Turn Up and Support UNIS Hanoi Phoenix Teams

Do not miss the important sports event coming up! Please join our UNIS Hanoi team on the days at the following locations/events and show your Phoenix spirit:

HAC JV Soccer Tournament @ ISV (Saturday, 16 March)

UNIS Hanoi Badminton Invitational (Saturday, 16 March)

Varsity Girls Soccer vs University of Science @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday, 16 March, 9.30-11.00)

JV Girls and Boys Soccer vs CISH @ UNIS Hanoi (Monday, March 19, 16.00-17.30)

MS Spring Production: Homework Eats Dogs And Other Woeful Tales by Alan Haehnel (Friday-Saturday, 22-23 March)

March Madness Swim Gala (Saturday, 22 March, 8.00-12.00 )

HAC Varsity Soccer Cup @ SPAS (Saturday, 22 March)

Varsity Boys Soccer @ PVF U16 (Saturday, 22 March)

GO PHOENIX!

JV Boys Basketball Recap

Our season started with a bunch of freshmen and only three returning players from last year’s team, so we didn’t have much experience going into the season. After closely losing a season-opening game we realized that we had a lot to grow as a team. So we worked hard in practice and focused our efforts.

In January we had two tournaments: JV Invitational tournament and HAC tournament.

Our JV invitational tournament was our biggest test of the season at the time because it was our first time against high-level competition. This tournament showed us where we were as a team. We only lost by two points against the last year’s runner up and reigning champs. This showed that we could compete with other top teams placing 3rd out of the 6 schools and finishing 3-2 at the tournament. During the HAC tournament, we showed that we have developed and improved as a team. We beat Concordia in the semi-finals but lost to Olympia by two points in the finals. Both teams that we lost to in the Hanoi League games.

Our culminating MRISA tournament put us against highly skilled and experienced teams. Other teams consisted of experienced juniors and seniors. However, we started out with two wins on the first day but unfortunately, we lost our next five games and finished 6th place. The results weren’t what we wanted;  however, all of our games were very close.

In reflection, I believe our team was special because we weren’t afraid of any team and we were always optimistic and believed that we could win. Secondly, we were resilient. We always fought back and found a way to come back regardless of the score and the time. Lastly, we were always having fun. We enjoyed every moment as a team. We enjoyed playing together and we made countless memories as a team.

As the captain of this team, I will always remember this team, this is my favorite year playing basketball because of the coach and players I’ve played with. If this core can stay together for next year then we can definitely contend for a championship.

 Jinha Hwang

Tie-Break 10’s Singles Tennis Tournament

Join the latest upcoming UNIS Tennis Academy Event!!

Where:            UNIS Hanoi Tennis Courts
When:             Saturday 23rd March 2019
Time:              1:00 pm – 4:00pm
Registration:   Closes Wednesday 20th March at 9 pm

Format currently being launched and played by professional players
Short, fast matches – first to 10 points
For ALL players, suits players who are hesitant to play singles
Register NOW! Places are limited!

Enter Now via this page NOW! Tie-Break 10’s Singles

MRISA Girls Soccer: A Journey to Victory

From the first day of the season until the end, MRISA Girls soccer team has worked extremely hard as one unit out on the field. The long lasting journey to our victory in the MRISA tournament was not an easy one; it was filled with sweat and tears that all came together in the end, resulting in a great achievement. The team traveled to Vientiane International School in Laos from the 20th of February to the 24th, and came back home with a gold medal of pride and dedication around each of our necks.

The season started off with our strong leaders; Misaki and Sophia as captains, and our coach, Coach Coleman, having our backs throughout our journey no matter what. Our team had 4 returners; the captains, Ngoc, and Caitlin, and 8 players who were new to MRISA Soccer – Abi, Beeke, Elione, Jada, Kim, Lily, Michelle, Ngoc, and Saki.

The first few practices didn’t quite meet our expectations, as we were all still new to playing in this team. As time went by and we started to improve, we grew not only as individual players but also came together as one team. With multiple repetitions of the same drills; passing and moving to space, shooting off a pass, and ball controlling footwork, our dedication towards the sport never stopped.

All those practices continued with countless numbers of sprints, burpees, lunges, and strength-agility training. The circuit workout that we included in a couple of our practices helped us immensely during games by emphasizing on endurance, flexibility, and speed. Even during school holidays, our team would encourage each other to stay in shape and exercise regularly.

On January 19th, our team participated in the Hanoi Athletic Conference (HAC) Tournament. Returning with a first place trophy, for both the girls and the boys’ team, we knew that we were ready for the challenge we were about to face; MRISA Junior Soccer tournament in Vientiane International School. We were all nervous. We were all anxious. But none of those feelings stopped the fire of determination burning inside us; because most of all, we were ready to win.

