Vietnam Swans Men vs Cambodian Eagles
1st Quarter – Swans 7.2-44 lead Eagles 2.2-14 by 40 points
In what was their second international match in 2 weeks at the SCG the Swannies got off to a flyer in the first quarter. Dominant in the middle from the outset, Pete got on the end of a midfield clearance to notch the opener of the game after a cool left-footed finish. The Cambodians struggled to find a match-up for Villa with the Swans capitalising on the size advantage and finding him numerous times to get a strong lead at the quarter-time break. For the Eagles, they were able to hit back on the counter with pace and quick forward entries.
2nd Quarter – Swans 13.5-83 lead Eagles 3.3-21 by 62
In the 2nd term the Swannies midfield continued to flex and found more options going forward as Wayno looked more dangerous with a gather and handball off to Tish who in a BOG display finished strongly. Across the backline, Nath and Bill really limited the opportunities for the Cambodians and provided a lot of drive out of the defensive 50.
3rd Quarter – Swans 18.6-104 lead Eagles 4.4-28 by 76
The 3rd quarter continued with more of the same with Jono giving the mids first use. Vinh Diesel was solid at ground level as usual terrier Dino continued to pressure the opposition with relentless tackling. Cam in his international debut for the Swans made his size and athleticism felt, clunking grabs and spoiling marks. Alana and Wayno both kicked impressive goals in the quarter by evading strong tackle attempts and finishing nicely.
Final Result Swans 22.13-135 def Eagles 5.5-35 by 100 Points
In the only quarter where inaccuracy hurt the Swans the midfield demonstrated their ability to run out a game, barely losing a clearance for the quarter. Coops was able to find more grunt whilst Kev took over duties well at FB with Billy done for the match. Teaguey got on the end of a nice passage in the forward 50, slotting a goal from an impossible angle whilst Steveo in his first game for the home side kicked a goal on debut to put some icing on the cake.
It was a fantastic hit-out from both teams in the lead up to the Asian Champs in October. Both teams took away plenty from the match and will be better for it in their respective divisions in next months tournament.
Paul Villanova – 7
Wayne McMahon – 3
Pete Mac – 3
Cam Pirret – 2
AFLW – Vietnam Lady Swans Vs Cambodian Apsaras
The second half of the 2022 season has seen the Lady Swans hit the ground running with two wins so far. The weekend just passed saw the Lady Swans have a great hit out with one of their best rivals the Cambodian Apsaras, the Apsaras have such a strong core of local players who came out hard contenders showcasing some really strong ball skills and tackling. The game was fearless, with girls getting the ball out of congestion, lots of handballing, strong tackling and great teamwork from both teams.
A low-scoring game in the first half, but the Lady Swans came out fierce in the 3rd qtr managing to convert on the score board. Irrespective of the age or nationality of all the women involved in the game on the weekend, AFL has brought these girls together. The development of AFLW in Asia and especially in Cambodia with all bar players Cambodian nationals is exactly what these clubs are about. Once again it was fantastic to see Cambodia really showcase their local development. We look forward to the upcoming Asian Championships and our next hit-out.