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PAISLEY PIRATES  6 KIRKCALDY KESTRELS  2

A dream debut, inspirational net minding, and a scorching team performance in the second period were the main features in a match which saw Pirates bring down the Kestrels.

The visitors had the better of the opening session but found John Russell in the home goal in spectacular form as he repeatedly turned away goal bound efforts and kept his side in the game when, if they weren’t out of it, they were certainly playing second fiddle to a fast breaking Kestrels side, who eventually took the lead in the 16th minute when Flood finally produced a shot to beat the netminder. With the clock running down, it looked like they would go into the break with a narrow advantage, but with Pirates shorthanded in the last 30 seconds their netminder Jackson could only direct a clearance towards an opponent and the puck was quickly transferred to debutant Abercrombie who flicked home and give his new side a slightly fortuitous equalizer.

Russell was again the busier netminder in the opening stages of the middle session but in the space of 17 seconds, after 27 minutes, the game changed dramatically. Following a sortie round the Kestrels net, Pirates were awarded a penalty shot, and Abercrombie stepped up to coolly slot the puck beyond Jackson and put the home side in front, Straight from the face off, Pirates broke again through Thorp who wasted no time in smashing the puck home to give his side an unlikely 3-1 lead. The home side were inspired by the sudden change in fortunes and were now having the better of the exchanges, and another two goal burst in 25 seconds late in the period saw first Guy skating through to beat Simpson, who had by this time replaced Jackson in the visitors’ net, and then Forbes set up Abercrombie to score his hat trick goal with ease, and send Pirates to the dressing rooms with a 5-1 lead, a scoreline which no one would have predicted at the start of the session.

In the final session, the visitors were looking for a quick goal to give them a flicker of hope, and they got it after 43 minutes when Robertson scored with a shorthanded effort for 5-2. Chances continued to appear at both ends of the ice, but it took until six minutes from time for the final goal of the night to arrive, as Spiers broke from his own zone to skate to the other end and Abercrombie was waiting for the defender’s inch perfect pass to net his own fourth, and his team’s sixth, to put the final touch on a very satisfying evening for the home side.

Pirates will be delighted to have beaten a close rival by such a convincing scoreline and now await the visit of local rivals North Ayrshire Wild this SATURDAY to Braehead Arena in a match which faces off at 6.30pm

 

PIRATES IN CHRISTMAS CRACKER

Fresh from their enthralling 6-2 win over Kirkcaldy Kestrels last Sunday night, Paisley Pirates are already preparing for another Christmas cracker as they play host to local rivals North Ayrshire Wild this SATURDAY at Braehead Arena in a match which faces off at 6.30pm.

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Photo features (back row) Lanarkshire Lightning Head Coach Martyn King, Paisley Pirates Head Coach Ian Turley, Lanarkshire Lightning Coach Colin McMillan.
(Front row) Max King and Harris McMillan
Photo acknowledgement to Duncan Speirs

Pirates have already faced the Wild three times this season, securing two draws and a narrow 2-0 win, and they anticipate another close encounter of the icy kind this coming Saturday, in their final match before the festive break.

Pirates have their confidence boosted by the form they showed in defeating their east coast opponents last weekend, but know they will have to be on top of their game to defeat the Wild, who have already shown they have a sting in their tail as they scored twice in the last minute in one of the draws fought out this season.

Off Ice Operation Manager Jackie Turley said, “It was a cracking match last Sunday and the support from the crowd, and the atmosphere generated, certainly helped make it a great night. We’re hoping we can get a large crowd creating a similar noise level against the Wild, who will no doubt be bringing some of their own supporters with them, so we’re hoping to send our fans home with a smile on their faces for Christmas. We’ll be more than happy to welcome in Christmas shoppers, complete with presents, to support their local ice hockey team.”

PIRATES AND LIGHTNING JOIN FORCES

Paisley Pirates and Lanarkshire Lightning Ice Hockey Clubs have joined forces in a move which will see young players have the opportunity to progress from rank beginners, through to a pathway which will eventually give them the chance of playing for the Pirates at Scottish National League level, under the tutelage of Head Coaches Martyn King for Lightning, himself a former Paisley Pirate, and Ian Turley, for Pirates, who is also part of the coaching team got the Scotland Under-17 squad.

