Adult Wimbledon Themed Social Tennis Tournament 2019

Saturday 20 April 2019 saw UNIS Tennis Academy host its 2nd (now annual) Adult Wimbledon Themed Social Tennis Tournament. A superb maximum number sign-up of 24 players played in very testing; hot and humid conditions. Keeping with Wimbledon tradition players were asked to wear predominantly white, strawberries and cream were served as snacks throughout the event.

After three great rounds of tennis the quarter-finalists were formed. From then we played knockout and final positions were determined:

Winners: Pamela Thompson & Jacques Antin

2nd Place: Ulla Camara & Trinh Nguyen

3rd Place: Tracy Matic & Pho Nguyen

In the evening most of the participants headed for dinner and drinks which was a lovely way to cool down and socialise after the days play.

If you are interested in playing tennis matches why not join the social tennis sessions at UNIS Hanoi?

  • Wednesday’s 7:00 – 9:00 pm (led by Nick),
  • Saturday’s 4:00- 6:00 pm
  • and Sunday’s 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Contact Nick at tennisam@unishanoi.org for more information on these and other tennis sessions offered by UNIS Tennis Academy.

Varsity Badminton at Super APAC

During the season the team competed in our local HAC tournament where both boys and girls teams came home with the 1st place plaques. At our UNIS Hanoi invitational our teams faced some very tough opponents from local club teams and universities preparing them for the APAC event.

As a culminating event on 14 April, the Varsity Badminton team traveled to Beijing (WAB) for the first-ever Super APAC Badminton Tournament. With 192 student-athletes from 12 APAC schools, the tournament was so exciting, challenging and really tough competition for all our team members. Super APAC is a great test which challenged all players physically and mentality with 5 or 6 matches per day for each player. The girls team had one of the hardest tournaments, however they were fighting hard and gaining new experiences that will continue to shape their future in this sport. The highlights of tournament for the girls was the “Never Give Up” attitude, no matter what situation they were in. The #1 Girls doubles team of Trang Bui and Mo Bui played well during the round robin and qualified for the top 16 playoff. The girls team finished 10th. For the boys side their goal was to continue their winning streak from last year and stay near the top of the field. The Boys team finished 4th overall, missing a bronze medal by only a few points. As individuals, the # 1 Doubles team of Alex Kwon & Jae Chan Lee achieved the first ever bronze medal for UNIS in any Super APAC. But the whole team had a great showing in the tournament. Earning valuable points and finishing 4th were the # 2 doubles team of Kevin Ryan and Ji Seong Park. Honorable mention should go to all boys team players who played many tough matches with commendable character and resolve in close pressure situations. Our Mixed doubles teams of Honza Krubner and Serena Mohanty and Alex Kim and Rachael Cherian performed very well during the round robin portion both qualifying for the top 16 playoffs. Hopefully the team will continue to build for next year as UNIS is hosting APAC Badminton for the first time in 2020.

Singles Players:
Jiyoon Kang  (21st)
Jaewon Choi  (22nd)
Enus Fina  (14th)
Kevin (Jeongyun) Bae  (18th)

Doubles Teams:
Jae Chan Lee & Alex (Do Yoon) Kwon (3rd)
Kevin Ryan  & Ji Seong Park  (4th)
Trang Bui & Mo Bui  (11th)
Hyo Rim Yoo & Yu Jin Cho (24th)

Mixed Doubles Teams:
Jan Krubner & Serena Mohanty  (8th)
Alex (Do Gyun) Kim & Rachael Cherian (16th)

Thank you to all the players who made it a great trip. It was wonderful to see you supporting your teammates, surrounding their courts and cheering them on.

