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

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • Airline says ready for green light to reopen international tourism

    Sky Angkor Airline Co Ltd on September 21 said it is ready to transport South Korean and Chinese tourists to the Kingdom once the Cambodian government makes good on plans to reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers. The Siem Reap-based airline made the remark during a

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in

  • No ‘Crown Prince’ exists to buy France football club: ministry

    The Ministry of the Royal Palace has denied media reports that a Cambodian “Crown Prince” had purchased the AS Saint Etienne football club of France’s top-flight LIGUE 1 at the cost of €100 million ($117 million). In a press statement on September 19, the ministry stressed that Cambodia