Of goals and attacking football
She is a Balestier Khalsa fan, and pretty much enjoyed the club's RHB Singapore Cup winning run last year.
Royce Yap felt last season's Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League was exciting, especially after the tense finish in the title fight, with the championship going to the Warriors only on the final day.
Yap's two nephews, aged eight and nine, are part of the Tigers' fan club and she hopes the league can be even better this season, and has issued a challenge to the clubs - surpass last season's goal count of 409 and score 500 in 2015.
Speaking to The New Paper yesterday at the S.League Fanfare celebrations - part of the pre-season build-up to the season - she said: "Since it's SG50, I hope this year's S.League will have 500 goals, or maybe even 550."
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin believes fans can expect to see the same kind of "attacking football" at this year's S.League, which kicks off on March 1.
He revealed how the longer pre-season break has given clubs more time to embark on training trips and participate in friendly matches to get them into prime shape, while also doing their bit to engage communities in a bid to grow stadium attendance.
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While Warriors FC fan Zulkiflee Zainal praised the efforts to engage fans, he insisted yesterday that only "entertainment on the field" will draw fans out.
"I hope there will be better competition and a higher standard of football this year," said Zulkiflee, who has been following the S.League since its inception in 1996.
"I hope national players can be distributed evenly among clubs.
"When there are too many star players in the same few clubs, those at the lower levels cannot compete with them because the disparity in skills will be too big."
Norman Sek, 15, will watch games between Warriors and Tampines, because they are strong teams with good players and the match-up almost always offers something.
Yap, 44, wants more Singaporeans to give the S.League a chance.
"Football fans here feel that the standard of play is not high," she said.
"That's discouraging for the players.
"The fans should take the first step and give the S.League a chance."
- NICOLE CHIA