The Vietnam Swans are attracting an increasing amount of attention from the media – both in Vietnam and back in Australia. The articles, with the most recent appearing first, appear below in pdf format:
36. 20 November. , Footy EFL’s Website. Melbourne’s Eastern Football League runs a story on the 2013 Indochina Cup at which several EFL umpires officiated.
35. 14 November. , World Footy News.
34. 12 November. Australian Football in Asia. Big Footy Podcast Interview by Jason Lassey with President of AFL Asia and Vietnam Swans, Phil Johns.
33. 12 November. Australian Football in Asia by Jason Lassey. . Article about footy in Asia and Vietnam based on interview with Phil Johns, President of AFL Asia and Vietnam Swans.
32. 11 November. by H S Manjunath. Phnom Penh Post. Reports on the Swannies 4th Indochina Cup victory.
31. 10 October. Busy month ahead for Vietnam Swans by Harry Hodge. .
30. 28 September, AFL Asia. Three minute video promo by AFL Asia handballing/kicking the iconic Sherrin in front of iconic landmarks across Asia.
29. 27 September. Australia Network. Bev O’Connor hosts a Grand Final Special that includes an extended interview with AFL Asia President (and Vietnam Swans National President), Phil Johns.
28. 1 September. AFL Grand Final Party. Oi Magazine. Previews the Swannies’ 2013 AFL Grand Final Party and the money the Club raises for charities during the year.
27. 1 September. AFL Grand Final Party. The Guide magazine. Previews the Swannies’ 2013 AFL Grand Final Parties on what is effectively, Australia’s unofficial national day.
26. 23 August. Hong Kong takes out 14th Asian Championships. World Footy News. Reports on the 14th Annual Asian Championships in Thailand.
25. 21 August. . Phnom Penh Post. Reports on the Cambodian Eagles’ performance at the 2013 Asian Championships including the match against the Vietnam Swans.
24. 20 August. Deal or No Deal. Channel 7, Australia. Former Saigon President of the Swannies, Derrin Limbrick, appears on the game show wearing his club shirt. He speaks of the Swans and the charity we support, Swim Vietnam.
23. 19 August. . Australian Chamber of Commerce.
22. 19 August. . City Journal. Reports on the establishment of an umbrella organisation for Asian footy. Includes audio interview.
21. 18 August. . Australia Network News. Reports on Hong Kong’s win in the 2013 Asian Championships and the formation of AFL Asia.
20. 18 August. . Vietnam Television. Interview with National President, Phil Johns about the Vietnam Swans. .
19. 17 August. . Vietnam Television. Interview with National President, Phil Johns about the Vietnam Swans. .
18. 14 August. . World Footy News. Reproduces the official press release on the formation of AFL Asia by Asia’s footy clubs.
17. 12 August. . World Footy News. Reports on Asian Footy’s inaugural summit to discuss the future of footy in Asia.
16. August. Aussie Rules the Roost. The Word magazine. Previews the 14th Annual Asian Championships to be played in Thailand.
15. 2 June. AFL greats at thriller in Manila. Herald Sun. Report on the previous weekend’s Manila Cup at which the Swannies made the semi finals.
14. 1 June. Welcome to the 2013 ANZAC Friendship Match. Winter issue, Chin Up Magazine. Vietnam Veterans’ magazine in Australia publishes welcome address of the Vietnam Swans’ National President at the 2013 ANZAC Friendship Match.
13. 31 May. Tanking scapegoat, , Herald Sun. Connolly extends his contract with Melbourne and mentions his time in Vietnam at the time of the ANZAC Friendship Match.
12. 23 May. , Thanh Nhien News. A report on Swim Vietnam (which the Vietnam Swans support) and the work they do to reduce the number of child drownings in Vietnam. For pdf, click onto
11. 19 May. ANZAC Dawn Service and Friendship Match, Australia All Over, ABC Radio. Peter, a Vietnam Veteran, speaks with Macca about the 2013 ANZAC Dawn Service and ANZAC Friendship Match.
10. 16 May. AFL in Asia. AFL Umpires’ Association. Adam McDonald is a 200 game AFL boundary umpire who now lives and works in Hanoi. He also field umpires at the Asian Championships, ANZAC Friendship Matches and friendlies – as well as craving for an AFL fix.
