Francis Hoenselaar has informed the Dutch Darts Association that she will quit her beloved sport of darts. Two years ago she was involved in a serious scooter accident and since then she is not been able to play darts anymore.
Francis Hoenselaar wanted to bring this news out personally;
“I want to let everybody know that my darts career is definitely over. Last Saturday, July 26th was exactly two years ago that I had an accident with my scooter. The damage to my wrist has been too big to even think of a comeback.
So I would like to thank everyone who was involved in my beautiful 30-year career of darts. Show Frenay, Harry Kuijt, Harry van Leeuwen, Ben Hol, Dick Bonnes, Ophoff, Ted Vermeulen, Gerard Vos (Rotex tires), Andre Hazes (Melvin productions) Martin Eijsink (Finder), and in particular Gerry Walters Benelux Business as a manager and sponsor. Thanks to everyone for all the support you gave me.
I would also like to thank my travel mates Kitty van Vliet, Roland Scholten, Co Stompé, Karin Krappen, Roelie Baker and Karin Ten Kate. Also thanks to Ron Berg mastercaller and for all the media activities, Andrea Schipper for the website, Hennie Nagtegaal and Chiel van Praag (LDA). And not forgetting all the friends from all over the world that I’ve toasted with. A big thanks to Trina Gulliver, Crissy Howat-Manley, Dietmar Ernst, Karin and Cees van Leeuwen and so on and so forth.
And, of course, a big thank you to my whole family for the intense sympathy and for all the beautiful things you have given me.”
In 2011 Hoenselaar quit the Dutch team, but still wanted to play. In April 2013, the former Lakeside champion received a medal at the town hall in Rotterdam. The dart star received a royal honour from Mayor Aboutaleb. The Dutch Darts Association and Rotterdam Darts Organisation were then elaborates on her farewell.
The Dutch Darts Association would like to thank Francis for her commitment to the Dutch team and for what she has done for the sport darts in the Netherlands. She still is 15 times Dutch champion, seven times Dutch Open champion, two-time world champion singles and two-time world champion couples. In 2009 she won the prestigious Lakeside title by beating her eternal rival Trina Gulliver.
Sue Williams Chairperson BDO said: “The BDO would like to thank Francis for her time and commitment to the sport of darts. Her record during her sporting career speaks for itself and we all wish her well for the future.”
The draw for the Europe Cup Youth was made today and can be found on the links below:
The Europe Cup Youth 2014 will be hosted by the Austrian Darts Federation. It will be played at the Holiday Inn, Vienna South, Austria.
The Opening Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 16th July. All floor matches in all events will be played on Thursday and Friday 17-18 July. The Semi-Finals and Finals will be played on Saturday 20th July.
|Mens Results||Country||Womens Results||Country|
|1.||Jeff Smith||Canada||1.||Maria Mason||Canada|
|2.||Gary Vinicombe||Canada||2.||Dianne Gobeil||Canada|
|3.||Dave Richardson||Canada||3.||Roxanne Van Tassel||Canada|
|3.||Shane Harvey||Canada||3.||Tammy Perry||Canada|
|5.||Martin Tremblay||Canada||5.||Darlene MacLeod||Canada|
|5.||Ross Snook||Canada||5.||Joanne Whelan||Canada|
|5.||Bryce Book||Canada||5.||Angelina Palumbi||Canada|
|5.||Terry Fougere||Canada||5.||Joanne Luke||Canada|
|9.||David Cameron||Canada||9.||Rebecca Whiteway||Canada|
|9.||Todd Hiscock||Canada||9.||Nicki Rolls||Canada|
|9.||Glen MacKenzie||Canada||9.||Melvena Pasher||Canada|
|9.||Nick Smith||Canada||9.||Ivy Wieshlow||Canada|
|9.||Fred Seaward||Canada||9.||Mandy Fleck||Canada|
|9.||Seymour Dixon||Canada||9.||Barb MacCallum||Canada|
|9.||Derek Henley||Canada||9.||Wanda Healey||Canada|
|9.||Jim Edwards||Canada||9.||Sandra Squires||Canada|
The 37th edition of the Dutch Open Darts takes place from 30st of January till February the 1st 2015 in ‘De Bonte Wever Assen’. It is still the largest and liveliest BDO/WDF open darts tournament in the world and it will once again take place in the sports and entertainment center of Northern Netherlands.
“After a successful first edition, we are pleased to organize the Dutch Open Darts for the second time in Assen,” said tournament director Niels de Ruiter. “We learned a lot from the first edition, and listened carefully to our audience. A big party tent will be organized again and we see opportunities to increase the capacity. Everybody should be welcome and able to stay!”
“There are several reasons why we chose ‘De Bonte Wever’ again,” says Sijmon Timmers, president of the NDB. “First, it is a professional venue partner, who has worked hard to succeed the recent edition of the Dutch Open Darts. Secondly we have made good agreements again which is important to organize an event like this on such a big scale.”
Not only is ‘De Bonte Wever Assen’ a beautiful location, it also attracts regional sponsors, television, press and a lot of fans. According to the newspaper of the North, the Dutch Open Darts 2014 was a hit and broadcaster RTV Drenthe says the live broadcast on Sunday had a massive amount of viewers.
