Hall Of Fame
  • David “Flyer” Kainey
    David “Flyer” Kainey

    Years Active: 2003 – present

    Inducted: 2012

    Position/s: Defence / Interchange

    Awards/Honours: President of the Hanoi Swans 2003 - 2005

    About:

    David ‘Flyer’ Kainey originally from Jakarta Bintangs, Robert Spur (one of Asias greatest footballers) bestowed on him the nick name of the ‘Bogor Flyer’, likening the trip from Bogor to Jakarta with the trip from Geelong to Melbourne (ala Bobbie Davis – the Geelong Flyer). Developing junior football in Indonesia and Vietnam was a passion. The Flyer has also been known to sleep with his footy.

  • Mick Francis
    Mick Francis

    Years Active: 2001 - Present

    Inducted: 2012

    Position/s: Ruck, full forward

    Awards/Honours: Was a founding member of the club when it became the Hanoi Swans. I think i was President then but once the beers wore off i don't think anyone remembered the vote.

    About:

    Mick Francis launched Friday night footy in Vietnam at Pepperoni’s in Hanoi. He played at full forward in the Swans inaugural tour in Malaysia, memories of those days are a little sketchy but he may have even kicked a goal.

    Arriving in Hanoi in 1999 Mick started working with Jacko at the Alfresco’s Group. In 2004 he started his own business in Hanoi called the Vietnam Backpacker Hostels, which is still going strong in all major spots in Vietnam. In 2012 he started a hospitality company which includes awesome pubs like the Moose and Roo and the Republic. Mick loved being involved with the footy club, and believes it’s amazing what it does in all aspects of our community.

  • Scott Stacey
    Scott Stacey

    Years Active: 2003 - 2008

    Inducted: 2012

    Position/s: Forward pocket, Coach

    Awards/Honours: Inaugural Saigon President (2007)

    About:

    First training session was at the Army dirt oval in Hanoi but I can only remember half of that as I was stretchered off due to lack of oxygen. Played in the inaugural game and believe the only touch I got was a Falcon in an otherwise unattended forward line that rebounded straight to a defender.

    Played in the first away game in KL (2005) and the first Asian champs in Bangkok (2007) at which I had an illustrious coaching record of 0-4.

    My main contributions were off-field and helped organize the travel to KL, Cambodia and Bangkok, brought in Andy Wall and Jim Beam to the Swannies and with Fabulous Phil Johns, helped expand the Swannies to HCMC in 2007 and was the inaugural Saigon President of the Vietnam Swans.

  • Angus “Birdman” McEwin
    Angus “Birdman” McEwin

    Years Active: 2003 - Present

    Inducted: 2013

    Position/s: Bench, Flank

    Awards/Honours: National Captain (2006-2008), Life Member (2009)

  • Michael “MJ” Johnston
    Michael “MJ” Johnston

    Years Active: 2004 - Present

    Inducted: 2013

    Position/s: Wherever someone short and slow is required, Coach of Al Fresco's All Stars.

    Awards/Honours: Rick Tewavas "Spirit of the Swans" Medal, Cannonball Run 2013

    About:

    Having heard about a mythical group that had once played a 3-team tournament and now watched footy in Ha Noi, I climbed 4 flights of stairs at Pepperoni’s to find a dark room and a bewildered staff member saying “not here any more”. So ended my first training session. They didn’t get any easier in the humidity at Dead Cat Stadium, but there were always plenty of liquid replenishment stations nearby.

    Magic Moments:
    First Thailand Tigers match at My Dinh Stadium (2004).
    First OS match in KL (2005).
    First Asian Champs in BKK (2007) with my shoulder used for mark of the tournament.
    Semi-finals at Singapore Asian Champs- we didn’t kick a goal against Wombats or against Dragons in the previous match, but we got there!
    Discussing ANZAC Matches with Phil Johns after Kanchanaburi and realising we wouldn’t be invited back for at least a decade, so why not do our own thing.
    Wanting to be seen as more than just a bunch of ex-pats kicking the footy and drinking beer, then spending 2 years searching for a worthy charity to support in the form of Swim Vietnam.
    Inaugural Central Vietnam Games in 2015.
    Playing with people from bucketloads of countries.

  • Phil “Fabbo” Johns
    Phil “Fabbo” Johns

    Years Active: 2004 - 2014

    Inducted: 2014

    Position/s: Forward pocket

    Awards/Honours: Vietnam Swans President, Hanoi Swans President, Marketing (Hanoi Swans), AFL Asia President

    About:

    Three most influential people: Dave Kainey for introducing me to the world of footy across Asia. Scott Stacey and Mark Stennett for being key allies in establishing the Vietnam Swans and AFL Asia respectively.

    Most significant year: 2009. (Now the late) Ex POWs Bill Haskell and Ernie Redman at the Thailand Tigers’ ANZAC Commemorative Match in Kanchanaburi (Thailand) and Australia’s Black Saturday Bushfires for showing me how footy in Asia can touch people’s lives in extraordinary ways.

    How good’s footy in Asia!

  • Rowan Luke
    Rowan Luke

    Years Active: 2011-15

    Inducted: 2015

    Position/s: 2 games (forward pocket and bench)

    Awards/Honours: Club Treasurer 2011-2015

  • Travis Fennell
    Travis Fennell

    About:

    (Induction speech made by Mick Francis)

    It’s a great honour to be able to speak on behalf of the Vietnam Swans to introduce Travis into the Hall of Fame. 

    Trav’s journey started way back at the inception of the footy club in 2002, so that’s 15 years in the making. Over those years Trav has shown qualities of loyalty, dedication, work ethic and mateship in all aspects of the club from player, committee man, coach, major sponsor, leader and now he is a true statesman of our club.

    As a player the word “Silky” comes to mind. A beautiful kick of the football he is a Rolls Royce of a player. His racking right foot boot set up many a chance for our forwards. He was always organising his backline and asking any effort from midfields to f@#$ing run back. He was a leader on field and when he spoke people listened.

    Committee Man – Trav showed the same qualities as he did on the field. His commitment to the club was shown when the great dismissal occurred of 2010. He showed his loyalty and the passion for the club – it doesn’t matter who you are don’t mess with the club! Trav reminded us that this club is always bigger than 1 person.

    Major Sponsor – Putting his money where his mouth is Trav’s company Wide Eyed Tours is our major sponsor and will continue into the future. I think 5 years so far. To support the club in this way he once again shows his loyalty and passion for this club. For all we want to achieve as a club it takes money to make it work. Without Trav’s financial commitment than the club will not be able to achieve its goals the way it would like.

    Trav is the perfect bloke to have here in the Centre of Vietnam to develop it with the support of the club. The Swannies will continue to grow, as we have seen this weekend we know what can be achieved, we look forward to this event becoming an annual fixture on our calanders and to be bigger and better each year.

     

     

     

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