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    Biggest and best Grand Final Parties across Vietnam
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    The Swans take on Asia's best. Season's key event where the Swans will take on the strongest teams in Asia including the Hong Kong Dragons, the Singapore Wombats, the Jakarta Bintangs, the China Reds, the Bali Geckos, The Cambodian Eagles, the Thai Thaigers, the Malaysian Warriors and the hosts, the Philippine Eagles.

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Saigon AFL 9’s Grand Final Day

Posted by Vietnam Swans on February 3, 2015

Saigon’s first ever AFL 9’s competition came to an end on 24th January with a blockbuster finals day, coupled with Australia Day celebrations. Over the course of the 4-round tournament (with a special International Rules event in the middle), we saw around 75 men and women join in to try out the modified rules format, with some huge improvements seen in many players by the end.

Penny and KrystalThe first game of the day was the battle for 3rd place, with Dan Morrison’s Commonwealth Bank team taking on Siobhan Synnott’s Spotted Cow team. With captain Siobhan partying it up in Singapore that weekend, it was up to Bill Crang to take the reins. The Commonwealth team were boosted by the cameo appearances of Luke Philpott and Siara North, while the Cow team welcomed newer arrivals Ben Armstrong and Colum John. In what was a close game skills-wise, it was the Supergoals of Penny, Jo and Maz that got the Commonwealth Bank team over the line in the end.

The main attraction of the day was the hotly contested grand final between two powerhouse teams, Tuan Nhan’s Dragon Industries Asia team, and Kelli Trinidad’s Wide Eyed Tours team. The Dragon team was (as usual) warming up and psyching out well before the match began, while Kelli seem somewhat Wide Eyed at the lack of attendance of many of her team. Luckily, James Teague brought a raft of Irish lads down to help bolster numbers. The Dragon team came out firing, with a whitewash first quarter that could have sealed the game early. However, the Wide Dragon Industries Asia AFL 9s winnersEyed team came firing back in the second and third quarters, with some fantastic forward presence by Penny (who has managed to play on three teams over the tournament) bringing the margin very close. The final quarter was a great battle, with both teams as determined as each other to reach victory. However, a final hour goal from Tim Pickert confirmed the win for the Dragon team, who were without doubt the most focused and determined team of the series.

Dan awardPlayer-of-the-tournament awards went to Penny Wilmott and Dan Morrison for their solid and consistent performances on the field, as well as their dedication with umpiring and on-the-day tasks. A huge congratulations goes to the Dragon Industries Asia team for their mighty performance over the tournament, as well as to all new players who stuck with it and saw their skills improve every week. Big thank you’s to all team captains, as well as Andy G, Nath Milner, Sean Milner, Billy, Tim Burdeu and Penny for help with umpiring.

The day’s festivities continued with some “backyard” cricket with members of the Saigon Australia Cricket Club, as well as touch rugby with the Saigon Geckos. The cricket proved to be a great hit, with Canadian Christine finding her new sport. The “one-hand-one-bounce (as long as other hand contains beer)” rule certainly made for some entertaining watching, to round off a fantastic day of sport at RMIT.

It is expected that the 9’s series will become a regular “off-season” fixture for the Swans and Gaels, so be sure to watch this space towards the end of the year!

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Footy was the real winner – 2014 Indochina Cup Report

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 22, 2014

The Vietnam Swans have been unsuccessful in their bid to win an unparalleled fifth straight Indochina Cup title, with an honorable defeat to hosts Thailand Tigers to finish runners up with a 3-1 record. However, it was the inaugural game for the Embers coached Indochina All-stars team that took the headlines in a historic day for the development of footy in Asia.

An exceptional touring party of around 50 Vietnam Swans players, girlfriends, boyfriends, groupies and supporters descended on Thailand over the weekend of 15-16 October for the 9th ICC, one of the club’s largest ever traveling parties.  Some Swannies proving their commitment to the cause, going way beyond the call at great financial cost to get there, the Vietnamese aviation authorities apparently not showing much sympathy for late arriving Presidential delegations at Ho Chi Minh airport.

