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    Lau Ywen reacts during her championship match at the 2016 Cadet & Junior World Fencing Championships. (Photo: Serge Timacheff/International Fencing Federation)

    Lau Ywen first picked up a fencing foil at the age of six simply because she wanted to join her older sister in the sport, having watched Ysien start off two years earlier.

    “I knew that I was quite good in Singapore, but I didn’t think I would go that far,” she told Yahoo Singapore last Friday at the sidelines of the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF)-Peter Lim Scholarship awards ceremony, where she was a recipient.

    In this case, “far” refers to her historic triumph at the Cadet & Junior World Fencing Championships a month earlier, where she won the women’s cadet individual sabre event.

    The 16-year-old beat three of the world’s current top five under-17 sabre fencers - Asian champion Risa Takashima (quarter-final), European champion Liza Pusztai (semi-final) and Larissa Eifler (final) - to clinch Singapore’s first world title

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    Su-Ann Heng poses during a photoshoot at Laguna National Golf & Country Club on March 30, 2016 in Singapore. Photo: Lim Yong Teck

    Formerly a professional and national female golfer, Singapore golfer Su-Ann Heng now shares her knowledge with the younger generation as a golf instructor and as an in-house golf pundit for Fox Sports. The 27-year-old is also actively involved in the media industry as well, where she emcees and hosts on a regular basis.

    How did you get involved in golf?

    I started when I was nine. Dad and mom were obviously, adults, so we never really had too much time together as a family. Dad was always a sporty man, while mom, not really, and my brother and I have always been playing sports in school. He played soccer and I played netball and we ran and we swam. So I think we

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    Valencia and Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan obliges a photograph request during a visit to the Australia International School on May 20. (Photo: Lim Yong Teck/Yahoo Singapore)

    When Mathew Ryan made the move to Valencia CF in July last year, the Australian goalkeeper would surely have expected to chalk up more than just eight league appearances come season end.

    However, the 24-year-old sustained a meniscus injury after starting their first four games of the season, which saw him ruled out for two and a half months. During that absence, Jaume Doménech overtook him in the pecking order and Ryan would only play 17 more times across all competitions.

    Having been undisputed first choice over the previous two seasons with Belgian top-flight side Club Brugge and three campaigns before that with A-League outfit Central Coast Mariners, it was a completely new experience for Ryan.

    Speaking on the sidelines of an event at the Australia International School here as part of Valencia’s visit to

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    Naofumi Tanaka broke the deadlock in Albirex Niigata (S)'s victory over Geylang International. (Photo: Albirex)

    Twenty-one points, 19 goals scored and just one conceded.

    That is how Albirex Niigata (S)’s record from their last seven S.League games reads after they extended their winning run with a 2-0 success over Geylang International on Friday (20 May) night.

    The White Swans stretched their lead over second-placed Tampines Rovers to seven points and look to be in pole position to win their first-ever league title with just half the season left to go.

    However, head coach Naoki Naruo continued to downplay expectations and insisted that his team had to remain grounded despite their lofty status.

    “Today’s victory is very big for us but still we have much room to improve, so we don’t think about the future and will just focus on the next game,” he insisted.

    “We had many chances to score more and we also let Geylang create chances, so we have to improve (our game more) over the whole 90

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    Suggest to Chan Lay Hoon that she is one of the most powerful women in football, and she will politely laugh it off.

    But as executive president of Valencia CF, one of Spain’s most storied football clubs, that is exactly what the Singaporean is.

    The 51-year-old recently completed a full season at the helm of the La Liga side, having assumed the role at the start of July last year after local billionaire Peter Lim became the owner.

    Speaking on the sidelines of a media event at the Australia International School on Friday afternoon, the soft-spoken Chan reflected on her “challenging and very interesting” tenure so far at Valencia.

    One of the challenges has been the differences in culture, where the Singaporean way of handling things can give supporters the impression that the new owners are “distant” and leave them questioning the seriousness of their intent to bring the club forward.

