Life Members
  • Nicholas “Nicko” Shiells
    Nicholas “Nicko” Shiells

    Years Active: 2008 - 2014

    Inducted: 2013

    Position/s: Centre and forward (never backline)

    Awards/Honours: Saigon President, Saigon Committee

    About:

    Nicko’s passion for the Swannies and for footy in Asia knew no bounds. On the field, he loved nothing more than bursting through a pack and unloading a raking kick at goal. Upon booting a goal at his so-called Vung Tau “Dog Track of Pain” on ANZAC Weekend, Nicko’s clenched fists would push down to the ground. The veins in his throat would pop out as he roared to the heavens, exhorting more. Off the field, he was a strategic thinker for both the Swannies and Asian footy. His No. 10 jumper lives on with the Swannies.

  • Damien “Damo” Judd
    Damien “Damo” Judd

    Years Active: 2007 - 2018

    Inducted: 2016

    Position/s: Backman, Ruckman

    About:

    Damo was a rock for the Swans, steamrolling many opponents as a defender and ruckman. He was the fifth Saigon-based member of the Swans, with a club career stretching all the way back to 2007… right about the time the Swans started winning some games!

    A veteran on tour, very few of the Vietnam Swans have played more games than Damo. His return to Sydney saw all the local bars of Saigon wear black arm bands for a week.

  • Mark “Willy” Williams
    Mark “Willy” Williams

    Inducted: 2016

    Position/s: On Baller, Ruck Rover

    About:

    Willy first became involved with the Hanoi Swans back in 2003. Upon a chance visit to the Al Fresco’s Pepperonis restaurant Willy’s life would change direction, as he discovered a group of AFL blokes who wanted to see football grow within Vietnam. Later in that year, under the direction and guidance of Swans stalwarts like Wayne ‘Bubbles’ Tinlin, Mick Francis and Paul ‘Potsy’ Beasy, Willy was fortunate enough to play in the Hanoi Swans’ first international tournament against the Hong Kong Dragons and Thailand Tigers.

    Willy left back to Australia at the end of that year but would then eventually resettle in Hanoi in 2008. He enjoyed his time with the Vietnam Swans in the north over the next four years to eventually become the Hanoi President in 2009-11. Willy took part in many tours including Malaysia, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia playing mainly as a ruck rover. Willy captained the winning northerners side which played the southern Swans in the first Vung Tau match in 2010. A young growing family saw him return to Melbourne in 2011.

    Willy still takes a keen interest in the mighty Vietnam Swans and enjoys the catch up and comradery that goes hand in hand with the annual MCG Swannies Boxing day. And as Willy would say, “Go you Swannies!!’

  • “Billy” Crang
    “Billy” Crang

    Years Active: 2009 - forever

    Inducted: 2016

    Position/s: Fullback

    Awards/Honours: Captain, Runner-up Best and Fairest

    About:

    Billy arrived in Saigon with a limited football pedigree, more interested in heading to the beach than a football field. He unassumingly began training and touring with the club, with his debut on the ANZAC tour to Kanchanaburi way back in 2009 (where the Club enticed him as a photographer). He quickly found success as a key position player in defence.

    Billy was instated as captain of the Swans during one of the semi-regular periods of upheaval that most expat sports will be familiar with. It was in this role that he grew to create a huge impact across all areas of the Club. In a 4-year period he became involved across on and off field issues and helped shape the Club’s ongoing development into what it is today. He continues to support on the committee and uses his experience in the Club’s growth to continually help develop our direction, balancing our past successes and strengths and new opportunities and challenges.

    In 2019 he will head deep into defense in his 11th ANZAC Match in Swans colours, 10th in Vung Tau. It’s a testament to his durability within the Club’s playing group.

  • Adam Macdonald
    Adam Macdonald

    Years Active: 2012 - 2016

    Inducted: 2016

    Position/s: Umpire Extraordinaire

    About:

    Adam bought unique level of expertise behind the whistle to the Swans. With a career officiating at the highest level including at a packed MCG on ANZAC Day Adam was able to bring quality and fairness to Swannies games throughout his time in Vietnam. As the hardest job on the field by a mile, a professional and reasonable approach behind the whistle ensures all competitors have a better game experience. Adam was kind enough to travel far and wide with the Swans bringing that level of quality on field

    But on field officiating was just the beginning, as the GM of Hanoi West Lakes Intercontintal hotel Adam provided a huge amount of support to hosting and organizing the Hanoi AFL Asia Grand Final Party during his time in Vietnam. Crowds grew year on year as Adam and his team put on by far the best show in town helping put the Swans Grand Final Party in the North on the map as the biggest and best party in town.