Those that made their flights gathered Friday night with players from the Thailand Tigers, Laos Elephants, Cambodia Eagles and AFL Asia’s newest and best named club, the Myanmar Fighting Cocks, for a couple of quiet powerades at a respectable Bangkok establishment and watch Micky Malthouse blow another head gasket after yet another Carlton fade out.

The excitement was starting to build throughout the night and into the morning, particularly so for some of the younger Swannies contingent, several players making their ICC debuts. The two hour early morning bus to Pattaya allowing a quiet moment of reflection before the intensity and heat of the day ahead.

Swannies firing up for the first game of the day

Vietnam 2.3.14 def Cambodia 1.1.7
The first game of the day for the Swannies but the second for the Eagles, having defeated Laos in the tournament opener. However, it was the Swans that came out the more aggressive team, opening their account through yet another Joe Vile special from deep in the right pocket that he has made his own. An almost uncanny replica of his game opening goal just a few weeks prior in KL.

The Swans feathers had plucked up and they should have doubled their score soon after with a delightful gather and run along the boundary from David ‘SOS’ Skowronski that ended with a his Hanoi comrade Grant Keys and a few others flat on their backs. The big man making a meal of SOS’ unselfish chip to him in the goalsquare, fluffing a great opportunity to put some space between the teams.

Hanoians Joe and SOS happy with their efforts up forward against the Cambodians

Only one goal separated the teams at the half but the Cambodians came out of the halftime huddle the more aggressive team, breaking the goal drought early in the second and just missing another to tie the scores, the pressure right on the four-time reigning champions as their first ever loss to their border rivals became a real possibility.

Enter Mitch Hyde, the midfielder sensing an opportunity to enter Swans folklore gathering the footy right in front of the Swans bench as the clock ticked down, breaking through the pack at full speed, promptly sitting an Eagles player on his arse and proceeding to slot in the game winner from 40 out on the boundary to see the Swans home by a goal. Stuff of dreams really.

Thailand 5.3.33 def Vietnam 2.2.14
The Swannies barely had time to recover from the Eagles scare when they were back on the field against a well stocked and organised Thailand Tigers squad, in what transpired to be the deciding game of the tournament.

The first half was evenly poised with both clubs going in one goal each at half time, Timmy Burdeu with a fine snap that rewarded the Swans for their intensity at the ball. The second half was all the Tigers, opening the second with three straight goals. Another SOS goal bouncing through from a booming center square punt giving the tourists some hope of a comeback before a late Thailand sealer saw them home by a well deserved three goal margin.

The irrepressible James Bairstow giving his all against the Tigers

Myanmar 3.3.21 def Cambodia 2.6.18
Not an official Swannies game but significant and worth recording for the fact it was the Fighting Cocks first ever ICC win with a number of Swannies players in true AFL Asia spirit answering the call to help out the Cocks by pulling on a jumper.

Significant also for Swannie Penny Wilmot, defying the boys club edict that she could not play to not only pull on the boots, but making a significant step forward for equality in Asian footy by contributing well across the ground and kicking an important goal for the Cocks, controversially ending any chance Cambodia may have had of an ICC title.

The Swannies Fighting Cocks

Vietnam 5.1.31 def Myanmar 3.3.21
Another close affair, with the majority of the Swans engine room choosing to line up once again for the Cocks in a show of good will following the Cambodia defeat. However, this provided a great opportunity for many all of the Swans interchange to gain valuable game time, with the Viet contingent of Aaron Mai, Tuan Nhan, Khoi Nguyen Le and Vuong Kim particularly impressive in their first Swans appearance, inspiring all with some aggressive tackling and intent at the ball.

Also impressive was a fired up Timmy Clements, slotted into his familiar full forward position after the coaching staff moved big Keysy up the ground to try and get him his first kick of the day.   Full of voice, the Swans were unable to deny him the ball after some strong leads to see him slot home two goals for the game.

Vietnam 5.4.34 def Laos 2.1.13
With Thailand securing their ICC title by defeating Cambodia in the previous game, pride was on the line against a Laos Elephants team who had been impressive all day, beating the Cocks and only loosing to Thailand and Cambodia by a goal.

The game evenly poised at half time, it wasn’t until after a half time spray from Coaches Andy, Bill, Gus and several others reminding the boys of the pride that comes with pulling on a Swans jumper that the boys clicked into gear to put away several second half goals to see them home, a nice over the shoulder snap from young Hanoian Scotty Mills a stand out.

