The RMIT University Vietnam Basketball League 2012 got underway at the Saigon South campus on Friday 26 October.
The league takes the place of the annual ‘5 on 5’ tournament, and is scheduled to run until 28 December.
RMIT University Vietnam will field three teams in all, two in the men’s competition and one in the women’s division.
Male and female teams from 12 universities and high schools will be competing to be the inaugural champion. Participating schools include University of Technology, HUFLIT, Lotus University, Vietnam Aviation Academy, University of Industry, University of Transportation, FPT University, International Education Institute, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ton Duc Thang University, University of Economics and Finance, Taipei International High school and Tao Dan Sporting Club.
All teams will play each other in the round-robin tournament format. Games will take place every Friday, Saturday and Monday beginning at 4pm.
Last year, the RMIT University Vietnam A team had a dramatic one-point victory over the University of Technology in the final of the ‘5 on 5’ tournament, and will be looking to repeat their success this year.
"We are very excited and proud to continue hosting the tournament this year,” says Nguyen Huu Loc, president of the RMIT University Vietnam basketball club.
“This year we will try our best to keep the championship and make it a hat-trick for the RMIT University Vietnam Basketball team since we were the champions in 2010 and 2011."
The RMIT University Vietnam women’s team are also coming off the back of a good showing last year where they placed second. This year they are confident they can go one better.
"Obviously every team wants to win the championship and we are no different," says the leader of the team Vu Thi Minh Khanh "This is a great event for amateur basketball players in Ho Chi Minh City, and we will play with our heart and try our best to win.”
The REC at Saigon South campus is a great venue to watch basketball, and with the game’s exploding popularity in the city it should see some good crowds and vocal support for the home teams in coming weeks.