WDF Reschedule Europe Cup Youth Event.

With all things considered in relation to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that the WDF Europe Cup Youth tournament, originally scheduled for 8-12 July 2020 in Hungary is to be cancelled.

The WDF Executive have been in communication with the nations set to host the next two Europe Cup Youth events, the Hungarian Darts Federation and the Austrian Darts Federation.  The following rearrangements have been mutually agreed.

WDF EUROPE CUP YOUTH
2020 – Cancelled
2021 – Hungary to host
2022 – Austria to host

WDF Youth Commissioner Dietmar Schuhmann said, “According to the traditional friendship and coordination between Austrian and Hungarian darts, this was a natural compromise for us to make, with the circumstances as they are in relation to COVID-19.  The WDF and it’s member nations share the view that we all want what is best for those competing.  In this situation, the appropriate action has been taken to consider the health and safety of all WDF youth players and event staff.”

The WDF would like to thank both the HDF and ADF for their cooperation during this difficult period and look forward to future Europe Cup Youth events.  Dates for 2021 will be confirmed in due course.


WDF Cups Director posted announcement to all WDF members in Europe by email 29/04/2020

WDF Expand New Top Team.

The WDF is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Rolls as the WDF Secretary General.

Nick has been an international referee since 2007. He has officiated numerous WDF ranked events including 12 World Championships, and has been part of the WDF World and Europe Cup team of referees since 2015.

The knowledge Nick brings to the WDF Executive from being involved in tournament darts along with his communication skills gained across many years in business will be invaluable as the WDF look to deliver against their key objectives.

We welcome Nick’s expertise and look forward to working with him.

Picture of Nick Rolls on stage in 2019 WDF World Cup Romania
Picture of Nick Rolls on stage in 2019 WDF World Cup Romania

WDF Update Covid-19 Affected Events List.

Richard Ashdown, the WDF’s Chief Development Officer released the following update regarding affiliated events yesterday. Some are, sadly, cancelled and other have rescheduled dates. Please update your calendars accordingly:

With restrictions in place worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, inevitably there have been a number of WDF event cancellations and postponements.

We would like to commend each of the national governing bodies for their efficiency and communication with the WDF during this time.  The primary concern for us all remains with the safety and welfare of the players.

The following senior WDF ranked events have been cancelled for 2020.

GERMANY – Sylt Masters/Open (March 13-15)
HUNGARY – Budapest Classic/Masters (March 13-15)
USA – White Mountain Shootout (April 17-19)
AUSTRALIA – Murray Bridge Grand Prix (April 24-26)
DENMARK – Open/Masters (May 1-3)
LITHUANIA – Open/Vilnius Open (May 8-10)
FINLAND – Masters/Open (May 15-17)
SWITZERLAND – Open/Helvetia Open (June 5-7)
CANADA – Open (June 19-21)

The following senior WDF events have been postponed, with the intention of confirming new dates for 2020 (unless already rearranged as stated).  Should any of the following be unable to reschedule, we will announce in due course.

FAROE ISLANDS – Torshavn/Open (March 14-15) — New date : October 24-25

GREECE – Open/Acropolis Open (April 3-5)
ICELAND – Open/Masters (April 10-12) — New date : September 5-6
NEW ZEALAND – South Island Masters (April 10-12)
AUSTRALIA – Victoria Easter & Geelong Singles (April 10-12)
GERMANY – Open/Masters (April 17-19)

ESTONIA – Open/Masters (April 17-19)
USA – Charlotte Open (April 17-19) — New date : June 19-21
NEW ZEALAND – North Island Masters (April 24-26)
USA – Cleveland Extravaganza (May 1-3)
WALES – Classic/Open (May 8-10)
AUSTRALIA – Sunshine State Classic (May 22-24)
POLAND – Open/Masters (May 22-24)
TURKEY – Mediterranean Open/Masters (May 22-24)
SLOVENIA – Open (May 29-31)AUSTRALIA – Pacific Masters (August 2)

I am liaising with the nations and the WDF Sports Administrator on a daily basis to keep the WDF calendar in order with as few date clashes as possible and to ensure that all updates are published at the earliest opportunity.

