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Archive for July 2nd, 2008

Good times can’t last forever

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 2, 2008

Vietnam’s annual inflation rate reached 26.8 per cent in June, the HCMC stock exchange has tumbled 54 per cent this year and the trade deficit has increased 181per cent in the first 6 months of this year compared with the corresponding period in 2007.

The good times can’t last forever. Plain and simple.

And the Swans Blog is no exception. For the past 10 days we have had a smorgosboard of Miss Australia wearing a Vietnam Swans jumper which has put most of us into a feeding frenzy.

Tonight, we introduce you to the world of a trucking company’s internal newsletter! Yes, that’s right. From Glamour to Shoulder to the Truck Wheel stuff.

Last month, our Club Sponsor, included an article about our recent footy match against the Singapore Wombats in their monthly newsletter, Foxtales. The Singapore match was, of course, the match we unveiled our new jumper.

Drew Franklin, part time Linfox employee and full time Swans player and Committee Member, was quoted as saying, “Unfortunately we lost the Singapore match - but we looked great”.

Could be worth a fine.

To read the full story, click on .

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Saigon elects its City Committee

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 2, 2008

Ten days ago, the Vietnam Swans in Hanoi elected a City Committee. Last weekend, the Vietnam Swans in Saigon elected a City Committee. The Committee is as follows:

  • President – Scott Stacey
  • Treasurer – Danny Armstrong
  • Secretary – Shannon Leahy
  • Director of Football Operations – Gus McEwin
  • Committee Members – Phil Johns, Joe Hrustinsky and Drew Franklin 

Phil Johns was nominated to be President but declined believing it was time for a fresh face in Saigon.

The Committee considered a request from the Saigon Saints Grand Final Committee (which is a group that a number of years ago played footy in Saigon but now concentrate on hosting a very successful AFL Grand Final Function) that we play international matches in Saigon as the “Saigon Saints”. The request was respectfully declined.

The Committee argued that such a move would weaken the strength of the national identity that is being forged with the Vietnam Swans. The Committee firmly believes that the main reason footy is enjoying a resurgence in Vietnam is because we can feed from both Hanoi and Saigon. Additionally, there is a playing soccer team in Saigon that is also known as the Saigon Saints. This would lead to unwanted confusion for both clubs.

The Committee noted that, if growing footy in Vietnam is the challenge, working as closely as possible with the Saigon Saints is the solution.

The Committee advised that one of the Club’s philosophies is to encourage the participation of partners, families and supporters in making this an all round football and social club.

A Vietnam Swans National Committee comprising 6 members (3 from the Hanoi CC (City Committee) and 3 from the Saigon CC) will be elected shortly.

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