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Paisley Pirates are throwing open the doors at Braehead Arena as they go out into the local community, in a bid to give more local people the opportunity to watch their very own ice hockey team in action. The club is extending it’s seasonal group discount facility to cover all of their matches, which in previous seasons has only been available round about the Christmas period.

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Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley explained, “In previous seasons we’ve been able to offer local groups, in particular, those with a high youth or young person membership, the chance to come and cheer on the Pirates for a hugely discounted admission price and, in the process, maybe encourage a few of them to come along on a more regular basis.”

“In the last couple of seasons, the scheme has been so successful that there was a danger we might not be able to accommodate all the requests we received, and, rather than disappoint people, we decided that it was better to open up the facility and make it available the whole year round, albeit groups can only use it once per season.”

She went on, “With us having moved forward our face off times for Sunday matches to a more user friendly 5.00pm the night before a school day, and this year we have a few Saturday matches facing off at 6.30pm, we feel there is an opportunity to bring the “Pirates Experience” to a whole new group of folk who have maybe heard of the club, but don’t know what it’s all about, and who maybe didn’t find the former face off time of 6.00pm altogether convenient. Throw in an opportunity to meet our mascot, Shivering Timbers, and get a name check in the course of a match, and not forgetting the on ice excitement, there’s a great chance in there for local groups to come aboard the Pirates’ ship and sample the very special atmosphere that a match night generates.”

“As we expect the takeup on this opportunity to be high, given our experience of previous years’ offers, we’re suggesting groups get in touch with us as soon as possible, either by speaking to me directly, or by emailing the club at paisleypirates@gmail.com, to ensure they don’t miss out on a really good offer.”

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Irresistible force meets immovable object this Sunday evening at Braehead Arena as Paisley Pirates play their first match on home ice against North Ayrshire Wild in the Stuart Robertson Cup, following two away wins at Kilmarnock and Solway. Both clubs are unbeaten in the competition so far, and with only the top team from each group qualifying for the two legged final, a tight match is expected in a contest which faces off at 5.00pm, the new regular start time for Pirates’ Sunday home matches.

The home side has a more cosmopolitan look to it this season, as in addition to having most of last year’s side back on the bench, Pirates have also signed Austrian Felix Huber and Finnish forward Sami Harju. Both sides have former players from their opponents in their ranks, so the fixture is sure to have its usual degree of needle as the teams go for the bragging rights associated with local derbies such as this one.

Head of Off Ice Operations Jackie Turley commented, “We’ve been waiting a long time for our first match at home and I know our fans are keenly awaiting this Sunday to come round, particularly to get a look at our continental players who are allowed to play now after a change in the rules. It will be the first time for a number of years that players from other countries will have been seen in a Pirates jersey, so we know that this will raise interest locally. The Wild have made a good start to their season as well so we expect there will be a fair old atmosphere if their support turns out in numbers.”

She went on,” We’ve attracted a few more companies to the club as sponsors this year and we’ve also introduced an opportunity for fans to get involved by giving them the opportunity to sponsor the match puck for the first time. This week it is long time supporter Bill Elliot from Houston, and we hope other supporters will take the opportunity to support the club financially without breaking the bank in the process. Anyone interested can speak to me at any game or email the club at paisleypirates@gmail.com for more details.”

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Paisley Pirates continue to add to their impressive list of local sponsors, following on from the news that Abbey Services, based in Underwood Road, Paisley, have returned to support the club for another season The company provides a full range of building services ranging from the provision of CCTV, roofing, alarms to all forms of building maintenance and extensions.

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“We regard ourselves as a local business working in the local community, and we like to give back something in that respect, by investing in it,” explained Derek Ross, for Abbey Services. “The link to the Paisley Pirates, a club which is very much a community organisation, seemed to us to be a natural tie up to enter into, and we’re very pleased with the response we’ve had since we began our partnership with the Pirates. It’s very satisfying to see a club that we support doing so well, and we hope the association continues to bring success to both parties.”

Jackie Turley, Head of Off Ice Operations for the club, commented, “It’s always very pleasing when a company returns to support us after the first season, as it indicates that we must be doing something right, and that they’re quite happy with what they’re receiving from the Paisley Pirates in return for their support. More and more companies are beginning to come on board the Pirates’ ship and it’s absolutely vital that they do, as the cost of running an ice hockey club increases with each passing season. We work very hard to attract sponsors, and we keep working very hard to keep them, because every single one of them is crucial to the continued survival of the club in the ice. We’re very grateful to Abbey Services and, indeed, all of our sponsors for their continued support.”

