2013 WDF World Cup XIX - Dames
In 1989 Canada already hosted the WDF World Cup, when it was played in Toronto, in 2013 Saint Johns on the Eastern tip of the country was chosen as host city. Because some of the European and Asian teams were missing, the figures are a bit lagging behind on previous years. It will also be the last WDF World Cup for Norwegian Roy Price in his capacity as chairman of the WDF.
There were 27 men's teams, 25 women's teams and 11 youth teams present at this nineteenth WDF World Cup. All major countries on paper were there to compete in the Sports NL Center from 1 to 5 October. Among them, the men of Jersey for the first time.
Ladies Pairs tournament
The English ladies Deta Hedman & Trina Gulliver become the second pair ever to successfully defend their pairs title in a ladies WDF World Cup. Gulliver previously did this in 2005 together with Clare Bywaters. The English duo lose only four legs in the five group matches and then Finland and Italy are defeated towards the semi-finals. The Norwegian duo Rachna David & Marta Krol awaits. The Norwegian ladies take two of the seven legs, which gives Hedman & Gulliver relatively easy to road the final.
The home-playing ladies Cindy Hayhurst & Dianne Gobeil await there. The Canadian ladies play very strong and among others beat Japan and South Africa on their way to the semi-final. In the semi-finals they beat 5-2 against the experienced Scottish ladies Louise Hepburn & Frances Lawson. A lot is expected in advance of the confrontation with the English ladies in the final, but the Canadian ladies do not bring the game that brought them in the final. Deta Hedman & Trina Gulliver win 6-1.
It is the fifth gold medal in the pairs for Trina Gulliver, and the third for Deta Hedman. For Canada it is the third time that they go home with silver, the last time was in 1987.
Ladies Singles tournament
Deta Hedman already participated in a WDF World Cup in 1991, where she reached the quarterfinals, four years later she takes the bronze. After a long break she is back in the English team in 2011 and again the tournament ends in the semi-finals. In 2013 her time has finally come, the Jamaican born takes the title by beating Germanies Irina Armstrong in the final.
It certainly wasn't an easy road to the final, but Hedman manages to beat Janni Larsen, Kiyo Shimizu, Dianne Gobeil, Kirsi Viinikainen and Corrine Hammond. Her opponent in the final; Armstrong beats on her way to the final Maret Liiri, Rachna David, Rhian Edwards and in the semi-final Canadian Cindy Hayhurst.
Deta Hedman is the fifth English woman to win the WDF World Cup women's singles title with her victory. Irina Armstrong's silver medal is the first in this event for Germany.
Ladies Overall classification
The strong duo Trina Gulliver and Deta Hedman extend their overall title at the WDF World Cup in addition to their pairs title. Only in the singles do Hedman and Gulliver change places. This year it is Deta Hedman who takes the singles title. With a total of 60 points, the English ladies are easily the best. The silver goes to Cindy Hayhurst and Dianne Gobeil from Canada. Bronze is for the German ladies Irina Armstrong and Anne Willkomm who score a total of 26 points. Wales with 23 points and Australia with 20 points complete the top five.
1 - 60 points England
2 - 37 points Canada
3 - 26 points Germany
4 - 23 points Wales
5 - 20 points Australia
6 - 18 points Norway
7 - 17 points Scotland
8 - 12 points USA/ Finland
10 - 11 points Netherlands/ Switzerland
12 - 9 points Sweden/ South Africa/ Italy
15 - 6 points Japan/ Barbados
17 - 5 points Northern Ireland/ Ireland
19 - 3 points Denmark/ Turkey
21 - 1 point Iceland/ Trinidad & Tobago
23 - 0 points Bahamas/ Brazil/ Turks & Caicos