Arriving in Laos, our whole team was exhausted from the delayed flight and lack of sleep. However, we knew nothing could stop us, even the stifling atmosphere since this was part of what we had to fight against; and part of what we’ve been working towards.

Our first game started at 8:30 am, playing against the Saigon South International School (SSIS). With a very close game winning 1-0 and beautiful passing by midfielders Misaki, Sophia, Caitlin and Ngoc, we were now facing one of our biggest competition; Vientiane International School, the host school of the tournament. Seeing the signs and hearing the chants of supporters all rooting for VIS, this game might’ve been one of our toughest challenges. With our careful passes and communication that we’ve been establishing throughout the season, after two long 20 minute halves, we were able to beat the team by 1-0 after a top left corner shot by Caitlin. With a mixed emotion of relief and excitement, we were now against the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP), one of our strongest opponents. Thanks to our teamwork, Abi and Lily’s speed in the midfield to keep the ball away from our goal, and coach’s guidance, we beat them by 3-1. After a long day of playing 3 games, we were ready for whatever the second day had to bring.

We were off to a great start for day 2, winning our first game against Hanoi International School (HIS) by 2-0. This is the game when our strong defenders Michelle, Saki, Beeke, and Elione really started to blend with the offense to not only keep the ball out of our goal area, but also set up attacks on goal. After beating the ISPP-B team by 4-0 and Ngoc adding her first goal to the mix, we were now first seed after the round robin. We went into the third and final day of the tournament, undefeated.

Our opponent for the semifinals game was SSIS. We were all dripping in sweat already in the first 10 minutes, with blinding sunlight directly in our eyes. Even after the third quarter, the scoreboard showed the point of 0-0, haunting us with nervousness. Both teams were eager to advance into the finals. We had to show that UNIS Ha Noi girls wanted it more. With 2 seconds remaining in the game, our last, fading hope was now shining towards us when we got a free kick due to the handball of the other team. Each one of us praying and waiting for our hope to be turned into a reality, after the sound of the referee’s whistle, Sophia took the shot. The strong shot went right into the goal, and the buzzer telling us that the game ended was also a sign that we were now in the finals.

Right before our finals, our coach called us all for our last huddle. “I’ve never coached a team this supportive, committed, intelligent, and bring the best out of each other. I love being your coach.” With the emotional words from our coach, as we all held back our tears we screamed, “Phoenix on 3! 1, 2, 3, Phoenix!”

We were now off in the field, playing our last ever game of the season. Everything we’ve worked on throughout this season was for this moment. We were all sprinting, calling for passes, defending our goal, and just giving our best out there. With Sophia’s early shot and our great midfield plays, we were leading the game with 1-0. Thanks to our great defenders always stealing the ball and our amazing goalie, Jada, blocking every single shot in the game including a late penalty that could have sent us into golden goal overtime, being the MRISA champion was now an attainable dream. After the second half when the buzzer went on telling us the game ended, we all ran up to each other hugging and screaming, “We won! We did it! We’re the champions!”

Thanks to each one of our hard work and commitment towards the team, and most importantly, our coach’s dedication to improving us as a team, we were able to get to where we are right now. Our victory was not only represented by the gold medal, but also as a sense of achievement and teamwork.

MRISA MS Boys Football Season Wrap-Up

With four returning players from last year’s team, and seven new players,  the team quickly got to know each other, on and off the field, and developed a strong and energetic team spirit.  This positive spirit was a real highlight of the season and the cornerstone of a fantastic season which saw us come first in the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC) and second place at the MRISA tournament held in Vientiane Laos last weekend.

During the season, they qualified for the finals day of the HAC season, where they defeated BIS, BVIS and St Paul’s American School on the way to claiming the HAC title. Special mention for Segdae, Dafydd, Aoi and Nam for superb performances.

Our MIRSA tournament was very enjoyable, we were hosted by students at Vientiane International School and players were able to renew old friendships. The relationships and connections that are created between players of different schools is very special and a very valuable part of the experience for our students.

With temperatures between 35-38 degrees celcius in Vientiane, it was hot going and hydration and cooling down were crucial parts of our preparation.  We won all 5 of our round robin games with special mention to August, Harald and Tyson for outstanding performances that showed a lot of dedication and enormous improvement during the season. UNIS Ha Noi played quality passing football and scored 22 goals and conceded 0 leading into the finals day. Nico, Julius and Aoi contributed very well to the team and also had stand out performances.