It is hoped that the formalised link between the two clubs will help develop young players who show themselves to have the skills and aptitude to progress and develop to a high standard, and spokespersons for both clubs expressed excitement at the opportunities which will open up to youngsters wishing to progress in their favourite sport.

Jim Paterson, Chair of Lanarkshire Lightning, commented, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our players. Not only have they already shown their ability to learn and develop as ice hockey players within this club, they will now get the opportunity to take their development on to an even higher level by having the chance to train and play with the Pirates, and hopefully some of them will go on to play for Paisley in the SNL when the time comes. In the few short years since the Lightning were formed we like to think that our youngsters have progressed at an astonishing rate due to the excellent opportunities and coaching that they’ve had the opportunity to experience so far, and our new link with the Pirates ensures that such progression will continue to an even higher level. It also maps out  a direct path for potential new members who perhaps see themselves playing at SNL or above in the years to come, regardless of the level at which they are at currently, and shows that by becoming a member of Lanarkshire Lightning they are likely to receive the very best of development opportunities all the way through to senior level.”

“Our club already has strong links with the Pirates through former players such as Martyn King, Colin McMillan and Robert Henderson being involved in our coaching team, and, indeed, their own kids are progressing through the ranks with us, so these new links only strengthen the strong ties we already have with them.”

Paisley Pirates Head Coach Ian Turley was equally excited about the new partnership. “We already have a good strong relationship with Lanarkshire Lightning, with the core pf their coaching staff having previously iced for the Pirates. This new relationship makes sense, as we don’t currently have a full junior set up and Lanarkshire Lightning don’t have a senior team. Hopefully this will be the start of providing a pathway for kids to develop into Pirates and beyond at senior level. We’re really looking forward to working with the Lightning coaches, to ensure that we’re always focusing on player development, which is our number one priority, and one which we believe is shared by the Lightning. Both clubs are committed to developing players of all ages in their respective catchment areas and beyond, to enable them to reach a high level of the sport in Scotland.”

Jackie Turley, Head of Off Ice Operations for the Paisley Pirates, commented, “The parents and kids of the Lightning have become a regular element of the Pirates’ activities through their attendance at games and the latter have been mascots for the club at SNL matches for a number of years now. It’s great to see a willingness by both clubs to take this relationship on to the next stage, as the building bricks have obviously been there for a while now, and this new development can only be good for both clubs and, particularly the junior players who now have a wonderful opportunity to progress through the ranks as far as their skill, aptitude and character can take them. We’re certainly delighted to have this chance of working even more closely with our good friends at the Lanarkshire Lightning club.”

 

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PAISLEY PIRATES NEW SIGNING

 

Paisley Pirates have swooped into the transfer market to sign hit man Daniel Abercrombie, and the forward goes straight into the Pirates’ squad for their important home match against Kirkcaldy Kestrels this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 5.00pm). The 20 year old has played for both Solway and North Ayr in previous seasons, and most recently iced for Murrayfield Racers, where his goals helped propel the Edinburgh side towards the top of the Scottish National League.

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“We’re delighted to be welcoming Daniel into the Pirates’ family”, said Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley. “It seemed he might be having a time out from the sport for a little while at least, but we managed to talk him round into coming to Braehead and we’re confident his sniper skills will make him a potent threat in front of goal. He’s already played alongside a couple of our guys with other teams so he already knows a few of the players on the bench and while we already carry a goal threat, his potency in front of goal will increase the potential for the squad to add to its goal scoring abilities.”

She added, “We very rarely sign players just to add numbers to the squad. We have to feel that any new additions coming in will improve what we’ve already got, so by signing Daniel it makes a statement, meaning that we rate him highly and, at only 20 years of age, we’ll see how good he is when he turns out in a Pirates’ jersey. In the short term, he’ll wear the number 16 sweater, and we can look forward to seeing him adding to the calibre of our squad.”

