Last Monday, the Vietnam Swans National President sent out the email below:
Dear Swannies and supporters:
Vietnam Swans V Lao Elephants Tribute Match, 8 August, Hanoi
On 17 July, two bombs ripped through two hotels in Jakarta killing nine and injuring scores more. One of those killed was Craig Senger, the Austrade Commissioner. Craig was also heavily involved with the Jakarta Bintangs Aussie Rules Club. The Vietnam Swans enjoy a very close relationship with the Jakarta Bintangs (it was only on 28 May that we played Jakarta for the “Kainey Cup” in Hanoi).
During the week, the Vietnam Swans and Lao Elephants, after consulting with the Jakarta Bintangs, announced that our next match, scheduled for 8 August in Hanoi, will be dedicated to Craig, the other victims of the Jakarta bombings and their families.
All players and spectators shall observe a minute’s silence prior to the match. Players shall wear black armbands.
The Jakarta Bintangs have expressed “Many thanks to Vietnam and Laos for thinking of Craig.”
Asian Champs, 5 September 2009, Kuala Lumpur
12 countries, including the Vietnam Swans, competing for Asian Footy’s Holy Grail…
Venues for the Official Vietnam Swans 2009 AFL Grand Final Parties in Hanoi and Saigon, 26 September
The Vietnam Swans have confirmed the following venues for our AFL Grand Final Parties on 26 September:
- Hanoi – JASPAS, Hanoi Towers. Tried. Trusted. Treasured.
- Saigon – The Cage, Ton Duc Thang Street, D1. Direct from the MCG and into the Cage for you!
More details coming soon…
There are a lot of exciting things happening in Footy around Asia at the moment – but that excitement is tempered by the Jakarta Bintang’s recent loss. The excitement is also tempered by the fact that, for some directly associated with our Club, they have lost a colleague, a boss and a mate.
It is a great privilege for the Vietnam Swans and the Lao Elephants to be able to offer our footy match as a vehicle to remember those who fell on 17 July.
While a footy match is incomparable with the scale of the loss, “a little is something”.