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Archive for May 13th, 2010

Aussie Rules during the Vietnam War

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 13, 2010

Footy, in Vung Tau at the Lord Mayor's Oval, 1968

Several days ago, Stan Middleton left a comment on the Vietnam Swans Blog writing that footy had played an active role for the Aussies during the War. Stan’s amazing comment is reproduced below:

I served in Vung Tau in 1967-68. A full scale Aussies Rules Competition between Australian units was conducted (twice a year). The Competition commenced in either 1966 or 1967 and I believe went through to 1971.

I was with the Ordnance Unit (2 Comp Ord Depot/2AOD). We were Premiers in both seasons in 1968; also in one season in 1969 when Wayne Closter (former Geelong Star) was Captain. In the losing Grand Final team that day, 17 Construction Squadron, former Aboriginal VFL Umpire Glenn James played.

Stan Middleton's Ordnance Unit wins the second Grand Final of 1968 in Vung Tau

In either 1970 or 1971, former Essendon & Williamstown player, Bill Thompson, played for our unit.

Our 1968 group has a reunion every two years based around our Aussie Rules Footy team. We have many footy photos on our unit website which I do all the photos. I also have a lot of our old Unit newsletters on our games which I haven’t placed on the site yet.

We initially played all our games where the Greyhound Racing Track is now in Vung Tau (The Lord Mayors Oval then and venue for the Vietnam Swans inaugural ANZAC Friendship match). We played 14 a side because of the ground being a soccer ground. Later a lot of games were played elsewhere on a larger oval.

The Competition was a 7 team one when I was there.  2AOD(us), 17 Construction Sqn, 5 Coy RAASC, 8 Field Ambulance, RAAF, 102 Field Workshops and 110 Signals.

Will be interested to hear your comments.

Stan Middleton

See the 2nd Advanced Ordinance Depot 1968-72′s website . To see photos of their footy matches back then, click . For other photos of the war time era in Vung Tau, click .

All photos courtesy of the ‘s website.

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Vietnam Swans Vs Viet Celts and Hanoi Season Opener

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 13, 2010

Travis Fennell of the Vietnam Swans against the Viet Celts last year in Hanoi

On Saturday, 15 May, 2010, the Vietnam Swans in Hanoi will take on the Viet Celts. We’ll follow that up with our Season Opener in the North. The North’s President Willy tells all:

4.30pm start of Gaelic footy, at UN International School (UNIS), Ciputra.

6.30pm pre-event drinks @ JAFA – Towers of bia and pizza kindly provided by JAFA (who always help us out after trainings).

7.30pm Official launch of the AFL Vietnam Swans season in Hanoi.

9.30pm The Irish Wolfhound (off Ma May Street, Old Quarter) to continue the celebrations of the united efforts between the Vietnam Swans and Viet Celts in Hanoi.

Go you Swannies!!

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