Please keep up to date with all WDF calendar updates HERE

Despite the current restrictions both nationally and internationally, long term development work continues and we look forward to making some major announcements in the months ahead.

None of us know exactly how long WDF tournament play will be ‘on hold’ and all we can do is focus on the future of our system.  Right now, the health and wellbeing of everyone associated with the sport of darts worldwide is the priority and we would like to take this opportunity to send our very best wishes to you all.

Richard Ashdown (WDF Chief Development Officer)


The timing of the Covid-19 outbreak could not be worse for grassroots darts. The BDO difficulties mean that the need for a UK and World body for amateur players, and those who support the game, is stronger than ever. Perhaps the time with no competition and events will enable much stronger systems and governance to be put in place. Darts World wishes Richard and the WDF every success with its efforts. (DW Ed.)

PIC: WDF / Richard Ashdown.

Welsh Darts Events Added To List Of Covid Disruption.

The WDO have announced the postponement of the popular Classic and Open events scheduled for next month. It is to their credit that they have waited, to see how matters developed, before taking the decision, but still acted early enough to keep possible rearrangement dates available during 2020.

Pontins & Red Dragon have supported this popular event in previous years. Here’s hoping that a 2020 version still takes place.

Statement:

Welsh Darts Organisation Announcement

Welsh Darts Organisation have to regretfully announce that the Red Dragon Welsh Open & Welsh Classic events to be held at Pontins’ Prestatyn on 7th to 11th May 2020 has had to be postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

However, the WDO is in negotiations with Pontins’ Ltd. at the present time regarding the possibility of re-staging these Welsh events at Prestatyn later in the year.

Further updates at: http://www.welshdarts.org/

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Coral UK Open Media Release

Latest WDF Calendar Updates: Cancellations and Postponements Abound.

Sadly, the effects of the Covid-19 virus are being felt in every walk of life and almost every activity. Social gatherings are especially affected for obvious reasons. The WDF have announced further amendments to their, affiliated events, global calendars. Below is the statement and advice for obtaining more detail:

IMPORTANT NOTE RELATED TO COVID-19 VIRUS, TOURNAMENT UPDATES 16/03 05:30 UTC

2020-03 COVID-19 virus and WDF Calendar
pic: WDF

Due to the recent development of the COVID-19 virus. Some areas may affect authority restrictions and situations may rapidly change. Please follow actively status of your tournaments.

We recommend that you follow individual tournament status and recommendations from organisation/tournament websites and official social media pages. Please ensure that events will be taking place and to make adequate arrangements when booking flights/hotels that cancellation insurance be considered.

We recommend also to follow the WHO website https://www.who.int/ for COVID-19 virus international status. The WHO website have public advice, how to protect your self like hand washing. We recommend to avoid hand-shaking in darts matches.

Received changes from tournament organisers

  • Hungary informed that Budapest Classic and Budapest Darts Masters, March 13-15 has been cancelled
  • Germany informed that Sylt Open and Sylt Master, March 13-15 has been cancelled
  • Faroe Islands informed that Torshavn Darts Open and Faroe Islands Darts Open, March 14-15 has been rescheduled October 2020.
  • Gibraltar informed that Gibraltar Open, March 21 has been postponed.
  • Austria informed that International WDF Youth Challenge VIENNA, March 21-22 has been postponed, they are trying to reschedule it later
  • USA informed that Virginia Beach Classic Youth, March 27-29 has postponed, new dates October 16-18
  • Greece informed that the Greek Open and Acropolis Darts Open, April 04-05 has been postponed.
  • Iceland informed that Iceland Open and Masters, April 10-12 has been postponed.
  • New Zealand informed that South Island Masters, April 10-12 has been postponed
  • Germany informed that German Open and Masters, April 17-19 has been cancelled/postponed, organiser is looking for new dates.
  • Estonia informed that Estonia Open & Estonia Masters, April 17-19 has been cancelled / postponed
  • The WDF Americas Cup July 24-26 has been postponed, until further notice.