“The Dutch Open Darts is a perfect addition to our events calendar,” said director Christa de Ruiter from ‘De Bonte Wever’, who is very delighted that the Dutch Open Darts comes again to Assen. Don’t miss anything of the Dutch Open Darts 2015 and make sure that you stay overnight in ‘De Bonte Wever’.
The four-star hotel, catering, sports and events complex is distinguished by its location and combination of facilities and was elected in 2014 as the best family hotel in the Netherlands. It is now possible to make a reservation on the following website: www.debontewever.nl/dutchopendarts. Check out our website www.dutchopendarts.nl/en frequently for the latest news. You can also follow the Dutch Open on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DOdarts and Facebook: www.facebook.com/DutchOpenDarts! See you in ‘De Bonte Wever’!
If you have any questions, please contact:
Nederlandse Darts Bond
tel. +31 (0) 70 366 72 06
The promoters added 3 players to the players field for Zuiderduin Masters 2014. These 3 players qualified for the event starting on the 5th of December by winning the international darts event the HAL Open Darts Venray the Netherlands.
The promoters of the Zuiderduin Masters made 3 tickets to play at the world top darts event available, one for the champion of the mens single event, one for the ladies single champion and the last one for the best player of the boys event.
Martin Adams from England claimed the ticket for Zuiderduin Masters mens event. Martin won the mens single final with a 3-1 victory over Dutchman, Wesley Harms. Martin now is the second player in the players field for 2014, Zuiderduin Masters 2013 champion, James Wilson, was the first player on the list.
Deta Hedman also from Engeland won the ladies final. Deta beat her compatriot Trina Gulliver and her name now is added to the list for the ladies event on which Zuiderduin Masters 2013 ladies champion, Aileen de Graaf also is noted.
The ticket to play the Zuiderduin Masters Youth 2014 event is for Colin Roelofs from the Netherlands. Colin won from Mike van Duijvenbode, also from the Netherlands and for the second time in a row Colin qualified for the Zuiderduin Masters Youth event by winning an international youth darts event.
Meanwhile the presale starts for Zuiderduin Masters 2014. Booking tickets and passe partout can be done at the website of the event, www.zuiderduinmasters.nl
Atttractive hotel package deals you can book on the website of Hotel Zuiderduin, www.zuiderduin.nl
The 5th Winmau Polish Open 2014 will be staged in Police, Poland. 23-25 of May will bring ten various events, with four of them caring points towards BDO and WDF ranks. Friday will start with pairs warm-ups (both men and women). On Saturday the 5th Winmau Polish Open singles will take place (men, women, boys and girls), while on Sunday Police Masters will be staged (again men, women, boys and girls). Weekend with Winmau Polish Open 2014 will take place in well known venue, hotel Dobosz in Police town. Last year saw nearly 950 entries in all singles events. Registration for all events is now open.
More details and the registration forms can be found at: http://polishopen.pdodarts.pl
See you all in Poland !!!
With the excting matches of Zuiderduin Masters edition 2013 in our minds and still hearing the shearing of the enthusiastic spectators we no look forward to the start of edition 2014. Today the promoter of the Zuiderduin Masters announced the new dates for this event. Zuiderduin Masters 2014. From Friday the 5th till Sunday the 7th of December the tournament will be played in Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee.
Zuiderduin Masters 2013 Champions, James Wilson and Aileen the Graaf will be back in Decmeber to defend their title the rest of the players in the new event can qualify through the Zuiderduin Masters rankings or as the winner of the Champions League of Darts play off tournament. Further the promoter and the Dutch Darts Bond invite some players to play the Zuiderduin Master with a wildcard.
Later on we will update this website with more information about ticket sale, hotel package deals and the participants for Zuiderduin Masters 2014
Due to the Lakeside and all the media attention at this moment, entries for the Dutch Open Darts are going fast! Therefore the Dutch Darts Association has decided to extend the registration until Monday January 20st 12.00 o’clock Dutch Time. This is your last chance to register!
All players (except youth) can register through our website www.dutchopendarts.nl/en/registration. It will only take a few minutes. Payment is not necessary, this will be done at the event. The Dutch Open Darts is unique in its kind. It is the biggest open tournament and attracts thousands of darts players from all around the world! This includes big names like Tony O’Shea, Darryl Fitton, Deta Hedman, Wesley Harms and Jan Dekker. Of course we expect the entries of Lakeside champions Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ahston as well! So who knows, you might be playing against a world class player. Besides that there is a prize fund of more than €33.000,-
The Dutch Open Darts is ranked by the World Darts Federation and British Darts Organisation and carries places in the Winmau World Masters 2014 for winners of the Men’s, Ladies and Youth Singles. The final playing schedule will be published online in the week prior to the tournament. The finals of the Dutch Open Darts 2014 will be broadcast live on Dutch Television by RTV Drenthe! It can also be seen on Eurosport or via a stream on internet. Check out our website www.dutchopendarts.nl/en frequently for the latest news. You can also follow the Dutch Open on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DOdarts and Facebook: www.facebook.com/DutchOpenDarts! See you in ‘De Bonte Wever’!
If you have any questions, please contact:
Nederlandse Darts Bond
tel. +31 (0) 70 366 72 06