Footy back on the grass in Hanoi as training steps up for Indochina Cup
Posted by Vietnam Swans on November 2, 2011
Today, with less than four weeks before the 5th Indochina Cup in Vientiane, Lao, the Hanoi President, Dan Hopkins, announced that training would return to the grass at the UN International School (UNIS) on next Saturday, 5 November 2011. There has been great difficulty in securing the UNIS grounds for a considerable length of time which has forced the boys to play on artificial turf.
“UNIS training will be on Saturday at 3.00pm. Dan Lucardie has done a great job in organizing the ground for us. Being back on the grass for some ball work is awesome…
“I know that many guys have yet to grace the UNIS grounds. They are in the Ciputra complex north of West Lake.” (Click here for Google Maps.)
Still in Hanoi, Dan Kindness has confirmed that tomorrow’s Thursday fitness training will be held, as per usual at the Australian Embassy from 6pm:
“Plan will be to have a basic circuit combining cardio and plyometrics to develop speed, agility and stamina, as well as a bit of upper body and core work to develop strength.”
Down south the Saigon President, Derrin Limbrick sent out a reminder that Wednesday’s training session would be on tonight at 6.45pm sharp:
“As a build up to the Indochina Cup, we are looking to work on our fitness and so we will start with a short road run so please bring along your runners as well as your boots. We only have 3 1/2 weeks to work on this before we head off Laos so it is also important that everyone is supplementing training with some additional sessions. At the end of the day, with a small squad, fitness will play a big factor as to whether we can come home with the Cup or not.”
Plenty going on.
For the record – The inaugural Indochina Cup, 2007
The inaugural Indochina Cup was held in 2007. It was hosted by the the newly formed, national, Vietnam Swans at UNIS. Thailand won the tournament at which the Lao Elephants were playing their first ever match (five guys from Lao joined the Vietnam Swans to help us in our first Asian Champs appearance in August 2007. Three months later, those five guys had started up a footy team in Lao and called it the Lao Elephants – Slow, fat and almost extinct, they quipped).
The results of the Indochina Cup were:
- Vietnam Swans 5. 2. 32 def. Lao Elephants 3. 5. 23
- Lao Elephants 4. 4. 28 def. by Thailand Tigers 10. 3. 63
- Vietnam Swans 0. 2. 2 def. by Thailand Tigers 10. 5. 65
Related posts on the Inaugural Indochina Cup (which was referred to as the Tri Nations Cup at the time):