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Archive for August, 2009

WA Today publishes article on Tribute Match

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 30, 2009

Fairfax Media's, "WA Today", publishes an article on the Craig Senger Tribute Match

Fairfax Media’s online newspaper, WA Today, last Friday 28 August 2009, published an article on our recent Tribute Match entitled, .

The Match between the Vietnam Swans and Lao Elephants was played as a tribute to the victims of the Jakarta bombings on 17 July 2009. In addition, money was raised for the Craig Senger Memorial Indonesia Fund.

A gallery of photos (taken by ) of the match and the day were also posted on WA Today and can be seen .

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2009 Asian Champs Draw announced

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 29, 2009

The 2009 Asian Champs - next week in KL

Yesterday, the Malaysian Warriors announced the results of the draw for the 10th Asian Champs which will be held in Kuala Lumpur next weekend on Saturday 5 September.

There will be two Groups of 5 teams which play 4 preliminary games. The two highest ranked teams of each group will then play off in semi finals and then there will be the Grand Final.

The following teams are in Group A:

Dubai Heat, Jakarta Bintangs, Hong Kong Dragons, Thailand Tigers and Malaysian Warriors.

In Group B, the teams are:

Singapore Wombats, Lao Elephants, Bali Geckos, China Reds and Vietnam Swans.

The Vietnam Swans draw is detailed below:

  • 9.40am, Vietnam Swans Vs Singapore Wombats
  • 10.50am, China Reds Vs Vietnam Swans
  • 12.50pm, Lao Elephants Vs Vietnam Swans
  • 2.00pm, Bali Geckos Vs Vietnam Swans

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The Vietnam Swans 2009 AFL Grand Final Parties

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 26, 2009

The Grand Final Parties in Vietnam

The Grand Final Parties in Vietnam

For information on the Official Vietnam Swans 2009 AFL Grand Final Parties in Hanoi and Saigon, click here.

What?? You’re going to be in Hue or Hoi An?? No problem! We’ve got some fantastic Grand Final Parties being run in those towns by some top hosts who are definitely part of the Vietnam Swans clan. Click here for the latest details.

Plenty of action. Plenty of fun. Bring it on!!

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HMAS Darwin challenges Vietnam Swans

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 24, 2009

Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004 on board the HMAS Darwin earlier this month. And, the Swannies on board the HMAS ANZAC last August

We are just three days short of the anniversary of  when we played HMAS ANZAC in a footy match at RMIT University in Saigon. Absolutely cracking match (which we won) and event.

Well tonight, the Swannies Blog can break the news that we have been challenged by HMAS DARWIN to a match at the end of September in Saigon. Bring that on! The match is expected to be held at RMIT University on 29 September.

Earlier in the month, as reported in the , Australian supermodel and Miss Universe 2004, Jennifer Hawkins had a photo shoot on board the DARWIN showing off her cozis (click for photos). Given the Swannies ongoing relationship with Miss Australia 2008, Laura Dundovic (who has literally posted a comment on our Blog), the layman could be forgiven for thinking that we are being stalked by glamours.

Ah Miss Laura Dundovic Australia... still current and relevant to the Swannies...

Meanwhile, this morning, in the Bahamas, Miss Universe 2009 was crowned. Miss Venezuela, like last year, took the Miss Universe title.

The excitement in the Bahamas has caused an unprecedented spike in traffic on the Swannies website. Our previous biggest day was 318 hits one day prior to last year’s AFL Grand Final Party. Tonight, we’re on 520 hits and still climbing. Lots of people looking up Miss Rachel and finding Miss Laura instead!

It’s a funny state of play when all these connections to Miss Australias, Miss Universes etc are so powerful that they effectively relegate a breaking news story about a footy match against the Australian Navy to second position!

Go you Swannies!

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Money transferred to Craig Senger Indonesia Memorial Fund

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 23, 2009

The Commonwealth Bank transfers AUD 1,617.81 to the Craig Senger Indonesia Memorial Fund

On Friday 21 August 2009, a total of AUD1,617.81 was transferred to the Craig Senger Indonesia Memorial Fund.

The funds were raised in a raffle organised by Austrade, the Vietnam Swans and the Lao Elephants on the weekend of the Tribute Match to the victims of the Jakarta bombings held on 8 August.

The money was transferred by the , completely free of all charges and fees.

