1986 WDF Europe Cup V - Dames

Published at 08/05/2020

From 24 to October 25, 1986 the fifth European Cup was held in Turku, Finland. Thirteen countries participated. Switzerland is participating in this tournament for the first time in history. The WDF Europe Cup was sponsored by Scandinavia's oldest brewery Sinetrychoff the makers of "KOFF" beer.


Ladies Pairs tournament
In the pairs competition it was again England and Sweden who reached the final just like in the singles. In the semi-finals, the English duo Linda Batten & Jayne Kempster beat the Belgian pair Rita Lagace & Maria Dekeyzer 4-1. In the other semi-finals, Maarit Fagerholm & Carina Sahlberg from Sweden beat Dutch duo Valerie Maytum & Mia Mevissen 4-2.

The final was won by the English ladies 4-2. With that result, Jayne Kempster took gold in every event in her first WDF Europe Cup. Maarit Fagerholm from Sweden ended up with all the silver. The bronze for the Netherlands is the first medal ever for the ladies of this country in a WDF Europe Cup.

Ladies Singles tournament
In the ladies singles tournament, Swedish Maarit Fagerholm handed the English ladies a heavy blow by eliminating favourite and title defender Linda Batten 4-2. Maarit also beats former finalist Ann-Marie Davies from Wales in the semi-finals.

The other lady from England, Jayne Kempster, waits in the final. She plays a very strong tournament and only loses two legs on her way to that final. Maarit Fagerholm also is no match in the final against an unleashed Jayne Kempster who wins 4-0. The second bronze is for Eila Nikander from Finland.

Ladies Overall classification
In the overall standings Linda Batten & Jayne Kempster from England take the victory with 100 points. Jayne Kempster takes all titles, just like Batten had done that two years earlier. Sweden comes in second a long way back with 56 points. The Netherlands wins surprising bronze with 31 points, the Netherlands has never finished this high before. Wales finishes fourth with 22 points and Belgium fifth with 21 points.

Overall ranking
1 - 100 points England
2 - 56 points Sweden
3 - 31 points Netherlands
4 - 22 points Wales
5 - 21 points Belgium
6 - 20 points Finland/ Germany/ Scotland
9 - 15 points Norway
10 - 13 points France
11 - 12 points Denmark
12 - 8 points Northern Ireland/ Switzerland