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Aussie Rules history in VN

Posted by Vietnam Swans on October 5, 2008

Looking for a footy field in Vietnam

So who brought footy to Vietnam? The Hanoi Hawks? The Saigon Saints? The Hanoi Swans? Or, the Vietnam Swans?
According to the , Aussie Rules was first played in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
“A match was played in May 1966 between members of the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

“A social game was organised in 1969 by Captain Bill McMahon of Croydon, Victoria, a former Melbourne Football Club and Sandringham Football Club footballer. The match was billed as “Diggers” vs “The Rest” which was played with Vietnamese soldiers in August at the headquarters of the Free World Military Assistance Organisation.

“In 1971, Australian Force Vietnam (AFV) and 110 Signal Squadron played a match in Saigon organised by Private Conboy of Clifton Hill, Victoria, also a previous member of the Melbourne Football Club Under 19s squad.

“There was at least one contest between 110 Signal Squadron and 104 Signal Squadron in 1970, one being played at a police or army academy at the sea-side village of Vung Tau and a little later another between the Nui Dat based units of 104 Signal Squadron and 106 Field Workshops on pretty rough ground at the Reinforcement Wing at the Dat.

To read the Wikipedia article, .

On a side note, next Anzac Day, the Vietnam Swans will play the Thailand Tigers at Kanchanaburi in Thailand near the Bridge on the River Kwai.

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All time high for Swans Blog

Posted by Vietnam Swans on October 5, 2008

The Blog records best month

Last month, September, the Blog recorded nearly 6,000 hits. The actual number was 5,890 hits which was an extra 527 hits compared with the previous high of 5,363 in July 2008. 

Another interesting comparison is the figure for the same month last year. In September 2007 we had 2,974 hits which means that we had a 98 per cent increase on last year.

The Swans represent a safer haven

The other interesting thing about the graph is that it’s a stark contrast to the happenings on the world’s financial markets; ie, it’s headed up!

Message? Don’t worry about the ASX, the Dow Jones, the CAC or anything else. The Vietnam Swans represent a safe haven offering strong growth and security in these turbulent times.

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