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CUP WOE FOR PIRATES

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PAISLEY PIRATES   5           DUNDEE COMETS   9     Pirates finished their season on a disappointing note as they relinquished the Scottish Cup to Dundee Comets, a hat trick from David Orr not being enough to prevent the league champions from going down to the Tayside outfit.   The Paisley side were hit by an opening blitz which saw the Comets hit two goals in twenty seconds in the fourth minute through Inglis and Hamilton, and while Orr’s goal did pull the score back to 2-1 after six minutes, Comets had their two goal cushion back in just over 60 seconds …

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TURLEY VOWS: “WE’LL BE READY!”

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley has promised his team will be ready for the Scottish Cup Final on 22 April, after suffering the anguish of a narrow one goal defeat in the playoff final last Sunday to Dundee Comets, against whom they will line up again for the final piece of silverware this season, Pirates being the current holders of the trophy after beating Edinburgh Capitals in last year’s final.   “I’d like to congratulate Adam Walker, his coaching staff and players on their win, I think both teams put on a terrific show in the playoff final and it …

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COMETS’ FIGHTBACK SINKS PIRATES

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PAISLEY PIRATES   3           DUNDEE COMETS   4   Pirates were unable to resist a strong Comets fightback after leading 3-1 in the first period, and thus their unwanted lack of success in the playoffs continues, with the Comets lifting the trophy.   After their poor showing the previous night, Pirates came out with a purpose and after both Miller and Thorp had come close they took the lead in the 9th minute when Wilson and Miller combined to put Orr through and he wasted no time in dispatching the puck behind Michie for the opener. It got even better for them …

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PIRATES IN FINAL-BUT ONLY JUST!

PAISLEY PIRATES   2           KIRKCALDY KESTRELS   2 (Pirates win 2-1 on penalty shots to reach playoff final)     Pirates sneaked through to the SNL playoff final after drawing 2-2 with hosts Kestrels during a nailbiting 60 minutes, before scraping through 2-1 in the resultant penalty shoot out, with netminder Graeme Meechan the hero of the hour with a string of stops during regular play, followed by two penalty saves after Liam Riddell and Marc Crute had converted in the sudden death shoot out.   Kestrels came out flying and were ahead in under ninety seconds as Hill fired home. They …

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PIRATES GET READY

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It’s a massive weekend for the Paisley Pirates as they go to Kirkcaldy for the annual end of season SNL Playoffs this Saturday, and they face possibly the hardest possible task when they go head to head against the hosts, Kirkcaldy Kestrels, who qualified for their place after beating Edinburgh Capitals 10-8 on aggregate last weekend. The second semi final sees Aberdeen Lynx take on Dundee Comets, with the winners of the two ties meeting on Sunday to decide the destiny of this year’s playoff title.   Coach Ian Turley commented, “It may have come as a little bit of …

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PIRATES IN PLAYOFF FINALS

PAISLEY PIRATES   8          NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD   1 (AGG 17-2)     Pirates duly proceeded to the SNL playoff weekend in Kirkcaldy in two weeks’ time-but only after they had survived an early scare which shocked the home support.   The home team went into the match already holding a 9-1 advantage from the first leg 24 hours earlier, but were caught on the hop with barely two minutes on the clock as a shot from McPhail took a deflection and deceived Meechan to give the visitors a surprise league. Pirates came back strongly, however, and were level less than four …

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WILD NIGHT FOR PIRATES

NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD   1          PAISLEY PIRATES   9     Paisley Pirates took a significant step towards clinching a place in the final four of the SNL playoffs following a convincing 9-1 win in the first leg at Auchenharvie Ice Rink.   The visitors were ahead after only two minutes as Chris Wilson took a pass from David Orr to net top shelf and give his team a lead which they never lost. While Meechan was a virtual spectator in the Pirates net, he was more than able for the occasional shot which came his way, but it was not until …

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HOME FINALE FOR PIRATES

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Paisley Pirates return to action after a few weeks off, and it’s another very important weekend for them as they take on North Ayrshire Wild over two legs, to determine who will qualify for a place in the playoff finals weekend on 8 and 9 April, when the four qualifiers will battle it out for the right to be names playoff champions. Pirates face the Wild at Auchenharvie Ice Rink on Saturday night before returning to Braehead Arena for the second leg less than 24 hours later.   “I said a few weeks ago that every game was a cup …

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TURLEY PROUD OF CLUB

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley looked back on another memorable weekend for the club which not only saw them qualify for the Scottish Cup Final after a 26-3 aggregate win over a weakened Kilmarnock Storm, but incorporated a number of other events which he was very happy about.   “We went out and did the job we had to do on Sunday night. Killie appeared to be a few players short of the squad that played against us the week before, but my job, and that of the team, was to go out and make sure there were no surprises …

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PIRATES IN CUP FINAL

PAISLEY PIRATES 15          KILMARNOCK STORM 1     Pirates duly progressed to the Scottish Cup Final after a mammoth 15-1 rout of the Storm, recording an aggregate 26-3 aggregate win   They were quickly into their stride and were ahead after five minutes as skipper Mark Hassan slotted home on the powerplay, and within two minutes the lead was doubled as Tom Johnston got on the scoresheet with a shot which beat netminder Gray in the visiting goal. By the halfway point it was 3-0 as Chris Wilson scored his first of the night, again on the powerplay, and while …

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AWARD FOR JACKIE

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Paisley Pirates are celebrating their second award in as many weeks. At the Lord Provost’s prestigious Community Awards Ceremony held at a packed Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, on Friday night, Club Secretary Jackie Turley picked up the award for Sporting Achievement of the Year, in an event held to celebrate the voluntary work done by many volunteers working within the local community, and in spite of the very high standard of opposition from many other nominees also put forward.. Her nomination by Supporters Club Chair/Secretary Marie Cadenhead saw her take the award.   We are sure everyone will join to wish …

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TURLEY: “WE’RE NOT THERE YET!”

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley is looking forward to the second leg of his team’s Scottish Cup semi final this Sunday for a whole host of reasons, after seeing his side beat Kilmarnock Storm in the first leg last Saturday, but he certainly isn’t taking anything for granted, and he’s warning everyone at the club not to assume the club is already in the final.   “I accept that there will be those who believe the job is already done and that we’re in the final towards the end of April, but I’m not one of them!” he said with …

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PIRATES IN CONTROL

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

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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