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Grand Final Parties a big success

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 27, 2009

Swannie, Shannon, cheers for a St Kilda goal!

Yesterday, Geelong was triumphant over a gallant St Kilda in a classic Grand Final contest at Melbourne’s MCG.

In Saigon, more than 200 attended the Official Vietnam Swans 2009 AFL Grand Final Party in what was a fantastic day. People came from everywhere dressed in their St Kilda and Geelong colours. The Swannies turned up in our own footy jumpers and shirts from the Asian Champs.

The day started at 9am at the Cage – with a scare. The power went out for half the building! No music to greet people as they arrived. Then the coupons for the players for the Norm Smith Medallist competition just disappeared. Aaaaargh!!!

After a 5 minute panic, the power came on and the coupons were found. All good again.

People kept filing in through the door and began hooking into breakfast and washing it down with a Foster’s frosty.

"Oh my Gawd!"

Derrin Limbrick, Saigon President, was the occasion’s MC and did an outstanding job interviewing tourists, tossing miniature footies into the crowd, getting people to go outside to play the Jim Beam handball competition. National President Phil Johns gave a quick review of the Swannies previous 12 months which then led into a pictorial review on the big screen set to the music of “Excalibur” which had been prepared by Bill Crang. Outstanding.

Then it was the telecast of the big match. Plenty of action on the field. Plenty of action at the Cage.

There were plenty of pies, supplied by Crumbs Bakery, that made you realise that this was a real footy event.

After the match the auctions were held. A signed Hawthorn jumper fetched $350. The Sydney Swans-signed footy picked up $520 and a further $500 was picked up for the Sydney Swans jumper. A Vietnam Housewares bundle of goods secured $150. And a packet of Tim Tams?? $80 – and that’s USD we’re talking! Meanwhile, a hat signed by Vietnam Swans player, Nick Shiell and worn by auctioneer, Matty Townsend sold for just over $100!! Staggering.

Then the Monster Raffle was drawn. And what a raffle. Details of winners coming soon.

Also, details of what happened in Hanoi, Hoi An and Hue coming soon.

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2 Responses to “Grand Final Parties a big success”

  1. Hendo said

    Hue’s Grand Final party was a huge success, with well over 40 people crowding in and spilling out on to Pham Ngu Lao. It was a multicultural affair with people from all over attending, however there was still a large Aussie contingent who were extremely happy to be able to view the game live on our moderately sized television screen.

    All attendee’s were happy to be involved in the sweepstakes for the Norm Smith medal, which Hendo was the winner of because no one pulled Chappy’s name from the hat. Being the generous bugger he is, he donated the cash prize of 200,000 dong and a Hue backpackers shirt to the lucky lady who pulled Selwood out of the hat.

    Hendo’s homemade Hue meat pies were also a smash with the girls barely able to keep up with the orders during the breaks.

    The inaugural Hue Grand Final party was a day to remember, and hopefully the tradition will keep up for years to come.

    Up, up and Hue

  2. Dread head Rhys said

    Bad luck Big Joe, maybe next year.

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