1984 WDF Europe Cup IV - Dames
On 26 and 27 October, the Dutch Darts Association organized the fourth edition of the WDF Europe Cup in collaboration with the WDF in the Ockenburg sports center in The Hague. For the first time in history, a darts event of this stature was organized in the Netherlands. All the top players from twelve European countries were present. However, the English team would reign supreme, winning all the top prizes. For the first time in history, a brother and sister participate in a WDF Europe Cup; Luc and Christa Marreel play on behalf of Belgium.
Ladies Pairs tournament
In the pairs competition two top duos clash in the quarterfinals. The Welsh duo consisting of Sandra Gibb and Ann-Marie Davies play against the English duo Linda Batten and Sharon Kemp. The Welsh ladies do not appear to have the WDF Europe Cup winning form two years ago, as they lose 3-0 to the English tandem.
In the semi-finals, the English ladies surprisingly faced three Scandinavian duos. Païvi Lonnroth & Sirpa Levanen from Finland, Annette Nielsen & Annette Rasmussen from Denmark and Carina Sahlberg & Marianne Wathén from Sweden. In the semi-finals the Finnish pair, who also managed to reach the semi-finals in the first WDF Europe Cup, beat the Danish duo 3-0. The English ladies win 3-1 against Sweden.
In the final, the English had no mercy for their Finnish opponents and took the title with a 3-0 win. In particular, the second leg of the English was very good in 18 darts with a 98 finish by Sharon Kemp. The bronze for Denmark is Denmark's first ever medal at a WDF Europe Cup.
Ladies Singles tournament
In the singles, defending champion Sandra Gibb from Wales already lost 3-2 to Swedish Carina Sahlberg in the first round. The other top player from Wales Ann-Marie Davies also lost 3-2 to Catherine Neirinck in the same round. With that, the defending champions quickly side-lined themselves to successfully defend their overall title.
Both English ladies, Linda Batten and Sharon Kemp do reach the semi-finals. Linda beats Cathie Gibson from Scotland 3-2 and Sharon defeats Catherine Neirinck from Belgium 3-0 in those semis.
So, the final was an English get-together. Linda Batten and Sharon Kemp found it difficult to achieve a high level against each other. The four legs played were won in 26, 26, 27 and 26 darts. Linda Batten won three of those four legs and was crowned queen of this event. Catherine Neirinck's bronze medal is Belgium's first ever medal at a WDF Europe Cup.
Ladies Overall classification
Just like with the men, the overall WDF Europe Cup title with the women clearly goes to the English. By winning the pairs tournament and the first two places in the singles, Linda Batten and Sharon Kemp reach the maximum number of 84 points. The Finnish ladies finish nicely second at an appropriate distance with 19 points. Bronze is for Scotland and Sweden who share third with 17 points. Belgium comes fifth with 16 points.
1 - 84 points England
2 - 19 points Finland
3 - 17 points Scotland / Sweden
5 - 16 points Belgium
6 - 15 points Denmark
7 - 13 points France / Netherlands / Northern Ireland
10 - 12 points Norway
11 - 11 points Wales
12 - 10 points Germany