Women's ● Nov 28, 2023

Sailors stay unbeaten as 2023 Deloitte Women’s Premier League season concludes



SINGAPORE, 28 NOVEMBER 2023 – After over eight months of intense battle, the 2023 Deloitte Women’s Premier League (WPL) season drew to an exciting end on Sunday.


The Lion City Sailors, who had secured the title three weeks prior with two matches to spare, effortlessly sealed their triumphant season with a 6-0 victory against Tiong Bahru at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Saturday (25 November). Wrapping up the season unbeaten with 17 wins and only one draw, the team, led by the newly-minted Coach of the Year, Yeong Sheau Shyan, also netted a league-high 73 goals, solidifying their grasp on a second consecutive WPL title.


The Sailors wasted no time asserting their dominance, operating at full throttle right from the outset. In the 19th minute, a precise cross from Lila Tan was inadvertently tapped in by Tiong Bahru’s Janet Lo. The goals came rolling in swiftly, with star player Madelin Lock emerging as a hat-trick hero – scoring twice in the first half and converting a penalty in the second. Adding to the impressive tally, Lila, Syazwani Ruzi, and Tiffany Siy also etched their names onto the scoresheet.


Team captain Ernie Sulastri proudly hoisted the WPL trophy high, marking the Lion City Sailors as champions of the 22nd season. As they held up jerseys representing teammates sidelined by injuries or departed for further studies and scholarships, the moment became bittersweet.


FAS Deputy General Secretary Gerard Christopher, FAS Women’s Committee Chairperson Julie Teo and Sports Business Leader, Deloitte Singapore & Southeast Asia James Walton were all in attendance at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium. The champions were awarded S$25,000, while Albirex and Hougang United received S$10,000 and S$7,500 respectively.




In their fifth WPL season, Tanjong Pagar secured the fourth position, just below the top three. Debutant teams Tampines Rovers and Geylang International finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Meanwhile, the WNL 2022 champions, Police Sports Association, claimed the fifth spot. Albirex’s Kitahara Kana, the recently crowned Deloitte Player of the Year, maintained her status as the league’s top scorer with an impressive 17 goals. Not far behind were her teammate Marina Asada with 15 goals, and Sailors’ Izzati Rosni and Balestier Khalsa’s Sydney Hector, each contributing with 12 goals.



The weekend marked the second WPL season that saw its first ever title sponsor in the form of Deloitte Singapore. The Sailors’ triumph made them the 15th winner of the WPL, which first kicked off in 2000.





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