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Archive for September 9th, 2007

Taber Talk – Who will be the Cats’ next prey?

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 9, 2007

The Swans’ hard hitting and opinionated Daryl Taber returns for his weekly AFL Wrap, Taber Talk. He asks, “Who will be the Cats’ next prey?”

And then there were six! The two teams bundled out of this year’s race are both interstate clubs. Great news for us born and bred in the home state of football.It leaves these 6 teams to battle for the Holy Grail.

  • Geelong – Had 31 more shots at goal as they mauled The Roos.
  • Port Adelaide – Unbelievably good fortune or is it a case of good teams make their own luck?
  • West Coast – They lose, get a home final but are decimated with injuries.
  • Collingwood – Surprisingly for some, have come good in September.
  • Hawthorn – Many exciting youngsters guided by a couple of old hands.
  • Kangaroos – Have they got one last hop left to honor their longest serving player, Arch?
  • Can Port Adelaide’s luck continue? They’ve won three of their last four matches by a total of 13 points that includes wins over Hawthorn, Geelong and The Eagles?

Ben Cousins’ hammy went twangIn Friday night’s game, The Eagles looked to have Port’s measure until the hamstring of Cousins went twang. Tredrea presented himself when the game had to be won but I’m not convinced they have the firepower to kick a winning score at the home of football. A wet day may help The Power. 

‘A week’s a long time in football.’ Just last Sunday the Hawks were bloody (Ed’s Note: Caution to Taber re language on a family blog site) awful against the Swans. Yet six days later they were able to take full advantage of many skill errors from the Adelaide Crows and get up in a last minute thriller! It was an entertaining game all day with the firepower up forward for the Hawks able to capitalize on some good play at the stoppages by their many on-ballers. Adelaide had enough of the ball to win but too often their kicks didn’t find teammates.

The Hawks forward duo of Franklin and Roughead, will be the focus of much of the Kangaroos planning this week. Some scribes are saying the 20 year old known as Bunny Love Franklin is a champion. That call is too soon for mine but he is an exciting guy to watch. 7 goals including 3 in the final quarter under great pressure. Maybe Archie has something in store for him next Saturday night?

The other major turnaround in form came from The Swans who were comfortably beaten by the High Flying Magpies. Anthony Rocca was very good although he may again come under scrutiny by the tribunal. He recovered from a potentially-serious knee injury just before half-time and was best-afield with six goals. He was well supported by the youngsters Cloke and (Dagger) Rusling.

How good were the Cats or is it more of a case of how bad were the Roos? The Cats have few injuries, a solid defence that rebounds with speed and potency, a forward line capable of a high score and an on-ball brigade that includes many matchwinners. They are going to be Very Hard to Beat.

The Kangaroos, well, they may take some solace out of “a week’s a long time in football”.

Chris Batchelor’s tipping result: 2 winners.


  • Friday Night, Subiaco (6.45pm local time) - West Coast Eagles v Collingwood 
  • Saturday Night, MCG (7.30pm local time) - The Kangaroos v Hawthorn

  • (Ed’s Note: It would be interesting to hear from Coach Stacey or Captain Gus for an insight into how an Adelaide person feels when they lose – to a Victorian club.)

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It’s Gold, gold, gold!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 9, 2007

Remember legendary Olympics Commentator Norman May’s famous call at the 1980 Moscow Olympics: “Gold, gold, gold to Australia!” ? Well as any trivia buff will tell you, Norman says he didn’t say that! According to an with the ABC, Norman says he said, “Gold, gold to Australia. Gold”. Whatever, because…

Today, the Vietnam Swans are proud to announce that the following companies (in alphabetical order) are all Gold, Gold, Gold Sponsors of the Official Vietnam Swans 2007 Grand Final Party in Hanoi on 29 September 2007.

We thank them for their very generous support and we encourage you to consider using their services.

Gold Sponsors

 - Since 1992, Austnam has been manufacturing and distributing steel building products and solutions. It was teh first Australian manufacturer to introduce quality international roofing and Building technology to northern Vietnam. 

-  Founded in 1994, has pioneered adventure travel in Vietnam. 13 years and thousands of happy customers later, Buffalo Tours are a leading tour operator and destination management company in Indochina.

 - Fine dining on Cat Ba Island out there in the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay near Hanoi? Is that possible? It is now thanks to Vietnamese Chef, Nguyen Thanh Hai opening the Green Mango on 22 July 2004.

- Is here to help you discover a new way of travel, starting right from the time you arrive. Escape the humdrum and experience Indochina with Intrepid!

- Is the World’s No. 1 Bourbon and Australia’s favourite. In Vietnam, its market share is growing. Jim Beam played a pivotal role in supporting the Vietnam Swans in its inaugural appearance at the Asian Championships in July of this year.

– Was the first international moving company to be based in Vietnam back in 1992. Now operating in over 20 Asian cities and with a strong network of partner agents around the globe, JVK’s clients can be assured of a professional, moving service door to door. 

Red Apron – Cheer, cheer the red and the white wines from Red Apron. Enjoy the succulent flavours of the wide variety of red and white wines that Red Apron has in stock. From Australia to California; from Italy to France, from…

- Europe’s leading planner, builder and manager of complex health facilities. In the last 20 years, the Vamed Group has realised more than 410 health projects in 47 countries.

Gold Sponsors

For more detailed information, click on the Gold Sponsor’s hyperlinked name or click on the 2. Gold Sponsors tab at the top of the page.

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • Red Bridge Cooking Classes, Hoi An

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A Tribute to the Carlton Football Club

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 9, 2007

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