2004 WDF Europe Cup XIV - Heren
In 2004, the WDF Europe Cup returns to Finland for the third time. After Turku in 1986 and Kerava in 1992, Tampere is now the place of action. The fourteenth edition of the WDF Europe Cup was held at the Scandic Hotel Rosendahl from 13 to 16 October. With 21 participating countries for men and 20 for women, it can safely be called a successful edition. Estonia makes its debut at this tournament.
Men’s Pairs tournament
Only the Netherlands still has both duos in the quarterfinals of the pairs tournament. This proves to be the final destination for Mario Robbe & Dick van Dijk, they lose 4-0 to Jarkko Komula & Kim Viljanen from Finland. Raymond van Barneveld & Vincent van de Voort will progress to the semi-finals. They beat the Swedish duo Markus Korhonen & Johan Engström 4-1. The other semi-finalists are Gary Anderson & Mike Veitch from Scotland, they beat Austrian’s Franz Thaler & August Jost. The defending champions Mervyn King & Martin Adams are also still in the mix. The English pair beats Ritchie Davies & Martin Phillips from Wales 4-2.
In the semi-finals, England easily wins 4-1 against Finland, the Netherlands has a lot more trouble with Scotland but wins 4 legs to 3. This means that in the final three of the four winners from the last two editions will face each other.
It will be a blood-curdling finale with a lot at stake. If the Netherlands wins it then they also take the overall title, if they do not, England can still pass them with a win in the team event. England leads 3-2 and is waiting on tops when Vincent van der Voort hits another 180. Martin Adams then misses three darts for the match and Van Barneveld finishes. In the seventh and deciding leg, Raymond van Barneveld & Vincent van de Voort throw a 13-darter for the win. With that, Mervyn King & Martin Adams are unable to defend their title.
For Raymond van Barneveld it is his second gold medal in the pairs event, for Vincent van de Voort it is his first. But more importantly, of course, is that the duo helps the Netherlands to the overall win.
Men’s Singles tournament
Raymond van Barneveld once again confirms his status as the best player in the world at the moment. He easily defeats Mervyn King, Søren Behrendsen, Daniel Larsson Jarkko Komula and Vincent van der Voort on his way to the final. Only against Jarkko Komula does the Dutchman give up three legs. All other games are won 4-0.
The opponent for Van Barneveld in the final will be the Norwegian Robert Wagner. The born Austrian has been playing for Norway for years. He has a lot of trouble with Italian Luigi Marino in the first round, but after that he passes smoothly past Ulf Ceder, Mario Robbe, Dennis Lindskjold and Marco Kantele.
In the final it is Raymond van Barneveld who takes the victory. He beats Norwegian Robert Wagner 4-2. It is the first time that Raymond van Barneveld wins the singles at a WDF Europe Cup. After Co Stompé in 1998, he is the second Dutchman to achieve this. Robert Wagner's silver represents Norway's first ever men's medal. Only Mette Hansen has ever won a medal before. In 1998 she won bronze in the ladies.
Men’s Team Event
In 2004 there are also four groups in the group stage of the team tournament. The most surprising thing about this group stage is that both Ireland and Northern Ireland are knocked out. In the quarterfinals, there are really only strong teams left. Raymond van Barneveld could have claimed all gold medals for himself this year, but that doesn’t happen. The Netherlands loses big to Wales in the quarterfinals. England simply beats Norway 9-3 and Finland wins the Scandinavian matchup with Sweden 9-4. The most exciting quarterfinal is between Scotland and Belgium. They level at 8-8 and in the seventeenth and deciding leg it is Scotland that takes the victory.
In the semi-finals, the Scottish quartet Gary Anderson, Paul Hanvidge, Mike Veitch & Paul McGimpsey will play against the foursome Ritchie Davies, Martin Phillips, Wayne Warren & Peter Johns from Wales. It is the Scots that qualify for the final through a 9-6 victory. In the other semi-final, Mervyn King, Martin Adams, Ted Hankey & John Walton play against the Finns Ulf Ceder, Marko Kantele, Jarkko Komula & Kim Viljanen on behalf of England. It is the English who end up winning that one, they beat the Finns 9-3.
The final between the defending champions from Scotland and the rock-solid English quartet promises to be a real battle. For Scotland, there is also something more at stake, not only the gold medal in the team event, but in the event of a win there is also bronze overall. Yet it is England that will win the team tournament for the 11th time. It's not an easy victory but Mervyn King, Martin Adams, Ted Hankey & John Walton still beat Gary Anderson, Paul Hanvidge, Mike Veitch & Paul McGimpsey with 9 7.
Men’s Overall classification
Despite the relatively lesser result in the team tournament, it is still Raymond van Barneveld, Vincent van der Voort, Mario Robbe & Dick van Dijk who win the gold on behalf of the Netherlands. For Raymond van Barneveld the third gold besides the singles and the pairs together with Vincent van der Voort. The Dutch collect a lot of points, especially in the singles and pairs, and finish on 121 points. England comes in second with 107 points and took the silver. The bronze is for Finland with 79 points. The lost team final of Scotland makes them finish fourth with 72 points, well before Sweden which finish fifth with 48 points.
1 - 121 points Netherlands
2 - 107 points England
3 - 79 points Finland
4 - 72 points Scotland
5 - 48 points Sweden
6 - 45 points Norway
7 - 42 points Wales
8 - 35 points Denmark
9 - 30 points Belgium
10 - 19 points Ireland Republic
11 - 15 points Northern Ireland
12 - 14 points Germany/ Gibraltar
14 - 12 points Austria
15 - 11 points Greece
16 - 9 points France
17 - 6 points Italy/ Hungary
19 - 5 points Switzerland
20 - 4 points Russia
21 - 0 points Estonia