9. 14 May. Xin Chao Vietnam with Richard Quinn, VTC 10. This television program follows Swannie, Richard Quinn around HCMC for a week. It spends time with him at work, at home, at the water puppets theatre, and of course, with the Swannies (6 minutes for the Swannies).
8. May. ANZAC footy friendly now a Vietnam tradition, Bairnsdale Advertiser (Victoria). Reports on the 2013 ANZAC Friendship Match.
7. 30 April. , World Footy News. Article reviews all the 2013 ANZAC matches that were played around South East Asia, including the ANZAC Friendship Match.
6. April. New Clubs at RMIT. Sport and Leisure Newsletter. Reports on the Vietnam Swans’ efforts to build a mid week club for RMIT’s students.
5. April. The Sporting Life, The Word Magazine, HCMC. Previews the 2013 ANZAC Friendship Match, the EAAFL and teh Vietnam Swans’ 10th anniversary.
4. 19 February. Vietnam alliance formed. website. Reports on the new alliance formed between the Vietnam Swans and the Queanbeyan Tigers.
3. 18 February. Vietnam Swannies in at the birth. Bairnsdale Advertiser. Reports on the new East Asian Australian Football League (EAAFL) and the 2013 ANZAC Friendship Match.
2. 11 February. , World Footy News. Announces details of the East Asia Australian Football League which has been promoted by the Vietnam Swans.
1. 29 January. Eagles clip Swans with second half footy blitz, Phnom Penh Post. Reviews the 2013 Australia Day Match between the Swannies and the Eagles. Includes references to match being the first of the East Asian Australian Football League as well as wearing black armbands for Annie Jesaulenko and Frank Pickering. It was also the last game for Swannie, Brett “Mega” Jotta.
22. 24 December. , Phnom Penh Post. Previews the 2013 Australia Day match between the Cambodian Eagles and the Vietnam Swans.
21. 27 October, Subiaco Post. Austin Robertson writes about the proposal for an AFL Vietnam Veterans’ Day Blockbuster next year in 2013.
20. 27 October, , Subiaco Post. Vietnam Swans’ National President, Phil Johns, speaks about the proposal for an AFL Vietnam Veterans’ Day Blockbuster next year in 2013.
19. 3 October. , The Word Magazine. Previews next month’s 6th Annual Indochina Cup which will be held in Hanoi, the birthplace of the Indochina Cup.
18. October, , AIS School Newsletter. Ms Thao Vo reviews the Vietnam Swans’ 2012 AFL Grand Final Party in Saigon, with lots of photos of the AIS face painters in full colourful flight!
17. 20 September. , World Footy News. Excerpt from the 40 minute Talk Vietnam program on Vietnam Television (see previous post).
16. 14 September. Phil Johns, President of the Vietnam Swans Australian Football Club, Talk Vietnam, VTV1 & VTV4. In this 40 minute TV documentary, Phil Johns is interviewed about the Club in Vietnam Television’s studios. VTV also interviews key people on site at the Vung Tau orphanage and Swim Vietnam in Hoi An which are both supported by the Swans. And, the cameras also film a training session in Saigon.
15. 21 August. , by Minh Phat, Tuoiu Tre News. The Vietnam Swans and the Hanoi Oi’s netballers will run in the Sapa Half Marathon to raise funds for Swim Vietnam.
14. 18 August. , by Shane Hendrickson, World Footy News. Supportive article of Vietnam Swans’ proposal for the AFL to host a dedicated match on Vietnam Veterans’ Day next year.
13. 15 August. , by Luke Anderson, World Footy News. Reviews the 2012 Asian Champs tournament.
12. 22 July, , Jim Heston, CNN iReport. Looks at expat sports in Cambodia and includes a photo of the March 2012 match in Phnom Penh between Cambodia and the Vietnam Swans.
11. 30 June, by Austin Robertson, Subiaco Post. Opinion piece supporting the Vietnam Swans’ proposal for the AFL to dedicate an AFL match next year, in the 40th year of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam, to the Veterans.
10. 27 April. . Bairnsdale Advertiser, Victoria. Review of the 3rd ANZAC Friendship Match.
9. 26 April. , World Footy News. Review of the 3rd ANZAC Friendship Match.
