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Archive for September, 2007

Where are they now?

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 28, 2007

Mr Will (pictured on the left at last year’s Grand Final Party in Hanoi) will head to the MCG tomorrow to see if his beloved Cats can resist the temptation of choking in front of a big crowd.

Will kicks off tonight with a St Pats Football Reunion Dinner for “every player to have played in the 1st 18″ (how special will Mr Will feel when he tells people that he played in the winning Hanoi/Vietnam Swans team against Jakarta last year?).

Alas, the mighty Micky Francis, also a St Pats Boy, won’t be there. He’ll be doing the hard yards keeping the home fires burning in Hanoi.

Meanwhile, Mr Gus, in both photos with Mr Will and Mr Mick, will be in Saigoin for the Saigon Saints’ bash.

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Batchelor’s Grand Final Tips

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 28, 2007

Fellow Tipsters, it’s time to digress from the Big One, which incidentally will be a ‘lay down mizairre (sic) for Geelong.

But before I digress, and before Teacher Taber corrects my spelling, I should point out that, although I am a whiz at Euchre, I have no idea how to spell ‘mizaire’ (sic again!).

Now, to digress. In last week’s Blog, I forgot to announce the lucky  winner of the week before’s quiz. The question was ‘When he plays, what’s in Ben Cousin’s drinks bottle?

Winner, and bottle of Jim Beam, goes to diehard Crows supporter, Coach Stacey who answered correctly ‘”He rarley has a drinks bottle, but when he does it’s usually filled with a mix a Coke and Pils”.

This week’s quiz question:Rumour has it, Warren Tredrea is dacked by his own team mates before the start of every game as part of a long standing Port Adelaide pre-game motivation ritual. But that’s not the question. The question is: ‘What colour undies was Big Warren wearing when he was dacked during this year’s Adelaide v/s Port home and away derby at AAMI Stadium?First correct answers will win the usual bottle of Jim Beam plus the signed, unwashed and mounted jocks
actually worn during the game.
Now for the tips and a related question to start the ball rolling:  Will Gary Ablett become the second Gary Ablett to win the Norm Smith Medal, albeit playing in a losing side? A rhetorical question as I’ve already stated in no uncertain terms that the CATS WILL WIN. Winning margin 10 points in a relatively luck lustre game.

  • Attendance 86,761
  • First goal: Tom Moody
  • Norm Smith Medalist: Not Gary Ablett. 

Some unrelated predictions:

  • Bomber Thompson to coach Essendon in 2008
  • Chris Judd to wear black and white in 2008
  • Dean Laidley to get the chop in 2008
  • Lance Whitnall to marry his brother’s wife

 Happy punting!!

See you at The Big One. GO PIES!!!

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Vietnam’s Grand Final Venues and times

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 27, 2007

In Saigon, the Saigon Saints Grand Final Brunch is sold out with 279 attendees. So, try Cafe Latin/The Office (25 Dong Du Street, D1) or Sheridans Irish Bar (corner Le Thanh Ton and Thi Sach Streets, D 1).

In Hanoi, the Vietnam Swans Grand Final Party will be held at JASPAS Level 4, Hanoi Towers, Hai Ba Trung St).

Telecast begins on the Australia Network at 10.30am. Game starts at 11.30am.

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A Story of One

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 27, 2007

One Port fan in Geelong. One Port fan (Mr Wayne Bubbles) amongst the Swans. At least one swimming pool in Hanoi. Hearin’ me?

Tonight: The 2nd Annual Vietnam Swans Grand Final Cyclo Pub Crawl. Starts 6pm from Le Pub in Hang Be, Hanoi.

Please leave your car keys at home.

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It’s a football!!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 26, 2007

The Blog can now reveal that the piece of sporting memorabilia that will be auctioned during the Grand Final in Hanoi on Saturday is a footy! But it’s no ordinary footy.

This footy has been autographed by the entire Sydney Swans 2006 AFL Team.

Ms Trang Bui who is our wonderful model photographed beneath Mr Tran Hung Dao in Saigon, hasn’t yet played footy herself. While on the outside she seems a bit dismissive, secretly, we think she wishes her baby will be a star footballer for the Vietnam Swans.

Trang’s baby is due in January. Just add 18 years and a bit of training and her wish may come true. Good Luck, Ms Trang!