Coach: Mr. Pho Nguyen
Coach: Anne Thompson-Wambua
Chaperone: Lily

The Historic APAC Girls Soccer Team

The best performances on the field never actually start when a team steps on to the field. They start long before that moment. They start the instant that a team decides who it wants to become. For this year’s historic Varsity Girls Soccer team, that moment came two years ago. The  team was having a team meeting. They sat in a room strung with posters. Each poster had statements written on them such as, “We can compete for a championship” and “Other APAC teams take us seriously.” On each paper the players placed different colored sticky notes depending on how much they agreed with the statement. Red was for “disagree,” yellow was for “kind of disagree” and green was for “definitely agree.” The posters were full of yellow and red stickers.  Just two years earlier the team had finished playing in an APAC tournament where they not only didn’t win a game but they didn’t score a single goal. Other teams didn’t take UNIS Hanoi seriously. Why would they? UNIS Hanoi themselves didn’t think they could compete at APAC.

But in that moment, in that meeting the girls looked around the room and decided they wanted to change all that.  They no longer wanted to play in scoreless APAC tournaments where no one feared them. They wanted to compete. So they began the long hard process of reaching their goals. The girls committed to training all off season, improving their skills, mentoring younger players, watching game film, eating healthy and staying fit. During the season they continued their hard work and dedication giving up Saturdays for runs in Soc Son, evenings to study game tape, afternoons and spring break for extra practices. By April 11, when the girls arrived in Hong Kong for the APAC tournament, they were ready.

The first game was against Seoul Foreign School. UNIS Hanoi got off to a good start by playing to their strengths. They played possession style football looking for triangles and passing opportunities from the defense through the midfield. Then maintaining possession by putting relentless high pressure on the opposing defense to create scoring opportunities. UNIS Hanoi scored their first and second goals on such pressure. The first was off a cross from Natalie that Josefine raced to and struck into the goal. The second was after the strikers pressured a defender into desperately trying to clear the ball only to find Uyen racing in to head the ball into the back of the net.

The second game of the day against Hong Kong International School proved a difficult one for UNIS Hanoi.  Just before halftime, starting center back Phoebe broke her arm and Phuong the other starting center back injured her ankle. Without the heart of it’s defense UNIS Hanoi quickly found themselves down 3-0. But through pure team play and determination, they came back to score two goals one by Natalie and the other by a combined play from Irma and Ines. The game ended 3-2.

The next day UNIS Hanoi needed a win against Canadian Academy and Shanghai American School if they wanted to keep their chances of going to the championship alive. It wouldn’t be easy without their two starting center backs. Co May and Sian stepped up and took over as center backs for the day and they played magnificently. Through brilliant team defense, UNIS Hanoi held both teams scoreless and got two 1-0 wins off of scores from So Eun and Uyen.

On the final day of competition UNIS Hanoi found themselves in a position to make the final if they could get either a tie or a win in their game against Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). Phuong was now healthy enough to play. UNIS Hanoi was warned by other teams that they might get muscled off the ball.  But UNIS Hanoi would have none of that. They matched the physical toughness and speed of WAB by playing tough and fast on their own. The game got off to a scary start when WAB scored an early goal and went up 1-0. But UNIS Hanoi didn’t stop believing in themselves and just before the half, Irma found the ball on the edge of the box and shot it past the goalkeeper to tie the game at 1-1. UNIS Hanoi held strong for the next 35 minutes and pulled out the tie that they needed to guarantee their spot in the championship game.  As the final whistle blew the players swarmed the field hugging each other in recognition of what they had just accomplished. They had just become the first ever women’s team of any sport at UNIS Hanoi to make an APAC championship game.

The final pittited UNIS vs. the host school HKIS, who most teams had said was unbeatable.  But if there was one team at the tournament not afraid of HKIS, it was UNIS Hanoi. That was because UNIS Hanoi knew just how good their own team was.  The game was a hard fought, physical battle with neither team giving any balls away easily. HKIS scored off an impressive shot before halftime to go up 1-0. UNIS Hanoi played strong and physical and had their chances but ultimately was not able to score an equalizer. They lost 1-0.

In the end the UNIS Hanoi girls did not win the championship but they accomplished the goals that they set out for themselves that day two years ago. They became the team that everyone took seriously and the team proved to themselves just how much they are capable of.

Amazing job girls. You are legends.

A special congratulations to the seniors: Phoebe, Ines Vi, Irma, Phuong, Uyen and Thanh.  What a legacy you have created.

