Siagon Alliance Formed!
From Right: Australian Consulate General – Saigon Mr John McAnulty, Ron Fowlie and former NSWAFL President Rod Gillett (now residing in Saigon)
The Queanbeyan Tigers are delighted to have formed an alliance with the Vietnam Swans.
The Vietnam Swans are now based in Hanoi, Hoi An / Danang, Saigon, Binh Duong and Vung Tau.
The original Hanoi Swans played their first international match in Hanoi in November, 2003.
Four years later, August 2007, the Hanoi Swans went national as the Vietnam Swans and debuted at the Asian Championships in Bangkok.
Highlights of the year for the Vietnam Swans include: The ANZAC Friendship Match in Vung Tau, the Asian Championships, the Indochina Cup, the Swing to Swim Charity Golf Day (raised money used to reduce the number of child drownings in Vietnam), friendly matches, AFL Grand Final Parties, Christmas Parties etc, etc.
Further information relating to the Vietnam Swans can be gained by logging onto their website www.vietnamswans.com
Tigers General Manager Ron Fowlie recently visited Siagon and through the Australian Consulate General Mr John McAnulty and Vietnam Swans National President Phil Johns a relationship between the two organisations has been formed.
The alliance calls for each club to promote each other where appropriate. Such promotion would typically occur on the respective websites as well as newsletters and articles.
Fowlie said that the Tigers were “extremely pleased to have formed an alliance / affiliation with the Vietnam Swans and, through this association, both of our Clubs are hopeful of spreading our great game and indeed our respective Clubs to the many contacts involved with both organisations.”
Swans’ National President, Phil Johns, was in complete agreement:
“This is a significant development for the Vietnam Swans. We have long believed that playing footy in Asia does resonate with a growing number of people in Australia. This relationship with the Queanbeyan Tigers will greatly increase the exposure of our Club especially with key events such as the ANZAC Friendship Match, the Asian Champs, the East Asian Australian Football League and the AFL Masters’ second tour to Vietnam.
“In turn, the Vietnam Swans will be able to promote the Queanbeyan Tigers’ key activities to our growing network on our website and through our newsletters. Hopefully the Tiges will plan an end of season trip to Vietnam.”
The Queanbeyan Tigers are the third club to form an alliance with the Vietnam Swans. The other two clubs are the Southern Dragons (Melbourne) and Pyramid Power (Cairns) which gives us exposure in the three states on Australia’s east coast: Victoria, NSW and Queensland.