    “It is not easy because… Spanish people are more expressive,” she explained. “They can

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    Faris Ramli (right) put the finishing touch on a glorious counter-attacking goal as Home United thrashed Brunei DPMM 5-0. (Photo: Alfie Lee/Home United)

    A stunning counter-attack was the highlight of a 5-0 victory for Home United on Thursday night in the S.League as they swept away Brunei DPMM at Bishan Stadium.

    From defensive end to attacking third in 15 seconds, the Protectors’ second goal was poetry in motion and encapsulated the passing philosophy Philippe Aw has imposed since taking over last year.

    After a corner had been punched away, the second ball that was launched forward again was headed clear by centre-back Abdil Qaiyyim. It would take only five more passes for it to end up in the DPMM net.

    The ball dropped to Faris Ramli, who instantly backheeled it to Sirina Camara. Down the left flank it went to Song Ui-young, who picked it up and found Shamil Sharif with a diagonal pass.

    His lob fell to Faris - who must have run some 50 yards to get into the box - and the winger

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    Valencia chairwoman and executive president Chan Lay Hoon (in blue) holds up a Geylang International jersey after inking a partnership with chairman Ben Teng, who holds a Valencia shirt. (Photo: Geylang International)

    Spanish football giants Valencia CF today announced a three-year partnership with local S.League side Geylang International to help launch its first football school in Singapore.

    Youth development will be the key focus of the programme, which will consist of “Spanish-style” football clinics and camps aimed at boys and girls aged from 10 to 16 years old. The 10-session and three-day courses at the Valencia Soccer School will be based in Bedok.

    Promising players who emerge from the programme also have the opportunity to join Geylang’s youth teams - and perhaps even earn a chance at training with Valencia themselves.

    Geylang chairman Ben Teng, who took over the club this season, explained that the club had approached the La Liga side a few months ago through committee

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    When Jolynn Wong first took on dragon boating, she injured her rotator cuff by fully relying on her arms. Dragon boating is not just about arm strength, but full body power transfer, says the captain for DBS Asia Dragons Women Team.

    Jolynn will lead her team in the DBS Marina Regatta on on 28-29 May and 4-5 June.

    How did you get involved in this sport?

    Four years ago, my boss introduced dragon boating to a few of us in the team. I wasn’t a sea sports person at all, but the first time I tried dragon boating I just got addicted to it.

    It was very different from individual sports I’ve been doing all the while, like running, Muay Thai, or road cycling. The sport is especially challenging because you cannot be the only person contributing. You have to work with the others and bring out the best in

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    Blaze Dolphins won the Netball Super League for the first time after losing out in three previous finals. (Photo: Netball Singapore)

    The M1 Netball Super League (NSL) 2016 grand final saw a dramatic conclusion as the Blaze Dolphins edged out the Sneakers Stingrays to win their first-ever title on Saturday (14 May) afternoon.

    The Stingrays, the defending champions, appeared to have done enough to retain their crown, only for the Dolphins' Cassandra Soh to equalise with just 15 seconds left.

    With just two seconds left, the goal shooter then sunk in the winner to give the Dolphins a 50-49 victory at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

    Watch the dramatic conclusion to Saturday's (14 May) match. (Video by Hannah Teoh)

    Having finished as bridesmaids on three previous occasions (2011, 2012, 2014), it was a moment to savour - especially as they had to play without their injured foreign star Lilian Sylidion.

    The fighting spirit on display a week ago during their preliminary final came to the fore

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    Ken Ilsø has scored seven goals in 11 S.League games this season. (Photo:S.League)  

    Home United vaulted into the top three spots of the S.League after a 2-1 defeat of Tampines Rovers on Friday (13 May) night at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

    Once again, star forward Ken Ilsø proved to be the match-winning difference as his second-half strike completed the fight-back after they went behind first in front of 2,099 spectators.

    The Dane has now scored the decisive goals in three of Home’s five league victories this season and his 70th-minute winner on Friday sealed his side's third consecutive win.

    Head coach Philippe Aw was pleased with the streak, hailing the victory as “very, very important” for the team's confidence after a lacklustre start to the season.

    “It was a battling display from the team and we really wanted this win,” he said. “Someone told me before the game that we had not won three games in a row since 2014; we spoke about it and I'm glad we broke that statistic. Now, we want

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