Saigon Times Sept. 2015: Swans to tilt with Tigers at Ladies’ Day event

VIETNAM SWANS

VIETNAM SWANS

By Harry Hodge
For the Vietnam Swans Australian Rules Football Club, September 26 will be all about the ladies.
The club has two signature events annually for its domestic fans: The ANZAC Day match, hosted at the Vungtau dog track in the spring, and the new autumn classic, Ladies’ Day. The day serves not only as a chance for local women to come down and see fast-paced Australian football, but also to showcase the sport and help recruit new players for both the men’s Swans team and the women’s Gaelic football side, the Ladies’ Saigon Gaels.
“Anyone who comes to a Swans game or event leaves with a bunch of friends for life,” said Vietnam Swans captain Bill Crang, clearly pumped for the upcoming tangle with the Thailand Tigers side. “Most of the successful Australians living in Vietnam are a big part of the Vietnam Swans football club, and this is because it is the best way to keep a connection to the Australian culture while away from home.
“Hopefully Ladies day will encourage a few new Vietnamese players to join the Swans and discover the great game of Australian Football.”
Crang promised exciting end-to-end action for those in attendance. The match at RMIT will feature a fully catered barbecue lunch, two warmup games with one featuring the Gaels playing Gaelic football, and an Auskick demo game for primary school-aged children at half time of the Vietnam vs Thailand game. The games start at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 at RMIT, District 7.

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About hodgedude

I'm a Canadian journalist and teacher, most recently living in Edmonton and Toronto, now located in Ho Chi Minh City. Graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. I've taught English in S. Korea, pulled rickshaws in Canada, taught at a Taiwanese language boot camp, edited newspapers in China and played a French-speaking Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV. I also play Australian football. Pick up a copy of issue one of my independent comic, "Getting Lucky," at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, the Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Spotted Cow Pub, 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon.
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