'Don't expect praise for beating San Marino'

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Warriors' win over DPMM blows S.League title race wide open

HOT SHOTS: Warriors' Nicolas Velez (above) and DPMM's Roy O'Donovan both got on the scoresheet but it was Velez who had the last laugh.
HOT SHOTS: Warriors' Nicolas Velez and DPMM's Roy O'Donovan (above) both got on the scoresheet but it was Velez who had the last laugh.

A day before this top-of-the-table clash, Warriors FC goalkeeper Hassan Sunny told The New Paper his team could rely on set-pieces to overcome league leaders Brunei DPMM.

Turns out the custodian was clairvoyant, after his teammates Kevin McCann and Hafiz Rahim fired home their free-kicks to help second-placed Warriors beat DPMM 3-2 and blow the Great Eastern Yeo's S.League title race wide open.

The Warriors are now just two points behind Steve Kean's side with three games to go.

And speaking to David Lee after the pulsating clash at Bandar Seri Begawan, coach Alex Weaver said: "This result is huge because we had to get all three points to stand a realistic chance of winning the league.

"But we still have to take care of our own business by winning our last three games against Home United, Tampines and Albirex."

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 8.

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And now there are three

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De Gea could have quit

"I think David is the guy who deserves this reward rather than myself. He saved us throughout the game and particularly towards the end and the penalty as well." - Man United’s Angel di Maria on David de Gea’s (above) performance in the 2-1 win Everton.
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No headache for Courtois

"I’m already feeling better. Now I’m resting... great victory yesterday." - Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (in yellow)
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Bale sets record at Welsh awards

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Cody stars at Serapong and will now play for Singapore

SWINGIN': Cody Lim in action during the SPH-WGC tournament at Sentosa's Serapong Course yesterday. Lim, 22, topped Division A and will represent SIngapore at the WGC in South Africa next month.

Professional golf has always seemed too daunting for amateur Cody Lim.

But the 22-year-old certainly played like a pro when he carded an impressive even-par 72 at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course in the national final of the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) World Golfers Championship (WGC) yesterday.

With his score, Lim and four others earned the opportunity to represent Singapore at the WGC Finals in Durban, South Africa, from Nov 1 to 8.

The SPH-WGC is the national qualifier for the WGC tournament, and it began with two qualifying rounds in September at Sentosa's Tanjong Course.

It attracted a total of 240 golfers over the two rounds, with the top 80 golfers playing in yesterday's final.

Lim, who recently completed National Service, carded the best score of the round to top Division A (0-5.4 handicap).

The other winners were Sushminder Singh (B, 5.5-10.4), Brian Chen (C, 10.5-15.4), Tan Horng Chiang (D, 15.5-20.4) and David Seow (E, 20.5-25.4).

The WGC in Durban offers different handicap divisions for golfers of varying abilities, and is into its 20th edition this year.

Though he admitted that he is unlikely to turn pro in the future, Lim, who has a course handicap of 0.5, is looking forward to the chance of feeling like one in South Africa.

"To play golf in South Africa, a country where players like Ernie Els and Retief Goosen hail from, is really exciting," said Lim, who plays for Sembawang Country Club in the inter-club league.

"Before NS, I played around six to seven tournaments a year, but all within the local circuit. I've never travelled to play golf before, except for Malaysia."

Lim played at the difficult Serapong Course on just two occasions before yesterday. Yet, he carded a much better score from his previous effort during the qualifiers on the Tanjong Course (six-over 78) two weeks ago.

"That's golf; sometimes you play well when it's tougher," he said.

"I was doing really well during the first 12 holes, with a four under.

"Then I heard that someone from the flight behind was playing really well, and I started to feel the pressure.

"I cracked a little; the last four holes I had a double-bogey and two bogeys."


Things worked out conversely for Division B champion Sushminder in his maiden round at Serapong.

The 43-year-old prison officer bogeyed the first hole and recorded an eight on his second hole (the par-five fourth), before finally finding his swing.

He finished with a three-over 75.

"It's a dream come true to play in South Africa. When I signed up for the tournament, that was my goal," said Sushminder, who plays for Changi Golf Club.

"I'll have to sharpen my game before we leave, from putting to the mental side of it.

"I was already tense during the last few holes here; my hands were shaking."

At Durban, the five golfers will play two practice rounds and four tournament rounds.

They will compete for the team title as well as individual honours in their respective handicap divisions.

S Murali, deputy editor at The New Paper and also the organiser of the SPH WGC event, said: "I think the two qualifiers and the national final we played today have given us a fantastic team to take to South Africa.

"Our A division winner Cody shot an even-par 72 at Serapong. Our B Division winner Sushminder went around in 75.

"Even our E Division champ David shot a solid 84. The world finals won't be easy but this team gives me a lot of confidence that we can do some damage in Durban."

Noodle seller, customer arrested over self-service spat at Bedok hawker centre

FIGHT: A 62-year-old man (in striped T-shirt) fought with a noodle-seller known only as Mr Yang.
SELF-SERVICE: The scuffle took place in the hawker centre at Block 207, New Upper Changi Road.
FIGHT: A 62-year-old man fought with a noodle-seller known only as Mr Yang (in white).

Unhappy at having to collect his order from a self-service stall at the hawker centre at Block 207, New Upper Changi Road, near Bedok Interchange, the man started arguing with the seller on Monday.

The 62-year-old customer of the Zhong Xing Ban Mian stall then smashed a bottle and walked towards the 38-year-old seller, known only as Mr Yang.

The latter retaliated by splashing hot soup on the customer, Shin Min Daily News reported on Tuesday.

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Body found in sea off East Coast Park

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We wish he had elsewhere gone

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