For more WDf detail go to their website here: https://www.dartswdf.com

Bulls German Darts Masters Cancelled.

April 17-19 BULLS German Open Darts Masters

Dear friends,darts family, participants and visitors, after careful consideration, also in close coordination with the wonderland, the company BULL’S, and above all the local authorities and weighing up all sporting, economic but above all health aspects, we are unfortunate decided to cancel this year’s BULL’S German Open and Darts Masters.

We made this collective decision, of course also as a consequence on the decisions of the responsible authorities. As the organizing association, DSC Bochum 1982 e.V., we also see it as our duty to take care of all of our safety, which in our case consequently also means that we give as little platform as possible to a potential infection with this fatal disease in extreme cases.

As much as we have enjoyed the casual coexistence in all these many years, this is now becoming our undoing. With regard to the common good and especially the increased risk of certain groups of people, we can only hope for your understanding at the moment and ask for it.

We check in detail and in cooperation with the parties concerned (umbrella organizations, event location, board system installers, etc.) to what extent a postponement can be implemented. Of course we keep you up to date in this regard. In addition, we will reimburse the entry fees already paid to us, for this we also ask for a little patience, since the abundance of processes cannot take place in the shortest possible time.

Tournament website https://bulls-germanopen.de/


Update via the WDF site.

Feature pic: Wesley Harms (2019 Runner/Up) L Lustig.PDC

WDF Announce Postponements and Cancellations due to Covid-19.

IMPORTANT NOTE RELATED TO COVID-19 VIRUS, TOURNAMENT UPDATES

(14/03 08:00 UTC)

2020-03 COVID-19 virus and WDF Calendar

Due to the recent development of the COVID-19 virus. Some areas may affect authority restrictions and situations may rapidly change. Please follow actively status of your tournaments.

We recommend that you follow individual tournament status and recommendations from organisation/tournament websites and official social media pages. Please ensure that events will be taking place and to make adequate arrangements when booking flights/hotels that cancellation insurance be considered.

We recommend also to follow the WHO website https://www.who.int/ for COVID-19 virus international status. The WHO website have public advice, how to protect your self like hand washing. We recommend to avoid hand-shaking in darts matches.

Received changes from tournament organisers

  • Hungary informed that Budapest Classic and Budapest Darts Masters, March 13-15 has been cancelled
  • Germany informed that Sylt Open and Sylt Master, March 13-15 has been cancelled
  • Faroe Islands informed that Torshavn Darts Open and Faroe Islands Darts Open, March 14-15 has been rescheduled October 2020.
  • Gibraltar informed that Gibraltar Open, March 21 has been postponed.
  • Austria informed that International WDF Youth Challenge VIENNA, March 21-22 has been postponed, they are trying to reschedule it later
  • USA informed that Virginia Beach Classic Youth, March 27-29 has postponed, new dates October 16-18
  • Greece informed that the Greek Open and Acropolis Darts Open, April 04-05 has been postponed.
  • Iceland informed that Iceland Open and Masters, April 10-12 has been postponed.
  • Germany informed that German Open and Masters, April 17-19 has been cancelled/postponed, organiser is looking for new dates.
  • Estonia informed that Estonia Open & Estonia Masters, April 17-19 has been cancelled / postponed
  • The WDF Americas Cup July 24-26 has been postponed, until further notice.

Please follow individual event sites, and social media accounts, for updates and new dates.

Frankie Dean profile

WDF Looking To Fill Senior Positions: General Secretary & Anti Doping Officer Needed.

The WDF have re advertised the positions and applications are open until March 15th. So if you have the skills, and fancy making a contribution to our sport, step up and get your application in. (DW Editorial Staff.)

