RMIT Vietnam’s teams have shone at the first Vietnam University Games.
*Update: On Saturday 11 May, RMIT Vietnam became the National Champions in the Basketball division of the Vietnam University Games. Congratulations to all our talented players.
The regional rounds of the inaugural Vietnam University Games took place from 6 to 14 April and saw more than a dozen universities compete in basketball, futsal and freestyle dance.
In the southern regional final of the basketball competition the RMIT Vietnam team triumphed in a heart-stopping 28 to 27 victory over HCMC University of Technology. They will now move on to the national finals that get underway on 9 May at Tan Binh Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.
"I am very happy and proud of my teammates," said Nguyen Huu Loc, President of RMIT Vietnam Basketball Club.
"We are now in top four university basketball teams in Vietnam, something we have not achieved before. We worked really hard to prepare for the tournament, and hard work pays off. Although the other three teams are also really good, we will aim for the national title," he said.
RMIT Vietnam's Futsal team also had an excellent result, winning the third-place playoff 2 – 0 against HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy.
"We started to prepare for the competition since last semester," said Nguyen Minh Nhut, President of the RMIT Vietnam Football Club. "Besides our regular practice schedule every week we had two friendly matches with strong futsal teams from Ho Chi Minh City. Although we lost in both matches, the most important thing is we are building team spirit and experience."
The RMIT Vietnam Futsal team will now begin preparing for the upcoming Futsal Open 2013 tournament organised by RMIT Vietnam Football Club, as well as some student futsal tournaments including the U-league 2013.
While the RMIT Vietnam freestyle dance team did not finish in the places in their first outing, they gained invaluable experience that will help them build for the future.