8. ANZAC Week, by Michael Lovett, The Official AFL Footy Record, Australia. The article has photos and stories about the Vietnam Football League using the Lord Mayor’s Oval, now Vung Tau Dog Track during the war.
7. 21 April. , Vietnam Swans. Includes articles/contributions by Vietnam Veterans and AFL Greats including Alex Jesaulenko together with the Australian Consul General and various Swannies. There is also a detailed history of the Vietnam Football League.
6. April. , The Word Magazine, Saigon. Looks at the Vietnam Swans Football Club and previews the 2012 ANZAC Friendship Match.
5. 23 March. St Patrick’s Day in Vietnam, World Footy News. reviews the Combined Gaelic/Aussie Rules Match in Saigon on 17 March 2012.
4. 2 March 2012. , Phnom Penh Post. Previews the match between the Eagles and the Swans.
3. 23 February. . Saigon Times. Previews the 2nd Annual Swing to Swim Charity Golf Day co-organised by the Vietnam Swans.
2. 17 February. . Tioi Tre Newspaper. Previews the 2nd Annual Swing to Swim Charity Golf Day co-organised by the Vietnam Swans.
1. 10 January. Saigon Times. Michael Smith reports on the Inaugural Vietnam-Australia Friendship Match.
32. 2 December, The Saigon Times. . Michael Smith reviews the 5th Annual Indochina Cup, won by the Vietnam Swans.
31. December, The 7th Battalion’s December Newsletter. , by John Carey (who died unexpectedly on 18 January 2012 – just three weeks after attending the Swannies’ annual cricket day at the MCG). Previews the 2012 ANZAC Dawn Service and ANZAC Friendship Match.
30. 14 November. The Australian newspaper. . Article on P14 looks at RMIT University in Vietnam and mentions that its high quality sporting facilities are used by Vietnam’s national AFL team, the Vietnam Swans.
29. November. Nam Cham Vietnamese magazine. Aussie Rules. For English translation: . Original article in Vietnamese: . Article looks at Aussie Rules in Australia: the rules, the excitement, the festival of the finals, its sex appeal etc.
28. 31 October. Tuoi Tre newspaper. . Swannie, Matt Natalotto wins age group in the Bitexco tower vertical run. Includes photo of him wearing his Swannies’ training top.
27. 20 June. and . Articles and photos in two Vietnamese golf magazines regarding the Swing to Swim Charity Golf Day.
26. 8 June. , Saigon Times. Harry Hodge profiles the Vietnam Swans (republished from Saigon Times Weekly).
25. 4 June. , Saigon Times Weekly. Harry Hodge profiles the Vietnam Swans.
24. 3 June. . The Swannies donated nearly $1,000 to the fund after the 2011 ANZAC Friendship Match.
23. June. , Montgomerie Links, Danang. Reviews the previous month’s Swing to Swim Charity Golf Day.
22. June. , AsiaLIFE Magazine. Beth Young interviews Vietnam Veteran and footy player Ron Vernon at the 2011 ANZAC Friendship Match.
21. 20 May. , Golf Industry Central. Reports on the success of the Swing to Swim Charity Golf Day coorganised by the Vietnam Swans.
20. May. The Word Magazine. Previews the Charity Golf Day.
19. 29 April, . The Roar. Reviews the ANZAC Friendship Match and weekend through the eyes of Hong Kong Dragon, Shaun Cooper.
18. 25 April, . Peter Harvey, 6pm National Nine News (via You Tube).
17. 25 April, . Telephone interview with Peter Harvey, 5pm National Nine News (via You Tube).
16. 24 April, . Peter Harvey reports on the match between the Vietnam Swans and Hong Kong Dragons for Channel 9 News (via You Tube).
15. 21-26 April, , AFL Footy Record. Previews Richard “Ossie” Osborne’s trip to Vietnam for the 2011 ANZAC friendship Match and the work being done to help save Vietnamese lives through new swimming initiatives. (Click onto Page 15 of the .)
14. 20 April, , World Footy News. Previews the ANZAC Matches in South East Asia including the Vietnam Swans V Hong Kong Dragons clash.
13. 20 April, , Saigon Times. A look at the touch rugby tournament and preview of the 2011 ANZAC Friendship Match.
