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Local Derby: Saigon Saints V Hanoi Hawks/Swans, Nha Trang

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 14, 2008

For those who haven’t caught up on the gos, the luckless Vietnam Swans went down to the Malaysian Warriors last weekend by just 100 dodgy points.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: so now we’re as strong as an ox and looking forward to a guaranteed win for half of us in the next local Derby:

Match: Saigon Saints Vs Hanoi Hawks/Swans

Date: Saturday 19 April 2008

Location: Nha Trang

Time: TBA 

The last couple of local derbies have both been played in Saigon. Nha Trang will be a brave new world. Also happening on the same weekend will be a rugby match between the Saigon Geckos and the Hanoi Dragons.

There is likely to be some support from the Australian Embassy to help celebrate the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam. Making it even more special is the fact that 2008 marks the 150th birthday for Aussie Rules (not in Vietnam but in Australia). As if that’s not enough, the Vietnam Swans will take advantage of the opportunity to farewell the latest; this time, Sensational Sam Grigg.

Cheap domestic airfares (and trains), no visas and $10 accommodation options should ensure that we have heaps of players for the Saigon Saints and Hanoi Hawks/Swans. To prove me correct, register your interest in coming to Nha Trang by .

At the beginning, middle and end of the country, it’s all footy.

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Different camera angles

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 6, 2007

The beauty about playing in major international championships is that you have heaps of camera angles to see what really happened.

Here, Bossink bares his teeth and says to Thailand’s Cameron Sinclair, “Come and get me!”. So Cameron did and laid the tackle. Hate that.

Surprisingly, Cameron says that his origins are Kiwi and rugby. Really? We would like to see a third camera angle to confirm that statement.  

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Ed returns to Tassie, weather and surf

Posted by Vietnam Swans on June 27, 2007

The Mighty Mr Ed who left Vietnam a week ago has arrived back in Tasmania.

Ed reports that it’s “all great Down Under – except for the -4 temperatures on arrival. Got through shearing, lots of beers with the boys and of course, back in the water. First surf got hailed on in 8 – 10 degree water. Gotta love Tassie”.

Tassie will be more loveable when global warming has kicked in.

This photo may not be of Ed, but it is proof of Tassie’s decent surf!

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Beauty(ies) and Beast

Posted by Vietnam Swans on June 7, 2007

Nice Jumper Phil! (Jaspas, Hanoi, December 2004)

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More Gifts to the Warmhouse Orphanage

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 28, 2007

Swans Super Star, Mr Ed & his lovely wife, Kate, recently took Kate’s folks to meet the staff and students from the 19-5 Warmhouse Orphanage.  They presented a big bag of educational and recreational materials donated by Gekko Trails NZ, which were gratefully received.  Students at the orphanage are always looking for new books and writing equipment, so if anyone has spares please pass them on. 

Thanks Roger & Jenny Wilson for providing the gifts donated by Gekko Trails’ customers, and Sue and Wally Talbot for taking time out to have a bit of fun with the students.

Footnote: When asked by the media about how successful the day had been for the children, Gekko Trails NZ and themselves, Mr Ed simply said, “Gowwwwld”.

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Stunners Stalk Swannies

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 24, 2007

It’s not unusual for stunners to stalk stars of the . After all, we’re elite athletes and they’re only human. Last weekend, Austrade’s Australian Schools Open Day in HCMC was no exception. Seizing a photo opportunity, the Vietnam Swans presented each of these “Swanettes” with a Vietnam Swans hat in memory of the occasion. When asked if they would like their special hats personally autographed, they told us, “Don’t worry about it”!

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Touch Team Tantalisingly Teased

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 23, 2007

Special thanks to Captain Touch, the Big Texan, Mighty Matt Otto for this report -

The Hanoi Swans Touch Team entered the 3rd Annual Dragons Touch Tournament last weekend and performed fabulously - but just missed out capturing the Cup in a nail biting Final against Al Fresco’s.

Losing to Al Frescos in the first match of pool play, the Swans regrouped to beat UNIS Touch in a 4-3 victory to move into the knock-out comp. The first semi-final game was against defending Champs, Jafa. A tight first half was followed by a thumping as Jafa ran out of steam against the deep bench of the Swans in a 6-1 defeat.

The Swans then took on Al Fresco’s again for the Final and jumped to an early lead, only to see that tied at the end of the game due to some big plays from their star back Alec, the fastest guy on the pitch. A sudden death, drop off- play off ensued whereby each minute, both teams lost a player.

The Swans almost had the Cup sealed until the whistle blew back the clever scoring combo of Vinay and Mick Growder for a forward pass! After that, we were down to 3 players each and it was only a matter of time before young Alec broke around the end to score and win it for Al Frescos.