After defeating ISPP in the semi final we prepared for the final against SSIS at 15.30 in the heat of the day. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and after a scoreless game we went into Golden goal extra time. SSIS played really well and score a long range goal which ended the final immediately and we had to settle for 2nd place.  We learnt a lot from the tournament and experiences throughout the season and built a terrific camaraderie which the players should be very proud of.

Rory and Ruben were named in the tournament All Star team which was well deserved after and outstanding tournament where they showed they have a very high level of football skill and awareness.

UNIS Hanoi Met St Paul for Junior Tennis Matches

Saturday February 23 saw the latest junior tennis matches played between St Paul’s school and UNIS Ha Noi.

We were just about beating the wet weather and thanks to our operations staff assistance the tennis courts were playable. In 2 hours of play over 30 matches were completed with UNIS Hanoi winning more than 80% of the matches. Well done to the Middle and High school students involved.

There will be another event similar to this one in March so we look forward to that.

JV Girls Basketball Finish Epic Season

The JV Girls Basketball team capped off a very successful 2018-19 season at the MRISA Senior Basketball Tournament hosted by SSIS last week. The tournament was a culmination of months of hard work.

Eleven grade 9 and 10 athletes were selected for the team way back in November and they had to quickly mesh together as local league competition started immediately after the season began. The heart and soul of the team was held together by our Super Sophomores; Caitlyn F., So Eun K., and Thao D. Caitlyn and So Eun served as co-captains for the team.

A group of athletic grade 9’s filled out the rest of the team and they hit the ground running – quickly racking up 7 straight wins all before Winter break against local opponents. The Phoenix averaged 25.6 ppg while holding their opponents to just 12.3 ppg. Our offensive fire power came from So Eun who led the team with 8.6 ppg and silky smooth Frosh Mia K. was not far behind with 8.4 ppg.

Vicky M., Lieke V. and Annabel N. were major contributors on both sides of the floor providing the team with the necessary height and athleticism to give our team the best chance to win! Mai An N., Audrey H., Didi B. and Anne Marie C., filled out the rest of our guards and despite all being new to the sport, they made huge strides of improvement with each practice and game!

The season highlight most definitely came from our championship performance at the JV Asia-Pacific Invitational hosted at UNIS Hanoi in January. Our Phoenicians went undefeated in tournament play beating very competitive teams from ISKL, CDIHK, ISHMC, and RIS. This was the first time in the tournament’s history that the JV girls team brought home the championship!

The next big date on the calendar was the HAC tournament hosted by SPAS. With the league title already secured our top-seeded girls felt confident coming into the one-day win or go home event. The team cruised into the final game, but met a tough Concordia team that came to play and was by no means intimidated by UNIS’s season resume. CIS handed us our first loss of the season which was very much a learning experience that we took to heart heading into our final challenge of the year in Saigon.

The team knew MRISA was going to be an uphill battle as we faced off against strong U19 teams. We got out to a hot start on Thursday winning both games and went into day 2 with confidence. However, the second day was much more challenging as we faced the three dominant teams in the tournament and couldn’t find a way to win.

With our top scorer, So Eun, out with an ankle injury, we knew we needed an inspired performance for day three. As the 4th seed, we made good work against the 5 seed which earned us the honor of playing the undefeated no. 1 seed ISPP. That team proved to be too much for us and a lopsided loss set us up for our next challenge; the 3/4th game against VIS. The girls played up to the competition fighting every second on the court. Ultimately the team lost by one but left the court with their heads held very high.

Caitlyn represented UNIS Hanoi as our MVP and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Congratulations on an awesome season!

UNIS Varsity Girls Basketball Take on APAC

After winning 90% of their games in season, scoring an average of 42 points per game, and bringing home the HAC championship trophy, the APAC Girls Basketball team travelled to Shanghai on January 21 for their final, culminating tournament. This year, Coach Cortney and Coach Jackson selected several snazzy seniors – Thanh Le (co-captain), Uyen Trinh (co-captain), Linh Vu, Gia Han Le, Eliza Tu Thi Stelmach -, a couple jazzy juniors – Sian Rusinow, Co May Nguyen, Jinny Shin, Sophie Shroeder -, and two spazzy sophomores – Frances Phan, Josephine Schmitz.

Apart from the occasional delicious brownie treats that Coach Cortney baked for us, we committed to providing our bodies with good food, our minds with good energy, and our muscles with physical torture. The 6 returning players made sure everyone knew the standards they needed to uphold and expectations they needed to meet not only for themselves but for the team. Eat well, sleep more, train hard, play together.

