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The Official Vietnam Swans 2008 AFL Grand Final Parties in Hanoi, Saigon, HCMC & Ho Chi Minh on 27 September.

Which team?

Posted by hanoiswans on September 26, 2008

The then Hanoi Swans underneath the big screen in 2005

In 2005, the Sydney Swans triumphed over the West Coast Eagles in an absolute “ball-wearer”. Thanks to Bubbles (not his real name according to his birth certificate), he had the (then) Hanoi Swans assemble under the Big Screen when Paul Roos and Bad Barry held the Cup aloft.

And have a look at that Swans signature photo shoot! A classic, never-to-be-forgotten, photo.

In 2008, we know the Vietnam Swans will be in both Hanoi & Saigon. We also know that we will be doing our traditional photo shoot during the presentation ceremony.

But one nagging question: will it be Geelong or Hawthorn holding the Cup in the background?

To see the story that Geelong published on their website during the year about the Vietnam Swans, click on .

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Hanoi hawks Melbourne jumper

Posted by hanoiswans on September 26, 2008

In Hanoi, the Vietnam Swans will auction this Melbourne jumper

The Melbourne Demons have very kindly donated this amazing footy jumper to the Vietnam Swans which has been signed by all the the players.

In addition, Hanoi has a jumper from the Sydney Swans - also autographed by the entire team (and there is a second Sydney Swans jumper in Saigon).
Hanoi will auction both the Sydney and Melbourne jumpers during tomorrow’s Grand Final Party.
The particularly generous support being received this year by the Vietnam Swans is greatly appreciated. 2008 has been a big leap forward for us with Grand Final parties in both cities.
Meanwhile, yesterday’s “Age” Newspaper ran a story with the headline, . The article mentions what an incredibly important cultural event the Grand Final is for Australians living abroad. Grand Final Parties are held everywhere “mainly in Europe and the US but also in Tel Aviv, Hanoi and Samoa”.
Go you Swannies in Hanoi!!
The article also carries a photo of the local team in Prague wearing jumper, maker of the Vietnam Swans jumper. Rooster, always keen for a burst of publicity, contacted the Blog to tell us it was his jumper. He argued, “I really treally deserve my own category on your Blog - (especially) as 4 of the 5 international finalists in the ‘Australia’s favourite footy jumper’ competition were created by the home of the World’s Most Wanted Footy Jumpers… and one with a design inspired by the world’s most wanted man”.
The Vietnam Swans reminded the Rooster that he was a feather duster before we presented him with the design for our new footy jumper.
The Blog suspects that the Rooster will not be hearin’ us… Hearin me?

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Grand Memories of Vietnam

Posted by hanoiswans on September 23, 2008

Last year, Di and Neil from Bairnsdale in Victoria (Australia) were in Vietnam for the 2007 AFL Grand Final.

Di wrote to the Blog this morning to declare that, “We are suffering this week, thinking back to where we were this time last year floating around in Halong Bay.

“We wish you a fantastic Grand Final Day and wish we could be there again. We still have the big banner from last year (Ed’s note: We had been wondering where that banner had got to!) and it will be displayed proudly at home on Saturday at our own Grand Final Day bash”.

Di and Neil, it was great having you at our Grand Final Party last year and we thank you for the update! There’s no doubt that Aussie Rules and AFL Grand Finals are particularly special in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, less than special was the news that Di also tried - but was unable - to vote for the Vietnam Swans jumper in the “Australia’s favourite footy jumper” competition.

Di says, “I tried a couple of times to vote for the best jumper (we’ve assumed Di was voting for ours…) but couldn’t get the vote to go through”.

If the Blog received just one vote for every person who says they couldn’t get their vote through in that competition, we might have memories rather than delusions of grandeur!

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Grand Final Fever hits Vietnam

Posted by hanoiswans on September 23, 2008

Adam Cooney climbs over the pack to win the Brownlow

The Brownlow

All was revealed tonight when the Western Bulldogs’ Adam Cooney (Woof, woof!), won the Brownlow and declared he had only passed Year 11 because “my mum did most of my homework for me”. 
What wasn’t revealed, however, was which team will win next Saturday’s AFL Grand Final. Can Gary Ablett Jnr emulate the hurculean feats of Gary Ablett Snr and boot 9 goals in a losing Grand Final appearance against the Hawks? Will Luke Hodge use Brereton’s and Dipper’s stoic performances at the 1989 Grand Final to help him get through the pain barrier with his rank ribs next Saturday? Or will the Cats just go back to back? Plain n simple?

