, so in a lot of respects they’re the ideal opponents to be first footing us come Saturday night, and we’re sure that returning fans and, indeed, new supporters, will get an excellent return for their £9.”

She went on, “It will give the fans who haven’t been able to travel their first chance to see our new look team in action, and they will be wearing their new look home strips too. The away tops seem to have taken a trick with our travelling fans, so we’re hoping the home strips will get a similar favourable response. A lot of the jerseys have already been individually sponsored by fans and local companies for only £60, and while we’re very happy with that reaction, other potential backers still have the chance to jump on board with our Jersey Sponsor scheme.”

 

The match on Saturday commences at 6.30pm.

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PIRATES HEAD EAST 

 

Paisley Pirates travel to Fife this Sunday evening where they take on Kirkcaldy Kestrels in a Scottish National League fixture (face off.6.15pm) Pirates will be looking to recover from a mauling by Solway Sharks, who beat them 14-3 last Sunday, after they had recorded a record 27-0 win at Kilmarnock the previous night.

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The Renfrewshire side will require to find their best form to take East with them, as the Rosslyn St rink is a traditionally hard place from which to come away with a win. In the corresponding fixture last season, they headed home with a creditable 5-5 draw, but after the disappointment of last weekend at Solway they will be looking to put a win on the board. The fixture marks an early return to the rink for brothers Conor and Jay Duncan, both signed from the Kestrels  before the start of the season, and who will be hopeful of making a successful return to their former regular base.

After their early diet of on the road ties, Pirates finally get a game on home ice next SATURDAY, when they come up against Aberdeen Lynx in a match which will face off at 6.30pm.

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To Dumfries 

 

In an astonishing curtain raiser to their season in the Stewart Robertson Trophy, Paisley Pirates racked up a record breaking 27-0 victory over a hapless Kilmarnock Thunder side which tried hard but were simply overrun by the ruthless visiting team who, from the time they opened the scoring in the 3rd minute through Connor Spiers, thereafter beat a regular path to the door of netminder Wilkie, who in the course of the match faced no fewer than 136 shots, and who deservedly won his side’s Man of the Match award. The scoreline easily surpassed Pirates’ biggest ever victory either home or away since they entered the Scottish National League.

The visitors shrugged off any notion of rust in their first competitive match of the season and were three up after six minutes, and the goals continued to flow to the extent that they were seven ahead at the first interval. After the resumption of play in the middle period, the flow of pressure was maintained towards Wilkie, who conceded another eight times as he continued to face a proverbial barrage of 52 shots during the session. Pirates replaced netminder Meechan, who in facing only 4 shots in his 30 minutes had been a virtual spectator, with Donaghy, who in the remainder of the fixture faced only 6.

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With the score already standing at 15-0 by the end of the second session, Pirates kept their collective foot on the gas in the final session, finding the net on another twelve occasions to take the final tally to an eye watering 27-0. New signing Connor Duncan topped the scoring charts with seven, Guy and Man of the Match Henderson helped themselves to four apiece, while Jardine Wallace and Trinity High School pupil Zak Kenneth, in his competitive debut for Pirates, both chipped in with hat tricks.

 

SOLWAY SHARKS   14 PAISLEY PIRATES   3

 

Following their high scoring performance the previous evening, Pirates faced a far stiffer challenge on Sunday as they travelled to Dumfries to line up against the much fancied Solway Sharks, new entrants to the SNL and members of the more highly rated NIHL. The difference in standard between the two sides was evident as Pirates came back to earth with a bump, finding themselves seven goals down after one period and 10-0 in arrears after forty minutes.

The visitors did mount a rally in the third period, showing their fighting spirit to score three times through Abercrombie, Kenneth and Guy, but their efforts did no more than take the bare look from a score line which showed a 14-3 defeat at the end of sixty minutes of action, leaving them to reflect on a weekend of vastly differing fortunes.

Pirates are on the road again this weekend as they travel to Fife to face the Kirkcaldy Kestrels, 6-1 victors at Aberdeen last Saturday.

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Paisley Pirates supporters have been given an early season bonus, following the news that supporters and sponsors have the chance to secure a game worn jersey featuring the latest design just as the new term gets underway.

