WDF World Cup Men Singles 1997

After Brisbane, Queensland in 1985 the WDF World Cup darts goes "Down Under" for the second time this time to Perth in Western Australia. The long trip to the southern hemisphere means there are a lot less countries than two years previously in Basel, Switzerland. 

But with 26 countries, the organizers cannot complain, as all the top countries are present for this event. Like in the men’s competition, there were 26 countries present in the ladies WDF World Cup in Perth. Competing in their eighth WDF World Cup from October 1 through October 4 at the Burswood Resort in Perth.

In the singles tournament we were in the eighth finals with only one Englishman left in, Ronnie Baxter. In it he defeated the Scot Peter Johnstone and qualified for the quarterfinals. He lost 4-3 in the quarters to home player Peter Hinkley. The Belgian Erik Clarys won his quarterfinal 4-1 to the Northern Irishman John Magowan. In the other two quarterfinal matches, it was 4-0 twice as Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands) beat German Colin Rice and Welshman James Marshall was better than the Northern Irishman Geoff Wylie. 

In the semi-finals we had two players from the lowlands. Raymond van Barneveld took a 4-1 win over James Marshall. Unfortunately for the Belgians we didn’t get to see a final between the Netherlands and Belgium, as Erik Clarys narrowly lost 4-3 to Peter Hinkley who was fully supported by the home crowd. 

The title however went to Raymond van Barneveld who beat the Australian Hinkley in the finals 4-2 and gave The Netherlands their second WDF World Cup singles title in history.

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Venue: Australia Burswood Resort, Perth From: Thursday 02 October 1997 Till: Saturday 04 October 1997


Raymond van Barneveld
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
WDF World Cup Men Singles Darts - 1997