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Nha Trang Dolphins posts disappointing, zero-win season



Nha Trang Dolphins has had a disappointing performance at the VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet, with the team’s no-win season attributed to the inconsistent performance from the team’s key players.

Tommy Huynh’s forgettable season

In the season opener, Nha Trang Dolphins’ Tommy Huynh had an underwhelming performance with only six points, sinking a mere three out of 39 shots.

Huynh continued to disappoint in the following games despite consistently making it into the starting line-up.

He was rarely able to move the ball beyond the opposing team’s three-point line and had minimal assists.

It was not long before the 19-year-old eventually lost his spot on the starting line-up. 

He did not even make it on to the roster in Dolphins’ decisive game against Hanoi Buffaloes.

Nha Trang Dolphins’ Nguyen Phu Hoang sits on the bench in Game 38. Photo: VBA

Nha Trang Dolphins’ Nguyen Phu Hoang sits on the bench in Game 38. Photo: VBA

Disappearance of experienced defender

In this year’s season, Nguyen Phu Hoang signed for Nha Trang Dolphins instead of Thang Long Warriors.

Hoang, who was named the best Vietnamese player in the VBA 2018, was expected to take on a key role for Nha Trang Dolphins and lead the team’s roster of young, inexperienced players.

The 32-year-old, however, only appeared in the last two games of the season and failed to score any points.

In Game 38, the final game of the season, Hoang played just ten minutes before being subbed out by coach Robert Newson.

New saviors

Despite the team’s poor performance during the season, Nguyen Thanh Dat and Huynh Vinh Quang still managed to make very good impressions.

Dat was able to score more than 20 points in several games and appeared to be on a par with many of the league’s foreign players.

Nha Trang Dolphins’ Nguyen Thanh Dat (in blue). Photo: VBA

Nha Trang Dolphins’ Nguyen Thanh Dat (in blue). Photo: VBA

Meanwhile, Quang’s accuracy was a major boost to the team’s performance.

Although the Dolphins did not win a single game, Dat and Quang’s strong showings did give opponents a difficult time.

In a previous game between Danang Dragons and Nha Trang Dolphins, coach Phan Thanh Canh of the Dragons had to change his mind shortly after swapping out his key players because the team simply could not defend against Dat and Quang.

Thang Long Warriors snatches victory with successful comeback

Game 38, a battle between Thang Long Warriors and Nha Trang Dolphins, was the last game of the VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet.

Despite being the underdog, the Dolphins had a good start with their offensive tactics, which helped them lead the game in the first half of play.

However, Thang Long Warriors managed to turn the tables in the second half and win the game 80-71.

Timothy Guers of Thang Long Warriors was named MVP with 32 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.

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Vietnam enter Women’s Asian Cup quarterfinals after Myanmar draw



Vietnam have advanced to the quarterfinals of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 as one of the two best third-placed teams after holding Myanmar to a 2-2 draw in their Group C tie at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Thursday.

Vietnam came from behind twice to salvage a point and finish third in their group.

Before the game, Vietnam only needed a draw to proceed while Myanmar had no choice but to win after each of the Southeast Asian representatives had suffered two defeats against Japan and South Korea. 

Myanmar started the more aggressive of the two sides and put continuous pressure on Vietnam right at the start, creating many chances in the first 25 minutes.

Win Theingi of Myanmar scored the first goal from a penalty kick in the 26th minute after Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha of Vietnam committed a foul in the penalty area.

Vietnam fought back and after several missed opportunities, they finally leveled the score at the stroke of half-time, with Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung beating Myanmar goalkeeper Nwe May Zin off a corner set-piece.

After the restart, the goal chase repeated.

Myanmar edged ahead again in spectacular fashion in the 49th minute when Win Theingi set up Tun Khin Marlar, who found space before smashing her effort into the back of the net.

Vietnam equalized in the 62nd minute after Nguyen Thi My Anh dribbled past a Myanmar defender inside the box and was fouled. 

Huynh Nhu leveled the score with a successful penalty kick.

After the goal, Vietnam played defensively to protect the score while Myanmar were unable to create many chances despite their desperation to score.

The 2-2 draw helped Vietnam keep the third place in Group C and become one of the two best third-placed teams in the group stage, who will join the respective six group winners and runners-up in the quarterfinals. 

Vietnam’s quarterfinal opponent will be China. 

Even if they lose, Vietnam will have a chance to go to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup through the inter-confederation play-off door.

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Australia beat Thailand to set up quarter-final with South Korea at Women’s Asian Cup



Australia defeated Thailand 2-1 at the Women’s Asian Cup in Mumbai on Thursday to secure the top spot in Group B and set up a quarter-final clash with South Korea.

The Matildas finished the group stage with nine points, ahead of the Philippines, who ended on six points after thrashing Indonesia 6-0 in Pune.