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Paisley Pirates have received a welcome boost to their preparations as they get ready to make their home debut for this season against North Ayrshire Wild on Sunday, 14 October. when they go head to head with their local rivals at their new regular face off time of 5.00pm.

ProLife Fitness Centre, a long term sponsor of the club since the last century, have put their facilities at the disposal of the players as they attempt to reach maximum fitness in advance of their opening home match, and the club were quick to take their partners up on the offer, with several sessions arranged in advance of the crunch opener.

Head of Off-Ice Operations, Jackie Turley, said, “We were delighted to get the offer from Lynne  and her staff to come in, and allow us to work on specific aspects of fitness, which at this early stage of the season is very important to us. The boys are already members of the gym as part of our sponsorship deal, and pop in regularly to top up their fitness levels, but this additional opportunity allows us to attend as a group and we’ll use this chance both to work on general fitness and attend a spin class to get everything in perfect working order.”

“Matches can be won in the last few minutes in tight affairs due to one team having that extra little bit of energy left in the tank, and this offer from ProLife certainly ensures that we won’t be lacking in that respect. Their offer illustrates why their sponsorship is so important to us and we certainly aim to repay that support with a full sixty minute performance against the Wild when we open on 14 October.”

Paisley Pirates have their first home game at Braehead Arena on Sunday 14 October when they take on North Ayrshire Wild in a top of the table Stuart Robertson Cup sectional match (face off 5.00pm)

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Pirates overwhelmed a plucky Stingrays side with a straightforward win which gives them two out of two in the Stuart Robertson Cup.

Most of the early play was around Morris in the home goal but it wasn’t until the 8th minute that he was beaten by Calum Blair for the go ahead goal. Pirates continued to press, with Donaghy in the away goal seeing little of the play, but they had to wait until four minutes from the end of the period before Sami Harju netted the second to double the lead and sent the teams to the dressing rooms with the visitors holding a handy 2-0 advantage.

In the middle session, the pattern was the same, with Pirates not extending their lead until the 29th minute through Hamilton, and with Johnston netting in the 36th minute Pirates had the game well under control by the end of the session, a 4-0 lead giving them plenty of breathing space.

With the game effectively over as a contest, Pirates were in complete control in the final session as the hosts failed to muster a single shot on Donaghy, while the goals rained in at the other end, Scott by this time having replaced Morris in the home goal. As their discipline started to go, so did the goal tally mount, as first Johnston, with his second, then Guy both scored on the powerplay to take the tally to six before the halfway point in the final period. In the final ten minutes, Stingrays wilted as Pirates netted another four goals through Blair with his second, Dobson making it eight, Johnston completing his hat trick, before Sarginson completed the scoring, bringing up double figures, with 90 seconds left

Pirates now have a break from competitive action until mid October when they commence their home programme against North Ayr on Sunday 14 October.

Paisley Pirates take to the road again this weekend as they make the trip to Dumfries to face Solway Stingrays on Sunday, looking to build upon a nervy 7-4 win at Kilmarnock last Saturday, when they twice found themselves three goals behind. Indeed, the final session was under way before they nosed ahead in the game for the first time, having found themselves 4-1 behind at the end of the first period before staging a thrilling comeback.

Head Coach Ian Turley was in philosophical mood as he reflected on last week’s match and looked forward to this weekend’s encounter. “We were a bit rusty in our first competitive match and it showed in the period scores, though we did improve as the match wore on. It highlighted the fact that we have to play for all 3 periods if we are to have any success. We are still behind in terms of where Adam Walker and I think we should be at this stage, but we’ve certainly seen improvements in the squad now we’ve had matches under our belts.”

“Looking ahead to the Solway game, we’ll have had another week of training, and with a couple of players returning we’re hoping to be that bit better, and more structured, than last weekend. We’ve still got a few available places to fill to complete our roster, providing anyone wanting to link up with us will actually improve the squad, and if there are any players out there looking to join, they can get in touch with me through the club at paisleypirates@gmail.co.uk and we’ll be happy to have a look at them.”

The match at Solway face off at 5.30pm.

Pirates recovered from a shock opening period to stage a thrilling comeback and collect the two points in their first Stuart Robertson Cup fixture at the Galleon Centre.

