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WILD WEEKEND FOR PIRATES

Paisley Pirates go into this weekend’s local derby against North Ayrshire Wild buoyed by their 3-1 success at the home of the reigning SNL champions, Kirkcaldy Kestrels, last Sunday evening in a tight thriller in Fife.   “We played very well against the champions,” said coach Ian Turley as he reflected on the match before looking forward to another tough looking local derby. “Once again, I was delighted that we kept calm and stuck to the game plan which saw us through, just as it had done the previous weekend when we came back against Dundee Comets. It gives us …

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PIRATES CLIP KESTRELS’ WINGS

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KIRKCALDY KESTRELS   1                        PAISLEY PIRATES   3     In an absolute thriller In Kirkcaldy, Pirates defeated the reigning SNL champions 3-1 to continue their great start to the season, once again clinching the match in the final session of the match.   In a tight opening period, both netminders, Meechan for the visitors, and Little for the hosts, saw regular action at their end of the ice, but it was Pirates who got their noses in front in the fourteenth minute as Miller linked with Orr and Wilson to score on the powerplay after Kestrels had been called for having …

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KIRKCALDY DATE FOR PIRATES

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Paisley Pirates head for the east coast for the second consecutive weekend as they take on SNL champions Kirkcaldy Kestrels in an important SNL fixture this Sunday, having won a tough encounter at Dundee on Saturday when they triumphed 5-2, after trailing going into the final session.   “We were back to something like full strength at Dundee and having everyone available always makes things that little bit easier,” said coach Ian Turley. “I think we were able to capitalise on having four lines as our guys were definitely that bit fresher in the final session and it showed. The …

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PIRATES SNUFF OUT COMETS

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DUNDEE COMETS   2          PAISLEY PIRATES   5     A late surge from Pirates in the final session took them past a Comets side which, in spite of having less of the play than their visitors, had been in front after two periods when the latter had been unable to capitalise on their chances.   The visitors had an early chance on a powerplay to go in front, but Michie in the Comets’ goal was equal to any threat posed by Pirates, and, similarly, when Jordan sat out a minor penalty before the halfway point in the period, the latter’s rearguard …

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PIRATES VOTED “TEAM OF THE YEAR”!

Paisley Pirates are celebrating after the club picked up the prestigious “Team of the Year” trophy in the annual Renfrewshire Community Sports Award ceremony held in a packed Paisley Town Hall on Friday night. With representatives attending from all the major local clubs within their respective sports in the Renfrewshire area, Pirates made the final three in the “Team of the Year” category before beating off strong competition from Kelburne Hockey Club and the Shito-Kai Karate Club, to be voted into top spot by the panel of judges. Delighted coach Ian Turley, who collected the trophy on behalf of the club, thanked …

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PIRATES FACE TOUGH ROAD TRIP

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

Paisley Pirates take the roads and miles to Dundee this Saturday as they look forward to a difficult match against the local Comets, and fresh from a 10-0 win against Kilmarnock Storm at Braehead Arena last Sunday which got their season off to a flying start.   “It was a comfortable win against our near neighbours and I was pleased to see the newcomers integrate well into our style of play and make a positive contribution,” said coach Ian Turley. “There’s still a bit of work to be done in that respect but seeing as we were missing a couple …

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PIRATES WEATHER STORM

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Pirates raced to an opening 10-0 win against a Kilmarnock side which, in spite of the score line, refused to give in at any stage, in a match which was not lacking in incident.   The home side, resplendent in their new look outfits and icing no fewer than SIX newcomers who had not featured in last year’s squad, were off the mark inside the first two minutes as Riddell opened the scoring, and in spite of a steady flow towards Russell in the visitors’ goal, it was not until almost the halfway point in the session that the floodgates …

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PIRATES READY TO ROCK

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Paisley Pirates get their competitive season under way this Sunday (11 September) when they host local rivals Kilmarnock Storm at Braehead Arena in their opening Scottish National League fixture, having narrowly missed out on the league title last year to Kirkcaldy Kestrels.   “We were a shade unlucky to lose out to the boys from Fife, with it going down to the last set of matches before they deservedly took the title,” said coach Ian Turley. “We had the massive consolation of lifting the Scottish Cup a few weeks later and, indeed, this Sunday will be the first opportunity for …

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EARLY ACTION FOR PIRATES

The Pirates celebrate with their fans: Paisley Pirates defeat the Edinburgh Capitals (SNL) 9-0 at  the SNL Scottish Cup  ,16 April 2016, Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Paisley Pirates fans, starved of seeing their favourite team in action for over four months, have been handed a pre-season boost with the news that the team will be in action a week before their official league campaign gets under way.   Pirates will travel to Dumfries next Sunday (4 September), following an invitation from the Solway Sharks, to take on their Northern Ice Hockey League side in a pre-season challenge, a match which coach Ian Turley is already looking forward to.   “We’ve managed to get in some valuable training time at Kilmarnock recently, and this match will mean …

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MORE ADDITIONS TO PIRATES’ SQUAD

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Coach Ian Turley has continued to ring the changes in his squad for the new SNL season by bringing in another 3 newcomers to the squad, in the shape of Connor Spiers and Callum Hepburn, with Marc Crute returning to his roots by signing for the club after spending much of his early ice hockey career with the Paisley Junior Development set up a number of years ago.   “As I’ve already said, we’re committed to bringing in young players who will marry their natural ability and enthusiasm to the experience they will gain, not just by getting ice time, …

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TURLEY WELCOMES NEWCOMERS TO SQUAD

