WDF World Cup Men Singles 1981

For this World Cup, most countries had to fly half way around the world to the distant New Zealand. The venue was the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson on 2 and 3 October. Yet 16 countries showed up, which may be called a success on its own. In addition, some new countries like Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Among the 64 participants was one woman, namely Selly Tain who originated from the Solomon Islands, but played for Papua New Guinea. She can call herself the first woman ever to play in a World Cup.

In the Singles event we saw some nice surprises again and again they came from the organizing country New Zealand. Alan Hill beat Eric Bristow 4-3 in the quarterfinals. Barry Templeton also made the semi-finals he had eliminated Cliff Lazarenko 4-1 on his way there. John Lowe and Jocky Wilson also managed to qualify for the semi-finals.

For both players from New Zealand the semi-final was the end. Barry Templeton lost 4-1 to John Lowe and Alan Hill 4-0 Jocky Wilson. The final was a nail-biter and went to a deciding leg. At 3-3 Jocky missed double 10 for the title, Lowe let no chance go by and finished the match on double 4 and added the World Cup Singles title, which he had not yet won, to his already long list of achievements. During the final Jocky Wilson played on white gym shoes because his regular black shoes were broken and he had only taken one pair to New Zealand.

Venue: New Zealand Trafalgar Centre, Nelson From: Friday 02 October 1981 Till: Saturday 03 October 1981


John Lowe
1981 WDF World Cup