So Sunday afternoon I headed out to the Paradice rink in Botany, to watch the local boys the Botany Swarm take on the Southern Stampede, from Queenstown. I am very grateful to my girlfriend for inviting me- she had gone to her first game the day before and loved it, so she decided to go back and bring her friends! On her (very sound) advice, I dressed very warmly, with seemingly a million layers, plus scarf and beanie. As soon as I got inside I realised how sound that advice was- it was pretty arctic in there! As soon as you sat down, you felt the cold settle in- right down to your marrows! But it was well worth it to see the game!
|Millions Of Pucks|
|In The Naughty Corner!|
We were lucky enough, as newcomers to the game, to be sitting next to some friends who could explain all the facets of the game- the tactics, the penalties, the signals etc. One of them was actually a Canadian import who plays for the Swarm, but he was currently injured and had retreated to the stands to offer 'support.' He was certainly very vocal- he certainly let the referees know when they were wrong. He even mentioned that one was 'fresh from the zoo' in his black and white stripes, which I thought was rather funny. He was really helpful though and gave some insights into the team and the game.
|Doing The Splits!|
I really had a fun time at the game- it was fast an exciting and more than made up for the cold and the hard seats! Never before had a hot chocolate tasted so good than when I had one during the break. They must make a killing with those! Anyway after the game we made a speedy exit and went out for a really nice dinner to cap off a pretty exceptional day! Here are some more photos!
|Stuck In The Ice?|
|Celebrating The Win!|
|Some Nice Sportsmanship!|