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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

WDF Appoint New Anti-Doping Boss.

In what appears to be a major ramping up of their administration the WDF placed advertisements for new administrators, executives and officers recently. The latest to join is a new Anti Doping chief. The WDF released this announcement to confirm the new appointment:

WDF EXECUTIVES – NEW WDF ANTI-DOPING OFFICER DR. ROGER BICK

Featured Image for WDF Executives Announcements
pic: WDF

The WDF is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Roger Bick PHD, MMed, FAHA, FRSB, CBiol as the WDF Anti-Doping Officer.

Roger’s medical qualifications will ensure his value and knowledge to the WDF and our members as he moves forward dealing with WADA, ADAMS and other doping requirements for the WDF.  Roger has also been involved with the sport of darts for many years holding various positions including President of the American Darts Organization.

The Anti-Doping world has become very technical and requires expertise to perform the duties effectively.

We are happy to have the expertise of Roger on board and look forward to working with him.

Roger Resides in Gunter Texas USA.


Darts can only benefit from a strong association to look after, and promote, those parts of the game not under professional or commercial wings. The WDF look as if they may well provide that leadership. We wish them all the very best. – DW Editorial Staff.

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.

WDF 2020 – THE STORY SO FAR

The WDF have summerised their progress so far in what will prove a vital year. After the various problems that have befallen the BDO, the World Darts Federation seem to be moving steadily toward stepping fully into the gap.

They recently published a summary of where they are so far and how their plans are coming along:

With a rare break in the WDF calendar this weekend, we can take time to reflect on what has been a hectic first two months on the circuit, as the brand new 2020 WDF ranking system begins to take shape.

The hard work continues in establishing two brand new major events for the end of the season as an incentive for players throughout the WDF circuit and we look forward to announcing full details in the coming weeks.

2020 March WDF Newsletter - picture collage of 2020 tournaments
Winner 2020 montage.
Pic: WDF

Winners of all ranking events qualify directly for the new WDF Masters tournament, with the runner up of ‘silver’ events and the semi-finalists of ‘gold/platinum’ events also winning places.

News from North America

Events in North America have already taken place, with regional rankings now set up for both Canada and USA.  These tables can be seen here and will reward the top players at the end of the year.  Congratulations to all of the players who are setting the pace early on.

LAS VEGAS OPEN, USA – Silver

CHRIS LIMPAULA MURPHY
(Danny Baggish)(Kelly Meares)

KW TRI CITY OPEN, Canada – Silver

MATT CAMPBELLDARLENE VAN SLEEUWEN
(Keifer Durham)(Patricia Farrell)

SNOFLAKE OPEN, Canada – Bronze

JIM EDWARDSCRYSTAL CHIASSON

QUEBEC OPEN, Canada – Bronze

DAVID CAMERONSAMANTHA GIBBONS

CAMELLIA CLASSIC, USA – Bronze

LEONARD GATESTERESA QUAN

News from Australia

Darts Australia has pledged its full support to the WDF system for 2020 and beyond and has also played it’s first of 16 ranking events of the year.  Their regional tables can be found here.

VICTORIAN CLASSIC Australia – Bronze

ARRON MORRISONTORI KEWISH

We now look forward to news of the 2020 Australian Darts Open, which will stage and broadcast an event at the end of July that combines WDF international invitations, the very best of Australia, plus qualifiers open to all.  With the ‘gold’ ranked Pacific Masters being played the same week, it really will be a festival of darts to remember in Echuca Moama.

News from Europe

Events in Europe began in Iceland, with ‘silver’ double headers to follow in both Romania and Slovakia.  We have also seen the first two premier tournaments played in 2020, with the Dutch Open (platinum) and Scottish Open (gold) seeing their winners rewarded with places in our forthcoming WDF Championship.  Our congratulations go to Aileen de Graaf (Ned), Ross Montgomery (Sco), Beau Greaves (Eng) and Jim Williams (Wal).

