1995 WDF World Cup X - Dames
With a record number of entries of 40 men's teams the tenth WDF World Cup started in the Swiss city of Basel. With this fantastic number of entrees WDF Chairman Peter McMenamin and SDA President Felix Degen could already speak of a great success before the first dart was thrown. Not only the quantity was present also the quality continued to rise. Apparently, there are no "weak countries" anymore in the darts world.
The ladies also had a record number of entries with 35 countries in their seventh WDF World Cup from 4 to 7 October at the Messe Hall in the Swiss city of Basel. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Isle of Man and Latvia make their debut in Switzerland.
Ladies Pairs tournament
On Thursday afternoon, the ladies started the pairs event with the group matches. Here the German women were eliminated in the group stage, in their group The Netherlands and Scotland went through. The Belgian and Northern Irish ladies also disappeared from the tournament. They were sat together in Group C with New Zealand and South Africa.
In the last sixteen more surprises would follow. The South African duo Victoria Young & Linda Katske beat Janette Youngson & Donna Robertson from Scotland 4-1. The highly experienced team from New Zealand Noeline Gear & Janette Jonathan were 3-0 up against the title defenders Valerie Maytum & Francis Hoenselaar from the Netherlands. The New Zealanders also got darts on a double in the fourth leg, but missed and the Dutch came back to 3-1. There was hope of a comeback from the Netherlands, but that would not happen, they lost 4-1. The Welsh ladies Sandra Greatbatch & Leeanne Maddock escaped elimination as they narrowly won 4-3 against the Kenyan pair Lucy Jemtai & Mary Kerubo, who had also reached the quarterfinals surprisingly in 1993 and then also lost to Wales.
The Welsh Ladies lost in the quarterfinals to the Danish couple Gerda Sogaard & Ann-Louise Andersen 4-3. New Zealand won the Oceanic battle with Dot McLeod & Jodie Hislop from Australia 4-2. Karin Nodhal & Hege Lokken knocked out South Africa 4-1. The English top duo Mandy Solomons & Deta Hedman won 4-0 over Patricia Farrell & Amy Earle from Canada.
In the semi-finals the result twice was a 4-0. New Zealand beat Denmark and England beat Norway. In the final, the English ladies were soon up 2-0 in 18 and 25 darts. Noeline Gear & Janette Jonathan, helped by two 140’s in the third leg came back to 2-1, but Mandy Solomons & Deta Hedman struck back hard with a 14 darter. Yet the New Zealand duo also managed to raise their game and won the next leg in 17 darts. However, the English couple did not flinch and with scores of 100-100-100-60-105 followed by a finish of 36 they clinched the win in 18 darts. The fourth time in history that an English pair takes the gold.
Ladies Singles tournament
In the ladies singles the semi-finals would be a battle between the English favourites Solomons & Hedman and the ladies from the Low Countries. Francis Hoenselaar from the Netherlands and the Belgian surprise Monique Victoor. Mandy Solomons had to compete with the Belgian on the beautiful stage and Monique turned out to have a bit of stage fright against the experienced Mandy who won 4-0. However, the averages were not bad, 22.32 for Monique and 24.44 for Mandy. Then there was the clash between the number one in the world Deta Hedman and the Dutch top player Francis Hoenselaar. If the Dutch lady would secure a win in this match, she would be the best player in the world at least until the end of the year. Hedman started the match with a 180 and won the first leg. The second leg went to Hoenselaar despite two bouncers. The level in the game grew and Deta took leg three in 14 darts. Hoenselaar countered with two 19-darters hitting a 180 in each of them to nudge ahead 3-2. The Dutch had the start in the sixth leg and with the help of two 140’s she wrapped up the leg in 16 darts to win this leg and the match.
In the final, Mandy Solomons got out of the blocks better than Francis who was still on 161 when Mandy finished the leg in 24 darts. The second leg painted the same picture, but after many missed doubles from Solomons, Hoenselaar won it. The third leg also went to Hoenselaar. In the fourth leg Mandy, again, had three darts to hit the double, but she failed again and Francis went ahead 3-1. Solomons however, did not give up and began with a 180 followed by a 100 score. Yet again the English lady would miss so many doubles that Hoenselaar would get two match darts, but now it was her turn to miss. Solomons won the leg and started the next one with scores of 60-140 and 180. A 121-finish brought Solomons back to 3-3. The last leg Solomons had the throw, but the match would be decided on the doubles again. Francis missed a 116 finish and after three missed match darts from Mandy she got three of her own for the title. Hoenselaar would miss again, so close and yet so far away. Eventually Mandy hit the double five with het last dart. Thus, she topped off a fantastic week with the singles title. Solomons took all the ladies titles home this Cup and that was after she had hit a nine-darter during a league match in London the week before the WDF World Cup.
Ladies Overall classification
The English ladies Deta Hedman and Mandy Solomons capture the overall WDF World Cup title for their country for the fourth time with 61 points. New Zealand with Noeline Gear and Jeannette Jonathan, in addition to the silver in the pairs, also takes silver overall with 24 points. Ann-Louise Andersen & Gerda Søgaard from Denmark and Francis Hoenselaar & Valerie Maytum from the Netherlands shared third with 17 points. Norway claimes a fifth place with 15 points.
1 - 61 points England
2 - 24 points New Zealand
3 - 17 points Denmark/ Netherlands
5 - 15 points Norway
6 - 13 points Belgium/ Kenya
8 - 12 points Canada/ Wales
10 - 8 points Japan
11 - 7 points South Africa/ Switzerland
13 - 6 points Australia
14 - 5 points Scotland
15 - 4 points Finland/ Germany
17 - 3 points USA/ Bermuda
19 - 2 points Hungary/ Luxembourg/ Uganda
22 - 1 point Austria/ Italy/ Northern Ireland/ Ireland/ Sweden
27 - 0 points Bahamas/ Brasil/ Bulgaria/ Czech Rep/ France/ Greece/ Isle of Man/ Russia/ Spain