Indigenous All-stars 3-4-22 def Kangaroos 3.1.19
A great end to a fantastic days play at Pattaya with several Swannies making history by playing for and against the first ever all-Indochinese team, coached by former West Coast Eagles champion and Norm Smith Medalist Andrew Embley. The game went down to the wire but much to the delight of the crowd, the local boys holding on for a well deserved victory.

Andrew Embley with the Indochina All-stars Viet contingent

All that was left was the boat race, with Vietnam getting off to a great start, only to be hampered by some terrible beer sipping further down the line. Kelli Trinidad unlikely to get another call up to the boat race squad, who showed some good signs of improvement after their demolition in KL. The squad will be sure to continue to refine its line up and get in plenty of practice before the Asian Champs.

While not able to reclaim the Cup, it was only happy smiling faces over several plates of Pad Thai and Green Curry at a magnificent after game street feed, many staying on an few extra nights to enjoy the magic that is Bangkok.

Big thanks to tour leader Tuan Nhan and to all the support staff that made the trip over for a what proved to be a magnificent weekend for all involved. The 2015 ICC will likely be in Saigon so plenty of incentive there for the Swans to reclaim the Cup, with the 5th victory banners and Cup plaque already printed up thanks to the foresight of Billy Crang and Gussy Mcewin!

All photos copyright of of Kelli Trinidad – Thanks Kel!

More pics on the Swans facebook page

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The Swans’ World Wide Web

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 10, 2008

You may recall that the recently contacted the Vietnam Swans inviting any of us who are thinking of travelling to London to start playing with them (obviously keen to start winning a few premierships).

The have also said that they will put something on their website and in their weekly newsletter about discovering another brother club in Vietnam.

The were keen to know when our season typically starts and finishes (well, we’re 24/7 – 52 weeks) and who we play against (ever heard of the Asian Champs???).

The word is spreading and you never know, we might even have a bank of London Swans (yep, “bank” is the collective noun apparently for Swans) visiting our shores one day for a tour. 

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London Swans invite Vietnam Swans

Posted by Vietnam Swans on January 6, 2008

The Vietnam Swans have just received an email from the London Swans. In short, if you are going to London, you are more than welcome to join the London Swans (the email has been reproduced below).

Hi Vietnam Swans,

I got your email off a website that lists Australian Rules Football Clubs.

I am Recruitment Manager of The Swans Australian Rules Football Club – one of the founding clubs in the British Australian Rules Football League (BARFL).  We have teams based in London and in Brighton, UK.  We also have links to a Ladies Gaelic Football Club based in London.  We have a great club atmosphere, proud players and are always looking to make the game bigger here in the UK and globally.

As such, we are looking to establish links with other Footy Clubs worldwide and in particular Swans Footy Clubs!

So if any of the lads (or the ladies) heading to London and want a great place to start London life, the Swans always welcome new players and can help provide a welcoming base to get amongst European Adventures and enjoy playing footy in the UK.

Best Wishes and a Happy New Year

Peter Cridland

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“Rooster wins German Flag”, reports Rooster

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 19, 2007

In Breaking News from 1 September, our early morning friend, Mr Rooster has recently and selflessly reported, “Rooster wins German Flag”. 

The match was also won by the Rheinland Lions over the very strong and very Australian Munich. Rooster says the Lions are “mostly German, and our best players are all German…  the Aussies are too old.”

“This was the toughest match of footy that I have ever played in Europe…  the ground was full size (at least as full size as the SCG is), and the pressure and tackling was amazing… the crunching tackles were relentless with some of our German players showing real footy nouse.

“The win took place on September 1st in Koln, Germany…  just 5 years and 1 day since I lead the Lions onto the paddock for the first time in Dusseldorf when we hosted a tournament at the end of August 2002.”

To read more on the Grand Final – and to see a photo of the often-heard but mysterious Rooster handing out some European Rep footy jumpers in Finland (supplied by Big Rooster Footy), click on .

For more background info, check out the .

Finally, Rooster concludes… “By the way, it’s about time I had my own category on your blog too”.

