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Archive for December, 2013

Triple Headers in Melbourne cranking

Posted by Vietnam Swans on December 29, 2013

Swannies enjoy the 7th Annual MCG Boxing Test Match. L to R: Natty ‘Shinboner’ Payne, Revo Evans, Kev “Krusty the Clown’ Hornblower, Marty ‘Lurch’ Beecroft, Billy Crang and Dave ‘Angry’ Hadley. A few others not in this photo.

A big day at the MCG yesterday for the Swannies 7th Annual Boxing Day Test Match. Attendees included Natty ‘Shinboner’ Payne, Revo Evans, Kev “Krusty the Clown’ Hornblower, Marty ‘Lurch’ Beecroft, Billy Crang, Dave ‘Angry’ Hadley, Nick Shiells, Mark “Willy” Williams, Dave Kainey and Stan Middleton (Ed’s note: still awaiting the full update).

Golf was played today in Melbourne for the 9th Annual Ryan Jeffery Red Jacket and was won by Dave ‘Flyer’ Kainey, Johnny Cranfield, Bruce and Kainey’s brother in law.

Now, everyone is headed off for the Swannies 3rd Annual Celebration Soiree in North Carlton.

More to follow.

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2013 Annual Awards Day in Saigon a great success

Posted by Vietnam Swans on December 9, 2013

Co captain, Billy Crang (second from left) accepts the 2013 BnF Award on behalf of Dukesy who returned to Australia back in August!

Yesterday, the 2013 Annual Awards for National and Saigon were held in District 2, Saigon.

The winners were:

2013 National

  • Best & Fairest – Luke “Dukesy” Creamer for the 4th consecutive year
  • National President’s Award – Mark “Stenno” Stennett
  • Most Determined – Joshua “Big Dog” Lee


  • Rick Trewavas Saigon Clubman of the Year – Mark “Stenno” Stennett
  • Most Improved – Kurt Walker
  • Captain’s Award – Nathan Milner

Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Gus McEwin and Michael “MJ” Johnston (two only). The presentations for this award shall occur during the McMillan Dinner which will follow next year’s ANZAC Friendship Match.

Congratulations to all winners yesterday. Richly deserved.

Related items

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  • Hanoi’s Awards Night will be held next Saturday, 14 December.

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Swannies in Saigon set for B&F and Rick Trewavas Award on Sunday

Posted by Vietnam Swans on December 6, 2013

The 2013 Annual Awards, National and Saigon – Sunday.

The Swannies in Saigon are gearing up for the biggest Sunday of the year: the 2013 Annual Awards. The function will be held on Sunday 8 December in District 2 and will combine as the Christmas Party with the Saigon Shooters Netball Club.

Hanoi shall host its Annual Awards next week on Saturday, 14 December.

Below is a list of awards to be presented – with the names of last year’s winners alongside in brackets:


  • Best & Fairest (… Luke “Dukesy” Creamer)
  • National President’s Award (… Adrian “Edo” Enright)
  • Most Determined (…Phil Ghasseb)
  • Hall of Fame Inductees – Announcement only (… Mick Francis, Scotty Stacey and Dave “Flyer” Kainey)


  • Rick Trewavas Saigon Clubman of the Year (… Ross McRae)
  • Most Improved (… Brian Farrell)
  • Captain’s Award (… Paul Koch)

Hall of Fame Inductees

There is no set number of Swannies who will be inducted into teh Hall of Fame each year. It is entirely dependent upon outstanding contribution. Last year, the inaugural year, there were three inductees. This year, there may be three more. Or two. Or one. Or even none.

Additionally, the decision has been taken whereby if anyone is elevated to the Hall of Fame, it will only be announced at the annual Awards. The presentation will occur at the McMillan Dinner which follows the next ANZAC Friendship Match in Vung Tau.

It was considered that with the growing status and prestige fo the McMillan Dinner and ANZAC Friendship Weekend, this wouold be a very appropriate event to present the award to the recipient. Additionally, if the recipient has already left Vietnam, then they have five months to see if they can arrange things for a return visit for the ANZAC Weekend.

Speaking of the ANZAC Friendship Match, Rick Trewavas – whom the Clubman of the Year award is named after – has said that, subject to his health, he would like to attend in 2015.

This Sunday, 8 December, the Vietnam Swans present the 2013 Annual National and Saigon Awards from midday at McSorleys, Thao Dien, District 2. To confirm your attendance, please email .

Reelated item

For more information regarding the Clubman of teh Year AAward, click onto the Rick Trewavas Clubman of the Year AwardButter up Bloods! (“Get up and have another crack.)

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Marathon Madness as Swannies pound the pavement at Angkor Wat and Singapore

Posted by Vietnam Swans on December 2, 2013

Left, Billy Crang at the weekend’s Angkor Wat Half Marathon; right, Freddo at Singapore’s Half Marathon.

There was plenty of Swannies’ Marathon Madness happening last weekend around South East Asia.

At Angkor Wat, co captain, Billy Crang (top left) competed in the Half Marathon. Also in attendance at that event were fellow Swannies, Mark Stennett and Danny Armstrong.

Meanwhile, in Singapore, friends of the Swannies, Freddo and wife, Alana, competed in the Standard Chartered Half Marathon.

To see more Swannies Classic Shots, .

Congratulations to all for your achievements – and for wearing your Swannies tops. Probably, it was the Swannies tops that gave them the power to make it across the line. Thanks be to Swannies tops.

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