Thank you very much to the Sydney Swans for your support of football in Asia. It’s much appreciated.

Meanwhile, it’s just 3 days to go before the Grand Final. Come along for a fantastic day, match and the opportunity to place the winning bid for a footy autographed by the Sydney Swans.

At the beginning, middle and end of the day, it’s all good.

Long Shot: I don’t suppose that there’s any chance Trang is actually hiding a footy underneath that dress of hers…

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A miracle!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 25, 2007

The Vietnam Swans are expecting to make a major announcement regarding the auction of an amazing piece of sporting memorabilia. The auction shall be held at the 2007 AFL Grand Final Party in Hanoi.

A Club spokesman said the announcement was “imminent” and that “we are all very excited”.

The smart money says to expect some breaking news on this story tomorrow afternoon from Saigon.

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Swans announce 2nd Annual AFL Grand Final Cyclo Parade!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 25, 2007

Last year, the Hanoi Swans launched the inaugural Grand Final Cylo Parade. It was pretty cool and low keyed (check out the side photo for how low keyed).


This year, we will be having a bigger and better Cyclo Parade which will be organised in partnership with Le Pub. Cyclos will be dressed in the colours of the competing teams in the Grand Final and, hopefully, most of us will wear our favourite sporting team’s colours from our favourite sporting code.


Let’s have a cracker. Come along and give us some half decent photos for next year!! (By the way, Front-left in the photo is the King of Taber Talk and Trashy Tips, Daryl Taber!).

We’ll see you in at the 2nd Annual Swans AFL Grand Final Cyclo Parade which will kick off at 6pm at  Le Pub (25 Hang Be Street, Hanoi) on Thursday 27th September.


For just 300,000VND, you will get:

§     A Cyclo

§          A Cup

§          2 wines at Red Apron (Gold Sponsor on Grand Final Day)

§          Tequila

§          Games and beers at bia hoi

§          Prizes

§          Some snacks along the way

§          Other stuff


The itinerary:


1.       Arrive 6pm at Le Pub, 25 Hang Be St (0492 62104). Depart 6:30pm

2.       Arrive 6.50 Red Apron, (Sofitel Metropole) 56 Ly Thai To (Thu 0989 099902). Depart 7.30pm

3.       Arrive 7.50pm, Bia Hoi, Ta Hien Street. Depart 8.20pm

4.       Arrive 8.35 Polite Bar, Bao Khanh. Depart 9.15pm

5.       Arrive 9.35pm, Finnegans, 16a Duong Thanh (0482 89065). Depart 10.15pm

6.       Lap of Hoan Kiem – followed by a return to Le Pub arriving at 10.35pm (Maybe enjoy a Tiger Beer)




To book your spot, please send an email to the Mighty Micky J at

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Taber’s trashy tips

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 24, 2007

Geelong’s mid fielder Jimmy Bartel won tonight’s Brownlow medal (see for full details) making a mockery of the hard hitting and opinionated Taber and his tips.

Taber picked Ablett and Goodes. Trash tips, Mr Taber.

The only question to be answered now… is Taber a Swan or a Goose?

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Taber’s Brownlow Tip

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 24, 2007

Taber tips a tie!

Gary Ablett (Geelong) and Adam Goodes (Sydney Swans).

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Taber Talk – Part 2, the 1st Preliminary

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 24, 2007

The hard hitting and opinionated Daryl Taber gives a wrap up of Port Adelaide’s caning of the Kangaroos.


So far we’ve had 4 very exciting finals decided by less than a kick. Yesterday though was a very embarrassing Preliminary Final at AAMI Stadium yesterday for the Kangaroos. They could not have put in a worse performance in what turned out to be Glenn Archer’s last game.

Port came to play and won every aspect of this game. The longer the game went the more confident Port Power became. Port Adelaide play Geelong next Saurday in the Grand Final. An ominous sign for the Cats was how easily Port dominated their Preliminary Final and how often their stars like Tredrea and Cornes got the ball.

Rodan set the pattern early with lively work around the packs, his speed often leaving the Roos in his wake. He was more than ably assisted by Danyle Pearce, the Burgoyne brothers and Troy Chaplin in defence.

Once Port gained control they often toyed with the Roos holding onto possession and playfully kicking the footy sideways and backwards to keep possession. Every player then joined in the feast. Tredrea’s bow to the crowd after goaling seemed a bit over the top for their coach and he reminded the whoe team they’ll meet a much tougher opponent next week.