Coach Mindy and Coach Wiggins

Saturday Sports – The Evolution of Saturday Soccer

For over a decade Saturday Soccer has been a wonderfully successful programme at UNIS Hanoi, attracting hundreds of students each year. Initiated by an enthusiastic parent, the programme was created to meet the needs of the young soccer players at UNIS Hanoi and within our broader community.

However, over recent years and with a number of soccer/football academies that have begun in Hanoi these needs have changed. Therefore, we have decided to keep up with these changes and modify the programme accordingly.

After much thought and consultations with various stakeholders a decision has been made to pursue the following ‘Saturday Sports’ model:

Starting September 2019

Autumn Season

(10-week season)

Winter Season

(10-week season)

Spring Season

(10-week season)

 T-Ball/Softball

or

Futsal

 Soccer

or 

Floor Hockey

Basketball 

or

Tag Rugby

Here are the key changes you should be aware of:

  • The model above caters to a wider range of interests
  • Sports have been aligned to compliment other co-curricular programmes at UNIS Hanoi
  • 30 weeks of activity will be available instead of 20 weeks
  • The seasons will align with ASA, UMA and Community Programme dates to support family planning
  • Paid coaches will provide instruction and leadership, not volunteers
  • The Brazilian Football School will lead the Futsal and Soccer
  • The Thang Long Warriors will lead the Basketball
  • Prices will vary according to each sport
  • Saturday Sports will now come under the Community Programme umbrella
  • Registrations for the Saturday Sports Programme will take place on Veracross (details to follow)
  • We will provide sports for students up to under 11’s only

Although there will be significant changes we would like to emphasis we will be maintaining the friendly, non-competitive ethos of the programme.

The time and duration for the various groups will be as follows:

  • Under 6’s: 08:15 – 09:00 (45 minutes)
  • Under 9’s: 09:15 – 10:15 (60 minutes)
  • Under 11’s: 10:30 – 11:45 (75 minutes)

We sincerely hope you are excited about the changes made and the additional opportunities provided to our UNIS students and community as a whole.

Warm wishes,

UNIS Hanoi Co-Curricular Office

Turn Up and Support the 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:

MS Boys and Girls Volleyball @ CISH (Tuesday 23 April, 15.30-17.30)

MRISA Jr. Volleyball @ UNIS Hanoi (2-6 May)

HS Spring Musical: Shrek The Musical Last show tomorrow Saturday 20 April @ 16:00. Tickets are on sale at 150,000VND each at the entrance.

GO PHOENIX!

Turn Up and Support the 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:

APAC Boys Soccer @ UNIS Ha Noi! (10-14 April)

On April 10-14 UNIS Hanoi will be hosting the 2019 APAC Boys’ Soccer Tournament. Our community will be welcoming athletes and coaches from Canadian Academy-Japan, Hong Kong International School-Hong Kong, Seoul Foreign School-Korea, Shanghai American School Pudong-China, and Wester Academy of Beijing-China to join our UNIS Hanoi Phoenix in a high level interscholastic competition.

These athletic events offer an outstanding opportunity to bring our community together as we show our spirit, school pride and unity.  Our team plays at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The rest of the tournament schedule will depend on the results from the first five games and will be available on the tournament site https://apacsports.unishanoi.org/.

Bring the family out and join us for the highest level of boys’ high school soccer in the region and enjoy the community atmosphere.

MS Boys and Girls Volleyball vs SPAS @ UNIS Hanoi (Tuesday, 16 April, 16:00 – 17:30)

HS Spring Musical: Shrek The Musical (Thursday & Friday 18-19 April @ 18.30; Saturday 20 April @ 16:00). Tickets are on sale at 150,000VND each, can be purchased at the UNIS HaNoi Centre for the Arts Office or in front of the canteen during lunch.

Aquatics Academy Intrasquad Meet (Saturday 20 April, 8.00-13.00)

GO PHOENIX!

Wimbledon themed Adult Tennis Tournament

Limited places left to be part of the Wimbledon themed Adult Tennis Tournament. Register now!