WDF Secretary General Position

This opportunity is re-opened until March 15th, 2020 for interested parties.

This is a demanding job that requires commitment from the person performing the duties.

This includes, but not limited to, being competent with computer skills, handling membership requests, fielding questions from members or even the press, updating governance documents as well as receiving all communications directed at the WDF, preparation of the annual General Meeting and Executive meetings as well as writing the minutes.

This position is the communication and administration hub for the WDF.

This job requires a very good command of the English language in all faucets, as the official language of the WDF is English, as well as previous experience in the administration of a sports federation (preferably member darts body).

We also require that the applicants must have the approval of their member darts body in writing.

The successful application will be appointed to the midterm position until the next General Meeting where the position will be open for election as per our Constitution.

WDF Anti-Doping Officer

This opportunity is opened until March 15th, 2020 for interested parties.

This is a demanding job that requires commitment from the person performing the duties. Must be dominant in the English language.

This is due to the workload being excessive for the current executive and we urgently require someone to come forward.

Details will be provided of job description and expectations to any interested people.

Regards, WDF Executives
Contact us via WDF website Contact Form, select “Related to” General

Slovak Open: Details and Registration.

Players will be able able to add their names to one of Europe’s newest WDF Opens, with two WDF category “SILVER” tournaments taking place during the Slovak Open Weekend. The Slovak Masters, and Open, have so far been claimed by Wes Harms, Scott Waites and Tony Martin.

2020 Slovak Open website picture

Registration for Darts Slovak Open closes on Wednesday 19th February
https://dartsslovakopen.sk/en/registration-2020/

Into it’s 3rd year and already one of the most popular weekends on the darts circuit! 20,000 euros in price money!

The MC/referee for the event overall is “the voice” Russ Bray! there are over 80 boards and 16 practice boards in order to ensure a smooth and efficient event in a unique venue X-bionic sphere!

Special offer for accommodation for darts players – prices starts by €49 per person/night, half-board included!

All details of tournament and accommodation you can find from https://dartsslovakopen.sk/en/


Contains information from the Slovak Darts Press Release.

Williams Wins Title While Greaves Triumphs Over Sherrock In Scottish Open.

The Scottish Darts Association’s 27th Winmau Scottish Open Championships kicked off at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew with the traditional ice-breaker threesomes with over 100 teams competing for the title.

The 2020 Scottish Open marks the 27th holding of the current event.

By the end of the night Stampers Crew represented by Cleveland trio Cameron Anderson, Simon McKenner and Carla Boyes defeated a mixed Scotland/England side, Titanium 3, Gary Stone, Mitch Butler and Paula Jacklin in the final.

The quarter finals of the Mens Open featured a 5-3 win for Scotland’s Darren Beveridge over Neil Duff from Northern Ireland, a 5-1 win for Steve Hine from England against English player Jason Heaver, runner-up in this year’s BDO World Championship Jim Williams from Wales defeated Scotland’s Gary Stone 5-3 and finally three times World Champion Martin Adams beat Paul Hogan from England 5-2.

The first Mens Singles semi-final was between Jim Williams, the current BDO World Trophy winner, from Wales and Darren Beveridge from Scotland.  Both players shared the opening two legs before Darren edged ahead 2-1 with the aid of a 180.  Jim took the fourth and fifth legs to lead 3-2 and then added the seventh leg to lead 4-2.

Darren fired back with a 13-dart leg which included three 140’s, to reduce the deficit before Jim hit a 180 in the eighth leg and check it out for the match, 5-3. Jim Williams (27.00) & Darren Beveridge (28.70)

In the second semi-final the 2005 Scottish Open champion, Martin Adams, took on the Muffin Man, Steve Hine from England.  Martin opened the semi-final with the first leg but a 144 checkout levelled the score for Steve, who then took the third leg to move ahead 2-1.

Steve then took the fourth leg and with the help of a 180 in the fifth leg went 4-1 ahead.  Steve finished off the match in the sixth leg, winning 5-1.  Martin Adams (26.40) & Steve Hine (33.30).

