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Ian Wannamaker appointed Botany Swarm Head Coach for 2018 season

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm warmly welcomes Ian Wannamaker to the 2018 management team.

Ian has been appointed as Botany Swarm Head Coach.

Ian is a well-known member of the Swarm team. For numerous years he has represented both on the ice as a player and on the bench as part of the coaching staff. He has held many coaching positions both in Canada and New Zealand and with his coaching experience combined with his coaching qualifications and educational background, put...

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Swarm vs Thunder, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2017

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Swarm split their weekend series with the Dunedin Thunder, falling 5-4 in a close match on Saturday, and racing ahead to take the 5-3 win in regulation on Sunday.

The first 20 minutes of Saturday's game were fairly evenly matched, with the Swarm unable to tally on a 104s 5-on-3 opportunity, and what looked like their first goal washed out due to a high stick. The Thunder scored late in the period, on a low shot off the rush from Tristan Darling that took advantage of som...

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Swarm vs Devils, Sunday 11 June 2017: 7-0 Win

Posted on June 11, 2017 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Swarm had a great bounce-back win on Sunday June 11th, notching their first home win of the season in a 7-0 shutout of the Canterbury Red Devils.

The first period saw no action on the scoreboard but plenty on the ice, as both teams brought a more physical game to the second match of the weekend. The Swarm appeared to have the edge in possession and chances, but were not able to capitalise early.


The first goal came early in the second period, after a h...

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Swarm vs Devils, Saturday 10 June 2017: 6-5 SO Loss

Posted on June 10, 2017 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm suffered a narrow loss in the shootout Saturday evening at Paradice Botany, going down 6-5 to the visiting Canterbury Red Devils.

Belying the final score, the Swarm had the majority of the chances and zone time through the whole game, with 67 shots attempted to the Devils' 28.


The Swarm applied plenty of pressure and got a fair number of chances, but had more than a few pucks that were unlucky to not go in through a maze of sticks and bo...

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2017 Swarm Import Players

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The Botany Swarm will welcome four new imports for the 2017 season; three forwards and one defenseman.

Defenseman Petr Zítka hails from the Czech Republic, and is a 6'1 left-handed shot. He has played the previous ten seasons in the Czech U18 and U20 leagues, before moving between the Czech 2nd and 3rd divisions with SK Horacka Slavia Trebic, HC Chotebor and HC Havlickuv Brod.

He posted a career-high 9 points in 2012 with HC Chotebor, but the strength of his game is...

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Thank You Andreas Kaisser!

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 10:40 PM

The 2017 Botany Swarm will take the ice for their 13th season with a host of changes in store as they seek their fifth Birgel Cup.

After 11 seasons on the bench, head coach Andreas Kaißer has stepped down, and will be replaced by former Swarm alumnus Brandon Contratto.

Andreas coached the team to all four of their previous Birgel Cup victories, holds the NZIHL record for games coached with 151, and for wins with 85. He also holds the NZIHL record f...

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Seeking Accomodation for 2017 Swarm Imports!

Posted on February 11, 2017 at 1:25 AM

Do you have a rental property, or know of someone with a rental property that would be prepared to rent to our imports from approx. mid April - end August?


The Swarm are seeking accomodation for their imports for the 2017 season, and would appreciate any assistance our fans and wider team family can offer.

A House/Unit or self contained unit within a house or on the property would be great. Furnished or unfurnished. Would also be interested in somewhere that has thei...

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Thursday 25 August: End of 2016 Season Get Together For Fans and Players

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2016 Botany Swarm Players and Management would like to invite all our friends, family, volunteers, fans and sponsors along to our end of season get together.


7.00pm Thursday 25th August at The Waypoint, 89 Springs Road East Tamaki.


Come and mingle with the players and say good bye to our import players who are heading back overseas - cash bar and bar snacks will be available.


We hope to see you all there so we can thank you all for ...

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Games 15 and 16: Swarm at Red Devils Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2016

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm have closed out their season with 20 points in the standings, and two tough regulation losses to the Canterbury Red Devils on their final weekend of games.

Game one in Christchurch saw the Devils take an early 2-0 lead, and despite a goal from Jordan Challis to get them back in the game, the Devils piled on another 11 goals through the second and third periods, while the Swarm saw even strength goals from Michael Attwell, Jamie Lawrence and Robin Vortanov to give a fina...

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Game 14: Swarm at Stampede, Saturday 30 July 2016

Posted on July 30, 2016 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday night's game in Queenstown was another nail-biter, with the Swarm and Stampede both putting together great performances and treating the fans in the rink and on livestream to an excellent game of hockey.


Similarly to Friday, both teams roared out of the gate with a lot of energy and plenty of pressure. The Stampede had an early penalty, and the ensuing powerplay saw a flurry of shots from the Swarm, but goaltender Aston Brookes and the Stampede PK unit did some str...

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