Wimbledon Themed Adult Tennis Social Tournament
Saturday 20 April 2019, 13:00- 16:00
UNIS Ha Noi Tennis Courts
Entry Fee: 300,000 VND (payable on or before the day)
Places are limited:   Registration Now
Wear predominantly – White Clothing (as seen at Wimbledon)
Strawberries and Cream Available as Refreshments
Adults Only
Enter individually, you will change partners throughout tournament until knockout stage
If enough interest; Dinner & Drinks to follow in evening – venue to be confirmed (Tay Ho area, at players own charge)

If you have any questions please contact Nicholas Firth  at tennisam@unishanoi.org

We look forward to your participation.

MRISA Sr. Boys & Girls Soccer Tournament

Phnom Penh on April 8-10, 2019

UNIS High School Girls and Boys teams both finished 5th in the tournament, by beating our local rivals Hanoi International School in the 5th+ 6th play-off.

The girls via a 2-0 scoreline and the boys winning a penalty shoot-out after equalising with about 30 seconds before the final whistle!!!

Both UNIS Hanoi teams faced opposition in every game who clearly were older and more experienced footballers, but this did not deter all players giving everything they had, every game.

What a lovely group of students it was for Coach Tate, Coach Nguyen and Mr Jackson (deputising for Coach Rey – whom the boys expressed their gratitude to him) to work with, over a tiring but thoroughly enjoyable 3 days.  Not only were students behaviour exemplary on the pitch but off it as well, with many a compliment from the parents of homestays. As the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) quoted, “Always a pleasure dealing with UNIS Hanoi teams”.

The pictures below encapsulate the balance between the fun that was had, but also the pride in representing UNIS Hanoi and trying to win by playing good football.

Finally, all students and caches concerned wish our UNIS Hanoi APAC Soccer boys and girls teams the very best of luck in their tournaments.

Go Phoenix!

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:

APAC Boys Soccer @ UNIS Ha Noi! (10-14 April)

On April 10-14 UNIS Hanoi will be hosting the 2019 APAC Boys’ Soccer Tournament. Our community will be welcoming athletes and coaches from Canadian Academy-Japan, Hong Kong International School-Hong Kong, Seoul Foreign School-Korea, Shanghai American School Pudong-China, and Wester Academy of Beijing-China to join our UNIS Hanoi Phoenix in a high level interscholastic competition.

These athletic events offer an outstanding opportunity to bring our community together as we show our spirit, school pride and unity.  Our team plays at 9:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. on Thursday; 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  on Friday; and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The rest of the tournament schedule will depend on the results from the first five games and will be available on the tournament site https://apacsports.unishanoi.org/.

Bring the family out and join us for the highest level of boys’ high school soccer in the region and enjoy the community atmosphere.

Youth Sport Indoor Tag Rugby Festival @ BIS (Thursday, 11 April, 14:00 – 17:30 )

GO PHOENIX!

Wimbledon Themed Adult Tennis Social Tournament

Dear All,

Last year’s winners of this great fun event were Christine Olga & An Quang Hieu. Who has what it takes to win this year in UNIS’s own special Wimbledon themed Adult Tennis Event?!!!!

Wimbledon Themed Adult Tennis Social Tournament
Saturday 20 April 2019, 13:00- 16:00
UNIS Ha Noi Tennis Courts
Entry Fee: 300,000 VND (payable on or before the day)
Places are limited:   Registration Now
Wear predominantly – White Clothing (as seen at Wimbledon)
Strawberries and Cream Available as Refreshments
Adults Only
Enter individually, you will change partners throughout tournament until knockout stage
If enough interest; Dinner & Drinks to follow in evening – venue to be confirmed (Tay Ho area, at players own charge)

If you have any questions please contact Nicholas Firth  at tennisam@unishanoi.org

We look forward to your participation.

March Madness Swim Gala

What a fantastic morning on Saturday!  It was so much fun for me to watch all of our swimmers race. It was extra fun to watch the Development Squad swimmers in their first meet. All of them did really well. Some swimmers even surprised us with how fast they went and with the good technique they had. It is clear they have been paying attention to the coaches and working hard!

