WDF World Cup Men Singles 1981

For this WDF World Cup, most countries had to fly halfway around the world to distant New Zealand. The venue was the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson and the tournament was played on 2 and 3 October. Still 16 countries showed up, which may be called a success on its own. 

Amongst them, some notable countries such as Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, which made their debut, together with Singapore. Among the 64 participants, only one woman participated. Selly Tain, born on the Solomon Islands but playing for Papua New Guinea She is the first woman to ever play at a WDF World Cup.

In the singles event there were some nice surprises again and again they came from the host nation 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 to 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 didn’t let that chance go by and finished the match on double 4. He added the WDF 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
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
WDF World Cup Men Singles Darts - 1981