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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 21 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 21, 2015 — 29 SC3302 21 9:40 10:03 22 10:28 10:50 23 11:15 11:36 24 12:02 25 12:24 12:50 26 1:12 1:39 27 2:02 2:32 TIMES Swarm optimistic ahead of season THE Botany Swarm has overhauled its off-season routines in a bid to improve on its second-last finish in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL). The players have been training together since November and the earlier this month held a rigorous three-day training camp, a first for the franchise. “ We realised that we hadn’t performed as well as we could have or prepared as well as we could have in the past two or three seasons,” says captain Andrew Hay. “So we put an action plan together in the off-season around training as a team a lot earlier than we have previously. “ The preparation has been really good and we are very positive about the upcoming season.” The team has identified the areas it needs to develop, with discipline a primary focus. “In general our discipline is pretty good but we need better discipline at crucial times of the game,” says Hay. “ That cost us two games in overtime last year. “ We’ve set some personal goals on what we can achieve individually.” The Swarm’s roster is another reason for optimism, with German goalkeeper Nicklas Marschall the only major loss from 2014. Taking his place in front of goal is United States import Frankie McClendon, and his countrymen Andrew Hamburg and Myles Debol will boost the forward line. Canadian imports Brandon Contratto and last year’s team MVP Garrett Ferguson are also returning. “Overall I think we are a better balanced team with more depth and some of the junior guys are moving up in the ranks, which is good to see,” says Hay. “We just received the other teams’ long lists. I’ve had a quick look through and they all look like they have done a good recruitment job over the off-season. “Overall, all the teams look fairly solid and it certainly looks like it is going to be a good league this year.” The Swarm took on the West Auckland Admirals in a preseason match on Tuesday, winning 6-5, and will face off against the cross-town rivals again next Thursday. “It was a close, tough game,” says Hay. “We didn’t start particularly well but we got better as the game progressed. “We hung in the game and in the second period we definitely improved and by the third period we had found our straps. “ We were down 4-5 with 10 minutes to go and managed to score a couple of goals to get the lead and hold it. There is definitely still a lot of room for improvement.” Hay was impressed with how the new imports fared. “Frankie played solidly and most of the goals they scored he couldn’t do much about. “Hamburg was strong up front, a big body and likes the physical stuff. He made some good plays.” Botany Swarm’s most valuable player for 2014, Canadian Garrett Ferguson, centre, is returning for the 2015 NZ ice hockey league. Below, Swarm captain Andrew Hay. Photos supplied win tickets The Times has a double pass to the Botany Swarm’s preseason match against the West Auckland Admirals next Thursday at 6.45pm to giveaway. To enter, go to times. co.nz/competitions.
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