1999 WDF World Cup XII - Dames

Published at 29/06/2020

In 1999, for the first time in history, a WDF cup is held in Africa. Durban is the host for the twelfth Cup. 32 countries participate in the tournament, of which 30 also have taken a ladies team. For the first time in 1999 there is also a WDF World Cup the young people. Nine teams take a boy and a girl to South Africa. All of them will compete in the Durban Exhibition Centre for the three major Cups from 6 to 9 October.


Four youth titles are up for grabs. Singles with the girls and boys, mixed pairs and of course the overall WDF World Cup. Botswana, Namibia, and the Seychelles are participating for the first time at a WDF World Cup, which is more global than ever before.

Ladies Pairs tournament
In the 1999 women's pairs tournament, it is the English ladies who take the title. They play their most important match in the semi-finals against the Dutch duo of Francis Hoenselaar and Kitty van Vliet. With the 4-3 win in that game, Trina Gulliver and Apylee Jones also take the overall title in 1999.

In the group matches there are some big surprises. In group D, Karin Nordhal & Mette Hansen from Norway and the Northern Irish pair Denise Cassidy & Norma Irvine are defeated by Trudy Johnson & Julie Nichols from the Bahamas. The team from the Caribbean progresses together with Francis Hoenselaar & Kitty van der Vliet from The Netherlands to the last sixteen. In group G, Dot McLeod & Helen Chalson from Australia and the duo Anne Wairimu & Lucy Jemtai from Kenya qualify for the knock-out phase. This is at the expense of Tarja Salminen & Heli Ohvanainen from Finland, who did win against Kenya, but did not qualify on leg difference.

In the last 16, the Kenyan pair also eliminates the duo from Scotland, Anne Kirk & Jackie Sharp, 4-3. Sandra Greatbatch & Vanda Adams from Wales are also surprisingly knocked-out by the Swiss duo Sabine Beutler & Lisa Huber. In the quarterfinals the fairy tale is over for Kenya, with 4-1 they lose honourably to the English ladies.

In the group stage, the English ladies have a tough draw with Denmark and Canada as opponents, but both games are won. Ireland and Kenya are then also beaten and in the semi-final the Netherlands. Swedish ladies Carina Ekberg & Kristina Korpii await in the final. The Swedish ladies play an excellent tournament. They win their group without losing a leg and then beat Canada, USA and Germany on their way to the final.

In the final the English ladies are really a bit better and they crown themselves champions with a 4-1 victory. It is the fifth time in the history of the WDF World Cup that England has managed to win the pairs. It is the first gold medal at a WDF World Cup for both Apylee Jones and Trina Gulliver.

Ladies Singles tournament
The two most successful female darts players of the moment are facing each other in the final. Francis Hoenselaar from The Netherlands takes on her rival from England; Trina Gulliver. Both ladies hardly hand in any legs on their way to the final. Gulliver wins the first two rounds 4-0 each time. In round three she experiences more resistance from South African Anne Visser; 4-2. In the quarterfinals she defeats Bianka Strauch from Germany and in the semi-finals, she plays the strong finalist from two years ago; Northern Ireland Denise Cassidy both 4-1.

Francis Hoenselaar had to work hard against Apylee Jones from England in round one, but the Dutch ace wins convincingly 4-0, In round two she wins 4-1 against Fatuma Kayege from Uganda. The next round she has to face experienced Anne “captain” Kirk from Scotland who she also defeats 4-0. In the quarterfinals she wins 4-1 against the Australian Dot McLeod and in the semi-finals against the Canadian Patricia Farrell.

In the final, Hoenselaar is 1-3 behind due to a slow start. But this last match of the tournament will still be a real match. Hoenselaar wins two legs in a row and comes level at 3-3. There must be a seventh and decisive leg in which both ladies throw a 140 twice, but Gulliver the winning double. With that, she crowns herself as WDF World Cup singles champion, for her the first time.

The bronze goes to Canada with Patricia Farrell and Northern Ireland also takes a bronze medal with Denise Cassidy. Gulliver is the third English after Linda Batten and Mandy Solomons to take the ladies singles gold.

Ladies Overall classification
It is a clean sweep for the English ladies in Durban. Trina Gulliver wins the singles, together with Apylee Jones she also takes the pairs and so both ladies also win the overall title with 51 points. The Netherlands with Francis Hoenselaar & Kitty van Vliet finish second on a respectable gap with 28 points. The bronze is for Carina Ekberg & Kristina Korpii from Sweden with 24 points. Germany finishes fourth with 19 points and Canada ranks fifth with 16 points.

Overall ranking
1 - 51 points England
2 - 28 points Netherlands
3 - 24 points Sweden
4 - 19 points Germany
5 - 16 points Canada
6 - 15 points Switzerland
7 - 13 points Belgium
8 - 12 points USA
9 - 11 points Australia/ Wales/ Northern Ireland
12 - 9 points Kenya
13 - 8 points Scotland
14 - 7 points New Zealand
15 - 6 points Bahamas
16 - 4 points Finland/ Ireland Republic/ South Africa
19 - 3 points France/ Japan
21 - 2 points Italy
22 - 1 point Bermuda/ Brasil/ Norway/ Uganda
26 - 0 points Botswana/ Denmark/ Hungary/ Namibia/ Seychelles