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Archive for July, 2008

The Blog issues apology

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 10, 2008

The photo from the offending story

In literally unprecedented scenes for the Blog, we would like to issue our first ever apology. We owe an apology to the Saigon Saints (who host a very successful AFL Grand Final Brunch in HCMC).

You may recall that the Blog ran a story on the 6 July entitled, Jumper sales to swamp Swans with the photo to the left. The story invited people to purchase one of our new Vietnam Swans jumpers for $65.

To demonstrate the clear value of our jumpers, the story then cheekily added that, “For those living on Struggle Street, Dimmeys in Richmond is selling unofficial jumpers for just $9.99 (see un-named girl wearing unofficial jumper). Your choice.”

The Saigon Saints have advised the Blog that they took considerable offence to this story, believing it was “quite tacky and disrespectful of the (Blog) to represent a (“Saigon”) Saints jumper and (to then add) ‘for those living on Struggle Street, Dimmeys in Richmond is selling unofficial jumpers for just $9.99′ “.

The source of the misunderstanding

The Blog sincerely apologises for any offence caused as this was not the intention or purpose. The story was feeding off an article that appeared in The Age newspaper on 19 June entitled, .

The Age newspaper’s article explained that the AFL will sue Dimmeys (a discount retailer in Melbourne) for selling unlicensed football products.

The article carried a photograph of a young girl wearing an unlicensed jumper that resembled St Kilda’s jumper (which is also similar to the Saigon Saints jumper). Being unlicensed, it does not have St Kilda’s, the AFL’s or sponsors’ logos.

The caption beneath The Age’s photo says, “A $19.99  unofficial AFL guernsey from Dimmeys (not $9.99 as reported in the Blog)”.

Given the Blog was wanting to promote sales of our new jumper, and the girl in the unlicensed St Kilda jumper had a similar pose to Captain Gus in the Vietnam Swans jumper, we thought it would be a novel intro to a sales pitch. We thought it would be topical, light hearted and different.

It was not meant to be interpreted as a story about the Saigon Saints in any way, shape or form.

Again, the Blog apologises to any Saigon Saint who mistakenly thought the story was either directly or indirectly related to them.

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Swans Blog on song!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 9, 2008

Swans Blog Stats

In the last week of last year, the Swans Blog recorded 524 hits. In the first 2 and a half days of this week, we have already achieved 519 hits. Last week, with a little bit of help from Miss Australia, the Swans Blog achieved a record of 1,416 hits for the week which is an average of 202 hits per day. The trend line for the Swans Blog is definitely upwards.

Importantly, the About Us page (lower graph) is also in an upward trend. People are logging on to the Blog and are wanting to know more about the Vietnam Swans. This is good news for us in recruiting new players and for giving our sponsors greater exposure.

It’s all good. Bring on the Lao Elephants on 26 July! Bring on the Asian Championships on 6 September.

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Vote for Miss Australia. Now!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 8, 2008

Miss Australia and her National Costume

Things are really hotting up for the Miss Universe Pageant with the Grand Finale happening next Monday morning at 8am in Nha Trang.

Jerry Springer will be the host of the show to be screened live on NBC (you may remember Jerry from the Jerry Springer Show with such hard hitting episodes as Midget’s Big Problem, I’m Pegnant by a Transexual, I’m Marrying my Sister and A Cross Dresser wants My Gal).

Miss Australia, Laura Dundovic, has been absolutely magnificent for the Vietnam Swans (to see how much media coverage we’ve had, click on ). And now we can help her by voting online for her “national costume”. Yes, now!

Click onto the . Then click on the button that says, “Vote Now for the Best National Costume”. You will then be taken to a screen where you simply pick your 3 favourite national costumes.

The Blog understands that Miss Australia’s “National Costume” looks a lot like a costume and nothing like a national dress - but it dosn’t matter. One you’ve chosen Miss Australia and your other two favourites, close your eyes, imagine Miss Australia in the Vietnam Swans jumper – and click “Submit”.

Now, let’s return the favour to Miss Australia and go to the !