 

PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

 

Paisley Pirates return to action this weekend with a intriguing fixture against Kirkcaldy Kestrels, the match facing off at Braehead Arena on Sunday at 5.00pm. In the reverse clash in Fife a few weeks ago, the teams drew 5-5 in a thrilling encounter, and Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley expects this weekend’s return to be no less exciting than it was first time around, when Pirates twice came from two goals behind to draw the match.

“We rarely have poor matches against the Kestrels, we seem to bring out the best in each other, which is very good news indeed for supporters of both clubs,” she said. “ We’re hoping for a big-pre Christmas crowd to turn out and cheer us on as we go head to head with Kirkcaldy. We know that they enjoy beating us as much as we like putting one over on them, so whatever the score, the fans are certain to be winners. We only beat them by the narrowest of margins towards the end of last season when we absolutely had to win to keep our league challenge going, and that was only in the last session of play, so there’s every reason to think that this year’s home game against them is going to be just as much a nail-biter. Back in the days when the Pirates played the Fife Flyers at the Lagoon, the game was always one of the ones most eagerly awaited, and the feelings are still the same when we play the Kestrels.”

“Dundee Comets lost for the fist time two weekends ago so the teams at the top end of the league are now very much bunched up, with ourselves and the Kestrels in that group, so it doesn’t take a genius to work out that every match carries a lot of significance. It’s as tight at the top end of the league as I can remember for a long time. which means that every single point gained is important.”

“We’ve got a number of local clubs and organisations taking advantage of our cut price deal on offer throughout the season, and a couple of others coming along next weekend, so we’re sure those groups will enjoy getting possibly their first experience of a night watching the Paisley Pirates in action, and make plenty of noise in support of Renfrewshire’s only senior ice hockey team.”

Paisley Pirates Shivering Timbers

PAISLEY PIRATES 6 – ABERDEEN LYNX 3

 

Pirates overcame a spirited performance by the visitors and, in the process, brought the latter’s unbeaten start in the league to an end.

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The home side were the quicker to settle and were ahead in the 4th minute as Wallace got on the end of a cross come shot from Sarginson to beat Chalmers and give his side a lead which they never lost. Both sides continued to push forward but it was Pirates who doubled their lead in the 9th minute as Dobson skated through and fired a beauty into the top of the net to put daylight between the teams. With no further scoring in the period, the teams headed for the dressing rooms at the first break with Pirates holding a handy 2-0 advantage.

The hosts got off to the best possible start in the middle session with a goal after only 29 seconds. Chalmers could only parry a rasping shot from Divok, and the puck fell perfectly for Thorp to nudge it over the line to give Pirates a three goal margin. Back came the visitors, however, and after a sustained spell of pressure they got their reward in 28 minutes through Malcolm. Pirates steadied the ship thereafter and restored their margin of three just after the halfway point, Walker merely flicking a long range effort which flew past Chalmers to nestle in the bottom corner. The same player was on hand after 35 minutes to net his second of the night, and with the buzzer sounding after 40 minutes Pirates were well in control at 5-1, a Hamilton shot which bounced off the underside of the bar and appearing to land behind the line being washed out by referee Emmerson.

In spite of their four goal advantage, Pirates had to be on their toes in the final session as Lynx continued to push forward towards Russell in the home goal, and after 45 minutes the visitors struck with Malcolm’s second goal of the night, followed by a third from former Pirate Andrew Murphy to tighten up the scoreline at 5-3. With four minutes to go, the accumulation of heavy challenges during the course of the game came to a head as Divok and Andreucci went head to head with the Durkacz brothers in two separate exchanges on the ice, Joe Durkacz eventually being flung out of the game with the other pugilists receiving minor penalties, which were enough to end their participation in the match.

The excitement wasn’t quite over for the evening, however, as with the clock running down in the final few seconds, Walker sent Henderson away and the forward skated through to beat Chalmers with one second remaining, putting a final gloss on the evening to give Pirates a 6-3 win.

Pirates have a weekend off and are next in action on Sunday 16 December when they play host to Kirkcaldy Kestrels.

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

Paisley Pirates may have enjoyed a rare weekend off from on-ice action, but away from the usual weekend excitement the club has been just as busy as ever in the run up to the Christmas period.

