1996 WDF Europe Cup X - Dames
The anniversary edition of the WDF Europe Cup was held at the Astoria Convention Centre in Bundoran, Ireland from October 9-13. For the tenth edition of this tournament, no less than a record number of 24 countries travelled to Ireland. Austria, Spain, Hungary and the Isle of Man are the newcomers. With 20 countries, a record was also set for the ladies. Yet a lot stayed as it’s always been, because England once again dominated.
Ladies Pairs tournament
The pairs event was won by the English ladies, just like two years before. Deta Hedman, now paired with Mandy Solomons, won 4-1 in the semi-finals against the Dutch duo Francis Hoenselaar & Valerie Maytum. Denise Cassidy & Grace Crane win in the other semi-finals 4-3 against the Finnish pair Tarja Salminen & Riita Eskelinen.
In the final, the Northern Irish duo Denise Cassidy & Grace Crane is no match for the experienced combination Deta Hedman & Mandy Solomons from England, it finishes in a 4-0 whitewash. It is the second consecutive pairs title for Hedman and the fifth overall for England in this specific event. Northern Ireland had never reached a final in the ladies before and can therefore look back at a successful tournament.
Ladies Singles tournament
In the singles tournament, we found the two finalists from two years back in the final once again. The English defending champion Deta Hedman and the "Dutch Crown" Francis Hoenselaar.
The English beat Maureen Owens, Lisa Huber, Annette Hakonson and Sandra Pollet on her way to the final. In those four games, she lost a total of two legs. Francis Hoenselaar did not have an easy route to the final, she beat Lisbeth Hauen, former winner Heike Ernst, Tarja Salminen and in her semi-final the strong English lady Mandy Solomons. The Dutch ace also did not lose more than one leg in any of those games.
In the final, Francis eventually took the coveted European title by beating Deta Hedman 4-3 this time. It is the first gold ever for the Netherlands at a WDF Europe Cup.
Ladies Overall classification
The overall title goes to England for the sixth time, this time with Deta Hedman and Mandy Solomons who total 59 points. The Netherlands takes the silver for the second consecutive time with 36 points. Finland finishes third with 25 points and is rewarded with bronze. Northern Ireland finished fourth with 21 points, one point more than Belgium, which finished in fifth.
1 - 59 points England
2 - 36 points Netherlands
3 - 25 points Finland
4 - 21 points Northern Ireland
5 - 20 points Belgium
6 - 18 points Wales
7 - 14 points Scotland
8 - 13 points Denmark
9 - 10 points Ireland Republic
10 - 8 points Switzerland
11 - 7 points Germany
12 - 6 points Isle of Man/ Italy/ Norway
15 - 4 points Hungary/ Sweden
17 - 0 points Czech Republic/ France/ Greece/ Spain