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Archive for March, 2009

From Vietnam, Asian Footy supports bushfire victims

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 31, 2009

The Black Saturday bushfires

On Saturday, 7 February 2009, Australia experienced its worst ever bushfires. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described what has since become known as Black Saturday, as being “on a scale that takes your breath away”. At least 210 lives were lost (30 more people are still unaccounted for), in excess of 2,000 homes were destroyed, 4,500square kilometers were burnt out, 78 individual townships were affected by the fires and 7,500 people were made homeless.

When the United States of America suffered its 9/11 tragedy, as a mark of respect to the victims, it cancelled sporting events. In the wake of Black Saturday, Australia adopted a different approach. As a mark of respect to the victims, all sporting events proceeded. The thinking was that sport brings the community together and gives people the opportunity to deal with their grief. In fact, many of these sporting events were used as occasions to raise funds.

Last weekend, seven weeks after Black Saturday, the traveled to Saigon to play the Vietnam Swans in a footy match.

Together, the Vietnam Swans and the Bali Geckos decided to use the weekend as a vehicle to raise money and to dedicate the match to the bushfire victims and survivors.

A Sydney Swans jumper signed by the 2009 team was auctioned for USD360

On Friday, 27 March, a fundraiser was held at Café Latin in Saigon. Great prizes were offered in the raffle thanks to the very generous support of sponsors such as , the , , , , , and the . In addition, auctions were held for a Sydney Swans footy jumper, signed by the entire 2009 team and two jumpers from the , signed by ex AFLers Damian Monkhorst and Ben Haynes (the YVMDFNL covers the worst of the firestorm-torn communities).

In total, approximately USD3,000 was raised (the final amount will be confirmed in the next couple of days).

This money will be donated jointly by the Vietnam Swans and Bali Geckos to the YVMDFNL. It seemed fitting for Asian Footy to give directly to the footy league that had been most affected by the bushfires. In Australia, it is usually the sporting clubs that are the lifeblood of local communities.

The Match Day Banner

The following day, Saturday 28 March, the two teams played the Bushfire Match at (RMIT University donated the ground hire fees to the YVMDFNL Bushfire Fund). A match day banner hung from the soccer goals with an image of a fire scarred landscape. However, the burnt trees were arranged in a manner that symbolized footy goal posts. Looking more closely, one could see new, green shoots of life sprouting from the blackened posts. The tag line was simply: Asian Footy – Supporters of courageous communities.

This footy match had a two-fold purpose – to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and to symbolically celebrate/ support/ encourage those who have commenced the process of rebuilding their lives.

One minute's silence

The President of RMIT University, James Baker, welcomed everyone to the ground. Jacko, from the Bali Geckos, then invited the two teams, who had formed a guard of honour in front of the match day banner, to observe a minute’s silence for the victims of the Australian bushfires – and for the 78 Indonesian victims who had lost their lives that morning when a dam wall burst its banks in a residential area just south of Jakarta.

The Vietnam Swans and Bali Geckos

The Australian Vice Consul, Chantelle Woodford, then tossed the coin. Vietnam won and elected to kick “to the right of screen”. Game on.

It was a tough and competitive encounter, played in a spirit befitting the occasion. The Bali Geckos triumphed over the Vietnam Swans with a score of 17.06.108 to 13.11. 89.

The Indonesian Consul General delivers his speech with Sam Gosling (Bali) and Derrin Limbrick (Vietnam Swans)

In the after match presentations, the National President of the Vietnam Swans, Phil Johns, invited the Indonesian acting Consul General, Mr Sunarmin Sunggono to present the trophy to the winning team. Indonesia had responded quickly to the Australian bushfire crisis. Indonesia had expressed its solidarity with Australia by donating money to rebuild destroyed schools and by sending a team of forensic specialists to assist in the formal identification of burnt victims.

Far away from Australia, a game of footy had brought people together from two other countries in support of the firestorm-torn communities that have already begun the process of sprouting new, green, shoots of life.

More to follow including a transcript of the Indonesian Consul General’s speech, feedback from the YVMDFL, a match report and the confirmed donation amount. For photos, please check the .

Photos courtesy of and Bill Crang.

AusCham’s Big Day Out in Saigon happens this Saturday, 4 April at the Van Thanh Park. For full details, click .

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Photos of fundraiser and match

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 31, 2009

The Bushfire Fundraiser and Match in photos. Click on the photo to be transferred to our Web Album

Do you need to see photos of the Vietnam Swans and Bali Geckos Bushfire Fundraiser and Match?

Then, go and visit the .

A sample is to the left.