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Damo on top of Round 14!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 7, 2008

Adelaide are gone, so is Barry Hall, but Damo is on top of Round 14. Tipping 6, there was nothing but daylight separating the rest of us. It was another tough round where not doing your tips was better than doing your tips. It is pretty hard to find the positives, but I will try.

New City Committee men in Saigon, Gus and el Presidente’ Scotty Stacey came in stone motherless with a score of 2! Can you beleieve it!

“Becareful” was, you guessed it, too careful. Mr MBA, Brian O’Reilly was probably hitting the books too hard all week, and “Snaggs” probably should stick to, well, cooking. All scored a total of 3 for the round.

Overall though there was little change at the top of the leaderboard. I might be calling the winner from the clocktower at Flemington (any Spring Carnival man know this to be foolish), but only those in the top 10 can win.

“The bloke” out in front by two on 87 is flying. “Deesboy” and “Troggs” on the podium either side, are going to have to do something creative. Matty Johns and Tony Morwood are in touch, but are known for getting the yips late in the season.  A host on 81, “The Boz” just could have the luck. Micky Francis is up and down like a yo-yo. “The Stray” moving to month-on month-off out on the oil rigs off Vung Tau will run into a logistical nighmare, and Mr Armstrong might just get a call from the bank! On 80 and rounding out your Tipstar Top 10 is Chris Batchelor. Like any Collingwood supporter, Chris will get the “wobbles” the closer we get to September.

All the best for the next round – Vietnam Swans Tipstar

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Jumper sales to swamp Swans!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 6, 2008

The Mighty Vietnam Swans are pleased to announce that our magnificent jumper is about to go on sale!

The Vietnam Swans are selling the official jumper for just USD65 (see Captain Gus to the left – or Miss Australia below). Gee whiz, out they go at those prices!

For those living on Struggle Street, Dimmeys in Richmond is selling unofficial jumpers for just $9.99 (see un-named girl wearing unofficial jumper). Your choice.

If you’re after a particular number in a particular size, we are about to order another batch of 50, numbered 1 to 50. Orders close 20 July 2008 and will be taken as they are received. Delivery is expected mid August. Payment will be required prior to delivery so please advise how you will get the the money to us.

Jumper sizes are M (95cm), L (100cm), XL (105cm), XXL (110cm) and XXXL (115cm).

For enquiries and orders regarding the jumpers, please email , President of the HCMC Vietnam Swans.

Miss Australia and the Vietnam Swans

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Peter Pierre plays for the Phrench

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 5, 2008

Peter Pierre plays for the Phrench

Remember Peter Bossink who starred in the Asian Champs last year (see left and middle picture above)?

Like the jumping frog, he’s kicked on and landed in France.

Last weekend, Peter Pierre played in “La Coupe de France”, which is the French National AFL Championship. The match was played in Paris and as you can see in the photo above on the right side, Paris set aside one of its finest paddocks for the boys to have a kick in.

Their paddock is actually a rugby field (“read concrete covered with patches of dirt and rocks”, according to Pete) just outside of Paris. Teams came from Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Montpellier and Paris. Because of the small size of the paddock, they played with only 9 per side.

Pete says, “It was no Asian Champs but for a game only new to French soil, and the fact that from the four teams that played, there were only 7 Australians and one South Australian – the quality was very high. The Frenchmen played very hard football. The skills were not so good but the effort they put in made up for that. The ambulance was called twice – both times for players on the Paris side (a very bad ankle injury and a neck injury)”. 

Paris eventually won the competition.

There will be a game against the orange people in Amsterdam on 12 July 2008.

According to Peter Pierre, over in France, everyone says, “Eat a baguette if you love footy”.


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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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Timeout for Geelong Football Club

Posted by Vietnam Swans on July 1, 2008

Yesterday (30 June 2008), Vietnam’s glossy magazine, Timeout, had a picture of the Vietnam Swans and Miss Australia (see far left). 

Also, on the same day, reigning AFL Premiers, , reproduced the article about the Vietnam Swans Football Club which was published on the Official AFL website earlier in the day.

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