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Swannies win Jon Ellwood Memorial Trophy, Saigon

Posted by Vietnam Swans on October 30, 2010

Swannies win Jon Ellwood Memorial Trophy

This afternoon, the Vietnam Swans took out the Jon Ellwood Memorial Trophy for the 2nd Touch Rugby World Cup Tournament hosted by the .

The Vietnam Swans, comprising Derrin, Fleur, Cheryl, Rozza, Matt Nattalotto, Chris, Heath and Trent,  played the Commonwealth in the Final. On the day, the Swannies had more answers than the latter and recorded a strong victory to very proudly claim the Jon Ellwood Memorial Trophy.

While the Swannies have won plenty of friendlies before, today was the first time that we have won an actual tournament.

Jon Ellwood Memorial Trophy

At 11.05pm on 12 October 2002, a bomb hidden in a backpack ripped through the Sari Club in Bali, killing 202 people and injuring a further 209.

Amongst the dead was Jon Ellwood, Director of Studies at The International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Member of Saigon Rugby Club, and good friend respected by all who knew him. A Briton by birth and a humanist by temperament, Jon was a dedicated teacher visiting Bali to attend a conference.

In 2003 the Saigon Rugby Club renamed their Annual Corporate Touch Tournament and, in his honour, presents the winners with the Jon Ellwood Memorial Trophy.

Congratulations to the Saigon Rugby Club for organising such a professional tournament. And congratulations to the Vietnam Swans for winning the John Ellwood Memorial Trophy.

For some grainy photos of the day, click onto the

Background to Jon Ellwood Memorial Trophy provided by the .

Comment from Brian O’Rielly

Great win (to the Swannies) and I was sorry that I couldn’t make the tournament. Jon Elwood was a good friend of mine and it is great to see that he is still remembered so well.

The good news was that I was with many Kiwis watching Australia beat them in the last minute in the rugby (). A great result. However. I think I was supporting the losing side in the International Rules ().

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Troy returns to Vietnam and the Swannies

Posted by Vietnam Swans on October 30, 2010

Hi, I'm Troy. You may remember me from...

Hi. I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such nature films as ‘Earwigs: Eww!’ and ‘Man vs. Nature: The Road to Victory.’

Actually, just joking.

Last week it was Troy Lanigan who sauntered into Saigon. You may remember Troy from the days of the then Hanoi Swans – including that fine day back in March 2006 when the Swannies recorded our first ever victory which happened against the Jakarta Bintangs.

Last week when he turned up, the Swannies had just won our first ever matches at the Asian Champs.

Troy came to our training session last Saturday which was then followed up with a cleansing ale at the Tavern in D7 with a few of the boys, including Fabbo (see photo above).

Troy, who has gone on for a tour through Cambodia, is further evidence that ‘they can leave the country, but not the Club’.

Go you Swannies!

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