Thirty eight teams have arrived in Kemer, Turkey to compete in the 2015 WDF Darts World Cup. The England team of Glen Durrant, Jamie Hughes, Scott Mitchell and Mark McGeeney will defend the title their predecessors won two years ago in Canada. The tournament will kick-off on Tuesday (27 October) with trophies up for grabs for the men, ladies and youth.
Two years ago there were just 27 teams in Canada (compared to this years 38) to contest the nineteenth WDF World Cup. England had a particularly successful tournament, picking up both the Men’s and Ladies overall titles and Deta Hedman collecting the Ladies Singles title. In addition to that, England also came home with wins in the Men’s Pairs (Stephen Bunting & Tony O’Shea) as well as the Ladies Pairs (Trina Gulliver & Deta Hedman). There was also England success in the Youth tournament when Casey Gallagher collected the Girls Singles title.
Other than England’s successes, it was a good tournament for Wesley Harms after he won the Men’s Singles, beating Stephen Bunting 7-6 in the final. Scotland picked up the Men’s Team title with a team of Ross Montgomery, Craig Baxter, Gary Stone and Alan Soutar.
In the youth competitions, Australia won the overall title, helped greatly by Jamie Rundle winning the Boys Singles. As previously mentioned, Casey Gallagher won the Girls Singles while there was some success for the home nation in the form of Dawson Murschell & Alicia Looker in the Youth Mixed Team competition.
And on to Turkey 2015
Only Durrant and Hedman remain from that successful England squad two years ago. They’ll be joined by Mark McGeeney, Jamie Hughes, Scott Mitchell, Lisa Ashton, Claire Brookin and Fallon Sherrock.
As well as the big-hitting darts nations like the UK teams, Holland and Australia, there are a few interesting ‘countries’ to keep an eye on, like Catalonia, Jersey and Nepal! And it should be noted that not all of the countries will compete in the youth tournaments.
The WDF World Cup is divided into men’s, ladies and youth tournaments – so there’s plenty of action to follow in the five days of competition.
Men’s and Ladies
Both the men’s and ladies tournaments are divided into singles, pairs and team competitions. Each team for the mens and ladies has four members and points are scored based on the results of each of the three disciplines.
- Team – the Team event is a round-robin format, with teams placed into one of eight groups. Each team plays each other team in the group once and each of those ties is is also played in a round-robin format. Each team member plays each of the players from the opposing team in one leg of darts, resulting in 16 games (legs) per match. In the event that the result is 8-8, each of the team captains choose one player to play in a sudden-death, one leg decider. The winner of each group progresses into the quarter-finals, where the match format is the same, but the competition becomes a straight knock-out.
- Singles and Pairs – the Singles and Pairs are both played in a standard knock-out format.
In this years World Cup the youth teams are made up of two boys and two girls. This means that there will be five different disciplines – Boys Singles, Boys Pairs, Girls Singles Singles, Girls Pairs and finally Mixed Pairs. Each of the five disciplines will start in round-robin groups before moving on to straight knock-outs for the most successful teams.
Draws for each of the competitions can be found here.
The opening ceremony of the tournament will be held on Monday evening, with matches starting the following and culminating with the finals on Saturday 31st October.
- Tuesday 27 October – Men’s Team, Ladies Pairs, Boys Singles and Girls Singles.
- Wednesday 28 October – Ladies Team, Men’s Singles, Boys Pairs and Girls Pairs.
- Thursday 29 October – Men’s Pairs, Ladies Singles and Youth Mixed Pairs.
- Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October – semi-finals and finals of all events.
The 2015 WDF World Cup will be played in Kemer on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, approximately 25 miles from Antalya. Tourism has been a very important part of Kemer’s wellbeing since the 1980’s. It’s a relatively small town with a population of just around 35,000. The average high temperature in October is 28c, which is pleasant enough, but as November draws closer the chance of rain increases considerably.
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