Williams, a former World Cup Singles winner took the opening leg of the final in 12 darts with a 180 only to see Hine level the match at 1-1 in the next leg.

Williams notched a 180 and a 177 in the second leg checking out in 11 darts for a 2-1 lead before hitting another two maximums in leg four for a 14-dart leg and a 3-1 lead.

Williams stated the fifth leg with his fourth maximum of the final and took the leg in 14 darts for a 4-1 lead.  Hine hit a 180 and a 103 checkout to bring the score back to 4-2 only to see Williams hit his sixth 180 in the next leg and check out on 72 to go within one leg of the title.

Despite Hine hitting a 177 in the eighth leg Williams took his chance at double sixteen and became the Scottish Open champion, winning 6-2.  Jim Williams (33.23) & Steve Hine (26.40)

The opening semi-final in the Ladies Singles had Beau Greaves taking on five times previous champion Deta Hedman and it was the 16-year old Greaves who took the match 5-1, winning the last two legs with checkouts of 102 and 142.  Deta Hedman (24.93) & Beau Greaves (28.33).

In the second semi-final Anastasia Dobromyslova, twice a Scottish Open winner played Fallon Sherrock the 2017 champion. Anastasia took the opening leg but was quickly pulled back level by Fallon with the help of a 122 checkout.

Fallon hit a maximum in the third leg and edged 2-1 ahead and followed that by another leg win to go 3-1, despite Anastasia hitting a 180.

Fallon then started the next two legs with maximums, winning both, which gave her an overall result of 5-1 and a place in the final to face Beau Greaves.  Anastasia Dobromyslova (22.40) & Fallon Sherrock (28.60).

This would now be a battle between two England International colleagues, six-times finalist Fallon versus the first-time challenger Beau Greaves.

Beau took the opening two legs before Fallon won leg three to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Fallon started the fourth leg with a 180 and with the help of double tops went on to tie up the match at 2-2.  Beau edged ahead again with the fifth leg and added the sixth leg before wrapping up the title in the seventh leg to win her first Scottish Open title. Fallon Sherrock (27.46) & Beau Greaves (27.50).

Making up the last eight were Paula Jacklin, Lorraine Winstanley, Corrine Hammond and Casey Gallagher

In Sunday’s doubles the first semi-final had Jim Williams & Tony Martin, a doubles champion in 2009, playing the current Dutch Open champions Martin Adams & Ross Montgomery and booking their place in the final with a 3-0 victory.

In the final they would meet Scottish duo Cameron Menzies & Ryan Hogarth who defeated Paul Hogan & Jason Heaver 3-1 in their semi-final, taking the winning leg in 12 darts.

Then opening leg in the final went to Ryan and Cameron who quickly followed it with the second leg before a 180 from Cammy and a 76 checkout from Ryan gave them the title 3-0 to become the first all-Scottish partnership to lift the title.

The quarter finalists were Pall Arni Petursson & Horour Por Guojonsson, Carl Dockeril & Will Harwood, Nick Fulwell & Antony Allen and Brian Welsh & Wayne Shepherd.

In the Ladies Doubles the defending champions Deta Hedman and Beau Greaves defeated the England/Scotland duo of Carla Boyes & Lorraine Hyde 3-0 in the first semi-final.

Making it a Wales versus England final would be Jan Robbins & Chris Savvery who took out Amanda Harwood & Jo Locke from England 3-1 in their semi-final. Chris & Jan have been in the semi-finals of the Scottish Open Pairs three times and were runners-up in 2013.

After playing against each other in the first ladies semi-final Deta and Beau teamed up to face their Welsh opponents in the doubles final and went on to win in straight legs 3-0.

The losing quarter-finalists were Anne Kirk & Jordan McNally, Laura Patton & Ann Marie Potts, Laura Turner & Paula Jacklin and Irene Hogarth & Lyn Scott.


Via: Scottish Darts Press Update