    Adam also gave time to via the Hanoi Committee to continued club development and his insights from the highest levels of the sport in Australia were huge in our growth through his time in Vietnam.

  • Dan “Crazy” Hopkins
    Dan “Crazy” Hopkins

    Years Active: 2009 - current

    Inducted: 2016

    Position/s: Centre Half Back, Full Back

    Awards/Honours: Hanoi Committee

  • Dan Morrison
    Dan Morrison

    Years Active: 2012 - 2017

    Inducted: 2017

    Position/s: Backman

    Awards/Honours: Saigon Committee

  • Kyle Hackenberg
    Kyle Hackenberg

    Years Active: 2010 - present

    Inducted: 2018

    Position/s: Forward

    Awards/Honours: Saigon Committee (2012-2015)

    About:

    Kyle is our 8th inductee as a Life Member of the Swans.

    Big Kyle turned up at training in mid-2010 aged 43 not having touched, let alone kicked, a Sherrin Footy in his life. Over the years, Kyle built a reputation of always supporting his mates and having a go. He was as tough as they come, never taking a backward step. His old rugby league skills were unique amongst the Swans, especially his “don’t argue” fending. Kyle even kicked a few goals over the years.

    Off the field, Kyle fulfilled many support roles for the club by assisting the committee over a few seasons. He was also a regular at grand final events, becoming a legend for his raffle selling abilities. He also supported training with the best drinks selection. Most importantly, Kyle always reached out to new members to make them feel part of the Swannies.

  • Andrew “Andy G” Glendinning
    Andrew “Andy G” Glendinning

    Years Active: 2012-forever

    Inducted: 2018

    Position/s: Midfield, Forward, Coach

    Awards/Honours: Manila Cup & Multi ICC Winning Coach

    About:

    Andy G is our 9th inductee and bought a strong footy pedigree to the Swans as a player. Dangerous around the stoppages and with an uncanny goal sense, Andy added wily experience to the Swans and could be relied on in clutch games.

    It was during Andy’s 3-year stretch as player-coach that the Swans won several Indochina Cups and also the Club’s first major tournament win against all-comers: a stirring victory at the Manila Cup in 2015. He’s always helped off-field, volunteering at key events like our Grand Final Parties and ANZAC Day games in Saigon.

    Andy’s family have become a part of the Swans. His bucks was a memorable Swans tour to Bangkok, his wedding to the beautiful Yen one of the greatest Swans functions ever and Kien had become a regular fixture on Swannies tours by the ripe age of 1 year old!

    With a comfortable family life built in Saigon connected to the Swans, Andy G will long be a huge part of our club’s continued growth.

  • Ron and Ailsa Vernon
    Ron and Ailsa Vernon

    Years Active: 2010 - present

    Inducted: 2019

    About:

    Ron and Ailsa have been a huge part of the charitable activities that surround the ANZAC Friendship Match. They’ve supported the Centre for Social Protection of Children for a long period of time, raising over $100,000 AUD (at last count) to assist disadvantaged children.

    In addition to a strong history of supporting charities in Vung Tau, Ron actually played in the team that claimed the very first premiership of the Vietnam Football League. These days, Ron speaks at the ANZAC Friendship Match to pass on the key messages he’s learned to the next generation of players. As a player at the Vietnam Swans, it’s an honour to be addressed by Ron and it’s an essential part of the ANZAC Friendship Match.

    In 2019 (on the eve of awarding Life Membership to Ron and Ailsa), Phil Johns interviewed Ron about his work with charity and his reflections on the ANZAC Friendship Match:

    The Vietnam Swans are very grateful for Ron and Ailsa’s ongoing support. You might also be interested to read our interview with Ron and Ailsa from 2018.

