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Archive for September 8th, 2007

Swans “In the Press”. Read all about it!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 8, 2007

As people queued to get into Jaspas, Hanoi, on that Grand Final morning back in 2003, someone mentioned that the (formerly) Hanoi Swans had been in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper the previous day.

What? We were in the Herald Sun on Grand Final eve? Yer jokin’! What for? How did the Mighty Bloods snaggle that one? 

Mighty Mick - always out in frontIt turned out that the Pied Piper of Hanoi: the mighty, the magical, the mercurial Micky Francis had been interviewed on the phone earlier in the week. It also turns out that Mick set a precedent.

Since then, more stories have been written about the Swans in the Herald Sun as well as Adelaide’s Sunday Mail and the AFL’s J Squad Magazine. In Vietnam, stories have appeared in the Vietnam News and the following magazines: Timeout, Outlook, AsiaLife and Pathfinder.

Sunday MailIf you’d like to cast your hungry eye-balls over these stories, you’re in luck. We now have a dedicated page on this blogsite called In the Press which lists the articles in chronological order with a brief description. If you want to read the article in full, simply click on the link to the attached pdf. 

Go to the top of this page to find the In the Press tab – and then, read all about it! 

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Rusty respect for rugby

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 8, 2007

Today, the Wallabies will kick off their 2007 World Cup Campaign in Paris against easy-beats, Japan.

Earlier in the week, a French media representative suggested that the Wallabies would need to beat the Japanese by at least 50 points to “gain respect in this part of the world” (that bloke really should talk to someone who cares about his opinion). This has added unwanted extra pressure to a team that hasn’t played for seven weeks and has a poor track record when it comes to returning after a “school teacher” (lengthy) break. Apparently, the vogue word all week has been “rusty”.

But forget the players for a moment and think about the rusty form of the punter on the couch back home who hasn’t seen a World Cup for 4 years. Fortunately, someone has put together a very helpful document called the 2007 Rugby World Cup Rules. These rules with some adaptation, could just as easily apply to the AFL Grand Final:

1. From 7 September – 20 October 2007, you should read the sports section of the newspapers so that you are aware of what is going on with the World Cup and that way you will be able to join in the conversations. If you fail to do this, you will be looked at in a bad way or you will be totally ignored.


2. It will be a good idea for you to keep at least 2 six-packs in the fridge at all times as well as plenty of things to nibble on.


3. If you see me upset because one of my teams is losing, DO NOT say, “Get over it, it’s only a game” or “Don’t worry, they’ll win next time”. If you say these things, you will make me angrier and I will love you less.

To see the rest of these helpful hints, click on the .

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