Thank you to all sponsors who donated prizes to this cause – and to the people who bought tickets.

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The Match Report for Swans V Elephants

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 22, 2009

Is this bald man Matt Townsend or Derrin Limbrick? Don't ask and just assume it's Matt pondering his match report.

Literary great, and footballer, Matty Townsend writes the Tribute Match Report between the Veitnam Swans and Lao Elephants held on 8 August 2009 in Hanoi.

Fabbo put the heat on me to write a match report. I told him the truth: I am not very good at football, and it takes all the concentration my little Gen X head can muster to focus on the task at hand. I’m not composing literary sketches out there: I’m attempting to take my place in the grand tradition of Michael Symons, Jonathan Robran and Ben Doolan. That tradition? People you barely remember doing unremarkable things with great, great concentration.

So all I can do is tell you what happened to me, and what happened to everyone else as far as I can remember it. It may not be entirely accurate.

The game started hot. It also finished hot and it was bloody hot in between. I started in the backline and deliberately stepped on the toes of the bloke I was playing on, but he seemed fairly relaxed about it. I was pleased to be in a backline with Aiden, whom I didn’t know but everyone seemed quite confident about, which in turn made me confident. Then he limped off with some bogus ”injury”, and I remembered that you can never trust people from the public service, because they’re lazy.

Side note: the Swans have heaps and heaps of bald men. I can’t interpret what that means.

Another thing: is anyone even sure that Dave Kainey has a job in Singapore? Is he like the Japanese salaryman who gets sacked but can’t face his wife to tell her and just pretends to go to work every day? How in God’s name is he here every second weekend?

Game on!

Anyway, the football started and we were rubbish. Henry from the Phants got a lot of touches early but Trav said he thought he “…was dancin’ like a little pumpkin in a kids’ beauty contest”.  I have to say that that’s not actually a direct quote but reconstructed from a post-match conversation, and so I have to be realistic that it may not even have been Trav that said that. In fact, I may not actually have had that conversation.

Anyway, their 12-y-o midfielder with the shaved head was the one who actually cut us up. My apologies if you’re him and you’re reading this and you’re not twelve, but you played well so shut up anyway.

Ben Leaver was the best player of the quarter but he didn’t really have any competition on our side. I don’t know Ben but he is a gracious host, which I think is a lost art these days, much more graceful than Brian “The Whale” Roberts, who is also a football playing publican but an arsehole to boot. The bloke I was on (who was either called ‘Ayesy, Aiseigh or Eh-Zee) was a really lovely bloke, and fortunately dropped both marks that he led for. Nothing to do with me: I was five metres behind him both times.

Quarter time had a lot of angst, like the new Terminator movie, which is almost unwatchable. The movie does have Christian Bale in it though, and he speaks very forcefully, which I can imagine would be persuasive if I were in the difficult circumstances he and his friends were in.

Willy wheeled round the back of a pack in the second term and slammed a kick around his body that I remember thinking looked quite artful. Shannon and Mickey Francis didn’t seem to have a lot of puff but both looked dashing. We had a squad of 443 players and I think it went to our heads, because the changes off the bench were putrid. Jerry ended up on the big mining-town unit with the rope necklace, which looked dangerous for a while, but then Jerry took off at one stage on one off his trademark runs up the guts and it was all a little Salvador Dali, which comforted me in an unusual way.

(PS – ask any woman who grew up near any Australian coastal town: rope necklaces on a guy mean only one thing and it’s not something you want to find out about late in the piece. I have it on excellent authority. Email Fabbo for details).

Halfway through the quarter, I got pinged holding the ball by Bruce Spence’s unfortunate looking nephew. I promised myself I’d be gracious about the embarrassment of getting done by someone worse at football than me, until he opened up on me after the game over what an idiot I’d been to hang onto it, at which point I thought: bugger him, he’ll never get any better looking no matter what I write.

Willy addresses the players

Half time: We split into groups of about 137 and the captains of each unit addressed the masses. Derrin was very encouraging to the backmen. I had one bottle of water and remember wondering how Dan physically reconstructs himself each morning into human form.

Also: I am led to believe that Potsy is a businessman. Unless you are Man Friday from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Robinson Crusoe”, you need to own and occasionally wear a shirt to do business. If anyone can categorically prove that Potsy owns a shirt, I will buy them a copy of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Robinson Crusoe”.