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Bali beats Swans in Bushfire match

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 29, 2009

Bali beats Vietnam and the Black Saturday Bushfire Match is a big success

Yesterday, the Vietnam Swans played the Bali Geckos in the Black Saturday Bushfire Match. Bali kicked straight and scored 17. 06. 108 to the Swans 13. 11. 89

It was a huge and special day. Lots more to follow.

In the meantime, to see some photos of the match, see Adam Hurley’s .

More updates to be posted here.

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Bushfire fundraiser a success

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 28, 2009

Results of last night's Bushfire raffle still to be confirmed

Last night, the Vietnam Swans and Bali Geckos hosted the Bushfire Fundraiser.  The amount raised is still being counted. However, the two footy jumpers from the Yarra Valley Mountain Football League, signed by Damian Monkhorst and Ben Haynes, sold for USD210 and USD200.

The Sydney Swans jumper, signed by the 2009 club list, sold for USD360.

We shall report the amount of money raised for the raffle shortly.

Photos will appear in the next couple of days on the . We shall advise on this website when this has happened.

Meanwhile, this afternoon, the Vietnam Swans will play the Bali Geckos at 2pm at RMIT University in Saigon.

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Footy jumpers for auction tonight!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 27, 2009

Damian Monkhorst, Collingwood premiership player, Coach of Woori Yallock in the YVMDFL, father

Tonight, three jumpers will be up for auction. The Sydney Swans have donated a jumper signed by the entire team. The Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League, from the bushfire area, has donated two of their interleague jumpers signed by Woori Yallock’s Damian Monkhorst (ex Collingwood and St Kilda) and Silvan’s Ben Haynes (ex Richmond and Essendon).

kicked the winning goal in the 1990 AFL Grand Final  that sealed Collingwood’s premiership.

It was in 1988 that the 202cm ruckman debuted for Collingwood. He went on to play 205 games before moving across to St Kilda for another 10 games in 2000. “Monkey” played his best football between 1992 and 1994 finishing third in each of these years for Collingwood’s best and fairest.

“In 1995 during the drawn Anzac Day match at the MCG in front of 95,000 spectators, Monkhorst was involved in an incident that would forever change on-field behaviour in the AFL when he was accused of racially taunting Essendon’s aboriginal wingman Michael Long. Monkhorst was required to attend a mediation session with Long and although Long was not happy with the outcome at the time, the handshake at the end of the session has paved the way for very few racial taunts on the field since”, writes .

In 2007, , was struck by a chronic heart condition caused by a virus. Brent required and received a successful heart transplant thanks to an unknown donor. ““, said Monkey.

Monkey continues as Coach of Woori Yallock.

, now with Silvan, was a rookie listed player at Richmond and was elevated to the main list for the 2000 season. He played 5 games with Richmond and was delisted after the 2001 season.

Essendon added him to their rookie list in 2002 and elevated him for the 2003 season. He went on to play 21 games for Essendon, including finals footy, and was delisted after the 2005 season.

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Odyssey Resources sponsors Swans’ shorts

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 26, 2009

Odyssey Resources Sponsors Swans Shorts

The Vietnam Swans are delighted to announce that the Australian accounting firm, , will sponsor the Swans shorts in 2009.

The new shorts will be unveiled for the first time against the Bali Geckos in Saturday’s historic Bushfire Match.

said it was “proud to support and sponsor the Vietnam Swans and we are honoured to have our sponsorship announced in conjunction with the Swans and Geckos Bushfire Match. Aside from playing football, this event highlights the true colours of these two clubs and AFL football in Asia.

“ looks forward to developing an ongoing relationship between our accounting firm and the Vietnam Swans”.

Based in HCMC, is Australian-owned and a leading provider of outsourced accounting and tax compliance services to Australia. It also offers local services in Vietnam supporting a diverse client base of Australian-owned companies and other international firms.

Typical services offered by Odyssey Resources in Vietnam are: corporate establishment, accounting & taxation compliance work, payroll and HR Management, due diligence work and management consulting.

For further information regarding the Vietnam Swans new sponsor, please visit to learn more.

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Miss Vietnam 2006 (was) to toss coin

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 26, 2009

Ms Mai Phuong Thuy, also known as Miss Vietnam 2006, was to have tossed the coin

In devastating news just received, Ms Mai Phuong Thuy, who won the Miss Vietnam pageant in 2006, has had to regretfully decline our invitation to toss the coin prior to the Bushfire Match on Saturday.

All was looking good last weekend. However, another event, sponsored by her official sponsor, requires her attendance. Therefore, regretfully, it must take priority over our Bushfire Match.

Gus loses focus with Miss Australia

Miss Vietnam assures us that she is equally devastated and hopes that she can meet with the Vietnam Swans soon.

