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PIRATES IN CONTROL

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KILMARNOCK STORM   2              PAISLEY PIRATES   11     Paisley Pirates are a significant step closer to reaching the Scottish Cup Final for a second successive season after recording an 11-2 away win at Kilmarnock in the first leg of their semi final tie.   The visitors were on the offensive almost from the first whistle as Storm’s Maitland took an early penalty, but they had to wait until the seventh minute before they went ahead on the powerplay, and what a goal it was, as Campbell waltzed past the entire Storm team on the ice from his own defensive zone …

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PIRATES BACK TO BUSINESS

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It’s back to business this week for the Paisley Pirates after the excitement of clinching the SNL title last weekend, and it’s another crucial fixture for them as they return to Kilmarnock, this time on Scottish Cup business, for the first leg of the two legged semi final against the local Storm. Pirates won there 11-4 only two weeks ago, but coach Ian Turley is expecting a tough time on the small ice pad.   “I know we won at Kilmarnock only two weeks ago, but that result will have nothing at all to do with the outcome this Saturday …

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ICONS CONGRATULATE PIRATES

Following on from Paisley Pirates’ memorable League winning performance at Dundee last Saturday, beating the local Tigers 6-0 to clinch the SNL title for only the third time over a 24 year period, the club has continued to receive congratulatory messages not just from the local community, but from icons associated with the club since its inception in 1946.   Secretary Jackie Turley explained, “We often receive queries about or from former players now staying abroad, particularly from Canada, usually looking for information about someone they played with, but this week, since we beat the Tigers, in among the hundreds …

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COACH “THRILLED” BY LEAGUE TITLE WIN

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley was “thrilled” with his team’s performance as they were crowned SNL champions after an eventual 6-0 win over Dundee Tigers on Tayside last Saturday.   He said, “In the first period it was evident that some of the players at least were suffering from nerves so when they came in at the first break at 0-0 we had a bit of a heart to heart, changed a couple of things, and I felt that from there on in we always had the game under control and we won well in the end in some style.” …

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CHAMPIONS!

DUNDEE TIGERS   0                        PAISLEY PIRATES   6     Paisley Pirates are the new SNL champions after overwhelming Dundee Tigers 6-0 in their final league game to win the title. While Aberdeen could equal Pirates’ points total if they were to win all of their remaining games, Pirates have a better head to head against the Lynx, and thus the title comes back to Paisley after a four year break.   In a very nervy opening period, neither team was able to create much in front of the net, Tigers finding Graeme Meechan and the rest of the defence equal to …

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FINAL PUSH FOR PIRATES

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Paisley Pirates face their most important week of the season so far as they prepare to travel to Dundee on Saturday to face the local Tigers in their final SNL match of the season.   “I can think of easier places to be going than Dundee to face the Tigers,” said coach Ian Turley. “They’ve had a difficult run of late and will be looking to turn us over, as they’re wanting points to put them in a good position come the end of season playoffs. We’re where most teams would like to be, where your fate is in your …

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HAMILTON IN SCOTLAND SQUAD

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Paisley Pirates have been further boosted by the news that teenage defenceman Dean Hamilton has been included in the Scottish Under-19 National squad which will take on their English counterparts in a head to head duel in late May. Hamilton has been included after impressing selectors in recent challenge matches played in preparation for the big one against the Old Enemy in the Spring.   “Everyone at the club is absolutely delighted for Dean and he thoroughly deserves his call up,” said Pirates’ coach Ian Turley. “Since he came to the club at the start of the season he’s been …

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PIRATES GO INTERNATIONAL!

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Paisley Pirates are celebrating a welcome boost after they were included in a prestigious list of the 42 Most Iconic Hockey Towns in Europe, produced by one of Canada’s largest online travel websites, Flight Network, which specialises in providing travel and tourist information for hundreds of thousands of Canadians travelling abroad each year.   “We were contacted by Flight Network some time ago and asked if we’d like to submit information about the club, and the town of Paisley, for possible inclusion in the information they are transmitting across the country,” said Jackie Turley, club secretary. “As ice hockey is …

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PIRATES BLOW OUT STORM

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KILMARNOCK STORM   4   PAISLEY PIRATES   11   Pirates recorded another critical win, collecting the two points they wanted in the process, beating their Scottish Cup semi final opponents 11-4 in a match which the visitors had under control against hosts containing a number of former Pirates within their ranks.   The visitors were flying from the start and were ahead in under a minute when Guy, playing in an unfamiliar right wing role, smashed in a shot which Blackwell was unable to stop for the opening goal. In spite of having the bulk of the play, however, they were unable …

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COACH PRAISES PLAYERS

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley has praised his players after their latest 6-2 victory over Aberdeen Lynx took them into the semi finals of the Scottish Cup, where they’ll meet this weekend’s opponents on league business, Kilmarnock Storm.   “I feel we still weren’t at our full potential at the weekend, and it’s only now that we’re getting rid of illness and injury and starting to get a bit of a flow about us,” he said. “We need to stay grounded, focused, and continue to play one game at a time.”   “Over the past couple of weeks everyone has …

