Congratulations to KC Ball on 150 Games!

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This Saturday’s match against the Canterbury Red Devils is a hugely significant one for Botany Swarm veteran forward KC Ball, who will play his 150th NZIHL game in a career which spans 12 seasons.



KC has been a key member of the Swarm ever since their inaugural season in the NZIHL back in 2005. Since then, he has gone on to become Swarm’s all-time leading scorer in goals (64), assists (94) and points (158). He is currently 4th all-time in NZ...

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Game 6: Swarm at Thunder, 19 June 2016

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The Swarm will return to Auckland with two regulation wins and all six points available from the weekend's games in Dunedin.


The first period saw plenty of scoring chances and some great saves and good defense from both the Swarm and the Thunder, but no goals for either.


The Swarm were first on the board in the second, scoring off the rush as Oliver Hay making a nice move around a defender sending the puck between his legs, before firing the puc...

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Game 5: Swarm at Thunder, 18 June 2016

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Swarm picked up their first regulation win of the year in a wild back and forth game in Dunedin that saw them win by a final score of 7-5.


They had an illustrious start, killing off an early penalty, and following that up with a goal from Teemu Rantanen, who sent a bouncing puck in from the blue line which fooled Dunedin Thunder goaltender Villem-Henrik Koitmaa.


A penalty to the Thunder in the final few minutes of the period saw the Swarm st...

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Game 4: Swarm at Admirals, 12 June 2016

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)



A fast and furious Auckland derby went down to the wire as the Swarm won 5-4 in overtime, for their first win of the year and to take Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio back home to Botany again.


The first ten minutes of action was largely even, with chances going back and forth as each team took a cautious approach. A penalty to David Lindgren midway through period one saw the Swarm go on the kill, with some great defensive work from the PKers. Jordan Challis ...

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Game 3: Swarm at Admirals, 11 June 2016

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)



The Admirals won a commanding 5-2 victory over the Swarm in the first Auckland derby match of the 2016 regular season.


The Admirals jumped out to a daunting 3-0 lead in the first period, taking advantage of some miscues and turnovers to score on the visitors and cashing in on the lack of discipline that saw the Swarm land in the penalty box a few times in quick succession.


In contrast, the first half of the period featured plenty...

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Game 2: Stampede at Swarm 5 June 2016

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday's rematch between the Botany Swarm and the Skycity Stampede saw some fireworks, and a more lopsided score, as the visitors prevailed 5-2 over the Swarm.


After a tight game on Saturday that saw the visitors just pip the Swarm at the post, winning 4-3, Sunday's game promised to have plenty of passion as the Swarm knew they would have to come out strong.


The first period featured some great end to end action, with some breathtaking chances for both si...

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Game 1: Stampede at Swarm 4 June 2016

Posted on June 4, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm fell just short of forcing overtime in a 4-3 regulation loss to the Skycity Stampede Saturday in Auckland. The match was tightly contested and neither team was able to put more than a one goal lead on the board.

The Swarm were first on the board, with a beautiful give and go between Alex Polozov and Sami Saastamoinen giving Polozov the chance to bury it just three minutes into the game. The teams traded chances after that, but the Stampede were able to tie i...

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