WDF Europe Cup Women Singles 1988

From 6 to 8 October 1988, the British Darts Organisation hosted the WDF Europe Cup VI, which took place in the English port city of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Initially, this event would take place in the West German town of Heidelberg but the withdrawal of the main sponsor at the last moment forced the World Darts Federation to find another host. Denmark volunteered to organise the tournament but the BDO eventually got the organisation. 

Thus, was the European Cup VI played in the Seashore Holiday Centre in Great Yarmouth. It is the second time, after 1982, England hosts a WDF Europe Cup, this time with fifteen countries on the starting list, including for the first time Italy and Malta.

The ladies singles produced a complete English final. There had been a lot of criticism before the tournament in England. The England selectors had chosen Sue Edwards over the number one in the world rankings Sharon Colclough. The selection committee was proven right however with the all England final. 

After all, both ladies Sue Edwards and defending champion Jayne Kempster reached the final and it was imminent that the 1988 European Cup would remain with the ladies in the organizing country. On her way to the final, Sue Edwards defeated amongst others Belgian Vicky Pruim and Ann Thomas from Wales in the semi-final. Jayne Kempster made a very strong impression reaching the final. She only lost one leg in the entire tournament.

Although Kempster, the defending champion, threw far from bad darts in the final her achievements were limited to winning the first leg. From then on there was no stopping it, a clearly motivated Sue Edwards with all the criticism going around, pushed herself to victory. She won with clear 4-1 figures. Cathie McCulloch from Scotland takes the other bronze medal and joins Ann Thomas.

Venue: England Seashore Holiday Centre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk From: Thursday 06 October 1988 Till: Saturday 08 October 1988


Sue Edwards
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1988 WDF Europe Cup