Maybe we need to stick to what we do know… 

Vietnam Swans host Grand Final Parties in Hanoi and Saigon!!

Yes, this year, the Vietnam Swans are hosting Grand Final Parties in both Hanoi and Saigon (see attached for full details). The men, ladies and children will be spoilt with breakfast, lunch, Tiger Beer (Hanoi), Foster’s Lager (Saigon), Sangria (and some wine in Saigon), Margaritas (Hanoi) and Jim Beam (both cities). Truly, something for everyone.

We’ve also got some big ticket AFL jumpers to auction off – 2 Sydney Swans jumpers signed by the Sydney boys (Hanoi & Saigon), a Carlton jumper signed by Judd (Saigon), a West Coast jumper signed by Kerr (Saigon), a Melbourne jumper signed by the players that matter… (Hanoi) and a St Kilda jumper signed by the players that matter (Saigon).

Plenty of fun; plenty of action at both events. Tickets in Hanoi cost $30 today and $35 at the door. In Saigon, it’s just 500,000VND but book now to avoid disappointment.

We’re still keen to have more prizes on the day so if anyone can track down a voucher from a restaurant or an afternoon having your hair and nails done, let me know.

Grand Final Cyclo Parade, Hanoi

The 3rd Annual Vietnam Swans Annual Grand Final Parade is on in Hanoi this Thursday night. Starts at 6pm at Le Pub at 25 Hang Be Street, Old Quarter. It’s the crazy pub crawl in a cyclo clad in club colours that people talk about. Quite possibly, it’s the most fun you can have in your footy jumper.

Bookings essential. See for full details or contact Micky Johnston at     

Looking for a new job?

If life back at work after the Grand Final seems less than exciting, you may want to consider a career change. If so INTO University Partnerships is looking for a Regional Manager to “foster the development of educational ties between the UK and Vietnam through a range of measures” as detailed in the attached job description. 

Honk yer horn if you love footy


At the beginning, middle and end of the day, from the top to the middle to the bottom of the country, people are honkin’ their horns because they love the footy.

Woof, woof! Honk, honk!  

It’s all good.

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Vietnam Swans 2008 AFL Grand Final Parties

Posted by hanoiswans on September 21, 2008

The Vietnam Swans will give you One Day in September to remember!

On Saturday, 27 September 2008, from 9am - 4pm, the Vietnam Swans will host Grand Final Parties in both Hanoi & Saigon.

Click on Grand Final Parties for full details. Then, let the Vietnam Swans give you One Day in September to remember!

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3rd GF Cyclo Parade - more than before!

Posted by hanoiswans on September 20, 2008

Last year’s Grand Final Cyclo Parade gets a mention in the Herald-Sun

The Vietnam Swans are pleased to release more than before.

Yes, now we will tell you everything about the 3rd Vietnam Swans Grand Final Cyclo Parade that will kick off at Le Pub, 25 Hang Be Street, Hanoi at 6pm on Thursday 25 September 2008.

For $20 you will get “initial finger food”, drinks between venues in your Grand Final Cyclo, bia hoi food, your own cyclo for three hours and Le Pub’s expert marshalling staff.

We start at Le Pub and then it’s off to Red Apron (Ly Thai To Street), the Polite Bar, Culi Cafe, bia hoi, and then back to Le Pub. It’s Buy Your Own drinks at each venue.

Tickets to the Vietnam Swans 2008 AFL Grand Final Party will also be on sale during the Parade - for just $30. This represents a $5 discount compared with door prices on Saturday.

For more information, contact Michael Johnston at 

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The 3rd Grand Final Cyclo Parade, Hanoi

Posted by hanoiswans on September 19, 2008

The Vietnam Swans Grand Final Cyclo Parade

Do not be so focussed on next week’s Vietnam Swans AFL Grand Final Parties that you overshoot the Vietnam Swans 3rd Grand Final Cyclo Parade!

On Thursday 25th September, the Grand Final Cyclo Parade will kick off at Le Pub, 25 Hang Be Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Basically, it’s a pub crawl through the Old Quarter in Cyclos dressed up in club colours. Everyone dresses up in their favourite footy colours (Adam usually dresses in Richmond’s colours as ”A Tribute to 9th Place”). Not surprisingly, most of us will be wearing our new Vietnam Swans jumpers.