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Hearin’ a herd of Elephants in Hanoi

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 15, 2007

It’s official: The Laos Elephants will tour to Hanoi and play against the Vietnam Swans and Thailand Tigers in a 3-way tournament on Saturday, 17 November in Hanoi.

The Swans sent our official photographer, Iva Biggin, to Laos to capture the reaction of the Elephants. As you can see from the photograph, the Elephants were very excited to hear that they would be playing in their first international tournament.

Bill Lawry“And why wouldn’t you be excited?” asks Bill Lawry. “It’ll be the first international to be played in Hanoi since March of last year, the first time the ‘Vietnam Swans’ have ever played in Hanoi, the first time the Elephants have ever fielded a team and the first time the Tigers have been seen in Vietnam since November 2005. I’m as excited as an Elephant right now”.

Thailand Tigers Coach, Mr Fish has said that the Tigers will put up the Burke-Roos Cup for the tournament. The Swans and Tigers have played for the Cup twice and both times it Fish and the Burke-Roos Cuphas fallen into the hands of the Tigers. The Swans will be keen to redress that situation in November.

Fish is a supporter of a tournament without a Grand Final… “Given how well the Swans host (a tournament) and how well the Tigers take advantage of Hanoi as good hosts, let’s keep it to two games each and then top of ladder wins tournament”.

Fish could be a lawyer for Grand Final Platinum Sponsor, . He presents a very convincing and succinct case.

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Pt 2, Swans Footy Schedule: Elephants energise!

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 12, 2007

The Laos Elephants were threatening to tour Vietnam on the weekend of 24th November – just one week after Thailand’s tour.

But that fell over for two reasons: it’s unlikely that anyone from Saigon would make two flights to Hanoi in as many weeks. Secondly, the UNIS oval is unavailable that weekend.

So, now the prospect of a round-robin between Vietnam, Thailand and Laos on the 17th November has been raised. Marty Sharples from the Elephants describes it as a potential “veritable football feast”.

The proposal is now being discussed at the highest levels – but is not expected to have any influence on the timing of the next federal election in Australia. 

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Pt 1, Swans Footy Schedule: Sharks succumb

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 12, 2007

Saturday, 20 October, RMIT, Saigon: Vietnam Swans V Brunei Sharks – Game off.

Earlier in the week, the Swans received an email from the President of the Brunei Sharks, Justin Kennedy, requesting that their tour to Vietnam be postponed. The Sharks have a problem that the Swans are all too familiar with – that it’s difficult to travel.

Justin says that “we only had a small squad as it was. With some injuries (3), people heading home for birthdays (2) and some bad excuses (2) (including the guy to the side who was eaten by his mother)  we’ve been decimated down to a bare and weak dozen”.

No worries, Justin. Sharks often succumb to Swans…

The Brunei Sharks have an open invitation to tour to Vietnam whenever you can.

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Vietnamese overcome determined Samurais

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 11, 2007

has reported that last Tuesday night (4th September), “Melbourne-Vietnam… defeated in what is becoming an annual match between the two sides. Around 50 people braved very cold conditions in Melbourne to see the home side run out 13-7-85 to 6-9-45 victors, at Elgar Park in Box Hill.

“The Vietnamese squad, comprised mostly of players performed strongly, but were frequently tested by a Samurais outfit keen to avenge . Recognition should be given to the Japanese players, their coaching and support staff and Troy Beard on the side’s continually improving performances. A full report on the Samurais tour will follow in the next few weeks.”

Meanwhile: a reminder to Vietnam Swans players… If you would like to travel to Japan at the beginning of October and play in the Narita Cup, we have an invitation from Box Hill North (the Mother Club of the Melbourne Dragons) to join them. More details about the Narita Cup will be posted shortly.

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Photos of Vietnam Swans Vs Hong Kong Dragons

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 7, 2007

Thanks very much to the Swans photographer, Landon Carnie, who has taken some fantastic photos from last weekend’s block buster match between the Vietnam Swans and the Hong Dragons.

If you like the look of the photos and are hungry for more, Landon has put the rest of his photos on his (just click the hyperlink).