“Yes, it was good that the players got a well-earned break from their usual routine,” said Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley, “but the work of the club goes on, with plenty of effort going on behind the scenes which folk sometimes don’t see.”

“We’ve been continuing to take group bookings at a steady rate now that we’re in Christmas mode, with a take up rate which suggests people are getting the message that they can come with their group and see the Pirates for very little money either as a pre-Christmas treat, or even as something a little different to their usual programme of events ay any time during our season.”

“Certainly, we’ve been busier in terms of taking bookings for the game on 16 December against Kirkcaldy, and the local derby against North Ayrshire Wild on Saturday 22 December, but the group discount rate is in operation for ALL home games and clubs and groups shouldn’t hang around too long if they’re wanting to snap up a real bargain. We know money’s tight everywhere right now so this is a chance for us to give back to the community which supports us the whole year round.”

“We’re also looking for individuals who would like to supp’ort us via our Match Night Puck Sponsorship scheme, where again, for little money, fans can sponsor the match night puck, receive it with special engraving on it, and get their photo taken with both team captains before the match in question. We’ve got another such event coming up on 22 December, but there’s other dates available if there’s supporters looking for a souvenir with a difference, or wanting to give a young relative an extra special present.”

“As usual, we’ve loads of seasonal souvenirs at our shop, including special Paisley Pirates calendars which are disappearing faster than Santa Claus down a chimney, so we’d advise folk not to waste any time in getting their order in, and/or contact us at paisleypirates@gmail.com if they want to make a group booking.”

Paisley Pirates Supporters Club has also been very busy, arranging a collection of new toys in aid of the Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Appeal, which took place at the recent match against Aberdeen Lynx.

“We were well pleased with the response we got from our ever-generous supporters,” said Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “We were able to fill a number of trollies with brand spanking new toys donated by supporters, and we also took a very healthy sum in cash donations on the night. The money raised will go towards buying specialised gifts for children in need of them, while, thanks to the generosity of Paisley Pirates fans, an awful lot of kids will have a happier Christmas than might otherwise have been the case.”

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Pirates’ netminder John Russell achieved a 21 save shut out as he helped his club to a narrow, but crucial, win at North Ayr on Saturday. While the game was short in terms of goals, it was not without incident.

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In a tight opening session, the visitors had the balance of play, but were unable to find a way past Beveridge in the home goal, while Russell was unbeatable at the opposite end of the rink, and this the first 20 minutes were completed without a goal on the scoreboard.

In the middle session, the home side had more of the play, but again found the visiting defence in miserly form, giving up very little with Russell again stopping anything which did get through. Pirates looked to be in trouble when Huber took a minor penalty for charging late in the period, but in fact they broke quickly while a player down and Divok scored a peach of a goal for his shorthanded side to give them a narrow 1-0 advantage going into the final session.

With the match still finely balance, the turning point came almost halfway through the final session as Wild’s player/coach Scott Cowan was thrown out for a heavy check on his opponent. He disagreed too vehemently with the official’s decision, receiving a match penalty on top of his original penalty. On the resultant extended player advantage given to Pirates, Henderson scored the critical second goal to clinch the points for the visitors, making it a good night for them, and setting them up nicely for the second leg of their weekend double header at Dundee the following evening.

 

Dundee Tigers  1 – Paisley Pirates  9

 

After two tight periods, Pirates blitzed the hosts with a devastating goal burst in the final session to remove any chance of an upset.

Pirates were out of the blocks quickly and were ahead in the 3rd minute through Huber. They continued to push forward and in the 7th minute they doubled their advantage through Divok. While continuing to outshoot their opponents they were unable to add to their tally and Reekie brought the hosts back into the game with a strike at the halfway point to make the score 2-1 to Pirates at the end of the first session.

The visitors continued to have the better of exchanges in the second period but were unable to beat Morris in the home goal in the early stages. However, in the 36th minute Henderson did manage to find the net to give Pirates a little more breathing space after 40 minutes, with the score at 3-1.

