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Archive for January, 2008

Wayne blows bubbles for the Swans in Oz!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 31, 2008

The rumours are true. It is with great sadness that the Swans’ Blog announces that Wayne “Bubbles” Tinlin has hung up his footy boots in Hanoi and will return to Australia to promote the Vietnam Swans with his lovely wife and two small children. Tomorrow.

Bubbles, famous for his VB singlet and his ability to quabble the Queen’s English like no other, has been an institution in Vietnam for nearly 10 years. Before the Hanoi Swans were born, he was a footy nut. He may also have seen the Hanoi Hawks fly back in 1998?? 

In 2006 when the Hanoi Swans were courting Saigon with the objective of forming a combined Vietnam Club, Bubbles flew down to Saigon to coach Hanoi in the inaugural Vietnam Derby. As always, Bubbles planning was as intense as it was meticulous. As we packed up our things afterwards, we noticed that the team on the Coach’s whiteboard was unchanged from the beginning of the day!  

Meanwhile, another coach and former Captain of the Swans, JD, has also telegraphed the Blog to announce that in the middle of the year he will move to Africa to follow his passion for sport and photography on a tripod.

JD has an even more decorated coaching career than Bubbles winning two of the three games he has coached.

Another already-departed Swans high flyer, when hearing about Bubbles and JD, remarked, “Last person to leave Hanoi has to pay 10 bucks!”.

The Blog is hearin’ him. But the Swans Blog is also hearin’ that the Swans are continually in a state of renewal and regeneration. No chance of us being caught with half a dozen 300-Gamers who all retire on the same weekend. We’re continually culling the old and weak and recruiting the young and strong.

The Swans are on the march in 2008. The footy season officially kicks off on 8 March against the Malaysian Warriors in Kuala Lumpur. In September we have our 2nd Asian Championships in Singapore plus we’re also hosting tours from Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, possibly Jakarta and the Elgar Park Dragons.

The Swans Farewell Footy Club has mastered the delicate art of balancing farewells with the need to field a team.

But back to Bubbles. It has been awwwwwwwesome to be party of Wayne’s World. Good luck back in Brisbane and we’ll miss you long time.

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Australia Day Footy around the World

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 30, 2008

Last Thursday, 24 January 2008, World Footy News ran a story on “Australia Day Footy” around the World. The story included a plug for the Vietnam Swans participation in the Experience Australia Day event in Hanoi: 

This Saturday, 26th January is Australia Day, a day that becomes especially important to the many expatriates living away from their home country. Every year there are many parties held around the world to celebrate the day, which inevitably links in with Australian Rules football clubs who celebrate the day with a game or use the occasion as a fund raiser. Other celebrations hold games purely as part of the fun of the day and may provide non Australians at the festivities with their first live taste of the game.

To read the rest of the article, click on the link. To read about the day in the Vietnam News and this year being the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam, click on its article, ““.

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Swans Steal Show on Australia Day

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 30, 2008

The Hanoi contingent of the Vietnam Swans stole the Australia Day Show  last weekend at the Melia Hotel – well, at least according to the Swans Blog.

In other words, more precisely from Ms Hoang Van Anh from Australia Education International, “the event was a great success. I appreciate the Vietnam Swans participation. It attracted lots of attention from the youngsters. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Swans for spending time – especially at the weekend… Hope to be able to work with you in the future”.

Bring it on!

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Experience Australia Day – Hanoi, Saturday

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 24, 2008

This Saturday, 26 January 2008, you will be able to experience Australia Day in  the Grand Ballroom of Hanoi’s Melia Hotel. It starts at 9am and won’t conclude until the day has transformed itself into night.

During the day, the Vietnam Swans will put on their own extravaganza from 1- 3pm in the “Culture Area”. Our presence in the “Culture Area” has been described as “unprecedented” and “unheard of”. Our timeslot is sandwiched between the “Making Pavlova” and “Making Lamingtons” time slots. So, there should be a lot of nice smells around.

In the evening, there will be a TV Show, “Explore Day” that will finish at 10pm.

For full details, click on the  – and then we’ll see you on the day. Seriously awesome fun.

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Swans V Wombats – 24 May?

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 23, 2008

The Singapore Wombats, trying to juggle 9 international matches and the hosting of the 2008 Asian Champs have asked the Swans whether we could squeeze them in on 24 May in Hanoi. At this stage it seems likely – but not yet confirmed – to proceed on that date.  

The Swans are pictured above, to the left, in Bangkok in 2006. On the right, we have the Wombats in Jakarta in 2003. To the naked eye, it would appear that there is a need for the Swans to have an adapted jumper.

