WDF World Cup Women Singles 1991

WDF World Cup VIII was held from 2 till 5 October 1991 in the Dutch seaside town of Zandvoort. Not in a hotel or resort as is usually the case, but in the Gran Dorado bungalow holiday park. No less than 32 countries were present at the oche in the men’s event, which was a record. Five countries leave their ladies at home, but with 27 the upward trend is also maintained for the ladies. Among those 32 countries were five debuting countries; Russia, Luxembourg, Greece, Austria and the African Uganda.

In the singles event the English ladies lost their matches early in the tournament like they did in the pairs. So it was clear early on that they would not renew their overall title. In the first semi-final Lene Mikkelsen from Denmark lost against Australia’s Charmaine Barney 4-2. In the other semi-final, the Dutch favourite Francis Hoenselaar, who had defeated English top player Deta Hedman in the quarterfinals 4-1, played New Zealand’s Jill McDonald. To the surprise of the Dutch crowd Hoenselaar lost her semi-final 4-2 to the New Zealand ace. 

So to everyone's surprise it was an all ‘Down Under’ final with Australia facing New Zealand. Both players were clearly nervous and impressed to play in front of the cameras. Jill McDonald won the first leg in 24 darts, Charmaine Barney took the second leg in 25 darts but it was Jill McDonald who took control of the match and won the final 4-1 (26, 24 and 27 darts).

Venue: Netherlands Gran Dorado, Zandvoort From: Thursday 03 October 1991 Till: Saturday 05 October 1991


Jill MacDonald
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1991 WDF World Cup