The WDF World Cup is over, and many of the American contingents are home. Sadly, they did not come home with any medals. There were some superb performances by all involved, but when it came to the crunch, things just wouldn’t fall into place for us.
Most disappointing for me was the team events, and of course, it is these events that carry the most points. The men’s quartet of Joe Chaney, Jim Widmayer, Jerry Van Loan, and Kevin Luke started very brightly, going unbeaten in their round-robin group. Sure, there were a couple of minor scares along the way, but there was never any serious danger of failure. In the knockout bracket, we faced Slovenia at Top 32, and ended up advancing to the Top 16 with a comfortable win. There we faced a very talented Hong Kong side (featuring our own Paul Lim!), and in a close encounter, we were edged out by the better team.
The women’s team were even more impressive in their preliminary group. Cali West, Robin Curry, Marlise Kiel and Stacey Pace also went undefeated against their five opponents, and this included wins against the Netherlands, Finland, and Ireland. After a day like that, I had high hopes, but their first match on Friday saw them exit the event thanks largely to some very poor finishing.
In the pairs, Stacey and Marlise reached the Last 32 where they were edged out by the French in a seven-leg thriller. Jim and Kevin slipped to an agonising defeat one round short of a medal. One leg short, actually, as they too lost a seven-legger, this time against Daniel Day and Scott Mitchell.
In the Women’s singles, Cali West made it to the Top 16 where she went down to Chris Savvery. Guess what, it was another one that went to the seventh leg tiebreaker. Stacey Pace finished one round back.
The best men’s display came from Joe Chaney. “Chanesaw” beat the highly fancied Michael
Unterbuchner before Nick Kenny ended his run in the last 16. Jim Widmayer lost to Chris Landman at top 32.
Hopefully, the World Masters will go better for us, and of course, that is only a few days away. There will be a total of eighteen Americans in action, which is quite possibly our largest contingent ever.
Words: Steve Brown
Pics: PDC & Winmau
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