12. 10 April, , Sunday Herald Sun. Mentions that funds will be raised at the 2011 ANZAC Friendship Match for swimming initiatives.
11. 1-3 April, “Vietnam Swans kick in to aid NZ quake victims”, . Looks at the Swannies involvement with the Christchurch fundraiser and previews the 2011 ANZAC Friendship Match.
10. 29 March, , The Word magazine. Previews the 2011 ANZAC Friendship Match.
9. 16 March, , Saigon Times. Tokyo Goannas respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Japan following the catastrophic tsunami of 11 March.
8. 12 March, . Saigon Times
7. 11 March, , Mildura Weekly (North East Victoria, Australia). Article also looks at the Cu Chi Tunnels.
6. 2 March, . Official Sydney Swans Website and . Article was published after Sydney donated two jumpers to the Christchurch Fundraiser.
5. 2 March, , Saigon Times.
4. 14 February. . Website of Australian Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam. Reproduces email from the Vietnam Swans National President announcing amount raised for the Queensland Floods fundraiser.
3. 20 January. . The Financial Express, Bangladesh. Reports on footy coming to Bangladesh. One of the driving forces is Pieter Bossink, a former Swannie.
2. 19 January. . Saigon Times. Article reports on the money raised from the Queensland Flood fundraiser in Saigon.
1. 17 January. . Saigon Times. Article reports on the Vietnam Swans co-organising a fund raiser for victims of Queensland floods.
25. 20 December 2010. . Tuoi Tre Newspaper. Article reports on the awards ceremony where 31 teachers were accredited by Austswim. Some of the funding was provided by the Vietnam Swans.
24. Summer 2010. , , . Vietnam Veterans Assoc of Australia Debrief Magazine. Publishes a Vietnam Swans email that previews the 2011 ANZAC Friendship Match and reviews the Asian Champs in Shanghai.
23. 6 December, 2010. , the Official Sydney Swans Website.
22. 6 December, 2010. , the Official AFL Website.
21. 30 November 2010. , Saigon Times.
20. 24 November 2010. , Saigon Times.
19. 20 October 2010. , Saigon Times. Article on the Swannies performance at the 2010 Asian Championships in Shanghai.
18. 11 October, 2010. A Year in the life of a Swan, Vietnam Investment Review. A reflective piece about the Swans 2010 year. “It’s the links in the chain that make the Vietnam Swans story so strong.”
17. 8 October, 2010. , Saigon Times. Reports on Sydney Swans star, Ryan O’Keefe riding through north eastern Vietnam. Also refers to Vietnam Swans assault on Asian Champs the following weekend.
16. 30 September, 2010. , Saigon Times. Article re the AFL Grand Final parties in Hanoi and Saigon and the Vietnam Swans raising a total of VND40million for swimming lessons for Vietnamese children. This figure was actually increased to VND52.625 million (USD2,700).
15. 21 September 2010, , Saigon Times. Previews the Vietnam Swans 2010 AFL Grand Final Party in Saigon.
14. September 2010, , RMIT University’s Roving EyeT magazine.
13. Spring 2010, “ANZAC Day and football”, in the Vietnam Veterans’ magazine, and The magazine republishes the Welcome Address given by the Vietnam Swans National President given at the 2010 Inaugural ANZAC Friendship Match.
12. 3o August 2010, , Saigon Times (pdf version: ). Previews the Asian Championships and reviews the weekend’s Heritage Round match between Saigon and Hanoi.
11. August 2010, , Riding On Magazine (Ulysses Club). Reviews the 2010 ANZAC Day Dawn service and the Vietnam Swans inaugural ANZAC Friendship Match.
10. 2 August 2010,, Cambodian Daily. Review of the Cambodian Cobras Vs Vietnam Swans match.
9. 29 July 2010, , Cambodian Daily. Preview of the Cambodian Cobras Vs Vietnam Swans match.
8. 29 July 2010, , Phnom Penh Post. Preview of the Cambodian Cobras Vs Vietnam Swans match.
7. Winter, 2010, The Vietnam Swans Inaugural ANZAC Friendship Match 2010 (, , ) Vietnam Veterans Debrief Magazine, Winter, 2010. Review of the weekend of the 2010 ANZAC Friendship Match.