Pirates came out for the final period determined to put the game to bed and they did so in quite ruthless fashion, scoring no fewer than FOUR times in a two minute spell from the 42nd minute, with markers from Guy, Henderson with his second, Dobson and Thorp, to take the game well away from the Tigers at 7-1. Another quickfire double from Andreucci and Dobson with his second just after halfway took the score to 9-1, and Pirates could relax with the game well and truly over.

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Paisley Pirates start December with a bang this Saturday when they play host to Aberdeen Lynx at Braehead Arena (face off 6.30pm).

“It’s always one of the matches which generates plenty of atmosphere,” said Off Ice Operations Manager, Jackie Turley. “Because it’s a Saturday, I think it’s easier for the Aberdeen fans to travel, and they come in numbers, so all credit to them, they really get behind their team, it’s just a pity more teams don’t follow their lead. Our fans are always quick to pick up the challenge, so there will be a fair bit of noise in the Arena come 6.30pm on Saturday.”

“It’s our first home match in a few weeks so I’m sure our own fans who can’t follow the team on the road will be looking forward to exercising their tonsils. We’ve had a decent run of form since the Comets beat us here, with two wins and a draw on the road, while Aberdeen have found a bit of form as well. The matches between the two sides are usually entertaining with a few goals and incidents thrown in for good measure, and I don’t see Saturday’s encounter being that much different.”

“Our Supporters Club are also getting behind the local Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Appeal and it’s asking supporters of both teams either to make a cash donation at one of the collection points this Saturday, or bring along new toys (used ones can’t be accepted for health & safety reasons), socks, pyjamas and the like, to make Christmas a little bit special for kids and families for whom it could otherwise be a little bit bleak. It’s one of the times in the year when the club can give back to the local community and we’re really pleased to be able to make our own small contribution to all the good work which goes into helping others in the local area.”

Urbanism Award photo-resized for press

Paisley has been voted the best town in the UK & Ireland in recognition for its ‘outstanding’ efforts to transform its fortunes.

Urbanism Award photo-resized for press

It was crowned at the Academy of Urbanism awards ceremony in London, beating off competition from shortlisted Barnsley in Yorkshire and Chelmsford in Essex.

Paisley is the first Scottish place to win the the Great Town title since the inaugural awards in 2006.

Voted on by Academy members, five awards are given out annually, including for Europe’s best city, and places are judged against a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.

The Great Town award recognises the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments across the UK, Ireland and Europe, and this year focused on places that have been through transformation.

The judges ruled that although Paisley, which was one of five places shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021, didn’t win that title, the process of developing their bid ‘won over the people of Paisley and in turn permanently changed the narrative of the place and direction of travel.’

As part of the judging process, assessors visited Paisley in August and lead assessor, Michele Grant commended Paisley for using heritage and culture to change the narrative of the town.

She said: “Renfrewshire Council’s UK City of Culture bid is an outstanding example of how to shape a collective vision and build community confidence that delivers in the long term. The bid and its preparation has transformed the way local people and external organisations and individuals think and speak about the town.”

Renfrewshire Council’s investment in social housing was also praised as ‘impressive’, as was the ‘deep and meaningful working between the Council and communities’.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted that Paisley has been awarded the Great Town title – something that couldn’t have happened without the tremendous support from all sections of the community.

“The bidding process for UK City of Culture 2021 kickstarted the process to transform our place, which is very much continuing with our plans to use Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage assets to make it a key destination for visitors and events.

“Work to revitalise our town centre and economy is already underway, with a £110 million investment in the town centre and our venues, and £276 million of major infrastructure projects taking place in Renfrewshire as part of the Glasgow Region City Deal over the next decade.

“We are also reinventing our textile heritage for the 21st century and launched a new destination brand, paisley.is earlier this year.”

David Rudlin, Chair of the Academy of Urbanism, said: “Home of the Paisley pattern – a town that has recovered from industrial decline by concentrating on the basics, good, affordable housing and a strong town centre.

“It may not have been successful in being nominated as UK City of Culture 2021 but the bidding process has been incredibly positive as a catalyst for change.”

Sharon McAulay from the town’s Star Project said: “One year on from our City of Culture bid, it’s a timely reminder that Paisley is a vibrant and beautiful cultural destination and is being recognised as such from far afield.

