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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Game 13: Swarm at Stampede, Friday 29 July 2016

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In a wild game that saw plenty of special teams action and something of a war of attrition on both sides, the SKYCITY Stampede maintained their reputation as the team to beat winning 4-3 in regulation over the Botany Swarm in Queenstown Friday night.


Despite being outshot 41-23 by the visitors, the Stampede never trailed in the game, picking up the first goal midway through period one on a shot from captain Matt Schneider, in his first game back after missing several due to...

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Game 12: Admirals at Swarm, 17 July 2016

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm picked up two consecutive home wins for the first time this season, beating the West Auckland Admirals 5-3 in Sunday's game to take the full six points from their last home weekend of the season.


As with Saturday's game, it was a tightly-contested and close match throughout, and despite some solid scoring chances, neither team was able to tally a point in the opening 20 minutes. Both teams were picking their chances and laying the body in some big hits from...

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Game 11: Admirals at Swarm, 16 July 2016

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm came back with a monster third period to win Saturday's Auckland derby match 7-4 over the West Auckland Admirals.


It was a rollercoaster of a game, with the lead changing several times, and some big hits and huge plays from both sides. The Swarm took an early lead, as Jamie Lawrence scored with 1s remaining on a powerplay, going bar-down with a shot that snuck past Admirals goaltender Csaba Kercso-Magos.


The Admirals were able to tie up ...

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Game 10: Thunder at Swarm, 10 July 2016

Posted on July 10, 2016 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The Dunedin Thunder notched their first win of the season as they beat the Botany Swarm by a final score of 5-4, with the game-winner coming from Gints Leitis in the final minute of regulation of an incredibly hard-fought game.


The Thunder started well, getting on the board early in P1 as Lachlan Frear scored a powerplay goal.


The Swarm responded with strong offensive pressure, but Thunder goalie Villem-Henrik Koitmaa defended his net well with several st...

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Game 9: Thunder at Swarm, 9 July 2016

Posted on July 9, 2016 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It was scorers in the spotlight across the NZIHL today, and the Botany Swarm did their part to contribute, taking a 9-3 victory at home over the Dunedin Thunder.


The Swarm were first on the board, scoring at even strength as Ritchie Hopkinson and Stephen Mawson combined to get Thunder goalie Villem-Henrik Koitmaa down in the butterfly and knocked the puck in over his pads.


A few minutes later, Thunder defenseman David Ferrari was assessed a 5 minute major...

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Game 8: Red Devils at Swarm, 26 June 2016

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm have lost Sunday's Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio match to the Canterbury Red Devils, in a rollercoaster of a game which saw multiple lead changes, and a literal last-minute goal for the visitors which won them the game, the points and the trophy.


The Swarm began the game with some strong offensive pressure, but a series of minor penalties for both sides meant that much of the first period was played by special teams, with multiple 4-on-4 shifts.



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Game 7: Red Devils vs Swarm, 25 June 2016

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)



The Swarm suffered a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Canterbury Red Devils Saturday night in Botany, as a closely matched back-and-forth game ended in favour of the visitors.


The Devils were first on the board in P1, with a goal coming off a rush. Swarm goaltender Alain Giauque warded off the first couple of shots, but a rebound was collected by Liam Dallimore and he squeezed it in between Giauque’s skate and the post.


The S...

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