  • Stan Middleton OAM
    Stan Middleton OAM

    Years Active: 2010 - present

    Inducted: 2019

    About:

    Stan has fulfilled a vital role in connecting the Vietnam Swans to the history of the Vietnam Football League. Stan played with 2AOD in 1967 and 1968, and has been a driving force in keeping Veterans who played in the Vietnam Football League together over time. As a result, Stan had access to a large trove of historical photos and records. He’s written extensively on the topic and has been an incredible resource for the Vietnam Swans to learn about the history of footy in Vietnam.

    Stan is also highly active in supporting charities in Vietnam, including Water Safety Vietnam.

    In 2019 (on the eve of awarding Life Membership to Stan), Phil Johns interviewed Stan about his important role with the Swans and in other communities:

    The Vietnam Swans are very grateful to Stan’s support and that of his wife, Sinh.

    In 2019, Stan was also recognised for his service to the Veteran community with an Order of Australia (OAM).  You can read more about Stan’s OAM at our announcement of the news.

  • Glenn Nolan
    Glenn Nolan

    Years Active: 2010 - present

    Inducted: 2019

    About:

    Glenn Nolan has been involved with the ANZAC Friendship Match since the very first game in 2010. When the Vietnam Swans were trying to get the game to happen, Glenn was a vital ‘yes’ man that made it all possible.

    He’s subsequently played a key role in making the event better each year and building strong connections with charities in Vung Tau. Glenn has also been a key focal point for the Vietnam Swans to engage with the wider Vung Tau community.

    Glenn has built a staggering collection of Swannies memorabilia over the years. While the Vietnam Swans don’t currently have a clubhouse, Glenn has promised to deck out any new facilities with prized items from the collection.

    In 2019 (on the eve of awarding Life Membership to Glenn), Phil Johns interviewed Glenn about his important role with the Swans in starting and building the ANZAC Friendship Match over 10 years:

    The Vietnam Swans are very grateful to Glenn’s support and that of his wife, Trang.

  • Dan Lucardie
    Dan Lucardie

    Years Active: 2007 - 2019

    Inducted: 2019

    Position/s: Defender

    About:

    Dan Lucardie is our 14th inductee as a Life Member. Dan has been a club legend for over 13 years. Based in the North of Vietnam, he has been an all-round contributor and supporter throughout his time.

    Dan was a true defender on the field, but his debut for the Swans was noteworthy! He kicked 6 goals in his very first tournament at the Indo China Cup in Laos in 2010.

    Dan was a significant contributor off the field, focusing on youth development. As a family man, he has been heavily involved in Auskick programs in the North, including programs with UNIS.

    Thanks for all your support Dan, and best of luck for your return to Australia!

  • Mairead ‘Maz’ Scanlon
    Mairead ‘Maz’ Scanlon

    Years Active: 2012 - 2017

    Inducted: 2019

    Position/s: Full Forward

    About:

    Maz provided a unique energy to the Swans over 5 seasons. She brought passion and action to the committee, driving off-field events like the Asian Champs in Saigon, ANZAC Day and several Grand Final parties.

    Perhaps even more importantly, Maz’ love for the game helped us establish the links to grow an active group of Ladies playing the game. This group went on to take the field in the first ever AFLW game in Asia at the 2016 Champs in Saigon. This set the scene for the subsequent debut of the Lady Swans in 2018.

    Congratulations Maz!

  • James ‘Jimmy B’ Bairstow
    James ‘Jimmy B’ Bairstow

    Years Active: 2014 - 2019

    Inducted: 2019

    Position/s: Ruck / CHB

    Awards/Honours: 2018 B&F, 2x RU B&F, Leadership Group

    About:

    Over six seasons in Saigon, Jimmy B grew into an on- and off-field pillar of the Swans. A club like the Swans moves significantly over that time period and Jimmy has stayed constant throughout.

    Jimmy’s played a leadership role when the Swans were on the field. An early high point was BOG in the Swan’s win in the 2015 Manila Cup.  He’s maintained this level since, taking out the 2018 Best & Fairest and being a key part of the leadership group in 2018 and 2019, two of the Swans most successful on field seasons.

    Off field, Jimmy has continued to grow his input, driving the overall committee direction whilst elevating the Swans’ online communications. Comms help the club to grow, gain awareness amongst sponsors and community, and further develop our key concepts like AFL-X, local development and AFL Grand Final events.

    On and off-field this contribution has had a huge impact on the Swan’s direction and strength.

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