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PIRATES AT THE DOUBLE

PAISLEY PIRATES   6          ABERDEEN LYNX   2 (agg 9-4)     Pirates progressed comfortably to the semifinal of the Scottish Cup after dispatching Aberdeen 6-2 on the night, and will play Kilmarnock over two legs for the right to proceed to the Cup Final.   The home side opened brightly and were ahead after five minutes as Wilson took a pass from Orr to fire high into the net, and give his side the early boost they were looking for. Within two minutes their advantage had been doubled, as Riddell was put through by Campbell and he, too, wasted no time …

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PIRATES UP FOR CUP

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Paisley Pirates face another difficult match this weekend when they go head to head with Aberdeen Lynx in the second leg of their Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Braehead this Sunday (face off 6.00pm). The Renfrewshire side go into the contest holding a slim 3-2 advantage gained in a penalty filled encounter last Saturday in Aberdeen.   “It’ll be another testing fixture for us, we seem to be on a diet of them right now,” said coach Ian Turley, “but I suppose it’s much better than taking part in meaningless games with nothing at stake. The first leg was very …

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PIRATES SHARE HONOURS

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PAISLEY PIRATES   3           DUNDEE COMETS   3     The points, and honours, were shared in this tightest of tight matches as the Comets recovered from an early 3-1 deficit to snatch a point with a late goal coming less than five minutes before the end of the game.   Pirates had a powerplay opportunity with less than a minute on the clock and Frazer Campbell was on hand to force the puck home and give his side an early lead. The visitors were looking powerful on the break and they were level before the halfway point as Adam Walker scored …

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PIRATES AHEAD

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ABERDEEN LYNX   2           PAISLEY PIRATES   3     In a bad tempered affair at Aberdeen, with over 150 minutes in penalties given out, Pirates squeezed home by the odd goal in five to take a one goal advantage with them to the second leg of this Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Braehead Arena next Sunday.   The visitors were out of the blocks like lightning and were ahead on the powerplay within three minutes as Campbell put his side in front. It got even better for Pirates as before five minutes had gone they’d doubled their advantage as Orr got …

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BIG WEEKEND FOR PIRATES

Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley reflected on a potentially difficult trip to Elgin at the weekend before turning his thoughts to a massive double header, which sees the club head to Aberdeen on Saturday for the first leg of their Scottish Cup Quarter Final tie, before making the long trip home in time to take on the in-form Dundee Comets on vital Scottish National League business, less than 24 hours later.   “I thought that it was important that we kept our discipline on Saturday at Elgin,” he commented. “We’re not used to the small ice there and it becomes …

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WHIRLWIND PIRATES BLOW OUT TYPHOONS

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MORAY TYPHOONS   1      PAISLEY PIRATES   5     Pirates got the show back on the road with a comprehensive 5-1 at Elgin, on a rink where in recent times they had struggled to get a result.   Minus the injured Miller and Bain, with Meechan and Riddell unavailable through work commitments, Pirates hit the ice quickly and were ahead in under 3 minutes as they took advantage of a powerplay opportunity to go ahead on the postage stamp sized surface through Thorp, assisted by Mark Hassan. The giant forward continued to be a thorn in the flesh to the hosts …

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TURLEY LOOKS FOR BOUNCE BACK

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley was in sombre mood after watching his side go down to their first competitive league defeat of the season as they lost 2-1 at Braehead Arena to the Edinburgh Capitals.   “We haven’t really played well in our last three games and I suppose that was always going to catch up with us sooner or later,” he said. “I’m not making excuses for our poor form, but like I’ve said in the past few weeks we’ve been carrying a few knocks, guys have been ill and there have been a few missing training for various …

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PIRATES CRASH AND BURN

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PAISLEY PIRATES   1          EDINBURGH CAPITALS   2     Pirates surrendered their unbeaten league record, and a two year long unbeaten home record, with a below par performance that saw them defeated by an Edinburgh team which, while perhaps not being the best opposition the home team have faced this season, were certainly good enough to secure the two points and inflict serious damage upon any title aspirations.   In a tight opening period, neither team threatened the opposition netminders to any great extent, although both were equal to any efforts coming their way. Pirates should have had a penalty shot …

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COACH: “NO SLIP UPS!”

Paisley Pirates win their home opener 4-3 against Solway Sharks on,18 October , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Paisley Pirates face another difficult weekend as they take on Edinburgh Capitals at Braehead Arena this Sunday. The clubs drew 3-3 in a tense match in the capital last Sunday, and Pirates coach Ian Turley is expecting another close game when they clash for the second time in a week.   “In recent years our league games against the Caps have always been tight affairs, with never much more than a goal or so between the teams, and I don’t think this Sunday is likely to be any different,” he said. “We had a tough weekend just past when we …

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PIRATES GET THE POINT

EDINBURGH CAPITALS   3             PAISLEY PIRATES   3     Pirates withstood a Capitals fightback to claim a point in Edinburgh and extend their lead at the top of the SNL table.   In a tight opening period, the visitors had more of the play than the hosts, with Mallinson in the home goal regularly called into action, but it wasn’t until the 18th minute that Pirates took the lead with the only goal of the session, Riddell scoring the vital opening marker to send his team in at the break nursing their slender lead.   In the middle session, Edinburgh …

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