WDF Europe Cup Men Singles 1984

On 26 and 27 October, the Dutch Darts Association organized the fourth edition of the WDF Europe Cup in collaboration with the WDF in the Ockenburg sports center in The Hague. For the first time in history, a darts event of this stature was organized in the Netherlands. All the top players from twelve European countries were present. However, the English team would reign supreme, winning all the top prizes. For the first time in history, a brother and sister participate in a WDF Europe Cup; Luc and Christa Marreel play on behalf of Belgium.

As usual, the singles tournament was scheduled last at the WDF Cups. In the first round, 20-year-old German police officer Michael Reek caused a real upset by eliminating none other than Jocky Wilson. The unusual throwing technique of this young German did not prevent him from coming back from a 0-2 deficit. Jocky's mistake of missing tops in the deciding leg was punished mercilessly and the victory went 4-3 to the German. Eric Bristow seemed to be heading straight for a place in the final. In the first three rounds, he only had to give up one leg. In the quarterfinals however, he was completely surprised by Malcolm Davies from Wales, who to the surprise of the entire English camp thumped Eric 4-1.

In the final there was only one English star left, who other than the captain of the English quartet; John Lowe. In the semi-finals, he won effortlessly with an average of 33.30 per dart from Malcolm Davies 4-1. In the other semi-final, Steve Brennan from Northern Ireland and Leighton Rees from Wales faced each other. The tournament's most seasoned player, Leighton, had grown slowly into the tournament, beating Dave Whitcombe in the quarterfinals. He continued his good form in his match against Steve Brennan by beating him 4-2.

The final became the spectacular finale the tournament deserved. Lowe won the first three legs in 19, 13 and 14 darts. With 3-0 in the pocket, there seemed to be no problem for John Lowe. However, Rees decided to put his best foot forward one more time and in the fourth leg he created a 63-point lead after 15 darts; 101 against 164. However, Rees was unable to finish and did not get a second chance. John Lowe hit T20, T18 and Bull. With this fantastic finish and a standing ovation, the fourth WDF Europe Cup was brought to a worthy end.

John Lowe's win is his second at a WDF Europe Cup in the singles after his win at the first edition in 1978. England has still won the singles in all editions.

Venue: Netherlands Ockenburgh, The Hague From: Friday 26 October 1984 Till: Saturday 27 October 1984


John Lowe
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
WDF Europe Cup Men Singles - 1984