Knowing the level of basketball we would encounter at APAC, we worked hard all season to not be surprised or intimidated by the big post players, the fast break layups, the full-court press, and the questionable referee calls.

 

 

 

Our first game was greeted with some angst, some anticipation, but mostly the desire to win. Last year, we won against SFS by a slight 3-point lead to come in 5th overall. This year, we won again in overtime. Although we were unable to beat HKIS, the opponent of our next game, we stilled worked hard to take home a win against ISB and WAB in the following days.

Throughout the 3-day tournament, we competed together, showed sportsmanship, and never gave up. Like a sine curve, we had our ups, downs and inflexions points. The only constant is that Frances can always be found rolling, stretching, and massaging an injured body part.

I want to give a special thank you to both my coaches for giving their time and effort for teaching us not only how to play the beautiful game of basketball but more importantly how to be a team. To my sophomores who inspire the team with youthful energy and so much talent. To my juniors who continue to show me what grit, hustle, and hard work looks like. And lastly, to my seniors, who made the final 33 seconds on court the most fun ever.

Uyen Trinh

2018-19 APAC Basketball Season

Our season started with a core of returning players from last year’s squad, so right out of the jump we had experience and talent going into the season. With the addition of new players It was a little difficult at first for them to adjust to our system and team expectations but after hard work in practice and 3534 line drills they were integrated into our system and we became well rounded team.

What was really special about our team was that we were all friends off the court which made it easier for us to play on the court which boosted our chemistry. What mattered most was not our basketball talent but the effort that every player put in and how everyone was willing to give their all  for the team on the court.

The second week of the season is when we started our league games against the other international schools competing for the HAC Cup and Championship. We were in cruise control the whole time and ended up being undefeated and lifting the HAC Cup and winning the Championship.

During the month of November our invitational approached. Our Bangkok invitational was our biggest test of the season at the time because it was our first time against high level competition. This tournament showed us where we were as a team, we surprised other schools and played a close game against the reigning IASAS champs ISB (International School of Bangkok). We showed that we can compete with top schools by placing 5th out of the 8 schools and finishing 2-2 at the tournament.

Our culminating APAC event put us in difficult pools of play with the previous APAC champions from the last 4 years. Starting out 0-3 was a challenge, but our team did not hang our heads and we finished strong with three straight wins, finishing the tournament with a 3-3 record. We were the first UNIS Hanoi team ever to win 3 games at a APAC Super event which is a milestone.

As the captain of this team I will forever be grateful for being part of this team, this is so far my favorite year playing basketball because of the coaches and players I am surrounded with. On behalf of the team we would like to thank our coaches Mr. Tarique and Mr. Taggart for their guidance throughout the whole season and showing us that the little things matter and that being part of a team comes with sacrifices and commitment. You guys pushed us to the very end and made it uncomfortable for us every practice, we might’ve not enjoyed it but deep down we know it was for our own good, we wouldn’t be the people we are to this day if it was not for both of you.  Next year our team aims to come back stronger and hungrier than ever and hopefully lift gold at APAC.

Malick Sy
Varsity Basketball Team Captain

Turn Up and Support UNIS Hanoi Phoenix Teams

Do not miss the important sports event coming up! Please join our UNIS Hanoi team on the days at the following locations/events and show your Phoenix spirit:

ASA Spring Session Registration (UMA) Spring Session Registration (11-18 February) Sign-ups for UNIS Hanoi After School Activities (ASA) programme opens at 9:00 a.m. on 11 February and closes at 1:00 p.m on 18 February. For more information please contact: cocurricular@uninhanoi.org

MS Boys Soccer vs WIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Tuesday, 12 February, 16.00-18.00)

Varsity Girls Soccer Vs. Vietnam U15 Development Squad @ UNIS Hanoi (Friday, 13 February)

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Dream Club @ UNIS Hanoi (Friday, 15 February, 16.00-17.30)

Varsity Girls Soccer vs HN Expat Ladies @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday 16 February)

Community Programmes Spring Session Registration (18-21 February) Sign-ups for UNIS Hanoi Community Programmes Classes and Workshops opens at 8:30 on 18 February and closes at 17:00 on 21 February. For more information please contact: communityprogrammes@unishanoi.org

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Hanoi U17 Club @ UNIS Hanoi (Monday, 18 February, 16.00-18.00)

Badminton Exchange vs SPAS @ UNIS Hanoi (Wednesday, 20 February, 15.00-16.30) This is a friendly set of matches as our team prepares for upcoming tournaments and events.

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Hanoi U17 Club @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday, 23 February)

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Hanoi Phui Ladies @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday, 23 February)

GO PHOENIX!