Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Eagles meet Swans in Australia Day clash

Eagles meet Swans in Australia Day clash

The Cambodian Eagles (in blue and yellow) and Vietnam Swans
The Cambodian Eagles (in blue and yellow) and Vietnam Swans will meet in Ho Chi Minh City for the annual Australia Day match. Photo Supplied

Eagles meet Swans in Australia Day clash

The Cambodian Eagles will kick off their 2014 Aussie Rules Football campaign when they head to Ho Chi Minh City in just under two weeks for the annual Australia Day clash against arch rivals the Vietnam Swans.

The Eagles finished last season with a runner-up berth in November’s Indochine Cup only to go down to the Swans. The loss came after having beaten the Vietnamese at the start of the year in Phnom Penh in the all-important January 26 match.

The Eagles are bracing themselves for a far tougher season this year as the team is in rebuilding mode following the exit of much of last year’s starting line-up.

“We lost a lot of players in the offseason but we welcome some fresh blood into the side who will shore up the team and keep the club running smoothly,” Eagles coach Grant Fitzgerald told the Post yesterday.

“Cambodia and Vietnam have a fantastic rivalry which has seen close, hard-fought matches over the past few years and we are expecting another tough game ahead of us,” added Fitzgerald, a native of Perth who is currently working for local investment company Devenco.

The Eagles-Swans clash is expected to attract a huge crowd and will be the focal point for the Australia Day weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, with food, drinks and Australia-themed activities running alongside the match.

The star attraction of the day, however, will be the presence of Tony Morwood, who is a Sydney Swans Team of the Century member, Hall of Fame inductee and the club’s general manager for business development.

“It is a rare privilege for players and spectators alike to have someone of the stature of Tony Morwood in our midst,” Fitzgerald said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court

    Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a

  • Cambodia nabs 12th place in best retirement destinations

    Cambodia is an expatriate hotspot for those dreaming of living a more luxurious lifestyle at an affordable cost, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019. For the fourth year in a row, Cambodia took the top spot in the Cost of Living category.

  • EU starts EBA withdrawal

    The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”. However, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said

  • PM: War result of foreign meddling

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that Cambodia’s recent history of conflict was caused by foreign interference. “The wars that happened were caused by provocation, incitement, support, smearing and interference from foreign powers, and the group of ignorant people who pushed Cambodia to