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Archive for August 8th, 2007

The Bali Geckos

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 8, 2007

You may remember an incident during the match against the Bali Geckos where there were a few people who were sin-binned.

The first guy sent off for the Geckos was a guy by the name of Sam Pritchard. Shane’s a best mate of a best mate of the Swans’ Matt Wenke’s business partner at Juice Cafe in Saigon (Wow, talk about six degrees…).

The second guy sent off for Bali was Gunny. Our Sammy was also sent off for arguing the benefits of Gunny not wearing his hat! How, for goodness gracious sakes can you play footy in a hat?

Gunny and Sausage Roll WoodleyThe Swans Blog has learned that not only is Gunny, apparently, a funny bastard, he also has an OBE for saving people at the first Bali Bombing and he followed up by building a contact list and information service for locals.

If you would like to know more about the , including their runners up performance at the Champs and their miraculous win against the Swans, read the .

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The 2007 Narita Cup & Melbourne Vietnam

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 8, 2007

Last week, reported that the Japan AFL has officially started promoting the 2007 Narita Cup. The Narita Cup will be held on 6 October in Tokyo and will coincide with the 20th anniversary of footy in the country.

Japan has been on the move in the last 20 years and now has a senior and a university competition. Further, the All-Japan Samurais played in the 2002 and 2005 International Cups. You may also recall the number of Japanese Nationals who represented Japan at the Asian Champs last month in July.  

At this year’s Narita Cup, 5 teams have committed – the Tokyo Goannas, Eastern Hawks, University Samurais, Osaka Dingoes and (VAFA, Australia).

Box Hill North is, of course, the Mother Club of the Elgar Park Dragons. Additionally, because of our loose links with Box Hill North and the Dragons, Box Hill North have extended an invitation to the Vietnam Swans to join them in their Narita Cup Campaign. 

Meanwhile, the Samurais will tour to Australia from 30 August to 9 September 2007. On 4 September, they will play Melbourne Vietnam at Elgar Park.

How good would it be if the Melbourne-based Vietnam Swans could make a special appearance at Elgar Park for that game?

For full details of the 2007 Narita Cup and the upcoming Samurais tour of Australia, click on the  link.  

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Elgar Park Dragons finish the season

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 8, 2007

With all the excitement of the Asian Champs and the unification of  an Australian Rules Footy team in Vietnam, the Swans Blog has unwittingly and regretfully got behind with what our Vietnamese cousins are getting up to back in Australia.

A quick check of their website reveals that they may have already finished the season. Up to 14 July – when we were in Bangkok for the Champs – the had won 7 from 12 with another two matches to go (click on the side thumbnail for full results).

The website doesn’t seem to mention the results of the last two games or the ladder and nor does it seem to mention wild celebrations.

Not normally a betting man, I’m tipping that that’s not a good sign for their last two matches or their finals hopes and dreams.

However, as the Vietnam Swans know only too well, setting up a team and a Club can be difficult. Notwithstanding all those initial difficulties, it seems like the Elgar Park Dragons have put up a genuinely stunning performance in their first year. The future would seem very bright for them.

Congratulations to the Dragons.

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