Your fabulous Swans this year in the photo above were from Left to Right:

Vinay Greenwood, Matt Otto, David, Mic Growder, Tung, Vuong, Sue Woodbury, Sue McKeag, Liz, Van, Christine

Many thanks for your efforts out there and well done for keeping the Swans in the title match 3 years in a row now.

Special thanks also to MJ and DT for the jumpers and support on the day with the new Swans QBE Hats!!

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Swans Sign up 30 for the Champs

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 22, 2007

Today, the announced that their 30th player/official had signed up for the Club’s inaugural appearance at the Asian Championships in Bangkok on 14 July.

Who was Mr 30? None other than Club Legend (he supplied us with Pepperoni Pizzas during the original viewings of Friday Night Football), Mick Francis, the Pied Piper of Hanoi.

When presented with a bouquet of flowers, in Vietnam soccer match style, to celebrate the 30 signatures milestone, Mike was shy and retiring.

But when the ball bounces in the Champs, there’ll be nothing shy and retiring about this giant of a man. Oooooh, does he love a bit of pig skin!

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Swans Captain announces, “I’ll Play!”

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 20, 2007

In news just to hand, the Swans’ Captain, G-Train McEwin, who suffered a crippling blow to his shoulder against the Saigon Geckos on 21 April, today announced to a packed and breathless media room: “I’ll play in the Champs”.

This is a big boost to the Vietnam Swans campaign which will be looking for the experience of the longest serving captain to guide this hybrid, relatively inexperienced team, at the highest level – international football.

The G-Train’s inclusion brings the touring party’s number to 27. The team comprises players from Hanoi, Saigon and Laos. Additionally, ex Hanoi players now living in Sydney, Canberra and Singapore will also play. Rumours have started to circulate that a couple of players from Cambodia are also likely to make the trip.

To find out more about the upcoming Asian Champs .

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Pagoda waits 1,000 years to see Swans’ hat

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 20, 2007

famous One Pillar Pagoda has waited 1,000 years to see a decent hat. Although there was stony silence at the timber pagoda, it is believed that the efforts of DT’s (Daryl Taber’s) mate, Bill, were appreciated.

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Images of Aussie Rules in Vietnam

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 8, 2007

Check out more photos of the .

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Hanoians Liberate Saigon

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 7, 2007

The Hanoi Swans claimed a moral victory on the weekend when we liberated Saigon by helping them throw their preference for rugby out the window. The Saigon Geckos footy department put on a powerhouse performance and beat the Hanoi Swans 99 to 53 (see  for full details).

Attached are some photos taken by RMIT’s Landon Carnie. He did a top job and has a full set of action packed pics at

It was a fabbo day and special thanks are due to:

Saigon Geckos Rugby Club – promoting the event, loaning us a number of their players, their kit, their goal posts and their goal umpire flags (which we didn’t use due to a lack of goal umpires on the day)

Landon, RMIT – organizing the oval, installing the goal posts and being our photographer

FV Hospital – providing an ambulance and doctor who were in attendance during the entire match

Scott Beasley – organizing the water, eskies, ice and beers

BJ, Jaspas – providing the eskies and ice

Scotty Stacey – being a driving force in making it happen and being able to get to footy training, on most occasions, in both Hanoi and Saigon

Rob and Ash – being two sensational field umpires on the day

The Original Hanoi Swans – Captain Gus, Chris, Matt, Micky J (who also does a stunning job with the footy jumpers), AB and Scotty Stacey. This is the second time these guys have traveled to Saigon for a footy match which is a sensational effort. And thanks to all the guys from Saigon – and Thailand Tiger, Chris Thwaiter – who pulled on a Swans guernsey to help out with the numbers

Joe – putting the promo poster up in a bar in Pham Ngu Lau which caught the attention of gun recruit, Nuggety Noam

Now, the Asian Champs on 14 July is looming. Footy training in Saigon will resume at 2.30pm on Saturday 5 May which is the week after the coming long weekend. DT/MJ will advise arrangements re Hanoi. For the Asian Champs, we’ll need every player we can possibly get so get to training in both cities as often as you can. Also, spread the word.

It’s still to be confirmed, but it seems that Singapore may not be the richest team in this year’s Champs. The rumour is that Dubai will send a team, all expenses paid, in a sponsorship deal worth $40,000. But can money alone bring you happiness?

For those locked into the Asian Champs, the Australian Socceroos will be playing on both sides of the Champs. On Friday the 13th, they play Iraq at 5:20pm. On Monday 16th, at 7:35pm, they play Thailand. For ticketing information, try

I’ll give you the tip: it no longer surprises me that Vietnamese honk their horns because they love footy.


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