Another golden BOG performance by ol' lime boots, Drew Hollywood

Drew lost ten kilos and gained three inches in the third quarter, looking far more like the 2002 Anthony Rocca than the 2008 Rocca he normally does. Actually, even a little 1995 Anthony Koutafides, to be truthful. In fact, was John Coleman part-Croatian? It doesn’t matter. Late in the term, Daisy leaned over to Gus and said that he thought the girl in the denim shorts looked like this waitress he knows in Nha Trang.  Jesus, wait, that wasn’t then. I’m losing it now.

I don’t remember it at the time but I’ve done the calculations and Fabbo must have started his after-match speech at three quarter time.

The fourth was fantastic to watch, especially from the last line of defence because the ball never came anywhere near us for the first four minutes. I defied Willy’s “get off the field every sixteen seconds” proclamation at least until the ball came down a couple of times, by which time the little ants up the other end of the field had done very exciting things that I couldn’t see clearly but meant that we weren’t losing by as much.

So, then we won by 4 points, which was very exciting. I don’t know who kicked the goals but so guess what anyway, all you goalkickers should just suck it up for once because match reports always tell it like the goals were the only things that matter. What about the way I stepped on that bloke’s toes at the opening, and asked him what his favourite thing about living in Laos was? That stuff lays the foundations.

And did anyone see Nicko on the day? I’m sure he must have played but I just didn’t notice him at all.

Photos courtesy of . More match day photos have been added to the .

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Jim Beam and Jetstar sponsor front of Swans jumper

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 20, 2009

Jim Beam and Jetstar sponsor front of jumper

The Vietnam Swans are very pleased to announce publicly that the front of our new footy jumpers will be sponsored by and .

is a long time friend of the Swannies. Jim Beam and the Jim Beam Party Crew (the Swanettes) were there at the very beginning when we were the Hanoi Swans.

4.5 litre bottles and the Vietnam Swans have become synonymous with visiting teams. A magnificent tradition has been struck up whereby the visiting team’s best player wins a 4.5 litre Jim Beam bottle – which is then shared between all players from both teams.

, Inc. is the fourth largest premium spirits company in the world, with eight of the world’s top-100 premium spirits in their portfolio and $2.5 billion in revenue.

is a value based carrier network providing all day every day low fares with an open approach to air travel. Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam is 27 per cent held by Qantas with other shareholders including its largest shareholder, State Capital Investment Corporation, Saigon Tourist Holding Company and Mr Luong Hoai Nam, CEO of Jetstar Pacific.

relationship with the Vietnam Swans has been growing since the beginning of the year when it donated two domestic tickets to the Black Saturday Fundraiser and Footy Match. Jetstar donated another two tickets for the recent Tribute Match to the victims of the Jakarta bombings.

So, if you’re looking for a cheap ticket, click now.

The Vietnam Swans are very pleased to be associated with both and and thank them for their generosity.

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Linfox and Pest Free sponsor Swans jumper

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 18, 2009

Linfox and Pestfree sponsor Vietnam Swans jumper

Tonight, the Vietnam Swans are very proud to publicly announce our two major sponsors for the Vietnam Swans jumper for Season 2009/10: and .

was our major jumper sponsor in 2008/2009 when we unveiled our new Vietnam Swans jumper. They were also a sponsor of two Linfox Vietnam Swans Vs Malaysia Warriors Cups. It is absolutely magnificent to welcome Linfox back for another year and we trust they will be with us for many more years to come.

delivers sophisticated supply chain solutions to leading companies in 11 countries: Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong. Experience and expertise across a broad range of industry types allows Linfox to tailor solutions for each customer’s unique needs.

is a first year jumper sponsor and long time supporter of the Vietnam Swans. In August of last year, we had HMAS ANZAC arriving in Saigon for a footy match – and we had no AFL goal posts! “No problem”, said Pest Free. A couple of weeks later, we had two, inaugural, shiny sets of tailor made AFL goal posts made for RMIT University’s oval. Then Saigon President, Scotty Stacey remarked, “How good is it to see AFL goal posts in the middle of Saigon??”

Linfox and Pestfree sponsor Vietnam Swans jumper

Pest Free removes pests safely and effectively. Safely? Yes. Pest Free is completely chemical free.