These tournaments also feature on the various WDF regional rankings tables set up for Europe, all of which can be viewed here.

REYKJAVIK INT. GAMES Iceland – Bronze

PALL ARNI PETURSSONINGIBJÖRG MAGNUSDOTTIR

ROMANIAN CLASSIC Romania – Silver

WAYNE WARRENAMANDA HARWOOD
(Martin Marti Santamaria)(Marjolein Noijens)

ROMANIAN INT. OPEN  Romania – Silver

NICK KENNYDETA HEDMAN
(Laszlo Kadar)(Anca Zijlstra)

DUTCH OPEN DARTS Netherlands – Platinum

ROSS MONTGOMERYAILEEN DE GRAAF
(Brian Raman)(Anca Zijlstra)
SF – Paul Hogan
& Wayne Warren
SF – Deta Hedman
& Maria O’Brien

SCOTTISH OPEN Scotland – Gold

JIM WILLIAMSBEAU GREAVES
(Steve Hine)(Fallon Sherrock)
SF – Martin Adams
& Darren Beveridge
SF – Anastasia Dobromyslova
& Deta Hedman

SLOVAK MASTERS Slovakia – Silver

WAYNE WARRENMARIA O’BRIEN
(David Evans)(Deta Hedman)

SLOVAK OPEN Slovakia – Silver

CHRIS LANDMANLORRIANE WINSTANLEY
(Sebastian Steyer)(Laura Turner)

WDF 2020 – Journey continues

As we move into March, WDF ranking tournaments will continue in Australia and Canada, with Europe hosting events in the Faroe Islands, Isle of Man, Germany, Hungary and Gibraltar.

Following the disappointing news that the United International Open/Masters in the Netherlands has been cancelled, we have received good news that the Isle of Man Open will join the Isle of Man Masters in being WDF ranked, with two ‘silver’ events now being played (13-15 March).  Full information on the 2020 Isle of Man Festival can be found from our calendar page – WDF Calendar.

WDF 2020 – Gold / Platinum events

As previously announced, there will be 12 ‘gold’ WDF events in 2020 (including the ‘platinum’ Dutch Open).  But in a change to the original list of events published, there will now be a ‘gold’ tournament in the United States, rather than in Canada.  The Witch City Open (18-20 September) in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA.

  • DUTCH OPEN (Ross Montgomery & Aileen de Graaf)
  • SCOTTISH OPEN (Jim Williams & Beau Greaves)
  • GERMAN OPEN
  • DENMARK OPEN
  • WELSH OPEN
  • ENGLAND OPEN
  • PACIFIC MASTERS – Australia
  • WITCH CITY OPEN – USA
  • SPANISH OPEN
  • KOREA OPEN
  • IRISH OPEN
  • CZECH OPEN

WDF Youth Ranking Season

Youth events have also been taking place, with many of them running alongside our senior WDF ranked tournaments.  We also have events such as the International Youth Challenge in Austria (March 21-22) and the Europe Cup Youth in Hungary (July 8-12) to look forward to.

Follow the Action

Keep up to date with all of the 2020 WDF ranking events on the calendar page – WDF Calendar.


On behalf of all grassroots darters we at DW wish the WDF the very best of luck. Darts needs a solid non professional tier and one that looked like the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) might prove an excellent addition.

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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.

“The End of Darts as an Amateur Game” – Wayne Warren on The Need For an Alternative to The PDC.

Wayne Warren was recently asked his view on the survival of the WDF/BDO structures in darts. It’s fair to say he gave a forthright opinion:

Wayne’s restraint, when talking about the controversy surrounding the event, especially the massively reduced prize fund, is admirable and even more so when it’s clear how unhappy he is with the situation. His reasons for this become apparent when he is asked how important it is that the alternative/grassroots structure of the BDO/WDF continues:

Its Vital…without it, I think it could be the end of darts as an an amateur Game

Wayne Warren
Warren is clearly unhappy, with the BDO’s behaviour, yet shows admirable restraint.