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Dragons Dominate

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 2, 2007

Special thanks to Kev Dacey – who goal umpired and played (no official complaints have been received yet from the Hong Dragons about that!) – for preparing the following match report from yesterday’s game between the Vietnam Swans and the Hong Kong Dragons.

Following on a hard night of partying at The Office and sundry other bars round Saigon as part of the Jackal’s farewell tour the Hong Kong boys plus one soon to be wife arrived at RMIT by bus and immediately started a serious warm up.

Coach Scotty Stacey was looking worried. Not only were we playing in the Saigon Geckos jerseys, the shorts had still not arrived and at 1.45pm he only had about six or seven players. Eventually Daryl Taber arrived with the shorts from Hanoi and players drifted in, or in some cases were coerced into having a run.

President Phil almost didn’t make the starting side as the coach was considering benching him for his late arrival. With the assistance of the rugby boys, a number of new debutants in Danny Armstrong, Matty Johns and Tom Shanahan, Scotty was able to announce a starting side and had four on the bench.Prior to the match the umpire called both sides into a huddle and Pago did his usual MC trick and presented the Jackal with a women’s wig and liberally applied lipstick to his mouth. Not a good look but set the tone for a good afternoon.

The game commenced under leaden skies with the rumble of thunder in the distance accompanied by some viscous lightening, causing some nervous glances at the sky. The heavens opened up just as the match got under way and the game understandably suffered. The Dragons jumped to a early lead with a couple of quick goals from Besty and the Swans / Geckos replied with a neat soccer goal from the Pres and another from BJ and went to quarter time only four points down.

The second quarter developed into a hard slog in the wet conditions with the Dragons kicking three goals whilst Vietnam managed a couple courtesy of Tom Shanahan and Daryl Taber. The sides went to half time with the Dragons leading by one goal three behinds. Not a bad effort considering we were missing many of our better players and some of the troops had only met as they ran on to the field.

Super Coach Scotty gave his usual morale lifting speech at half time and implored his players not to worry too much on the lightning which was hitting the ground just over a mile away and to concentrate on making sure the Dragons hit the ground just as frequently.

The third quarter belonged to the Dragons as they kicked four goals to a solitary sausage roll from the Pres to give them a comfortable four goal buffer at three quarter time. The Dragon’s ring in from the WAFL continued to impress and had obviously played some good football in his day. Just too classy for the Swans.Scotty rung the changes at the short break but it was not enough to halt the rampaging Dragons. With Besty holding strong marks at full forward and Mals roving the packs well the Dragons kicked seven goals in the final quarter, including one by the Jackal to the delight of his team mates.

Vietnam’s sole contributor was Scotty who neatly twisted and turned his way through a big pack to slot home a goal. The goal umpire and the Pres swapped jerseys for the last five minutes and even this wasn’t enough to add to the Vietnam total and the Dragons eventually ran out winners by ten goals to send the Jackal out in style.

Final scores: Hong Kong Dragons 16/14/110 Defeated Vietnam Swans / Geckos 6/7/49 

Goal scorers: Dragons Best 7, Mals 4, Davis, Knights, Lips, Jackal, Matty.  Swans Johns 2, BJ, Shanahan, Taber, Stacey

Special thanks to the central umpire Richard Beecher. And to goal umpires Biggles and KD for putting up with the wet conditions.

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Will the Swans be short on shorts?

Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 1, 2007

Amazing scenes last night could spell disaster for the Swans today in their keenly awaited match against the Hong Kong Dragons.

Swans Micky Johnston was scheduled to take a Vietnam Airlines flight last night at 9pm from Hanoi – with the Swans shorts. By 11pm, VNA were saying his delayed flight (and the flight before his) would leave at 2am!

At 11.30pm, Vietnam Airlines decided to just cancel the flights and try again this morning after a good night’s sleep. That wasn’t enough for Mick who had reached the end of his tether.

Mick’s given the shorts to Taber who is scheduled to fly to Saigon today – subject to the timely arrival of the aircraft.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Dragons were in fine form last night. The Jackal, enjoying his farewell tour, was punished by his team mates with a frightening selection of drinks.

As one Dragon said to the Swans Blog, “if the Jackal gets one kick today, the Swans will need to take a long, hard look at themselves”.

Hearin’ ya loud and clear.  

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