The existing electrical wiring in our homes emits a low electromagnetic field that is harmless to humans, pets as well as pests like rats and cockroaches.

However when is plugged into an ordinary wall socket, it alters the existing electromagnetic field throughout the electrical wiring in our homes. This disturbs and affects the rats and cockroaches but not humans.

The pest will lose its appetite, feel dehydrated and have no mood to breed. The pests will become stressed and confused, eventually leaving our homes.

The new jumpers, with the Linfox and Pest Free logos, will be worn for the first time at the Asian Championships to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 5 September 2009.

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Photos of Hoi An Scratch Match

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 17, 2009

Gus and Gerry take on the Giant

On 18 July 2009, the Vietnam Swans played an internal scratch match in Hoi An, Central Vietnam.

Thanks to Rob from Club sponsor, , we now have never-seen-before photos of that seriously awesome trip.

The match was played between the Vics (wearing our new jumpers) and the Rest of the World (wearing our previous Sydney Swans jumpers). Not surprisingly, it was the Vics who won. Fairly convincingly… Whichever way you look at it, the Vics are pretty good.

Anyway, click onto the to see the rest of the photos from the match.

In the photo to the left, Gus wasn’t able to get a touch of the footy but fortunately, he wasn’t always up against Drew. There is photographic evidence that Gus did have some touches during the match.

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Asian Footy – Connecting Communities

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 15, 2009

The Tribute Match Day Banner

On 8 August 2009 in Hanoi, the Vietnam Swans played an Aussie Rules Tribute Match against the Lao Elephants that was dedicated to all who suffered from the recent bombs in Jakarta. One of the victims was Craig Senger the Austrade Commissioner based in Jakarta who was also a member of the Jakarta Bintangs Aussie Rules Club.

Prior to the Tribute Match, short speeches were delivered by the Australian Ambassador, the Deputy / Minister Counsellor from the Indonesian Embassy and former Vietnam Swans President and Official Club Legend of the Jakarta Bintangs, Dave Kainey. All players and spectators then observed a minute’s silence.

The match was a keenly fought contest with the Vietnam Swans winning by just 4 points.

Below is an edited extract of the speech delivered by the National President of the Vietnam Swans, Phil Johns, who spoke at the after match function.

On Saturday, 18 July, 2009, the Vietnam Swans from Hanoi and Saigon descended upon the Central Vietnam town of Hoi An. We had gathered for an internal “scratch match”. Joining us were three Australian tourists who just happened to be passing through Hoi An; Kylie who umpired for us, Sam who was on the crew of a luxury yacht that was berthed in Singapore and Peter who was teaching English in China. Many of us commented on how good a game of footy can be in bringing people together.

The following day I returned to Saigon, turned on the computer – and there was an email from former Swans President and Official Club Legend of the Jakarta Bintangs, Dave Kainey. He had forwarded an email from the President of the Jakarta Bintangs, Tim Hakfoort. The email said: two days earlier in Jakarta, two bombs, two hotels, too many lives, scores more injured. One of the lives taken was Craig Senger, a member of the Jakarta Bintangs.

The Bintangs are very special to the Vietnam Swans – they were our first international scalp! They also “gave” us Dave Kainey. Dave came to Hanoi in 2003 educating us all about a team called the Jakarta Bintangs that actually played Aussie Rules in Asia with several other clubs. You’re joking! And they play in an Asian Championships?

In 2007 the Vietnam Swans made our inaugural appearance at the Asian Championships. Included in our player list were five players from Lao. Three months later, those same five players had formed Lao’s first Aussie Rules team, the Lao Elephants (“slow, fat and almost extinct”, they quipped).

The Jakarta Bintangs also do a lot in their local community with an extensive junior development program.

These stories clearly demonstrate that footy in Asia is connecting and growing communities.

Meanwhile, back to today. As the dust from the Jakarta bombs began to settle, and the ripples spread further, we inevitably discovered a number of our own had been directly affected. They counted Craig as not just a Bintang, but also a colleague and friend.

While footy in Asia is connecting communities, the bombers’ objective is to polarize. And so we need to galvanise.

The decision to dedicate today’s match between the Vietnam Swans and Lao Elephants to the memory of Craig and all the other victims is a symbolic expression of Asian Footy’s commitment to galvanise.