In the meet, our swimmers had over 400 personal best times! Our swimmers also broke 12 team records to earn a place on our record board! Record breakers included Rio Nakasuji, Flora Hamilton, Chikashi Nakano, Duc Le, Nam van der Wielen, Rory Hamilton, Jacob Biros and Gai Ogasawara!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huge thanks to all the parents who turned up to support our swimmers! We can’t run a successful meet without them! For those who haven’t yet been part of team support, we have two more meets for you!

KOTO served a really good lunch in a super efficient way. My favorite was the Banana Cotta dessert! YUM!

All in all, it was a great day for Phoenix Swim Club! Even the weather was good; not too hot and not too cold and NO lightning delays.

Enjoy the photo special here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unis-hanoi/albums/72157707865807154

Our next meet is April 20; our annual Spring Gala.

Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager

International Lifeguard Certified Students

During the past couple of weekends, seven UNIS Ha Noi high school students have been certified with the International Lifeguard Training Programme by ILTP Instructor Martin Hamilton. These are the first UNIS Hanoi students who have completed this rigorous course. Well done Sophie, Flora, Kitty, Matthew, Gaby, Natalie and Honza!

Martin Hamilton
Aquatics Coordinator

MS Production: Homework Eats Dogs And Other Woeful Tales by Alan Haehnel

Last chance to see ‘Homework Eats Dogs And Other Woeful Tales by Alan Haehnel‘ tomorrow Saturday, March 23 at 15.00

You can your tickets at the door, 80k/each.

This year, we are going digital and haven’t used banners since this production is a low-waste production, following the SDGs. We have been recycling all the props and using recycled paper as posters, not creating new plastic banners, and are using handstamps instead of paper tickets.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Makeup Artist Needed for Shrek

The upcoming HS Musical production of Shrek The Musical, is looking for some help with the makeup design and application. Ideally we are looking for someone with experience creating and applying theatrical and character makeup who can work with the cast and a very small group of student’s to create the looks required for the show. There is also a few quick changes that will require a full make-up change.

I am hoping that there is someone in the community with the expertise to help. The interested person would need to be available on the following days for the Rehearsals and performances:

26 March

Tuesday

3.30 – 5.30

28 March

Thursday

3.30 – 5.30

9 April

3.30 – 5.30

11 April

3.30 – 5.30

13 April

Saturday

3 – 4

4 – 6.30

Dinner & Prep

Full dress tech rehearsal

16 April

Tuesday

3.30 – 7

Dress Tech rehearsal

17 April

Wednesday

2.40 – 6.30

Final dress tech preview performance

18 April

Thursday

4.30 – 9

Show

19 April

Friday

4.30 – 9

Show

20 April

Saturday

2 – 10

Show

Bump out

Party

If you are interested please email Ms TP (ktwynamperkins@unishanoi.org) for further information.

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:

MS Spring Production – Homework Eats Dogs And Other Woeful Tales by Alan Haehnel! (Saturday, 23 March, 15.00-16.30)

March Madness Swim Gala (Saturday, 23 March, 8.00-12.00 )

HAC Varsity Soccer Cup @ SPAS (Saturday, 23 March)

Varsity Boys Soccer @ PVF U16 (Saturday, 23 March)

JV Girls Soccer vs BIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Monday, 25 March, 16.00-17.30)

MS Spring Concert (Monday, 25 March, 18.00-19.00)

MS Boys and Girls Volleyball vs HIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Tuesday, 26 March, 16.00-17.30)

HS Spring Concert (Tuesday, 26 March, 18.00-19.30)

Varsity Boys Soccer vs BIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Wednesday, 27 March, 16.00-17.30)

MS Boys and Girls Volleyball vs BIS @BIS (Thursday, 28 March, 15.30-17.30)

MS Festival Boys Volleyball vs BVIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Thursday, 28 March, 16.00-17.30)

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Hanoi Phui Ladies @ UNIS Hanoi (Friday, 29 March, 16.00-17.30)

 

GO PHOENIX!