6. Winter, 2010, , TPI Chin Up Vietnam Veterans Magazine. Looks at the Vietnam Swans Inaugural ANZAC Friendship Match.
5. 1 April 2010, , Michael Smith, Vietnam News. Looks at two Vietnamese Australians who play Aussie Rules for the Southern Dragons in Australia and trained with the Swannies.
4. 25 March, , Vientiane Times. Reviews the big clash between the Lao Elephants and the Vietnam Swans in Vientiane.
3. 19 March, , Vientiane Times. Previews the big clash between the Lao Elephants and the Vietnam Swans in Vientiane.
2. 19 March, , Vietnam News. Reviews the Vietnam Swans footy clinic with Nathan Buckley and Gary O’Donnell – and the kids from KOTO.
1. 13 March, , Thanh Nhien newspaper, Vietnam. Previews the footy clinic at which AFL Superstars Nathan Buckley (Collingwood) and Gary O’Donnell will participate.
21. December, , HTV7 Saigon TV. Vietnam Swans player, Dave Hadley, appears on the Saigon TV program, Smiling Vietnam.
20. 1 November, , Jakarta Globe. A review of the match between the Jakarta Bintangs and Vietnam Swans.
19. 29 September, , Saigon Times. An article about the visiting Australian naval ship, HMAS Darwin and a preview of the match against the Vietnam Swans.
18. 25 September, , Tim Harcourt, Austrade Website. Describes the diverse role Aussie Rules plays around the world. Reference is also made to the Vietnam Swans.
17. 25 September, The Age. Tim Harcourt, Austrade’s Airport Economist, describes the diverse role Aussie Rules plays around the world. Reference is also made to the Vietnam Swans.
16. 22 September, , Australian Embassy’s website. An article about the visiting Australian naval ship, HMAS Darwin and a preview of the match against the Vietnam Swans.
15. 28 August, , WA Today (Fairfax). The Vietnam Swans and Lao Elephants played a tribute match to Jakarta Bintang player, Craig Senger and others, who died in the Jakarta bombings.
14. 27 August, , Australian Embassy’s website, Kuala Lumpur
13. 12 August, , Corsair Marine Website.
12. 12 August, , Auscham Newsflash, Vietnam.
11. 4 August, , World Footy News.
10. 28 July, , Hong Kong Dragons website.
9. 22 June, , Official AFL Website of the Sydney Swans. Looks at the ANZAC Day match against Thailand.
8. 3 May, , World Footy News. Report on the ANZAC Day match.
7. 2 May, , Bangkok Post. The newspaper reports on our ANZAC Day clash.
6. 23 April, , Bangkok Post. A preview of the Anzac Day clash.
5. 15 April, , RMIT News
4. 9 April, , Yarra Valley Football League Website. The Yarra Valley Football League thank those who organised and supported our Black Saturday fundraiser.
3. 31 March, , Vietnam News.
2. 27 March, (Saigon Businessman’s Weekly) magazine. The article interviews the Vietnam Swans Committee Member, Greg Armstrong (Vietnamese article)
1. 27 March,, Thanh Nhien Daily. Vietnam Swans National President, Phil Johns, explains why it was important to support those affected by Black Saturday.
14. Quarter 3, . A full page story on the Vietnam Swans in the Australian Chamber of Commerce’s Q3 News magazine.
13. 22 August, television. A story appeared in VTV television, in Vietnam News and a number of other agencies re the arrival of HMAS ANZAC and that there would be an Aussie Rules match against the Vietnam Swans. See from Australian Embassy, Hanoi.
12. 19 August, newspaper. The is a repeat of the interview with the Vietnam Swans National President, Phil Johns (Vietnamese article).
11. 15 August, Doanh Nhan Saigon magazine. The article interviews the Vietnam Swans National President, Phil Johns (Vietnamese article).
10. 14 August, , . Scott Stacey, Saigon President and Coach, writes for the Crows website about barracking for the Crows from Vietnam – and the Vietnam Swans.
9. July 2008, , The Word magazine, HCMC. A brief article and photo of Miss Australia and the Vietnam Swans.
8. June 2008, , Club Sponsor, Linfox, includes an article on the Singapore Wombats match in their monthly newsletter, Foxtales.
7. 30 June 2008, , Official AFL Website. Apart from Miss Australia, teh AFL website looks at the Swans new jumper and the progress we have made over the previous 12 months.
