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!

Middle and High School Spring Sports Season

The third and final sport season of the year is fast approaching!

High school badminton and soccer begin on Monday, January 28, and middle school volleyball begins on Tuesday, February 26.  Students who are interested in MS or HS sports should make their way to the sign-up boards outside the UNIS Hanoi Canteen and register as soon as possible.  Be on the lookout for more detailed information from your respective coaches.

Middle School sports are a two-day a week commitment while High School is a three to four-day a week commitment. Our Middle School programmes operate as a no-cut opportunity. Everyone wishing to participate will have the opportunity to practice, improve, and play some competitions.

Good luck to all. GO PHOENIX!

Tarique Al Iesa
Director of Activities

Hanoi Aquathlon 2019

Come and challenge yourselves with the 2019 Aquathlon held at UNIS, a fun swmming and running event. Participants can choose an age group event or take part in the Aquaflun which is for any age and can be completed individually, as a family or relay.

Entry is 500,000VND with all participants receiving a T-shirt, food and a medal!

The event is for the entire Hanoi Community and spaces are limited so sign up now

Sign up closes 17 February 2019. If you have any questions please contact Martin Hamilton at aquaticscoordinator@unishanoi.org.

Middle and High School Spring Sports Season

The third and final sport season of the year is fast approaching!

High school badminton and soccer begin on Monday, February 28, and middle school volleyball begins on Tuesday, February 26.  Students who are interested in MS or HS sports should make their way to the sign-up boards outside the UNIS Hanoi Canteen and register as soon as possible.  Be on the lookout for more detailed information from your respective coaches.

Middle School sports are a two-day a week commitment while High School is a three to four-day a week commitment. Our Middle School programmes operate as a no-cut opportunity. Everyone wishing to participate will have the opportunity to practice, improve, and play some competitions.

Good luck to all. GO PHOENIX!

Tarique Al Iesa
Director of Activities

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:

 

JV International Basketball Invitational @ UNIS Hanoi (Friday-Sunday, 18-20 January)

HAC Varsity Basketball Tournament @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday 19 January)

HAC MS Soccer Tournament (Saturday 19 January) This this is an event of the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC), Middle school teams from schools around Hanoi will compete in this event. The tournament is a single elimination event. The event will be played at the National Sports Training Centre. UNIS Boys play at 8:40 and girls at 9:20. If boys win they play at 10:00 and if girls win they play again at 10:40.

UNIS Music Academy (UMA) Spring Session Registration (January 21-28) Sign-ups for UMA programme open at 7:00 a.m. on January 21 and close at noon (12:00) on January 28. For more information please contact: umaofficer@unishanoi.org

JV Girls Basketball vs ISV Varsity @ UNIS (Wednesday 23 January, 16.00-17.30) This is a Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC) friendly game.

MS Boys Soccer vs OLY @ UNIS (Thursday 24 January 16.00-17.30) This is a HAC friendly match.

HAC JV Basketball Tournament @ SPAS (Saturday 26 January) This this is the final tournament of the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC). For more information please contact: cocurricular@uninhanoi.org

GO PHOENIX!

UNIS Hanoi Cross Country Team Celebrates a Brilliant Season

The UNIS Hanoi Cross Country Team concluded the first part of their 2018/19 year this week. So far it has been a fantastic season! Since UNIS Hanoi hosted the first Cross Country race the team has competed in further two races. The Concordia International School 5km (77 runners) and 3km races was held on 1 December and the UNIS race results were as follows:

Name: Distance Time Place
Iestyn Rusinow 5km 0:18:57 1
Graham Abrams 5km 0:21:19 4
Jakub Trent 5km 0:21:27 5
Basile Villars 5km 0:23:40 13
Dafydd Rusinow 5km 0:24:33 17
Nikolai Inoue 5km 0:26:19 25
Takao Sato 5km 0:26:32 28
Lily Noda 3km Not timed
Saki Sato 3km Not timed

The Hanoi Half Marathon was held on the 9 December. The UNIS Cross Country Team results were as follows:

Name: Distance Time Place
Iestyn Rusinow 10km 38.33 8
Gabriela Chanen 10km 0:52:56
Harrison Wallace 10km 0:53:01
Jan Krubner 5km 0:21:41 4
Graham Abrams 5km 0:23:42 7
Natalie Krubnerova 5km 0:23:48 3rd (Female)
Lily Noda 5km 0:24:14
Lucas Lyon 5km 0:27:58
Amelie Ogasawara 5km 0:28:52
Isabel Zaring 5m 0:28:03
Nicolas Lyon 5km 24:40(provisional)
Kitty Tran 5km 28:52 (provisional)

Iestyn Rusinow was also the overall 10km winner in the 2018 Halong Bay 10km race. Congratulations Iestyn! This brilliant and dedicated team of runners then celebrated their success by having breakfast together on Tuesday. See you all again on 5 March!