“This award belongs to the people of Paisley whose collective positivity and boundless energy have made this possible.”

Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire, said: “This award is further recognition of the meaningful work being undertaken in the town by the council and all of its partners – work which has developed with the support of the people of Paisley and is essential for the prosperity of our local businesses, higher education sector and cultural community.”

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Pirates got their league campaign off to the best possible start with a comfortable win in Ayrshire. Both teams had their warm up period interrupted by a fire alarm, which saw them standing outside the ice rink in full kit, but it was the home team for whom the bells tolled as they found themselves FOUR goals down with under half the opening period played.

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The visitors were ahead with less than two minutes on the clock through Guy, and went two in front within minutes as Wilson netted his first goal for the club. A quick fire double within half a minute through Huber and Divok had Pirates four ahead by the 9th minute, and while the free scoring slowed down a little they still had time to net a fifth, through Henderson, to have the points in the bag by the first buzzer, holding a comfortable lead at 5-0.

The home side did come into the game a little more at the beginning of the second period and managed to pull a goal back after 26 minutes through McCormack, but Anderson in the home goal continued to be the busier netminder by far and he was beaten twice more, first by Henderson for his second goal of the night, then skipper Chris Turley, to take the scoreline to 7-1 after 40 minutes.

Pirates took the score to 8-1 within five minutes of the restart through Sarginson, and while Thunder did manage another consolation score through Murdoch, it was the visitors who finished off the scoring through Turley’s second goal of the night with 5 minutes remaining, to round off a satisfactory start to their league programme.

 

Paisley Pirates   5 Dundee Tigers   2

 

Pirates won their second match in 24 hours comfortably enough without ever finding top gear, as they saw off a plucky Dundee Tigers outfit to make it a four point weekend.

The home side were first on the board in the 6th minute as Divok converted a pass from Henderson, but they were surprised a minute later as Reekie equalised on the powerplay. Henderson turned goal scorer before the halfway point in the period, but with a lethargic looking Pirates side failing to pass accurately they were unable to advance their lead, going in at the first interval with a narrow 2-1 advantage.

Pirates were looking to increase their lead and put the game to bed, but their passes continued to go astray until they briefly raised their game around the middle of the period and scored three times in six minutes through Henderson, notching his second, a rare goal from Crawford with a neat backhander, and a bullet from Divok which also doubled his tally for the night. Tigers refused to give up, however, and a minute later Pliskov netted their second to give the score a slightly closer appearance at 5-2 after 40 minutes.

In the final session, Pirates continued to push forward but could not re-establish the free flowing movement which they’d managed briefly in the middle session, thus recording a satisfactory, but unspectacular, 5-2 win over the visitors.

They will be looking to raise their game next week when they face their toughest challenge of the season so far, as treble winners Dundee Comets are the visitors to Braehead Arena on Remembrance Sunday (face off 5.00pm)

Remembrance Sunday:

We’ll be admitting free of charge any members of the Armed Forces who come in uniform or produce a valid ID card tp see Pirates v Dundee Comets.

PAISLEY PIRATES-GAME PREVIEW

Paisley Pirates face what is probably their toughest challenge of the season so far as they play host to treble winners Dundee Comets in a mouth-watering league match this Sunday at Braehead Arena. The visitors complete a clean sweep of domestic honours last year, winning the Scottish Cup, the league playoffs, and the SNL title, the latter only by dint of having a better goal difference than the Pirates.

“It’s got all the potential to be another in a whole series of classics between the teams, enthused Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley. “Last year, it was a closely fought 3-3 draw here with some terrific entertainment for the fans, real edge of the seat stuff, while when we went to the Dundee Ice Arena it finished 6-6, with two goals in the last minute, so the game isn’t likely to let anyone down in terms of value for money. They’ve got a lot of fine players, but then, so do we, our goals have been spread throughout the team with no single player taking the headlines.”

She went on, “We’re expecting a larger crowd than usual, as this really is one of the fixtures you look out for every year, so our advice to folk is to get along early and make sure you catch every one of the sixty minutes-if you don’t, you’re likely to miss something!”