6. 29 June 2008, , World Footy News
5. 29 June 2008, , A mosaic of some of the coverage Miss Australia has received, wearing her Vietnam Swans jumper – from the Herald Sun to Fox News to USA Today.
4. 24 June 2008, , Daily Telegraph, Sydney. A photo of Miss Australia wearing a Swans jumper but not kicking a goal for the National Costume competition.
3. 23 June 2008, , A photo of Miss Australia wearing a Vietnam Swans jumper, that appeared on Sydney’s Daily Telegraph website.
2. March, 2008, , Tiger Tales, the in-flight magazine of Tiger Airways has an off-the-couch chat with Swans President, Phil Johns.
1. 1st Quarter, 2008, , The Australian Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly magazine reviews the Swans 2007 Season and then previews the 2008 Season.
6. 3 October 2007, , The Herald Sun, Melbourne. Micky Johnston in the Grand Final Cyclo Parade has his photo taken.
5. August, 2007, , AsiaLIFE Magazine, Saigon. Photo of the Swans’ Peter Bossink at the Asian Championships.
4. 23 July, 2007,, Timeout Magazine, Vietnam. Timeout does a follow up report on the Vietnam Swans inaugural appearance at the Asian Champs.
3. 25 June 2007, , Timeout Magazine, Vietnam. Timeout takes a look at the Vietnam Swans as they prepare for their inaugural assault on the Asian Champs in Bangkok on 14 July.
2. May 2007, , AsiaLIFE Magazine, Saigon. The Hanoi Swans go down to Saigon and take on a footy team made up of predominantly Saigon Geckos rugby players. It’s all part of the build up of forming Vietnam’s first National AFL team and an inaugural appearance at the Asian Champs in Bangkok.
1. March 2007,AFL J Squad, Melbourne. Former Saint, Mark McGough gives J Squad the inside story of the bike ride through Vietnam for CARE Australia – and that match against the Hanoi Swans. Click on
10. 3 November 2006, , The Herald Sun, Melbourne. Brisbane’s triple premiership player, Clark Keating and Carlton’s Dylan McLaren meet Chan the fruiterer in Hanoi.
9. 23 October 2006, , The Vietnam News. CARE Australia brought a dozen AFL players, including triple Premiership player, Clarke Keating, to Vietnam to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.
8. 27 April 2006, , The Herald Sun, Melbourne. Chan does well in Round 4 and sells the Hanoi Swans some tomatoes for 45cents a kilo.
7. April 2006, , Pathfinder Magazine, Vietnam. The Hanoi Swans “Marketing Director” discusses why he wants to market footy in a swirling sea of soccer.
6. 21 April 2006, , Herald Sun, Melbourne. “The Hanoi Swans jogged to the market as part of their training this week to visit guest tipster Chan at her fruit stall.”
5. 19 April 2006,, Herald Sun, Melbourne. Chan slips 6 behind in the footy tipping comp.
4. 30 March 2006, , Herald Sun, Melbourne. The Herald Sun pitted their footy journalist, Geoff Poulter, against Chan the Fruiterer (sourced by ) from Hanoi in a footy tipping competition.
3. 12 March 2006, , Sunday Mail, Adelaide. , a Hanoi Swan and journalist, wrote this article for an Australian audience which gives an insight into life in Hanoi with the footy.
2. January 2006, , Pathfinder Magazine, Vietnam. Phi, a Vietnamese PE teacher at the UN International School, Hanoi, played his first ever match against the Thailand Tigers 2 months earlier. Pathfinder caught up with him for a quick interview.
1. 2 January 2006,, Timeout Magazine, Vietnam. Swans Player, Phil Johns sees how many times he can weave “Hanoi Swans” answers into On the Stool’s general questions.
4. December 2005, , Outlook Magazine, Vietnam. Review of the Swans and their match against the Thailand Tigers.
3. 21 November, 2005, , Timeout Magazine, Vietnam. A preview of the Swans V Thailand match in Hanoi on 26 November.
2. 18 November, 2005, , Herald Sun, Melbourne. A preview of the Swans V Thailand match in Hanoi on 26 November.
1. 23 September 2005, , Herald Sun, Melbourne. A look at the Hanoi Swans the day before the 2005 AFL Grand Final Party.