2002 WDF Europe Cup XIII - Heren

Published at 10/07/2020

General
The thirteenth edition of the WDF Europe Cup was held in Mechelen, Belgium, from 17 to 19 October. The Nekker event hall is the place of action. Nineteen countries participated in the men and women, including Russia, which is present for the first time in ten years.

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Men’s Pairs tournament
No less than seven different countries in the quarterfinals of the pairs tournament of 2002. Only Denmark has two duos left in the mix. Brian Sørensen & Henrik Primdal lose to Raymond van Barneveld & Co Stompé with 4 1. Søren Behrendsen & Ole Jørgensen also lose out. They lose to the Scottish tandem Gary Anderson & Peter Johnstone. Mervyn King & Martin Adams are the only English pair in the last eight and they beat Mensur Suljovic & Franz Thaler from Austria without losing a leg. The semi-finals are completed by the surprising Swiss duo Walter Tschudin & Urs Vonrufs. The Swiss win 4 2 against the Finns Jarkko Komula & Marco Pusa.

In the semi-finals the Scots beat the Swiss and the English pair is 4 1 too strong for the Dutch defending champions Van Barneveld & Stompé. The final is a one-sided duel. Mervyn King & Martin Adams are far too strong for Gary Anderson & Peter Johnstone, it ends a 4-0 whitewash for the English duo.

It is the sixth time in history that England has managed to win the pairs tournament. For Mervyn King it is his first win in this event and for Adams it is his second time after the gold in 1996.

Men’s Singles tournament
In the men's singles, all English men were still standing in the last eight. Martin Adams simply defeats Austrian August Jost there. His fellow countryman Dietmar Burger provides the biggest surprise by eliminating Andy Fordham. The Viking would not become the only English victim. John Walton also crashes out. He goes down 1-4 against Peter Johnstone from Scotland. The fourth Englishman does win, but without a fight. Mervyn King beats Welshman Peter Johns 4-3.

In the semi-finals, the two remaining English meet. In a seventh and deciding leg, it is King who defeats Adams and thus qualifies for the final. His opponent in that final will be the Scot Peter Johnstone who defeats Dietmar Burger 4-0.

The final is a surprisingly simple win for Johnstone who wins 4-1 to crown himself WDF Europe Cup singles champion. Something that no Scot had done before. Dietmar Burger's bronze medal is arguably the most beautiful of all medals to be awarded this year. Austria has never won a medal at a WDF Europe Cup before.

Men’s Team Event
With only 19 countries present in 2002, the preliminary group round will be played in four groups. It had to happen that there are casualties in the group phase. For example, Germany crashes out in the group with England and Sweden and Belgium and Ireland do not survive the group phase either. Most surprising is the elimination of Northern Ireland by Italy. The Italians win the match with 9-5 and are surprisingly qualified for the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals the fairy-tale ends for the Italians, the Dutch quartet is too strong with 9 1. Finland wins the Scandinavian duel against Sweden with 9-6. In the other two quarterfinals, a 17th and deciding leg must be played. Scotland beats Denmark and Wales, perhaps surprisingly, beats England. The English hereby open the door for Scotland to also take the overall title. For that, Scotland must win the team tournament.

in the semi-finals, the Scottish quartet Gary Anderson, George Dalglish, Peter Johnstone & Mike Veitch is too strong for the Welsh foursome consisting of Robert Hughes, Martin Phillips, Peter Johns & Richard Herbert. It finishes 9-5 to the Scots. The other semi-final starts with a bang, the first two players on the oche are Raymond van Barneveld for the Netherlands and Marco Pusa for Finland. Van Barneveld becomes the first player in history to hit a nine-dart at a WDF Europe Cup. After two 180’s, the 141 finish also goes off the board. It also helps the Netherlands to win in the match. Raymond van Barneveld, Vincent van der Voort, Co Stompe & Albertino Essers win 9-7 against the Finns Ulf Ceder, Jarkko Komula, Marko Pusa, Kim Viljanen.

The final between the Scots Gary Anderson, George Dalglish, Peter Johnstone & Mike Veitch and the Dutch foursome Raymond van Barneveld, Vincent van der Voort, Co Stompe & Albertino Essers will be a very exciting one. Until 8-8 everything is level. Then both managers must appoint a player to play the 17th and deciding leg. For the Netherlands, Raymond van Barneveld immediately steps forward, taking his responsibility as team captain and number one in the world. The enthusiasm of the Scots is much less. Nobody really wants to play this deciding leg. After all, a victory in the team tournament also results in the overall WDF Europe and none of the four players actually want to bear that responsibility. In the end it is Peter Johnstone, who has already won the singles tournament, who has to do it for the Scots. He will not be troubled by nervousness, as it turns out, in 12 darts he finishes the last leg and brings Scotland not only the gold in the team tournament but also the overall victory in the WDF Europe Cup in 2002.

The only and last time Scotland had won the team tournament was in 1978 when the first edition was played. The Netherlands has to settle for silver for the second time in a row.

Men’s Overall classification
The spectacular finish to the team tournament and the victory in the singles ensure that Gary Anderson, George Dalglish, Peter Johnstone & Mike Veitch deliver Scotland the overall gold at a WDF Europe Cup for the first time in history. They collect a total of 129 points. The silver goes to the English team with 117 points. The Netherlands takes bronze with 80 points. The gap to number four Finland is big, they finish at 49 points.

Overall ranking
1 - 129 points Scotland
2 - 117 points England
3 - 80 points Netherlands
4 - 49 points Finland
5 - 44 points Austria/ Denmark/ Wales
8 - 28 points Switzerland
9 - 24 points Sweden
10 - 22 points Italy
11 - 19 points Belgium
12 - 13 points Northern Ireland
13 - 12 points Russia
14 - 8 points Germany/ Ireland Republic/ Norway
17 - 5 points France
18 - 2 points Hungary
19 - 0 points Latvia