2010 WDF Europe Cup XVII - Heren
Turkey is one of the new and ambitious members of the World Darts Federation. Participant since 2006 and already in 2010 they are allowed to organize the seventeenth edition of the WDF Europe Cup. From 13 to 16 October, the Grand Haber Hotel in Kemer is the setting for a fantastic, sunny, European Cup. All records in terms of number of participating countries are broken. In the men, 28 countries participate and in the ladies 27. New countries such as Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, but also countries that are back after a short absence such as Estonia and Greece.
Men’s Pairs tournament
The pairs tournament is an old-fashioned English party. Both pairs from England reach the final. On their way to the final, Martin Adams & Scott Waites beat the Huybrechts brothers from Belgium, Mickey Mansell & John Elder from Northern Ireland in the quarterfinals and the strong Welsh duo Martin Phillips & Wayne Warren in the semi-finals.
Darryl Fitton & Tony O’Shea reach the final by beating Kurt van de Rijck & Geert de Vos from Belgium in the quarterfinals and Cor Ernst & Rick Hofstra from the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
The final is a very close match at a high level, especially great for the audience. The four players can play relatively relaxed since all points already go to England. It is Martin Adams & Scott Waites who take the gold, they beat their fellow countrymen Darryl Fitton & Tony O’Shea 6-4.
Martin Adams successfully defends his pairs title. It is already the fourth time that he has won this tournament and for the fourth time with another partner. In 1996 he won with Andy Fordham, in 2002 with Mervyn King, two years ago with John Walton and now with Scott Waites.
Men’s Singles tournament
The last eight in the singles is a mix of famous names and a few unknowns. In any case, the old-timers are doing well in 2010. Mike Veitch from Scotland wins 5-3 against Scott Waites from England. The other remaining Englishman also crashes out here. World champion Martin Adams loses in a ninth and deciding leg against Welshman Martin Phillips. His compatriot and pairs partner Wayne Warren is also doing very well, winning 5-0 against the surprising Fin Jaakko Kliski, who had eliminated Tony O’Shea earlier in the tournament. The last four are completed by Dutchman Willy van de Wiel, who defeats Irishman Martin McCloskey 5-1.
The two Welshmen then play against each other in the semi-finals. The one-sided game is won by Phillips 6-1. Willy van de Wiel beats Mike Veitch 6-3 in the other semi-final. After Roland Scholten, Co Stompé, Raymond van Barneveld and Niels de Ruiter, Willy van de Wiel is the fifth Dutchman to reach the singles final.
In the final, Willy van de Wiel has to acknowledge the superiority of Martin Phillips. The Welsh man is unstoppable this year and wins 7-3. As a result, the WDF Europe Cup singles remains in Wales after Mark Webster had won the last two editions.
Men’s Team Event
There were no big surprises in the eight groups of the first round of the team tournament. Neither in the first knockout round, although Scotland lost 9-5 to Belgium and Romania pushed Wales a long way, but they would not win (7-9). In the quarterfinals there are some big victims. England loses 9-6 to the strong Belgians and Wales goes down against Norway. Sweden wins the Scandinavian battle with Finland and lastly the Netherlands beats Denmark 9-4. This means that for the first time in history not one of the British countries has reached the semi-finals. And of course that the defending champions, Denmark, are out.
In the semi-finals it is a duel between one of the low countries against one of the Scandinavian. Cor Ernst, Rick Hofstra, Joey ten Berge & Willy van de Wiel compete on behalf of the Netherlands against the Norwegian quartet Oyvind Aasland, Thor-Helmer Johansen, Robert Wagner & Vegar Elvevoll. The Norwegians seem to have given it all against Wales a round earlier because they never really get into their rhythm. With a 9-4 score line, the Netherlands qualifies for the final. In the other semi-finals, Belgians Kim Huybrechts, Ronny Huybrechts, Kurt van de Rijck & Geert de Vos play against the experienced Swedish foursome Magnus Caris, Daniel Larsson, Dennis Nilsson & Orjan Thomsson. A exciting match that ends in a 9-6 victory for the Belgians.
Belgium was in the final before in 1986 and 1998 and with intervals of 12 years it should become three times is a charm in 2010. The Netherlands has much more experience in playing finals but has had bad experiences with it in recent years at Europe and World Cups. At the start of the final it was also clear that the Netherlands would not only win the gold in the team event with a victory, but also the overall title. If Belgium triumphs, then England takes the overall Cup. That tension is felt from the first dart in the Dutch foursome. They never find any rhythm and the Belgians punish every mistake mercilessly. For the first time in history, a Belgian foursome takes the gold in the team event. Kim Huybrechts, Ronny Huybrechts, Kurt van de Rijck & Geert de Vos are responsible for the first ever gold medal for Belgium.
Men’s Overall classification
In the overall classification it is exciting until the end. Wales are doing great in the singles, England in the pairs, but in the team tournament both are not doing so well. Taking all this into account, The Netherlands also keeps a close eye on the overall victory for a long time. However, they lose in the team final to Belgium and so Martin Adams, Darryl Fitton, Tony O'Shea and Scott Waites still take the 2010 WDF Europe Cup with 111 points. Three points more than the Netherlands that has to settle for silver. The bronze is for the winners of the team tournament; Belgium with 85 points. That is two points more than Wales in fourth place. Sweden and Norway share fifth place with 45 points.
1 - 111 points England
2 - 108 points Netherlands
3 - 85 points Belgium
4 - 83 points Wales
5 - 45 points Sweden/ Norway
7 - 40 points Northern Ireland
8 - 38 points Scotland
9 - 35 points Finland
10 - 26 points Ireland Republic
11 - 19 points Denmark
12 - 17 points France
13 - 13 points Turkey
14 - 12 points Poland/ Switzerland
16 - 11 points Greece/ Spain
18 - 10 points Germany
19 - 9 points Slovenia
20 - 8 points Romania
21 - 7 points Iceland/ Italy
23 - 6 points Lithuania
24 - 2 points Austria/ Latvia
26 - 1 point Czech Republic
27 - 0 points Estonia/ Serbia