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Archive for February, 2014

Posted by Vietnam Swans on February 25, 2014

Khuon Kicks

Footy at Binh Duong New City, Singapore International School

This week the PE teacher at Binh Duong New City, Singapore International School, Mr Angus Crisp has implemented Australian football into his lessons. Mr Angus decided to purchase five auskick balls when he returned to his native Tasmania during Christmas break. Although Mr Angus is not an avid fan of Australian football he believes it is a great game to teach children to learn fundamental motor skills for future physical activity and sports participation. Mr Angus thinks that physically active children are more attentive, have a more efficient memory, enhanced creativity and better learning and problem solving and attitude capabilities.

The kids were amazed at the funny shape of the ball and had fun discovering it for themselves. Mr Angus and his colleague from the Vietnam Swans, Kiwi Kurt taught some basic ball skills and the students especially the girls were particularly keen to perfect their handballing and kicking skills.

How good is footy in Asia?

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Cheerio to Ben ‘Killer’ Kilsby

Posted by Vietnam Swans on February 24, 2014

Ben 'Killer' Kilsby

Ben ‘Killer’ Kilsby at the 2013 Hanoi AFL Grand Final Party.

The big Hanoi unit will be leaving us this week. Ben burst onto the scene in Hanoi mid last year starting to dominate trainings and instantly loving football in Asia.

With his first big hit out being the Asian Champs he made a massive impact. Playing ruck and centre half forward he picked up an All Asian Jumper and winning the long kick comp.

“Just a lazy afternoon picking up accolades for the Killer” was heard spoken.

Ben also performed his musical talents at the Hanoi Grand final and appeared outside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the ‘How good is footy in Asia’ promotional video.

Good luck with all your endeavors in the future and hope to see you in the Swannies gear soon.

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Swannies Under 33’s vs Veterans

Posted by Vietnam Swans on February 21, 2014

Potential match ups for this Saturday when the young bloods take on the the over 33's.

Potential match ups for this Saturday when the young bloods take on the the over 33’s.

The phrase ‘it’s on for young and old’ has never rung truer than 2pm this Saturday at RMIT. With the season hotting up and preparations well underway for the Jakarta tour and ANZAC day this game is more than a battle of the ages. It’s a chance for all Swannies to think about where your game needs to be for the upcoming clashes and work towards this.

A few years ago you’d only find a few Swannies qualifying for the Cygnet team (under 33 years old) but the growth of the Swannies in the last year has seen an influx of young blood. That doesn’t mean the old boys are ready to move over. Saturday promises a hard fought hitout with massive bragging rights and reportedly some surprises to be announced by Irish John for the losers.

Both teams have impressive versatility so the prospective match ups truly are just prospective. None the less there are some mouthwatering match ups across the field.

The Cygnets attack boasts a balance of brute and finesse with Timmay and Tra Vy set to be key targets up forward. It wont be easy though as the old boys in defense happen to be the most reliable Swans key defenders.

The middle provides perhaps some of the most fascinating match ups. Swannies midfields have at times failed to convert ruck dominance into centre clearances. The old boys will look to exploit this with Andy Glendinning looking to use all those years of experience to anticipate the taps and get the ball out to the barely qualified old blokes Tim Burdeu and Josh Daly. The Cygnets trio of JR, Potts and Bella will have to use those young legs all day to try and outgun their opponents experience.

Rather than being old and predictable the older forward line could throw up some dynamic challenges for the young defenders. Asian football veterans Horn and GUS have played Asian football since before their opponents were a twinkle in their mothers eye, these mercenaries of Asian Football have played more games each than the entire Cygnets squad but have already shown signs of turning back the clock in 2014. Look for some crafty play from these guys up forward to try and catch out the cygnets comparative inexperience.

* All ages unconfirmed, player availability also not 100% confirmed, please let Billy know if you can/can’t make it on Saturday.

Bring your red and white tops as well as your playing jumper (for team photo) and be there at 1.30 for a good warm up and to get your hands on the ball. 4 x 15 minute quarters to be played.

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Auskick returns to Saigon for 2014!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on February 20, 2014

The new Saigon Colts jumper designed by Ross McRae.

The football world is abuzz with the news that in Saigon, Vietnam, Auskick is back for 2014.

And the even bigger news is that, in this the Year of the Horse, we are back as the newly formed Saigon Colts.

We also have some fantastic new sponsors on board; OutsourceIT, ANZ Bank and AIS (the Australian International School). With their generous support we are currently in production of the Saigon Colts footy jumpers. For a sneak preview of the magnificent design, see the picture to the side. Thanks to Ross McRae of Ross McRae Design for these… unfortunately the jumpers won’t be ready for a couple of weeks, but the wait will be worth it.

Registration: will take place on Saturday, 22 March 2013.

Membership Fee: This year the full year membership will be VND 700,000 (USD35). This is a little up on last year as we have a proper playing jumper which the kids are going to love. Also included is the Auskick footies and back packs from Australia. Extra Saigon Colts jumpers can be ordered for VND 600,000 (please indicate on your membership form)

Pie Afternoons: Last year we put on two great pie afternoons for the kids so we hope to do the same again this year.

Singapore Tournament: Discussions are in progress about an Auskick Tournament in Singapore later in the year. We are very keen to field the Saigon Colts if we can get the numbers, so stay tuned for more on that exciting news.

So.. to training this Saturday.

Bring your water, towel, sunscreen and hat ready for a fun filled morning.

In order to preserve the football ground, no football boots with studs – Runners or flat sole shoes only!

Where: Australian International School (Thu Thiem Campus, 264 Mai Chi Tho (East-West Highway), An Phu Ward | District 2 |HCMC | Vietnam

Lastly, please note this new email address [email protected] and feel free to contact either Mark (0128 609 3552) or Kev (0128 551 8681) with any questions.

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Congratulations Trent and Keira!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on February 11, 2014

Trent Mears and Kiera Pearce at the 2011 Anzac Day friendship match

Trent Mears and Kiera Pearce at the 2011 Anzac Day friendship match

Last week we had another Swannie tie the knot and marry his long time girlfriend. Trent Mears and Kiera Pearce were married in Taree on February 2nd 2014.

Trent debuted for the Swannies in the 2011 ANZAC game, this was also his first full Aussie rules football game. With no previous footy experience Trent threw himself at every contest with no regard for his wellbeing winning plenty of ball and as a result wining him the BOG elected by The Hong Kong Dragons (the opposition team). Trent went on to be an integral part of the Swannies midfield.

After a move from south to north with work Trent was struck down with a knee that would see him sidelined for a year and consequently not play another game for the Swans. Though a testament to Trent’s character he further injected himself into the Swans in many off-field responsibilities winning him the Clubman of the Year in Hanoi for 2012.

A big thanks needs to go to Kiera also who joined the two ANZAC day games and other events and function where she was always ready to help out the Swans where needed. Whilst not being a big AFL fan your support never went unnoticed, thankyou.

Congratulations to Trent and Kiera on their nuptials and we wish them all the best on their endeavours in the future.

As good friends of many at the club, much love to both of you and hope to see you soon.

Congrats again guys!!!

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