WDF Europe Cup Women Singles 1992

The eighth edition of the WDF Europe Cup was held in Kerava, Finland, from 22 to 25 October. After Turku in 1986, this is the second time that Finland has hosted a WDF Europe Cup. Fifteen countries participate. Initially, this WDF Europe Cup would be played in Granada, Spain, but the Spanish Darts Federation unfortunately had to give the organisation back to the WDF. The Finnish Darts Organization jumped in to help and to allow the tournament to continue. The question was again who could beat the favourite English team, this time the English had to do it for the first time without Eric Bristow.

The European Cup VI in the women’s was fought between 15 countries. The English ladies Sue Edwards and Sharon Colclough had the task to bring their country the fifth consecutive overall title.

In the women's singles both English ladies lost in the early stages to their biggest rivals, the ladies from Wales. Sandra Greatbatch not only beats Sharon Colclough, but also beats Francis Hoenselaar one round earlier. Rhian Speed, in turn, not only beats defending champion Sue Edwards, but she also eliminates a Dutch player; Kitty van Vliet.

In the semi-finals both ladies from Wales play against both German ladies. Sandra Greatbatch quite easily wins her match 4-0 against Astrid Kamm. Heike Ernst wins 4-3 after an exciting match against Rhian Speed.

The final was probably the easiest game of the tournament for Heike Ernst. Sandra Greatbatch was always first on the double but could not hit them. While Ernst hat trouble finding the trebles, she did hit the doubles and doubles wins you games, so it was Heike Ernst who claimed victory 4-1.

Heike Ernst becomes the first non-British lady to win the WDF Europe Cup singles. It is also the first gold ever for Germany in a WDF Europe Cup.

Venue: Finland Planet Funfun, Kerava From: Wednesday 21 October 1992 Till: Saturday 24 October 1992


Heike Jenkins
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1992 WDF Europe Cup