HOME SWEET HOME FOR PIRATES
Paisley Pirates return to the Braehead Arena after an eight week absence to take on the Dundee Tigers this coming Sunday (11 December), and are hoping to hit the ground running after weeks of inactivity.
“It’s been a difficult period for us,” admitted coach Ian Turley. “We are really just back on the ice this week, and the boys have been ticking over at the ProLife Fitness Suite in Paisley, courtesy of conditioning classes provided by one of our main sponsors, but we won’t have actually played a game for some 5 weeks, since we drew 3-3 with Aberdeen Linx on Guy Fawkes night. On that subject, as they’ve still been playing while we’ve been off the ice, so to speak, they’ve now overtaken us at the top of the table, so that will be an interesting experience for them. Sometimes it’s easier to be in the chasing pack rather than have the pressure of being top dog, when everybody’s after you and looking to bring you down, so it’ll give a new dimension to the league title race, with them looking over their shoulder all the time.”
He went on, “We’ve got a difficult game to come back to, in that the Dundee Tigers are nobody’s mugs and they have been playing while we haven’t. They’ve clocked up some good results this season and will be keen to stop us in our tracks as we try to get back to winning our games and keeping the pressure at the top of the table, while they’ll be looking to cement their aspirations for a top four place at least. We’ve got a lot on come Sunday, as apart from the actual match itself we’ve got a lot of first time spectators visiting as part of our special groups deal which applies this weekend and next, while we’ll be supporting the special collection of foodstuffs, organised by the Supporters Club, being made to assist both the Trussell Trust and Renfrewshire Foodbank, so we’ll be back with a bang, we hope. With a bigger than usual crowd, given we’ve been away for nearly two months, we’re hoping that they’ll get right behind us with plenty of encouragement, which can make all the difference when guys are going out with tired legs towards the end of a tight match-we’ve got no worries that our faithful fans will be delighted to welcome us back onto the ice after such a long break, even if a few might have to use Sat Nav after such a long break to remember how to get to the rink, so we’ve no worries that we’ll have backing in numbers.”
“We have the best of facilities at Braehead Arena, but sometimes it can be difficult for other reasons, such as non-availability when you’re on a run of good performances, like it’s been recently. That’s when a loud support comes into its own, and the Pirates fans can certainly help the players in that respect-this is a good example of the sort of adversity that will face us over the course of a season, issues which we have to overcome to win things, so we will be going for it on Sunday night, never fear!”
Face off is at 6.00pm