2015 WDF World Cup XX - Dames
After organizing two Europe Cups, Turkey is ready for the big one; a WDF World Cup. The organization of the twentieth WDF World Cup is fantastic and almost everyone is happy with the all-inclusive principle of the playing location. In the men's tournament, 36 countries compete for the Cup, 29 countries bring a women's team and a record number of 16 youth teams find their way to the Turkish resort in Kemer. The Limra Hotel & Resort is the hotel and playing venue from 26 to 31 October.
For the first time there are four ladies per team, until 2015 there were always two. This means that an extra day of play is added to the schedule. From now on, the teams will play over five days and the opening ceremony is the day before. Nick Rolls joins the team of officials in 2015. Together with Richard Ashdown and Jacques Nieuwlaat they oversee the floor matches and the stage program. Bulgaria is there for the first time since 1995 and Serbia is the last newcomer to the WDF World Cup stage.
Ladies Pairs tournament
Because four ladies per team can be lined up for the first time in 2015, each country can send two pairs to the WDF World Cup. The dominance of England is complete in 2015. Both pairs reach the final in which Lisa Ashton & Claire Brookin ultimately win 6-4 against Fallon Sherrock & Deta Hedman. The bronze goes to Lorraine Burn & Corrine Hammond from Australia and to Irish ladies Robyn Byrne & Caroline Breen.
For Ireland this is the first medal ever with the ladies. For England it is the eleventh gold medal in the pairs in seventeen editions played.
Ladies Singles tournament
In the ladies singles Lisa Ashton crowns herself as champion. She defeats her compatriot and defending champion Deta Hedman in a spectacular game that goes all the way to the thirteenth and deciding leg. On her way to the final, Ashton also beats Frances Lawson, Rhian Griffiths, Mona Farhang, Irina Armstrong, Jeanette Stoop and Julie Gore.
In addition to Gore, Northern Ireland veteran Grace Crane also reaches the semi-finals, her first individual medal in a WDF Cup. In the semi-finals, she is defeated by Deta Hedman, who then still aims to become the second lady ever to win this title more than once.
Lisa Ashton is the sixth lady from England to win the WDF World Cup women's singles title with her win.
Ladies Team Event
For the first time in history not only a team event is played in the men's tournament, but now also in the ladies. The English foursome Deta Hedman, Lisa Ashton, Fallon Sherrock & Claire Brookin is the odds-on favourite and more than lives up to that role. No team comes close to beating them. In both group matches it is 9-0, Scotland takes five legs from the English ladies in the last 16, the American ladies one leg less in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, the surprising Irish ladies await, but Catherine Flemming, Robyn Byrne, Caroline Breen & Veronica Skeffington also reach no more than five legs.
In the other semi-final the Swedish ladies Paulina Soderstrom, Anna Forsmark, Linda Nilsson & Snezana Veljovic face the strong German team of Steffi Luck, Irina Armstrong, Anne Willkomm & Steffi Rennoch-Zwitkowitsch. The German machine easily defeats the Swedes 9-1 and can therefore compete against England in the final. In the final, the German ladies also are no match for the English, it finishes 9-5 for England that takes a clean sweep at this WDF World Cup. In addition to the singles and the pairs, Lisa Ashton now also wins the team tournament and the overall title. She becomes the first ever woman to win four gold medals in one WDF World Cup. A feat only two men have previously ever accomplished. Eric Bristow-MBE in 1983 and 1987 and Martin Adams in 1995.
Ladies Overall classification
With four ladies per team for the first time, the number of points available has increased significantly. The English ladies Deta Hedman, Lisa Ashton, Fallon Sherrock & Claire Brookin do not care and get no less than 188 points. All titles go to Lisa Ashton, who takes the singles-, pairs-, the team event and the overall titles. Overall, the strong German quartet Steffi Luck, Irina Armstrong, Anne Willkomm & Steffi Rennoch-Zwitkowitsch finish in second place with 68 points. The bronze goes to Ireland’s Catherine Flemming, Robyn Byrne, Caroline Breen & Veronica Skeffington with 51 points. A first overall medal ever for the Irish ladies. Australia finishes just off the podium with 49 points, just two points less than Ireland. Sweden gets fifth with 41 points.
1 - 188 points England
2 - 68 points Germany
3 - 51 points Republic of Ireland
4 - 49 points Australia
5 - 41 points Sweden
6 - 36 points Wales
7 - 33 points Scotland
8 - 25 points Russia
9 - 23 points Czech Republic/ Switzerland/ Norway
12 - 21 points Netherlands/ Northern Ireland/ Italy
15 - 20 points United States/ South Africa
17 - 19 points Denmark
18 - 17 points Finland
19 - 15 points Hungary
20 - 14 points Belgium
21 - 12 points Iran
22 - 9 points Lithuania
23 - 5 points Austria
24 - 4 points India/ Turkey
26 - 2 points France/ Romania
28 - 1 point Bulgaria/ Iceland