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

Paisley Pirates have added to their cup winning squad by announcing the signing of two up and coming youngsters for the coming SNL season.   “I’m absolutely delighted that Dean Hamilton and Euan McLaughlin have committed to the club for the forthcoming season,” he said. They’re both young, they are desperate to play for the Pirates, they’ve shown up well at training, and they’ve shown a willingness to take on board what I’ve been saying and learning from it, all the elements I think players need to become successful members of our squad. They’ve got a strong desire to succeed …

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PIRATES GET READY

The Pirates celebrate with their fans: Paisley Pirates defeat the Edinburgh Capitals (SNL) 9-0 at  the SNL Scottish Cup  ,16 April 2016, Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Coach Ian Turley is getting closer to finalising his team for the new SNL ice hockey season after the third pre-season practice at the Galleon Ice Rink in Kilmarnock, with the team due to take to the ice competitively for the first time at Braehead Arena on Sunday, 11 September.   “Things are beginning to take shape as we get closer to the big face off,” he said. “More and more boys are returning from holiday as we look forward to the somewhat unique experience of starting our season at the same time as everyone else. In most other years, …

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PIRATES SPEAK TO FANS

Paisley Pirates held their first ever Fans Forum on Wednesday in the 5 on 5 Club, attended by a significant number of supporters, at which time fans had the opportunity to hear of the club’s plans for the new season and beyond, and were given the opportunity to actively participate in the club’s long term future.   Coach Ian Turley advised that while training had re-commenced for the new season, he was still looking to fill several positions due to the retirement of a number of players, and he was hopeful of doing so prior to the club’s first home …

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FAMILY AFFAIR FOR PIRATES

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

The pre-season work is now underway as the Paisley Pirates prepare for the new SNL season which begins in September, with their first signings giving the squad a definite family feel to it all.   “Yes, it’s a bit Team Turley at the minute, because while the players’ and officials’ registrations will go on for some time yet, as players return from holidays and sign up, so far we’ve only registered myself as player/coach, brother Chris, and Ian Senior as Team Manager, just to get the process under way. We’ll certainly register more guys in the forthcoming weeks, but it …

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PIRATES MEET FANS

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Paisley Pirates fans have an opportunity to catch up on all the pre-season news at a specially convened Fans Forum, which will be held within the 5 on 5 Club in New Sneddon St, Paisley, next Wednesday (10 August) at 7.30pm.   Coach Ian Turley explained, “There will be a number of changes to our normal operations which will take effect from the start of the new season, and we feel it’s crucial that we let fans know how they will be affected, and what they can do to help us as the full effects of these changes impact on …

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SUPPORTERS CLUB PLANS GET TOGETHERS

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Paisley Pirates Supporters Club is gearing up for the new season, even though it is still two months away, with forthcoming events planned to get fans of the team together, and raise much needed cash to keep them afloat.   “We spelled out to members at the recent AGM that the main club needs a regular flow of income into the coffers to allow it to maintain its position as one of Scotland’s premier teams,” said club chairman Bill Elliot. “To help ensure that happens we’ve started to recruit fans to run in the Paisley 10k and 3k runs on …

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COOL DEAL FOR PIRATES!

Ian Turley (left), Player/Coach of The Paisley Pirates, and Steven Gardner (right) of Paisley Ice Hockey shop, Cold blooded Sports ,29 June 2016, Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Paisley Pirates have received a huge pre-season boost by confirming that they have entered into a sponsorship arrangement with local company, and supplier of ice hockey equipment, Cold Blooded Sports, based in Lawn St in the town.   “Make no mistake about this deal with Cold Blooded Sports”, said delighted coach Ian Turley, “it’s huge for the club, as big a sponsorship package as I can remember for the Pirates, certainly in the time that I’ve been associated with them. It makes a BIG difference to how we will be able to do things and we are more than pleased …

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PIRATES FANS TAKE TO STREETS!

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action during the SNL  game between Paisley Pirates and Aberdeen Lynx  on November 15th, 2015 in Braehead, United Kingdom.   (Photo by Al Goold)

Paisley Pirates fans will take to the streets in a few weeks’ time as they participate in the forthcoming Paisley 10k and 3k runs which will be held in the town on Sunday 21 August, then take part in the Pedal for Scotland bike ride which takes place the following month on 11 September.   “The main Paisley Pirates club has been promoting the concept of healthier and fitter lifestyles in the past year in particular,” said chairman Bill Elliot. “The club abandoned the traditional Man of the Match case of beer last season to replace it with healthier isotonic …

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PIRATES PREPARE

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The new ice hockey season may seem to be months away to Paisley Pirates fans starved of their regular dose of action, but the good news is that the club is already working towards making it at least as successful as the one which ended in April with the club winning the Scottish Cup.   “Yes, you don’t get much of a breather from it all when you’re running a club like the Pirates,” said coach Ian Turley. “We’re not long back from our family holiday in Florida, and we were promoting the club over there at NHL side Tampa …

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PIRATES APPEAR AT STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS!

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Paisley Pirates may be found these days playing in the Scottish National League, as their recent success in the Scottish Cup illustrates, but they recently made an appearance during the Holy Grail of competitions to ice hockey fans, the Stanley Cup, in Tampa, thousands of miles from their regular base at the Braehead Arena.   Coach Ian Turley explained, “Whilst in Florida, we were in contact with our friends at Tampa Bay Lightning who were about to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final of the Stanley Cup.”   “Their response was amazing-as well as sorting tickets …

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