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Archive for July 19th, 2007

Match 3: Vietnam Vs Bali Geckos

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 19, 2007

Final Score: ??

 

With Bali always the favorite in our group, nobody expected, except the Swannies of course, that this would be anything but an easy match for the Geckos. How wrong they were as once again the Swannies came out firing on all guns.

 

The coaches rested a few big names knowing that we still had a tough run home against the host nation but more importantly found some new positions for some of the boys to show off some hidden talents.

 

Big Growds and Marty Sharples dropped back into defense and found their comfort zone for sure. Drew took up the centre half forward role and was an immediate target and huge help for Dan who brought his sterling form into his second match of the day. Johnny simply dominated the ruck and his effort allowed Sam, Mick and Greg to win about 90% of the clearances as the Swans easily took the first half.

 

A shell shocked Bali were in tatters and needed to pull out something in the second half. Their tactics were to take out Sam’s midfield dominance by antagonizing this innocent young man into an uncharacteristic poke at a Bali hard man. Unfortunately Sammies haymaker came all the way from Hanoi so the ump decided he needed a rest in the bin. This was Bali’s chance and they came out pounding the Swannies goals.

 

Fantastic pressure from our solid backline of Kris, Scotty B, Damo and Will forced the Gecko’s to miss a few and kept the Swannies in it right to the end but once again, the Gecko’s were another opponent of Vietnam that were able to just fall over the line. A fantastic effort from our boys against a team that drew in the Grand Final.

 

Best Players: Martin, Marty Sharples, Eggins, Franklin, Gowing, Vandermeer

Goal Kickers:??

 

Report prepared by Coach Scott Stacey. Photos courtesy of Colin and Kay Mitchell

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A Swan amongst the Cats

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 19, 2007

You may remember the story last week that mentioned former Hanoi Swan Rick Trewavas being the inspiration behind the naming of the Bobby Skilton Club Rooms in Hanoi (see the side photo with a younger looking Micky Francis).

Well, Rick has written in with a that appeared on the website of Queensland’s Broadbeach Cats regarding the 8th Annual Asian Championships.

The Swans scored a special mention:

Commencing in Bangkok 14 July the 8th Annual Aussie Rules Championships offers some interest. The Competing Teams in 2007 China, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia-Jakarta, Vietnam (First appearance – go the Hanoi Swans), Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia-Bali.
As an example of commitment, there are 39 Vietnam Swans players and 5 spectators/officials with supporters coming from: Hanoi, Saigon, Laos, Cambodia, Tianjin, Singapore, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Honk yer horn if you love footy.

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Best wishes from a JB Winner

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 19, 2007

In those heady days immediately prior to the Asian Champs, a message wishing the the Swans luck was received from our first ever Jim Beam winner in Saigon, Kerry Armstrong. But, unbelievably, it wasn’t published on the blog! 

Kerry, who has now returned to Perth with her 4.5 Mega Jim Beam bottle under her arm, sent Kevan Dacey the following message to pass onto the Swans:

Well boys, this is it! Go kick ass! Have a fabulous weekend. I just wish I was there with you all.

Got Jim home. Top taken off and enjoyed a little bevvy with daughter and son on the weekend. My daughter thinks it’s hers but I have got a taste for good old Jim.

Good luck, (Super Savvy Coach) Scotty!! Don’t stress too much (Prez) Phil; there is always Monday to look forward to.

I’m supporting this end and letting all my crew know about the MIGHTY SWANS!

Kerry, the blog is pleased to report the boys did very well and thanks for your support. And enjoy many more “little bevvies” from that Mega bottle of Jim! 

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