1997 WDF World Cup XI - Dames
After Brisbane, Queensland in 1985 the WDF World Cup darts goes "Down Under" for the second time this time to Perth in Western Australia. The long trip to the southern hemisphere means there are a lot less countries than two years previously in Basel, Switzerland.
But with 26 countries, the organizers cannot complain, as all the top countries are present for this event. Like in the men’s competition, there were 26 countries present in the ladies WDF World Cup in Perth. Competing in their eighth WDF World Cup from October 1 through October 4 at the Burswood Resort in Perth.
Ladies Pairs tournament
In the ladies pairs tournament, there was turmoil in the group stage after the English ladies Mandy Solomons and Trina Gulliver lost 4-1 to the women from the Philippines, Paulita Villanueva & Janice Hinojales. As a result, the English ladies finished second in their group and they had to play hosts Australia with Dot McLeod & Megan Rodgers in the last 16. The Australian ladies won this match 4-2. This made it clear early on that the English ladies would not retain their overall title from two years earlier. Other notable exits during the group phase were Scotland, Finland, Denmark and New Zealand.
The ladies from the Philippines were clearly inspired by their group win over England as they beat the Belgian pair Monique Victoor & Sandra Pollet 4-0 in the last 16. In the quarterfinal they beat the Japanese duo Ritsuko Nomura & Yukari Nishikawa 4-3. And the semi-final was won 4-2 against the also surprising pair from South Africa, Vanessa Jacobs & Karin Visser.
In the final, the ladies from the Philippines faced the strong and experienced team from the USA; Stacy Bromberg & Lori Verrier. Team USA encountered little difficulty in reaching the final. In the semi-finals they defeated the Canadian duo Patricia Farrell & Gayl King 4-1. In their five games until the final the American ladies lost only five legs. In the final the Philippine ladies offered good resistance, but it still was not enough against the more experienced ladies from the USA who won 4-2. For the USA, this was the second WDF World Cup pairs title, after their previous victory in 1987.
Ladies Singles tournament
Like in the pairs event, the English ladies also disappointed in the singles tournament. Both ladies, Trina Gulliver and defending champion Mandy Solomons, already lose in the quarterfinals. The two ladies from the USA were not in top form either. If they could have followed their victory in the pairs here with some good results they had the best chance for the overall title, but they both lost their first round match and had to wait and see what the competition would do in the rest of the singles tournament.
In the quarterfinals two countries still had a chance to snatch the overall title from the USA; Wales and New Zealand. For Wales it was Sandra Greatbatch who beat Trina Gulliver 4-3. New Zealand’s Jill McDonald lost to Northern Irish Denise Cassidy 4-2 and that put an end to the chances for the kiwis. Sandra Greatbatch had to win the tournament to win the overall title for Wales and that pressure was apparently just too big because she lost in the semi-finals to Cassidy. The other semi-final was a clash between two countries of the Southern hemisphere. Noeline Gear from New Zealand won it by beating home player Dot McLeod 4-3.
The final was a bit of an anticlimactic because Noeline Gear won it easily 4-0 against Denise Cassidy. For New Zealand, this was the second WDF World Cup singles title after 1991 when Jill McDonald had won it.
Ladies Overall classification
The overall ranking is won by Lori Verrier & Stacy Bromberg on behalf of the USA with the 28 points they win in the pairs tournament. Jill MacDonald & Noeline Gear from New Zealand follow on one point with 27 points. Surprisingly the bronze goes to the ladies from the Philippines, Janice Hinojales & Paulita Villanueva finish on 20 points. Northern Ireland comes in fourth with 18 points and Wales fifth with 17 points. England only finishes in eighth place with 14 points.
1 - 28 points USA
2 - 27 points New Zealand
3 - 20 points Phillipines
4 - 18 points Northern Ireland
5 - 17 points Wales
6 - 16 points Australia
7 - 15 points Germany
8 - 14 points England
9 - 12 points South Africa
10 - 11 points Canada
11 - 10 points Japan
12 - 5 points Netherlands/ Sweden/ Norway
15 - 4 points Scotland/ Denmark/ Belgium
18 - 3 points Czech Republic/ Switzerland
20 - 2 points Ireland republic
21 - 1 point Bermuda/ Finland/ Italy
24 - 0 points France/ Malaysia/ Uganda