Shannon Grant kicked 2 great goals early in the 1st quarter but from then on highlights were few for the Roos. Much of the good work early in the middle of the ground was wasted by inaccurate shots at goal.

The only bad news for Port is the achilles injury to Micheal Wilson that will prevent him playing next week and may even end his career.

Geelong finished 3 games clear on top after the 22 rounds and will be the clear crowd favorite in Melbourne. Last time these two teams met, Port snuck under the Cat’s guard getting up late in a thriller.

Again it’s Victoria v South Australia. Who will be the champion team this year, the Geelong Cats or Port Adelaide?

 PORT ADELAIDE     20. 13   133 def

KANGAROOS           5.   16     46

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Taber Talk – Part 1, Prelim Finals; Cats V Pies

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 23, 2007

The hard hitting and opinionated Daryl Taber returns with a review of the 2nd Preliminary Final, Geelong Vs Collingwood.


Supporters are rarely satisfied with a loss. I imagine the disappointed Mighty Magpie Army consider Friday’s loss to Geelong heartbreaking as they finished their season just one straight kick away from a grand final. But when they evaluate their efforts in the fullness of time, considering how much the odds were stacked against them, they will look at the positives and towards a bright future.

Plenty of high flying actionWhen a match is decided by just one kick any one play can make the difference. But how much did the brave decision of Josh Fraser before the game, not to play, affect the result?

Big Brad Ottens had the most influence on this match and try as hard as they did, the second string ruckmen for Collingwood just couldn’t nullify his impact.

Collingwood were also coming off a return trip to Perth the week before when they needed to play extra time to run over the Eagles whilst the Cats had a week’s rest. Most tipsters forecast a bigger winning margin.

The modern Collingwood just never say die! They harass, tackle and smother as well as any team in the competition. Many times it looked like the Cats were about to break free but the Magpie runners kept getting them back into the match. Lockyer, Maxwell and Shaw led the way most of the night.

The biggest crowd at the ‘G’ since it’s redevelopment, 98,002, watched a determined Magpie defence led by James Clement, Shane Wakelin and Martin Clarke, doggedly hold up the purring Cats. Dane Swan also played well especially when you consider he had the game’s best tagger on him in Cameron Ling. Cam Mooney was kicking straighter than many of his teammates and his few possessions were telling. Stokes and Johnson were also lively each kicking 3 goals. Gary Ablett used the ball plenty of times with poise as usual. He often combined well with Ottens at stoppages. A typical display of brilliance steadied the Cats near the end of a thrilling final quarter when he pounced on the ball, broke a tackle and snapped a match-saving goal.

Paul Medhurst again revived the Magpies with a goal leaving 55 seconds to play. These seconds probably take years off coaches lives. Bomber Thompson must have been so relieved when the centre clearance went the Cats way and they were able to keep possession of the ball.

One game highlight worthy of special mention is Alan Didak’s freakish goal. He tapped the ball out of mid-air onto his right foot and snapped it over his left shoulder, somewhat similar to a soccer ‘bicycle kick’, from close range.

The Cats are within one win of their first premiership in 44 years but will need to better next week if they are to hold the Premiership Cup aloft. Collingwood supporters can be proud of their team’s achievements this year.

It’s a cliché of old that there’s always next season but I think they’ve got a lot to look forward to.

Geelong                       13.  14   (92) def
Collingwood                13.   9   (87)

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Explosive Blog hits 10,000

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 22, 2007

Today, the Swans Blog exploded into the World of Mega Blogging by achieving its 10,000th hit!

The Swans Blog was launched on 5 May 2007, in part, to try and help players of the newly formed Vietnam Swans (previously it had just been the Hanoi Swans) get to know each other prior to meeting in Bangkok for the Asian Champs in July. Our players and officials were coming from Hanoi, Quang Nghi, Saigon, Tianjin, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Since the Asian Champs, the Blog has managed to survive. Its two biggest weeks have recorded 973 and 928 views. Click on the graph to the side for more details.

The 10,000th hit was recorded as we did our 250th posting.

Interestingly, for trivia fans, it was the Swans 200th posting on 18th August that reported the 7,000th hit on the Swans Blog  the previous day.

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