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Archive for May 13th, 2008

The Tipstar strikes back – Rounds 5,6 and 7

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 13, 2008

Sorry for the delay lads - its been 3 action packed weeks since the last post and there has been plenty happening. Lets get into it!

Round 5 – What can I say, “The Stray” – brained the lot of us – the only bloked to get 8! A clear winner – take some time to check out the cracking photo of the Mighty Joe on the footytips.com site. Daylight to everyone else – Damo and the Vietnam Swans, not so Fabo with 3.

Round 6 –  what a week a difference makes in tipping – Tipstars all round.  8 got 8. G Train Gus, A Wall, Troggs, Deesboy, Chris B, Tony M (not Boney M), RS (Rory) and the out and out winner – Jason Dunstall Walks on Water.  Almost could be called a “Bevy or a Wedge” of Swannies – look it up, apparently that is the term for a group of Swans – bevy who would have thought!

Round 7 – much tougher this round – for some. Fabo Phil, Damo, Snags and Mark Procter (all with 3)- bit early to start tanking – especially considering there is no last prize in this elite comp. Consistancy coming though with Rory S taking the chocolates with a game margin of 5(eye). Deesboy, Uncle Crow and Be Careful all starting to make their move up the ladder. Speaking of…………

Ladder – at the top of the heap – Deesboy is the leader with a better total margin, closely followed by Troggs – both on 45. They are setting a cracking pace, only to be hottly chased by Tony M, who is “That Bloke” and who else but, “The Stray” round out the top 5. The bunch has started to settle nicely and I think that it is time the Tipstar made a few…………….

Predictions – “Boz” is making steady ground. He is on the move and is a smokey for the title. Also up there at a bit of value is “Be Careful’, but I think that “The Bloke” is the 1 to watch. Hates being a front runner so get in his ear.  May champions are an easy pick – Golden Boots Gus (pressure) and the “Stalwart” from the country will fade to mid table.

So – last but not least - it is time for me to chase the coin – in the next week I will hunt everyone who hasn’t paid down – probably a few who have. (Yes Danny Armstrong I know I owe you 50,000 dong. ) Next week I will tally it all up and see what the stakes will be. Hang in there and keep tipping.

PS – for the not so die hard Aussie Rules supporters – this picture is of JEZZA and is accepted as being the greatest mark to have ever been taken in the history of AFL!

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The irregular Footy Update

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 13, 2008

  • Congratulations to the boys in Hanoi for, by all accounts, putting on a top day at yesterday’s Big Day Out with a handball clinic and having the telecast of the AFL Dream Team match during the event! 
  • The Saigon contingent do the community thing on 24 May when we are involved in a 35th anniversary event for the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam.

Vietnam Swans V Singapore Wombats, Hanoi 31 May

The Singapore Wombats are confirmed for 31 May in Hanoi. There are 18 of them making the tour and they have already booked their accommodation. That’s how serious they are!! By contrast, the Saigon boys who will come up to Hanoi… we are just sorting a team hotel now – but go ahead and book your own air ticket. Hanoi puts on a cracking show and this weekend will be no exception. Drinks for the two teams will be held on the Friday night and there will be a dinner after the match on the Saturday. Details are being confirmed as this email is being written.

It will be Singapore’s inaugural tour to Vietnam. Singapore wears the old South Melbourne jumper (which caused the massive clash with our Sydney Swans jumpers). The Vietnam Swans expect to unveil their new jumper, designed by , on that weekend.

We’ve already had major collateral damage with the weekend being shifted from 24 May – 31 May. Danny Armstrong and Scotty Stacey will not be able to make the rescheduled weekend. They’re locked into a triathlon weekend in Mui Ne with their respective families. Calamity. A further calamity is that the Saigon Rugby Club will probably have an international match on the same weekend which will make it difficult for some of our rugby/ footy players to leave Saigon.

The Asian Championships

The Champs will be held in Singapore on Saturday 5 September. It won’t be as cheap as what it was last year in Singapore. So, start watching the pennies now so you can blow the pounds in Singas. On the subject of pounding, that’s what Dave Kainey is doing to the pavement in Singapore as he looks for reasonably priced hotels for us. We hope to announce details of the Team Hotel for Singapore soon.

The Vibe around Vietnam’s footy grounds

The vibe is good. Very good if you’re counting the number of new footies in the country. Hanoi has 3 spankers. HCMC also has 3 spankers. It doesn’t get much better than that. In Hanoi, Willy is taking a lead role in firing up the training sessions and is doing a willy awesome job.

Yesterday in HCMC, we had 4 new recruits: Two of them, Chris and Nathan showcased some silky skills. Paul came out of retirement to kick the footy for the first time in yonks and Euan had his first ever kick of the Sherrin. Absolutely fantastic to see some new faces at training. Hopefully the four of them will become regulars.

Corporate Touch Tournament

Next weekend in Saigon, the rugby boys will be holding the Corporate Touch Tournament. If anyone would like to play in it, let me know and we’ll organize to have you put in a team. It would be good if we had some players who wanted to play in the Touch.

Missing the Footy Tips wrap on the Swans Blog?

The Tip Star, Muzza, went AWOL recently with his updates on the tipping. He emailed today to say that he hoped to resume doing what he isn’t paid to do – tonight or tomorrow. We can’t wait for that one. Tune in to vietnamswans.com (which has now had 33,000 hits) to see for yourself whether there is any evidence of remorse for his performance – or lack thereof. It could be a belter of a report.

Honk yer horn if you love footy.

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