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Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley broke the news just as the club finalised preparations for their opening fixtures in the new campaign. “We usually give supporters the chance to buy the jerseys anyway, but not until much later in the season,” she explained. “This year, we’re introducing a new feature in that any supporters/sponsors purchasing the top will have their name stitched into it, done professionally by one of our sponsors, Custom Sport Stitch, thus ensuring that everywhere we play their support will be recognised.”

“They will, of course, receive their jersey at the end of the season at a special club presentation, but it means that that this recognition is therefore for all to see for the duration of the season-the quicker they take up their option to buy, and pay their £60 to do so, the quicker their name will be shown on ice rinks all over Scotland. It seems a good deal to us, and, judging by the huge number of requests we’re getting already, the fans and businesses think so too!”

“Of course, in addition to letting everyone know they’re helping the club in a very direct way, clubs/sponsors are also getting the chance of buying a piece of club history. How so? Well, fans who bought jerseys last year now have in their possession a jersey which was worn when  the club became playoff champions for the first time ever. We think that’s something that’s priceless to a Paisley Pirates fan so, the message is, if you want a chance of buying history, and you’ll pardon the pun, get your skates on and contact the club at paisleypirates@gmail.com without delay!”

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With the new Scottish National Ice Hockey season only days away, Paisley Pirates supporters are girding their loins, as they look forward to a diet of activity for the next six months or so, combining vocal support for their favourites on the the ice with a programme of off ice events aimed at giving the players and management the maximum support possible as they once again bid for honours.

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Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead looked back at activities over the last 6 months of a very long close season and, while declaring herself satisfied with events which tool place, declared that she wants to see supporters become even more involved with the Pirates, one of Scotland’s top amateur teams.

“Every year, the role of the Supporters Club becomes more and more important, as the cost of running an ice hockey team, even an amateur one like us, rises and we, as fans, have to do our bit to keep the Pirates’ ship afloat. In the close season just ended, we appeared at three Summer Gala Days, namely, Barshaw, Renfrew and Ferguslie Park, we had our AGM at the end of May, staged a very successful Meet The Players Night just a few weeks ago, and held a successful raffle thanks to the support we received from Morrison’s Falside Rd, Hannah’s in Johnstone, Chivas and Rangers FC and Celtic FC for raffle prizes, all of which helped ensure that the club had a financially viable close season. We also tool part in a recent Celebrating Renfrewshire event, and all of these are important in keeping the club in the public eye on an ongoing basis.”

 

“We’re now getting into the serious stuff at long last as in addition to giving the boys all the vocal support we can muster we continue to help with the match night stuff like Chuck a Duck, man some of the table and generally help in keep a smile on the Treasurer’s face, all in the name of supporting the Paisley Pirates. It’s hard work, but we wouldn’t change our job for the world!” 

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The wait is finally over for the fans and players of the Paisley Pirates as they take to the ice in competitive action for the first time on Saturday evening when they make the short trip to Kilmarnock to play the local Thunder in a Stewart Robertson cup tie (face off 7.30pm)

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The hosts have had a tough start to the season, with their young side taking several heavy defeats in competition in the first few weeks. “We won’t be taking any notice of Thunder’s results so far,” said Head Coach Ian Turley. “As we do against any opponent, we’ll treat Thunder with the utmost respect, and rely upon our own performance to get us off to a good start in a competition from which we failed to qualify last season. Certainly, there are two teams going through from each group this season, but with Murrayfield and North Ayr also in the section it will be no walkover. We have a few new guys making their competitive debut for us, and it will be interesting to see how they perform in the heat of action.”

It will be a busy weekend for Pirates as they’re on the road again on Sunday when they head south to take on a strong-looking Solway Sharks at the Dumfries Ice Bowl. The hosts have joined the SNL while remaining in the Northern Ice Hockey League and player/coach Adam Walker is expecting a tough battle against a side which has recorded some impressive results so far. “It’ll certainly be a tough old night in Dumfries,” he commented. “I anticipate that the Sharks will be occupying a spot at the top end of the league table and we will really have to put in a top-notch performance if we hope to take anything from the game.”

The match faces off at .5.30pm.

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Paisley Pirates fans are counting down the days until they finally get to see their team in competitive action, with their new season due to commence in under a fortnight on Saturday 12 October when they make the short trip to Kilmarnock to take on the local Thunder in a Stuart Robertson Cup tie, some six and a half months after they last played a competitive match, when they won the Playoff Final, beating Murrayfield in the process.

