University students, alumni and staff recently played with the Vietnam Swans in the annual Indochina Cup (ICC), an Australian Football League tournament between Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.
Held in Thailand in mid-August, the Vietnam Swans were looking to defend their title as the reigning ICC champions and win the cup for the fifth time.
But a tough game against the Thailand Tigers early in the tournament resulted in a loss, with the team eventually finishing in second place behind the Tigers.
Despite not winning the championship, Vietnam Swans President Josh Lee remained upbeat.
"The weekend was a huge success and we were so proud of our players who are Vietnamese," said Mr Lee.
For the first time at the ICC, an exhibition match was played which saw a combined side of nationals from each of the Indochina countries, named the Indochina All Stars.
To qualify for this team, the player must have been born and still be a full-time citizen of one of the IndoChina countries.
On this team, Vietnam was represented by seven out of the 18 players.
Mr Lee particularly praised the efforts of RMIT Vietnam student To Kim Vuong, who represented both the Vietnam Swans and the Indochina All Stars.
"Vuong played some terrific football throughout the day, and drew a lot of praise from both players and spectators," he said.
The Vietnam Swans train every Saturday at the RMIT Vietnam sports grounds and welcome all interested students.
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