“It’s our last home game for a couple of weeks, so we’re advising supporters to get themselves along and catch some of the best ice hockey action they are likely to see anywhere, and have them wishing away the days until the Pirates are back in town again!”

Face off is at 5.00pm and doors open at 4.20pm.

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Paisley Pirates are well known for their exploits as one of the top ice hockey teams in  Scotland, but last weekend they ventured into the world of American Football to help out a local team hoping to boost their squad numbers.


Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley explained, “We’d heard that the Raptors were on a recruitment drive in a bid to add to their numbers, and we were only too happy to offer them the chance to hand out leaflets at our game against the Solway Stingrays last Sunday.

I know the boys managed to shift a lot of leaflets, and we hope we managed to assist them in what can be a difficult task. We know how hard it can be to bring in new blood sometimes, and we hope the Raptors are successful in enlarging the club and bringing another American influenced sport into the consciousness of the local community.”

“We’re always happy to help out other clubs in the area, we’re always trying to raise awareness about the Pirates locally, but it’s amazing sometimes that so many people know so little about the number of local clubs playing and promoting their sport in the local community.”

“Anyone wanting to get any more information about the Raptors can do so by contacting
them at contact@renfrewshireraptors.co.uk.”

The attached picture shows members of the Raptors with the Paisley Pirates shortly before
the latter beat Solway on the ice.

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Paisley Pirates leave behind an unsuccessful campaign in the inaugural Stuart Robertson
Cup competition as they start their assault on the league title with a double header this
weekend.

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The club finished unbeaten in their section, but lost out to North Ayr Wild who had
a superior goal difference after two draws and four wins in the group stages to both clubs.
The Renfrewshire club comes off the back of a 9-2 win over Solway Stingrays and is looking
to continue their unbeaten run on Saturday when they visit Kilmarnock Thunder in their first
SNL league match at the Galleon Centre (face off 5.00pm), In their last meeting there
Pirates had to twice come from three goals behind to win 7-4 and another close game is
anticipated.

The hosts lost narrowly by 7-6 in a Scottish cup tie to Aberdeen at the weekend
and will therefore be hoping to take that good form into the league match against their local
rivals.

On Sunday, Pirates are at home to Dundee Tigers, the latter not having had the best start to
their season with a very difficult grouping in the Stuart Robertson Cup (East Section) which
has seen them go up against some of the strongest sides in the SNL. The home side will be
hoping to get their campaign off to a flyer with two wins, the match at Braehead Arena
similarly facing off at their new regular 5.00pm slot.

With virtually all of the side having chipped in with vital goals and assists so far, Pirates look to mount another serious challenge for a title which only eluded them on goal difference last year.

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Pirates eventually wore down a spirited Solway side who for a long time threatened to cause
a major surprise as the home side failed to click until the latter stages of the match.

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The home side were shocked in the third minute as the visitors went in front through Adams,
and while Felix Huber brought parity to proceedings with an equaliser after eight minutes,
the Stingrays were in front again four minutes later as Horne beat Donaghy to put the visitors
ahead for a second time, a lead which they held to the end of a dire first session for the
Pirates.

It was a different home side which came out for the middle period and they were level within
minutes as Henderson fired a beauty past Carmichael to tie the scores, Pirates were at
times camped in the Solway end but Carmichael was stopping everything coming his way
until the 36 th minute when Dobson gave Pirates the lead for the first time, and they header
for the dressing rooms at the end of 40 minutes holding a narrow 3-2 advantage.

Pirates took control from the beginning of the final session, although it took them until the
47 th minute to increase their lead through Karol Divok. The same player scored again within
a minute and the goals continued to flow, Martyn Guy netting a double before Tom Johnston
finished the scoring with just over a minute to go.

This win gave Pirates an unbeaten record in the Stuart Robertson Trophy (West Section),
but they lose out to North Ayr Wild for the qualifying spot in the final by dint of having an
inferior goal difference.

Pirates now have a double header weekend in prospect, travelling to Kilmarnock this
Saturday for their first league match before taking on Dundee Tigers at Braehead Arena on
Sunday, both matches facing off at 5.00pm.

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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.”