1985 WDF World Cup V - Heren

Published at 04/05/2020

The new World Darts Federation president, Australian Peter McMenamin, hosted top darts players from 17 countries in his country from October 17 to 19, 1985. The Crest Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland is the venue.


Malaysia is the only country that has not previously competed in a WDF World Cup. They only come with their men's team, Norway on the other hand only bring their ladies to Australia.

Men’s Team Event
In the men's team event the semi-finals produced a major upset. To everyone's surprise England with John Lowe, Eric Bristow, Cliff Lazarenko & Dave Lee were beaten by as much as 0-9 by Rick Ney, John Kramer, Dan Valletto & Tony Payne on behalf of the USA. Before that, the Americans had already proved their talents against Wales 9-6 and Sweden 9-5. In the final, the USA bumped into the host country Australia. Terry O'Dea, Russell Stewart, Frank Palko & Horrie Seden led 7-2 in their semi-final against Scottish foursome Jocky Wilson, Danny Cunningham, Robert McKenzie & Jim McGuigan. However, the Scots came back strongly to 7-7, but eventually lost 7-9.

The final between Australia and the USA is very close until 6-6, then the Americans win the last three legs of the final on the spin and win 9-6. With this victory team USA shut the critics mouth, who before the tournament had stated that Nicky Virachkul and Jerry Umberger had to be in the team and that this team was doomed to failure. Rick Ney had not proven anything so far that year, Dan Valletto was with his 50 years too old and on John Kramer and Tony Payne the opinions were also divided. Afterwards, John Kramer had the best statement of them all: "We came, we saw, we kicked ass".

It is the first time that this title does not go to a British country. Rick Ney, John Kramer, Dan Valletto & Tony Payne forever have this piece of history to their name.

Men’s Pairs tournament
In the pairs event, the English duo John Lowe & Eric Bristow were in the semi-finals against the American couple Rick Ney & Dan Valletto. With a 3-2 score in favour of the English, Dan Valletto had the opportunity to tie, but missed on double 16 to give the English a place in the final.

In the other semi-finals, it was an Oceanic tussle between Australia with Russell Stewart & Frank Palko and Brent Bartholomew & Alfred Moses on behalf of New Zealand. The game was easily won by the Aussies 4-0.

In the final, John Lowe & Eric Bristow secured their fourth WDF World Cup title in the pairs by beating their Australian opponents 4-0. Never has a country other than England won this title.

Men’s Singles tournament
The singles must decide who would win the WDF World Cup overall title, the USA or England. In the first round, there was already a confrontation between both countries with Eric Bristow against Rick Ney, ths one ends 4-3 in favour of the English. Bristow then progresses to the final, partly due to big wins over Gordon Allpress from New Zealand in the quarterfinals and Scot Danny Cunningham in the semi-finals. In the final, he plays against another American, Tony Payne. Payne had previously beaten Cliff Lazarenko, Robert McKenzie and Steve Brennan in the tournament.

The winner of this final would also grab the overall WDF World Cup title. "The Cincinatti Kid" Tony Payne takes the first two legs in 18 darts and with a 112 finish. After that, however, Bristow gains steam and the “Crafty Cockney took the next two legs in 16 and 13 darts. Bristow also takes the fifth leg for a 3-2 lead and decides the match with a bullseye finish. Bristow's comment after the match was significant: "Off all the tournaments I've won this one meant the most, because I was not playing for myself, I was playing for England". Eric Bristow becomes the first player ever to successfully defend the WDF World Cup singles title.

Men’s Overall classification
The overall title goes to England for the fourth consecutive time with 128 points. Eric Bristow, Cliff Lazarenko, Dave Lee & John Lowe finish ahead of the USA with 102 points. Host Australia is third and for the first time in the top three with 77 points. Shared fourth are New Zealand and Scotland with 47 points.

Overall ranking
1 - 128 points England
2 - 102 United States
3 - 77 points Australia
4 - 47 points New Zealand / Scotland
6 - 26 points Sweden
7 - 25 points Northern Ireland / Wales
9 - 23 points Hong Kong
10 - 21 points Finland
11 - 19 points Canada / Japan
13 - 16 points Singapore
14 - 14 points France
15 - 12 points Malaysia
16 - 10 points Germany
17 - 9 points Philippines