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The match had barely started when Pirates found themselves a goal behind after only 36 seconds when Anderson fired past Meechan, and it got worse as the home side extended their lead to three by the 9th minute as first Murdoch, then Gordon, found the net to give Thunder a handy advantage with the period less than half gone. The visitors did pull one back in the 12th minute as Guy top shelved an effort to get his team on the board, but their joy was short lived as within seconds Thunder were 4-1 in front, as a shot from Anderson was parried by Meechan, but it trickled over the line, leaving Pirates staring down the barrel as they headed for the dressing room after an uncomfortable 20 minutes.

The interval words of wisdom from the coaching team appeared to do the trick for the visitors as within four minutes they were back in the game, Thorp firing home to cut the deficit to two. Thunder’s discipline let them down thereafter for an extended period, and with Pirates having a numerical advantage they pulled the score level either side of the halfway point with powerplay goals from Sarginson and Henderson to ease the concerns pf the travelling support, and anticipate a final session with all to play for.

Pirates were ahead for the first time in the game within three minutes of the final session as Guy took a pass from Spiers to fire past Collins for the go ahead goal, and the big defender scored the goal of the game just after halfway as he beat several opponents in a mazy skate to give his team a two goal cushion, and complete his own hat trick in the process . Pirates were looking much more comfortable now and Andreucci provided the icing on the cake with the final marker in the last few minutes.   

Pirates are on the road again next Sunday as they travel to Dumfries to take on Solway Stingrays in a match which faces off at 5.30pm.

Paisley Pirates take to the road again this weekend as they make the trip to Dumfries to face Solway Stingrays on Sunday, looking to build upon a nervy 7-4 win at Kilmarnock last Saturday, when they twice found themselves three goals behind. Indeed, the final session was under way before they nosed ahead in the game for the first time, having found themselves 4-1 behind at the end of the first period before staging a thrilling comeback.

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Head Coach Ian Turley was in philosophical mood as he reflected on last week’s match and looked forward to this weekend’s encounter. “We were a bit rusty in our first competitive match and it showed in the period scores, though we did improve as the match wore on. It highlighted the fact that we have to play for all 3 periods if we are to have any success. We are still behind in terms of where Adam Walker and I think we should be at this stage, but we’ve certainly seen improvements in the squad now we’ve had matches under our belts.”

“Looking ahead to the Solway game, we’ll have had another week of training, and with a couple of players returning we’re hoping to be that bit better, and more structured, than last weekend. We’ve still got a few available places to fill to complete our roster, providing anyone wanting to link up with us will actually improve the squad, and if there are any players out there looking to join, they can get in touch with me through the club at paisleypirates@gmail.co.uk and we’ll be happy to have a look at them.”

The match at Solway face off at 5.30pm.

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Paisley Pirates returned from a weekend at the Solway Invitation Tournament without a win, but Head Coach Ian Turley pronounced himself “satisfied” with the outcome of the event, won by the hosts Solway Sharks.

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“We knew we were unlikely to finish above sides playing in a higher standard of competition, or who had already played a couple of games, as we hadn’t had that opportunity, while we’ve been training in another rink due to the unavailability of our home ice, and I think that showed in the flow of the games we played in,” he said. “I know that will sound like excuses to some folk, but we weren’t kidding ourselves that we were going to go in against some of these sides  and turn them over after only a couple of weeks’ practice. However, if you want to improve, you have to take the opportunity to test yourself against good opposition so that was very much mission accomplished in that respect.”

Pirates secured a 4-4 draw in their opening match against fellow SNL side Kirkcaldy Kestrels before going down to SNL champions Dundee Stars and NIHL sides Sheffield Senators and Solway Sharks, but Turley is not regretting the venture at all. Waiting on the game coming on? Why not try one of the online slot games.

“We’ve signed a few new guys since the end of last season, so it gave Coach Adam Walker and myself the chance to try out a few things on the ice, and we experimented a little with the lines, so it was all useful to us, as at this time of year actual ice time is absolutely critical for us, and usually in short supply. We’re very grateful to the organisers for inviting us along, and I don’t think we let anyone down, ourselves included. It did highlight, though, that we’ve still got a few unfilled places on our bench, which we’re looking to put a player into.”

“The rules have changed recently in that players don’t necessarily have to be British trained to play in our league, so there’s a real opportunity for players to come to one of the top amateur clubs in Scotland and continue their career, or study while they’re here Whether they’re home grown, or over here possibly om a temporary basis, we’d be delighted to hear from them, all they have to do is email us at paisleypirates.org and we’ll get in touch with them.”