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“It’ll be good to see all the work of the summer finally coming to fruition in less than two weeks”, said Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley. “Due to the other events being held in Braehead Arena we will as usual be starting behind the other teams in the league, but at  least supporters will be able to look forward to a regular diet of home matches from then onwards, the first of which is against Aberdeen Lynx on Saturday 26 October.”

Player/Coach Adam Walker commented, “There’s been a few changes to the roster from last year which is common to every team, but nothing wholesale, so fans can look forward to greeting many of the team which did so well in the previous season, while welcoming brothers Jay and Conor Duncan, goalie Danny Morris, and local junior Zak Kenneth who attends Trinity High School just along the road at Renfrew, so like previous years we’ve retained a strong local flavour within the team, which is very important to us, while freshening it up a little.”

Head Coach Ian Turley remarked, “With the ice at Braehead not being available until next week, we’ve been indebted to one of our main sponsors, ProLife, who have helped us with spin classes so the boys have been prepared to go the extra mile already to get their fitness levels as high as possible before we finally get underway. Hopefully all of this preparation will stand us in good stead once we get going, and we’ll see the benefit of it all once we take to the ice in earnest.”

Tannahill Centre

New football facilities, a music library and free bike repairs are just a few of the projects soon to be available for young people in Renfrewshire after the successful applications were announced for the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund.

43 projects were awarded a total of £150,000 in funding after almost 3500 young people cast more than 10,000 votes.

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The successful projects were announced at a celebration event at the Tannahill Centre in Paisley which was attended by more than 100 young people and community partners from across Renfrewshire.

St Mirren Youth Football Club were successful in receiving the maximum £3000 to create a changing facility at the India Tyres park which help to get hundreds of budding footballers out onto the park.

Stephen Mann, St Mirren YFC Treasurer, said: “What this funding is going to do is allow our nine boys and five girls teams to be playing out of the Tyres hopefully from 2020.

“It’s really going to boost our club and make sure that more young people are going to be playing at the Tyres in the near future.”

Another successful project that received the maximum award was Erskine Music and Media, a Community Interest Company run by young people, for young people that provides services such as music tuition, PA hires, event filming and photography.

Catherine Coyle, Erskine Music and Media, said: “This funding will help us to create a new music library consisting of vinyl’s and CDs, as well as opening up lots of opportunities to go on trips, see new places and play gigs.

“In general, it is going to open a lot of doors for us and give us more opportunities in the musical world.”

Previously known as the Youth Challenge Fund, youth groups across Renfrewshire came together to form a steering group which facilitated the fund, as well as renaming it the ‘Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund – by young people, for young people’.

It allocated £150,000 to projects which will make a real difference to the local area, such as removing the barriers to participation or the stigma around mental health, with the maximum award to each project being £3000.

The funding was split by population between the seven Local Partnership areas of Renfrew; Inchinnan, Erskine, Bishopton and Langbank; The Villages; Johnstone and Linwood; Paisley North, West and Central; Paisley East and Gleniffer.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, said: “Through the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund, we’ve been able to give young people the opportunity to shape their communities how they would like to see them.

“If there is an activity or support that they feel is missing, this fund gives them the chance to create it and we will now support all applicants as best we can to ensure that their ideas come to fruition.

“Too often, young people feel they are outside of the decision-making process, but through the fund we have been able to award almost £150,000 directly to young people to help them improve their own and the lives of their peers in Renfrewshire by making the changes they know are needed.

“Congratulations to all the recipients of funding, now is your time to go make a difference.”

The successful applicants will now use their funding to develop their projects and will be provided with the support they need to progress their ideas into reality from the council’s Community Planning and Youth Services teams.

For more information and a full list of winning projects, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/celebratingrenfrewshire.

 

Adrian McKechnie, Chairperson of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “I think this an amazing opportunity for young people to get involved in the decision making behind how money is spent.

“The projects that the funding is going to go towards, whether this is to affect change or put together programmes that they see the value in, I think that’s what’s at the core of participatory budgeting and what was at the core of the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund was that it was young people in control of how that money was spent.”