Hopefully, Warrens plans, to recoup some usual of the financial rewards by having a very busy year with his World Championship Trophy, will pay dividends and he will both have the chance to defend the trophy and, perhaps, give the PDC a try next year when things are a little more stable.

But is clear he believes strongly in the continuation of darts, as a working person’s game, and that the PDC model can be intimidating to many BDO players. See his full interview, with Red Dragon’s Simon Hall, below:

The closing section of the interview shows us an extremely well regarded, and down-to-earth, sportsman who has risen to the very top of his game. Darts World wishes Wayne all the success, and rewards, in the coming years.

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

Dutch Open Triumph Sees De Graf Top WDF Rankings.

The WDF 2020 ranking tables have been updated to show resulted after the recent Dutch Open. Aileen de Graff placed at number one, edging out Lisa Ashton who is concentrating on the PDC after gaining her Tour Card in January:

WDF WOMEN’S RANKINGS MAIN TABLE PRESENTED BY WINMAU

Updated February 4, 2020

RankPlayerCountryPoints
1Aileen de GraafNetherlands978
2Lisa AshtonEngland957
3Deta HedmanEngland932
4Fallon SherrockEngland762
5Paula JacklinEngland642
6Anastasia DobromyslovaRussia513
7Laura TurnerEngland465
8Maria O’BrienEngland450
9Mikuru SuzukiJapan443
10Tina OsborneNew Zealand405
11Corrine HammondAustralia394
12Lorraine WinstanleyEngland390
13Elena ShulginaRussia381
14Paula MurphyUSA344
15Sharon PrinsNetherlands341
16Andreea BradRomania327
17Kirsty HutchinsonEngland321
18Kirsi ViinikainenFinland320
19Priscilla SteenbergenNetherlands316
20Kaisu RekinenFinland308
21Wendy HarperNew Zealand292
22Margaret SuttonEngland279
23Irina ArmstrongGermany275
24Jitka CisarovaCzech Republic272
25Tori KewishAustralia262
26Stacey PaceUSA261
27Helene SundelinSweden260
28Ksenia KlochekRussia256
28Veronika IhaszHungary256
30Vicky PruimSweden253
31Judy FentonNew Zealand248
32Darlene Van SleeuwenCanada239

Kenny Tops WDF Rankings – Updated Feb 2020.

The WDF seem to be attempting to provide a reliable and consistent tour for grass roots (amateur) players, their new ranking system and major event plans for 2020 and beyond are being rolled out during the year. The ranking system is based on players ten best qualifying results. Below is the table as updated on Feb 4th:

RankPlayerCountryPoints
1Nick KennyWales728
1Ross MontgomeryScotland728
3Wesley HarmsNetherlands668
4Darren HerewiniNew Zealand612
5Brian RamanBelgium589
6Thibault TricoleFrance553
7Mario VandenbogaerdeBelgium523
8Gabriel PascaruRomania420
9Sebastian SteyerPoland406
10John ScottEngland404
11Tony MartinEngland376
12Wayne WarrenWales374
13Dennie Olde KalterNetherlands370
14Adam Smith-NealeEngland369
15Willem MandigersNetherlands364
16Mark McGrathNew Zealand353
17Tahuna IrwinNew Zealand351
18Jeff SmithCanada320
19David EvansEngland319
20Aleksey KadochnikovRussia312
21Richard VeenstraNetherlands308
22David CameronCanada303
23Wayne HalliwellCyprus298
24Martijn KleermakerNetherlands297
25Leighton BennettEngland284
26Jim WilliamsWales283
27Michael WarburtonWales278
28Mark CleaverNew Zealand271
29Dave ParlettiEngland256
30Simon StaintonEngland253
31Chris LandmanNetherlands238
32Jonathan SilcockNew Zealand229

WDF MEN’S RANKINGS MAIN TABLE PRESENTED BY WINMAU

For the full tables go to : http://www.dartswdf.com/tables/