But having glamour stalk the Swans immediately before the match may not be a good thing anyway. Take Gus, for example.  He seemed to lose all focus when he met Miss Australia last year…

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International SOS gives Swans the medicine we need

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 25, 2009

, the world’s leading provider of medical assistance and international healthcare, has agreed to provide First Aid Stations at all Vietnam Swans’ matches in Saigon in 2009 – including next Saturday’s Bushfire Match against the Bali Geckos.

That’s just the medicine we have been looking for!

In the early 1980s, Pascal Rey-Herme, a French doctor was sent to work for the French Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. He soon became aware of the great demand for international standards of healthcare. And so, in 1985, AEA International was founded.

In 1998 AEA International was rebadged as . Today, International SOS employs over 6,000 professionals to treat its patients in more than 70 countries.

The Vietnam Swans genuinely appreciate the support of . It will be incredibly reassuring for both visiting players and our own, to know that the first aid station on the boundary line is resourced by International SOS’s professionals.

The Vietnam Swans look forward to working closely with in 2009 and, hopefully, beyond.

Change of address: Please note that the Clinic and 24/7 Alarm Centre in Saigon will move to 167A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3, from 19 April 2009.

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RMIT University to donate ground hire fee

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 24, 2009

RMIT to donate ground hire fee for Saturday's match to bushfire victims

, has announced that the ground hire fee for  Saturday’s Bushfire Match between the Vietnam Swans and Bali Geckos will be donated to the the victims of the recent Australian bushfires. Specifically, the money will be paid into the Bushfire Fund.

is the only licenced University delivering internationally recognised Australian degrees in Vietnam. It commenced operations in HCMC back in 2001. In 2004, RMIT opened a campus in Hanoi.

The Saigon campus boasts a student population of more than 3,800 – and excellent sporting facilities.

, will make an excellent venue for the Bushfire match on Saturday, 28 March, from 2pm.

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Meet the Kim Hai meat tray at Fundraiser!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 23, 2009

Kim Hai - Meet Saigon's finest Butchery

Kim Hai - Meet Saigon's finest Butchery

has very generously offered the footy-famous meat tray as a prize at Friday night’s Bushfire Fundraiser (Cafe Latin from 6.30pm). The meat tray is valued at 750,000VND.

The Kim Hai Butchery at 41 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC offers a full selection of imported beef, lamb, veal, fish and lots more.

The range is vast, the quality is mouth-watering and the prices are very reasonable.

To find out more, email or phone (+84) 8 821 6057.

Come along on Friday night for your chance to win  a 750,000VND meat tray from the !

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Details of Bushfire Fundraiser & Match

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 22, 2009

Bushfire Fundraiser – Friday 27 March from 6.30pm at Cafe Latin, 19-21 Dong Du Street, District 1, HCMC.

The Bushfire Match – Vietnam Swans Vs Bali Geckos – Saturday 28 March from 2pm, RMIT University, District 7, HCMC. One minute’s silence prior to match. Miss Vietnam 2006 to toss the coin.

Click on the poster above to enlarge. To help us with indicative numbers at the fundraiser, please register your interest by emailing

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The Vietnam Swans AFL Tipping Comp.

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 22, 2009

The TIPSTAR, Clint “Muzza”, revs us all up for the 2009 Vietnam Swans AFL Tipping Comp.

Still to confirm that they will join the tipping comp - Jolie, Jackman, Obama, Osama and Sheeds

Still to confirm that they will join the tipping comp - Jolie, Jackman, Obama, Osama and Sheeds

Are you hearing me??

That’s what I am hearing – the bleeding footy tips are back! And in a massive way.

This year there will be even more celebrity TIPSTARS. Tipstars to be confirmed include Angelina Jolie, Hugh Jackman, Obama, Osama and Sheeds. Already confirmed are the smooth moving Louis J, the Stray (try and keep him away), the Banker of Saigon, Mr CBA… Mrs CBA, you better join up and make sure you beat him! But most of all, let’s make sure that we all beat Vietnam’s Mr Positive, Gus.

There are only 4 days go before the massive Round 1 clash – Judd Vs Cousins.

Details of sponsors, prizes, entry fee – all that admin stuff – to come shortly. But, we all know it’s really about the bragging rights. So far we have 37 entries and we are trying to get 100 this year. – so if you know anyone who is keen, pass on the details.

Remember, at the end of the day, “If it’s good for Asian Football, it probably has something to do with Phil Johns!!”

Love, the TIPSTAR.

Competition Details:

Go to The name of the competition you need to enter is “vietnamswanstipping”. The password is “swanstipping”.

Goodbye, goodnight and most importantly, good luck.

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