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The Official Draw for the 2007 Asian Champs

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 9, 2007

After the controversial Seeding Draw was cancelled following a number of protests, the results of the Random Draw have been announced. Fittingly, the Vietnam Swans were the first team to be drawn from the hat and that omen is expected to figure prominently in the results at the end of match day.

Group A: Vietnam, China, Jakarta, Thailand and Bali.

Group B: Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and UAE.

Vietnam’s Draw will be:

8.30 – 9.05am: Vietnam Vs China

9.50 – 10.25am: Vietnam Vs Jakarta

11.45am – 12.15pm: Lunch Break

12.15 – 12.50pm: Vietnam Vs Bali

1.35 – 2.10pm: Vietnam Vs Thailand

4.10pm – 5.00pm: Grand Final

Each of the preliminary games will be 2 halves of 15 minutes each with a 5 minute break between halves.

The Grand Final will be 2 halves of 20 minutes each with a 10 minute break between halves.

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Breaking News: 16 + 8 Players

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 9, 2007

In news just to hand, the Organising Commitee for the 2007 Asian Championships has just announced that the final numbers for each match squad will now be 16 Players plus 8 Interchange Players.

Originally it was to have been 14 + 8 but, just repeating, it will now be 16 + 8.

More details later when our slack journo has more time.

Also we are expecting the draw for the Champs to happen tonight. Expect another “Breaking News” story. 

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Beasley to be Saigon’s Captain

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 9, 2007

Scott Beasley, with nerves of Bluescope Steel, was last night elected unanimously as Saigon’s Captain for the upcoming Asian Champs. He will join co Captains, Gus McEwin from Hanoi and “someone else” from the rest of Indochina.

There was high drama at Saigon’s RMIT last night when 13 turned up for the last training session prior to our trip to Bangkok. The two Scotts, Stacey and Beasley, were chasing the leather during a scratchie when their limbs became entangled. Beasley came up with blood pouring from his nose. Fortunately, it was not broken and we are confident the ladies will remain vulnerable in his presence.

Meanwhile, the touring squad has had a couple of changes. Saigon’s Rusty Williams and Hanoi’s Jim Bullard have both had to declare themselves unavailable because of work commitments. Muscle man, Richard Turner from Saigon has also warned that he is a 95 per cent non starter.

Accordingly, Peter Grave from Saigon who has been a stalwart supporter since arriving in Vietnam a couple of months ago, has been called up. Pete has attended most of the training sessions in that time and has actively raised money for the Club in the Jim Beam raffles.

Additionally, airline pilot Matt Wenke, is available and, with arms like wings, will fly for the Swans again. Risking excommunication from his Saigon brothers at the last Saigon V Hanoi match, Matt played for the Swans. A brave act indeed from this man, but then, he only knows two speeds – flat chat or stopped.

Photos: Courtesy Landon Carnie

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