The full list of winning projects and their funding awards are:

Erskine, Inchinnan, Bishopton & Langbank

Erskine Music & Media Studio – £3,000
Erskine Youth Council – £2,918.90
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Park Mains Community Sports Hub – £3,000
St Mirren Youth Football Club – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £675.39

Gleniffer

Gleniffer High School (sports leaders) – £2,900
Gleniffer High School (gymnastics) – £2,500
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Foxbar and Glenburn Outdoor Group (Club) – £3,000
Foxbar and Glenburn Outdoor group (Residential) – £805.69

Johnstone and Linwood

Johnstone High School – £1,890
Johnstone Castle Learning Centre – £3,000
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Linstone Housing Association – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Linwood High School – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
Youth Interventions Sco46578 – £3,000
Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sport Hub – £151.69

Paisley East

St Andrew’s Academy PE Department – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
CREATE Paisley (5 ways) – £2,964
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693
Sport for Change – £1,475
Loud N Proud £3,000
CREATE Paisley (cafe) – £2,934
Alba Thistle BC 2003 – £1,500
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £1,567.40

Paisley North, West and Central

Paisley YMCA – £3,000
Loud N Proud – £3,000
Mary Russell Youth Club – £1,100
Own Yer Bike – £2,980.35
Pals of the Privies – £3,000
Cameron Dance School – £2,600
CREATE Paisley (ambassadors) – £2,000
Kibble Education and Care Centre – £2,800
CREATE Paisley (5 ways) – £652.65

Renfrew

Renfrew High Pupil Leaders – £3,000
Young Ambassadors – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrew YMCA SCIO – £639.66
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £1,362.03

The Villages

Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693
Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sport Hub – £3,000
Johnstone Burgh Football Club – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Braehead Junior Ice Hockey Club – £372
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lapwing Lodge Camp Staff – £2,500
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
The Boys Brigade, Paisley & District Battalion – £1,000
Elderslie Youth Connect – £500
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £2,500
Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities – £82.40

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Reigning SNL Playoff champions Paisley Pirates have commenced the assembly of their  squad for the new season by announcing the return of influential player/coach Adam Walker.

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This will be his third season as a Pirate and brings a wealth of experience to the Paisley side having played at the top level for a number of clubs including Fife, Guildford, Cardiff, Manchester, Braehead/Glasgow and Telford. He then took over coaching duties with Dundee Comets and was then recruited for the Pirates two years later

The Fifer, who ironically made his professional debut as a 14 year old against Paisley Pirates some years ago, said, “I’m more than happy to be part of the Pirates organisation. Before I joined, they always looked a well run club which does things the right way, and that feeling was confirmed when I came on board. We’ve got better year on year, have a fantastic history and always strive to put a very competitive side on the ice. I’m happy to play my part in their success story, and while I certainly enjoy the coaching side of my role more than the playing, I still  get a lot of pleasure from the latter, and I’m happy to continue doing so for as long as it’s necessary.”

Head Coach Ian Turley commented, “Adam is a key member of the bench and is extremely  influential for both the experienced and young players we have at the club. As a coach, he brings a lot of new ideas to the table, and on the ice the players look up to him.”

 

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Paisley Pirates may be enjoying a well-earned break from their on–ice activities after a season which ended when they won the national playoff title for the very first time, but off the ice the club and its supporters are continuing to work hard to ensure that the club continues to flourish.

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“Yes, it’s a busy time for us all,” said Supporters Club chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “We’re holding our AGM in the Priorscroft Bowling Club on Wednesday 29 May at 7.00pm and, on the following Sunday, 2 June, we’re taking part in the Renfrew Gala Day at Robertson Park from 1-5pm, when we’ll have a stall at the event, and I know that Pirates’ Off-Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley is planning to bring our seven foot mascot, Timbers,along to say Hi and have his picture taken with the younger children, and maybe even some of the not so young children too.”

“It’s very important to everyone within the Pirates’ organisation that as members of the local community they get the opportunity to take part in local events such as this Gala Day, and I know we have another couple of similar events already in the diary over the summer before we get back into action of the icy kind.”

“Jackie has very kindly donated a game worn jersey to the Supporters Club which will be raffled on 2 June, meaning that one very lucky person is going to win what is now a piece of local history, a jersey worn on the ice when we beat Murrayfield Racers 5-0 to win the playoff title, and when you add that to all the other goodies we’ll have with us, that makes for a terrific opportunity for people attending to pick up a great prize at our stall. We know the Gala will be a big success at always is, and we’re looking forward to playing our part in making sure that history repeats itself.”