Australia took the lead in the 39th minute after Emily van Egmond scored with a low drive from the edge of the box and all-time leading scorer Sam Kerr came off the bench to add the second goal in the 80th minute.

Thailand substitute Nipawan Panyosuk scored in stoppage time, lobbing the ball over keeper Lydia Williams with a stunning shot from distance.

Despite the defeat, Thailand advanced to the quarter-finals on account of finishing among the best third-placed teams alongside Vietnam.

Soccer Football - Women's Asian Cup - Group C - Japan v South Korea - Shivchatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India - January 27, 2022 South Korea's Shim Seo-Yeon in action with Japan's Risa Shimizu. Photo: Reuters
Soccer Football – Women’s Asian Cup – Group C – Japan v South Korea – Shivchatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India – January 27, 2022 South Korea’s Shim Seo-Yeon in action with Japan’s Risa Shimizu. Photo: Reuters

Thailand will face two-time defending champions Japan, who clinched the top spot in Group C on goal difference despite being held to a 1-1 draw by second-placed South Korea.

Forward Roki Ueki gave Japan the dream start with a goal in the first minute — the quickest at the competition — as she charged into the box and found the bottom left corner with a fine finish.

South Korea, putting up an improved performance in the second half, found a late equaliser through substitute Seo Ji-youn in the 85th minute after a scramble in the box.

Vietnam, who came from behind twice to hold Myanmar to a 2-2 draw in Navi Mumbai, will take on Group A winners China in the last eight. The Philippines will face Taiwan, who finished second in Group A.

Soccer Football - Women's Asian Cup - Group C - Japan v South Korea - Shivchatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India - January 27, 2022 Japan's Yui Hasegawa in action. Photo: Reuters
Soccer Football – Women’s Asian Cup – Group C – Japan v South Korea – Shivchatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India – January 27, 2022 Japan’s Yui Hasegawa in action. Photo: Reuters

Group A ended with only three teams with hosts India thrown out of the tournament after a COVID-19 outbreak meant they were unable to field a team for their match against Taiwan. 

The quarter-finals will be held on Sunday, followed by the semi-finals on Feb. 3 and the title clash on Feb. 6.

The competition is doubling up as Asia’s qualifier for next year’s Women’s World Cup, with the continent awarded five guaranteed spots at the finals in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia qualify for the World Cup as co-hosts while two other Asian nations will feature in an intercontinental playoff round.


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Age is just a number for Watford’s new boss




Roy Hodgson is, for the second time, the oldest manager in the Premier League. — Photo courtesy of Watford FC

Paul Kennedy

I’ve never been very good at dating apps. I guess it’s a generational thing.

I do know one thing for sure though; I’m not exactly a good catch. Very much the wrong side of 40, I drink and smoke far too much, work all the time, and the only thing I actually care about is Liverpool FC.

So if you’re looking for a keeper, and I’m not talking about the Alisson Becker variety, then I think swiping left is a better option.

I guess the reason I just don’t get the whole modern-day dating by app thing is my age. The days of meeting the future ex-Mrs Kennedy in a bar are long gone.

Nowadays, you can actually get to know potential suitors simply through endless conversations on apps like Zalo, long before you ever meet.

While I bemoan my hatred of dating apps because of my age, I tend to get the same reply over and over: “Age is just a number”.

And I guess that’s probably the case, but as I fast approach the big 5-0, I do start to look at things a little bit differently and wonder: “When does the time come to start to slow down?”

This week, Watford FC announced Roy Hodgson as their new manager. He is 74-years-old and his appointment makes him the oldest ever manager in the Premier League.

Previously, the oldest ever manager in the Premier League was, you’ve guessed it, Roy Hodgson when he managed Crystal Palace from 2017-21.

Roy clearly sees age as just a number.

In 1976, yeah, that long ago, he became manager of Halmsteds BK in Sweden, leading them to two league titles during a four-year spell in charge.

In the 42 years that followed, Roy has managed a staggering 20 teams, with Watford being his 21st managerial position.

So I don’t think there’s any doubt of his experience, but the big question Watford supporters will be asking themselves right now will be, is Roy over the hill?

Roy is Watford’s 15th manager in the past 20 years since the club was bought by Italian businessman Gino Pozzo in 2012.

I’ve no idea what reassurances Hodgson was given before he agreed to the job, but with a boss as trigger-happy as Pozzo seems to be, I do wonder how long he’ll last.

Throughout his extremely long career, Hodgson has never managed a team that has been relegated.

But with Watford currently sat second from bottom in the Premier League (their next game is against bottom club Burnley) saving the Hornets from relegation could be one of the veteran manager’s greatest ever achievements.

It’s not the time for Roy to be slowing down. He has a mammoth task on his hands over the next few months to save Watford from the drop. Sadly I fear in his case, age is a number, and he may have bitten off more than his dentures can chew. —



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