During the week, I received an email from Australia that said, “Your footy match shows how the community over in Asia really pulls together and I don’t think we realise that over here.”

But this footy match did not happen by itself. We did not wake up to find that “Asia” had somehow “pulled together” while we were sleeping. It happened because each of us made a deliberate decision to pull together. To galvanise.

Be that as it may, up against these terrible bombings, a footy match still seems insignificant. But, Tim Hakfoort wrote earlier in the week that:

It is absolutely fantastic (what the Vietnam Swans and Lao Elephants are doing) and thanks for the great support you guys have given us. I will pass on the message to the Jakarta Bintangs and Craig’s wife, Kate, who I am sure will be grateful for remembering Craig in such a fitting way.

After the match, Dave Kainey passed the phone to me. It was Tim Hakfoort. I mentioned that the Swans and Elephants would like to jointly present two items to the Bintangs when we next meet which will be at the Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur on 5 September 2009. The two items are a mini match day banner signed by all the players and a plaque that reads:

Vietnam Swans Vs Lao Elephants

An Aussie Rules Tribute Match to celebrate the lives of those who lost them on 17 July 2009 – including Craig Senger; Jakarta Bintang, colleague and friend.

Let them always be remembered.

Hanoi, 8 August 2009

Again, Tim thanked the Swans and Elephants. He mentioned that the Bintangs would probably give the banner and plaque to Kate.

Amazing. To think that two items from a footy match between two teams that Kate probably did not even know, over in Vietnam, could possibly have some value at this time… It is a reminder that when the scale of the loss is so great, it is the symbols and their timing that become so important.

To all those people who had anything to do with today’s match and raffle, thank you. In some small way, it has helped.

Asian Footy. It does connect and it does galvanize communities.

At a raffle organized by Austrade and the Vietnam Swans, AU$1,540 was raised which will be donated to the Craig Senger Indonesia Memorial Fund.

If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please contact from Austrade.

For further information: , ,

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Barack Obama congratulates Swannies website

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 13, 2009

Barack Obama at last year's Vietnam Swans AFL Grand Final Party in Hanoi

You may recall that last week, this very website ran a story about Swannies Website records 100,000th hit. It prompted a number of comments from people including Willy, Gary Ablett Jnr and Barack Obama. Each of them, a big name in their own special way. Barack Obama seems to be a bit of a fan of the Swannies. As you can see from the photo on the left, we even beamed him live into the Swannies AFL Grand Final Party in Hanoi last year. Below is what Barack (which, quite possibly, might be just a pseudonym for Willy) had to say:

Hi. Just in case you don’t know and, say, have been living on another planet like Vietnam, my name is Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States.

My story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. That is why I firmly believe in the work of the Vietnam Swans blog. Not only does this site provide an unwavering, hard hitting journalistic approach to covering what’s hot and not in Asian footy, it also has photos of Laura (Dundovic, Miss Australia). And that in itself is exactly that – selfless.

In finishing may I just add these wise old words my father told me when I was a young boy: “you have to do your own growing son no matter how tall Drew will be”. A heartfelt thanks to all involved in the Vietnam Swans blog and it’s 100 000 hits.

Barack Obama
the 44th President of the United States.

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Auscham writes about Tribute Match

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 12, 2009

The Tribute Match last weekend

The Australian Chamber of Commerce yesterday posted its about last weekend’s Tribute Match and fundraiser for the Craig Senger Indonesia Memorial Fund.

“It is with great sadness that Austrade lost one of their colleagues and friends, Trade Commissioner, Mr Craig Senger in the recent bombings in Jakarta. For those who knew Craig, he was the ultimate professional, dedicated and passionate about his job but also an extremely generous and warm guy who touched many he worked with.

“…Craig was close to the Austrade team here having recently visited Vietnam for a mining mission in May and he was also involved in Australian Rules Footy playing for the Jakarta Bintangs. To help celebrate Craig’s life, the Vietnam Swans played a memorial match against the Lao Elephants on Saturday 8th August in Hanoi honouring Craig and other victims of the Jakarta Bombings.”

To read the full story, please click on the link.

Corsair Marine, which will sponsor the Vietnam Swans new stubby holders here in Saigon, also posted a brief article, on its website.

The photo above of the actual match was taken, courtesy of Justin Mott of . Thanks very much to Justin.

Some more of Justin’s photos from the actual match can be seen in the .

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