It’s great fun and gives the Vietnamese another opportunity to reflect upon the strange ways of foreigners. Back in Australia, the event is seen as a novel curiosity and so, last year, the of organiser, Micky J in his Cyclo on the night.

The fun will start at 6pm on Thursday 25 September at Le Pub, 25 Hang Be Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi. The price is 200,000VND. All are welcome and bookings are essential (because we need to book the cyclos!). Contact Le Pub, or for further information.

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The Weekly Wrap

Posted by hanoiswans on August 1, 2008

The Vientiane Victory


Last weekend in Vientiane, the Vietnam Swans had their first ever victory on foreign soil. In the Vientiane Victory, the Swans piled on 80 points to the Lao Elephants 55pts. Sammy Grigg snagged 7 sausage rolls in a match winning performance. Big Drew claims he helped Sam with at least 9 of his 7 goals! (Unheard of!) Regardless of whether that’s true, posters of Sam are appearing alongside mirrors at many of the barber shops that grace Vietnam’s footpaths.


Match reports can be found below on this website and also at


The Asian Champs


One week out from the Beijing Olympics means we’re just 5 weeks out from the 9th Annual Asian Champs in Singapore on 6 September. Flights and accommodation are being booked and fundraisers are about to start. This week, the organizers of the Champs unveiled the official logo for the Champs (see above).


The Sydney Swans have offered us 2 Tommy Sherrin footies to help us with our assault. All we need to get our hands onto the footies is to find a carrier pigeon to bring them here from Melbourne. If you’re coming back from Melbourne, please contact us.


If you need to taste the footy on the park in Singapore, we’re not surprised. Contact us!! We are actively looking for more players and tourers. We need more!


A Tri Nations Tournament in November?


Following the success of last year’s Tri Nations Tournament in Hanoi between Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, the Thailand Tigers have suggested we do it again in November. Venues being considered are Laos, Cambodia or Saigon. Details to be confirmed.


The Official Vietnam Swans 2008 AFL Grand Final Parties


Organisation for theVietnam Swans 2008 AFL Grand Finals Parties in both Hanoi and Saigon / HCMC / Ho Chi Minh on 27 September is well underway. We’re cranking up for a cupla crackers.


If the truth be known…


If you’re not honkin’ yer horn in this country, yer not lovin’ yer footy.

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It’s official: 2 Grand Final events in Saigon

Posted by hanoiswans on July 23, 2008

Helen d'Amico enjoys the 1982 Grand Final with Bruce Doull and Jimmy Jess

Do you remember?

This year’s Grand Final will mark the 26th anniversary of the 1982 Carlton-Richmond Grand Final. It was special because of Helen d’Amico’s famous run in the third quarter chasing Bruce Doull while wearing nothing but her Carlton scarf.

Perhaps more memorable will be this year’s live telecast of the AFL Grand Final in Saigon… For the first time ever, Saigon will host two organised GF events - the long established Saigon Saints Grand Final Brunch and now, the Official Vietnam Swans 2008 Grand Final Party!

As an active footy club, the Vietnam Swans, who hold an awesome Grand Final Party in Hanoi, were naturally very keen to be involved in the hosting of an AFL Grand Final event in Saigon. Accordingly, we approached the Saigon Saints with a proposal for a joint function. After careful consideration, the Saints advised that they preferred to keep total control over their event. It didn’t come as a complete surprise when they informed us given they had put up their Grand Final posters around town five days earlier!!

In Thailand, the Australian Chamber of Commerce hosts an event at a 5 star hotel while the footy club, the Thailand Tigers, host a separate event at Witches Tavern. The two events are successful because they cater to different markets making everyone a winner.

Saigon will be very similar. The Saints have already secured the 5 star Sheraton Hotel and a very solid following. The Vietnam Swans are aiming at a different market that isn’t looking for the “Corporate Box”. Accordingly, as the AFL Grand Final is played at the MCG, the People’s Ground, we believe it’s very fitting to host our Grand Final Party where it is accesible for people - at the People’s Venue (details coming shortly).

It’s amazing to think that, this year, Saigon will host two Grand Final events and the Vietnam Swans will host Grand Final Parties in both Hanoi and Saigon. Footy is actually showing some very positive signs in this country!

To see a very funny re-enactment of Helen d”Amico chasing Bruce Doull in a Toyota commercial, click on the . “Doully has gone ber-serk…” Very funny.

But will 2008 in Saigon be more memorable than 1982?

Honk yer horn if you love footy.

Honk, Honk.

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