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Stocks plunge; Swans’ ideas fly

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 22, 2008

Today, the stockbrokers broke us and we wondered whether Black Tuesday should be renamed Red Tuesday. Punters looked glumly at their computer screenswhich were bleeding more red than slaughtered chickens.

Meanwhile, the Rooster and Sam Grigg were independently and simultaneously playing with ideas to give the red and white Vietnam Swans a more appropriate look in Asian football. They have tried to design the perfect jumper that will be loved by generations and outlive ours. They are shown below. Click on them for a better look.

The two samples designed by the Rooster have “Big Rooster” splashed across the back. The other 4 jumpers are Sam’s. Read Sam’s  to find out the true meaning behind each of the jumpers.


As always, if you agree or disagree – or have your own design – post a comment.

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Tony Morwood wears Swans’ hat

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 21, 2008

A week ago, the Swans Blog was walking along Albert Road in South Melbourne and came across the Sydney Swans office. The Blog decided to go inside and have a look.

Unexpectedly, the Sydney Swans’ General Manager for Melbourne and Canberra, Tony Morwood, just happened to be standing in front of the Swans Team of the Century jumper – wearing a Vietnam Swans hat! Unheard of!

Tony Morwood was named as a Half Forward Flanker in the Team of the Century.

Mafia - went easy on TonyClick on the photo to enlarge it to see Tony in front of the famous jumper as well as a close up of his well-worked fingers. it looks like “the family” might have gone easy on him!

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Where are they now?

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 15, 2008

The Swans Blog understands that on Sunday evening, amongst the hallowed trees of Yarra Park (which doubles as the MCG car park on match days), a number of Swans were seen in the midst of a rigorous training session. Big names included Dave Rehn, Ryan Jefferey, Josh Magennis, Phil Johns, Clint Bryant and Daniel Hogarth.

The kick was followed up by a few well deserved ales at Josh’s place prior to a plate of pizza.

It seems like a well managed and balanced diet 7 weeks before the Swans take on the Malaysian Warriors in Kuala Lumpur. 

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Swans hat discovered in southern NSW

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 15, 2008

Unbelievably, a Swans hat was recently discovered on a very dry and dusty farm in southern NSW.

The Swans Blog is unsure what the hat was doing on a fence post rather than a goal post. However, it does seem to provide us with more visible evidence of the apparent spread and influence of the Swans in Vietnam, Australia and the World.

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Singapore Wombats to tour Vietnam

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 12, 2008

Following a meeting between the Presidents of the Vietnam Swans and Singapore Wombats in the Members’ Pavilion of the MCG on the 2nd day of the Boxing Day Test Match, Singapore will tour to Hanoi in 2008.

The proposed tour is likely to occur in late July which will be ideal preparation for the Asian Champs to be hosted in Singapore. The date for the Champs is still to be confirmed but it is expected to be held at the end of August after the Beijing Olympics.

Above is a photo of the Singapore Wombats. As you can see, their jumper is almost identical to the Vietnam Swans. The similarity of the two jumpers has been described by some Swans as “untenable”. Given the Swans are the relatively new entrants on the Asian circuit, we are the ones who need the “new look”.

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The Swans’ World Wide Web

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 10, 2008

You may recall that the recently contacted the Vietnam Swans inviting any of us who are thinking of travelling to London to start playing with them (obviously keen to start winning a few premierships).

The have also said that they will put something on their website and in their weekly newsletter about discovering another brother club in Vietnam.

The were keen to know when our season typically starts and finishes (well, we’re 24/7 – 52 weeks) and who we play against (ever heard of the Asian Champs???).

The word is spreading and you never know, we might even have a bank of London Swans (yep, “bank” is the collective noun apparently for Swans) visiting our shores one day for a tour. 

Posted in Asian Footy, Aussie Rules, Vietnam | 5 Comments »

The Scores of the 3rd Annual Golf Day

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 9, 2008

It was a proud and very special moment for Ryan Jeffrey at the recent 3rd Annual Vietnam Swans Golf Classic in Melbourne on 29th December when he won the coveted Green Jacket. 

While the Blog didn’t actually interview Ryan, it would be fair to say that he would have been feeling like it was the proudest moment of his life. Why wouldn’t he? A prestigious tournament, great company, great food etc.

For those who care about the detail of the huge day, the Official Scores were: Ryan – 86, Canty – 88, Kainey – 92, Barfly – 96, Will – 100 and Phil – 102.

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