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Archive for October 13th, 2010

Swannies jumper goes to Demon in Shanghai

Posted by Vietnam Swans on October 13, 2010

Melbourne's Rohan Bail (left) donated his jumper to the Swannies Grand Final Party a fortnight ago (right). Next weekend in Shanghai, the Swannies will return the favour.

At the Vietnam Swans 2010 AFL Grand Final Party in Saigon, we auctioned off a jumper that was donated by Melbourne’s Rohan Bail.

Next weekend, at the Asian Championships in Shanghai, the Vietnam Swans will return the favour. We will present Rohan with a Vietnam Swans jumper.

Bail debuted for the second time (hearin’ me??) in Round 2 this year. His “first” debut happened last year in round 19 and lasted less than a quarter after he strained his quad in the warm up (see ).

Bail is a midfielder who is just at the beginning of his career. As a relatively young Club, the Vietnam Swans remember very clearly how much of a difference a little support can make. Therefore, we will be delighted to present Rohan with our No. 44 Swannies jumper in a gesture of support for a long and successful playing career.

Hopefully, Rohan will also be a convert to Asian footy after his weekend in Shanghai!

Melbourne will be in Shanghai for the Shanghai Showdown against the Brisbane Lions on Sunday, 17 October. According to , the Demons departed from Australia last Sunday and will return on Saturday 23 October.

Melbourne’s touring party of 130 includes the full playing list, football department and all administration staff. This is believed to be the biggest ever overseas trip conducted by an AFL club. Melbourne’s key destinations include Moganshan, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Special thanks to Melbourne and the Swannies’ Josh Little for organising Rohan Bail’s jumper presentation.

Coming Up: Asian Champs Draw – tomorrow night at 8.30pm China time.

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Timeout Magazine: It’s the links in the chain that make the Vietnam Swans story so strong

Posted by Vietnam Swans on October 13, 2010

Monday's Timeout Magazine in Vietnam Investment Review publishes an article about the Vietnam Swans

On Monday, 11 October 2010, the Vietnam Investment Review’s Timeout Magazine, published an article on the Vietnam Swans.
It is reproduced below.

In March 2010, AFL Superstars Nathan Buckley and Garry O’Donnell joined a Vietnam Swans footy clinic in Saigon. An Australian television crew was present filming a documentary to be screened on ANZAC Day.

Fast forward five weeks to April and the Vietnam Swans were at the Vung Tau Dog Racing Track to play the inaugural… ANZAC Friendship Match. Under the banner of Two black armbands; one bright future, we acknowledged the sacrifice of all sides and celebrated Vietnam, 2010; such a vibrant, dynamic, welcoming country.

Fast forward three months to July. Eighteen Vietnam Swans were in the Harrison Room of the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) as official guests of the Sydney Swans AFL Club. Also in attendance were Vietnam Veterans who, back in 1968/69, played footy… at the Vung Tau Dog Racing Track (then known as the Lord Mayor’s Oval). Also in attendance were Vietnamese Australians playing for the Southern Dragons. On the microphone, the Vietnam Swans spoke enthusiastically of playing footy in Vietnam and Asia.

Fast forward to a couple of weekends ago when the 2010 AFL Grand Final was played at… the MCG. The Vietnam Swans celebrated by hosting AFL Grand Final Parties in Hanoi and Saigon. We also auctioned a footy jumper signed by Rohan Bail, a young player from the AFL’s Melbourne Football Club.

Fast forward to next weekend on 16 October when the Vietnam Swans will play in the 11th Annual Asian Championships in Shanghai against 11 other countries. The following day, the AFL shall hold the Shanghai Showdown between Brisbane and Melbourne. As part of the program, the Vietnam Swans will present our jumper to a young player from the Melbourne Football Club… Rohan Bail.

It’s the links in the chain that make the Vietnam Swans story so strong.

To read the original article in pdf format, click .

Photos in article: courtesy Adam Martin from .

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