Francis Hoenselaar Quits Playing Darts

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.”

http://www.bdodarts.com/2569/30-07-2014/Francis_Hoenselaar_Quits_Playing_Darts



Robert Holmes leaves the BDO after 20 years

ROBERT & SYLVIA HOLMESAfter 20 years in his role as PR Consultant and more recently Executive Director of Communications for the BDO, Robert Holmes has resigned his position.

A highly respected figure not only within the darting fraternity, but also with the media, TV Production Companies, and of course the BBC, he is without doubt one of the most influential communicators ever to have graced our sport.

Robert was proud to have “looked after” all the World Professional Champions starting with John Part back in 1994. He was also the driving force behind Olly Croft’s OBE in 2004 and getting Darts officially recognised as a Sport in 2005.

Robert has worked tirelessly for the BDO, supported by his wife Sylvia who was always to be seen with him at the major BDO events. 

One of darts most likeable personalities, and the voice of the BDO, he will be sorely missed within the darts fraternity by players, officials and media alike.

Roy Price
WDF President



Sunshine Darts at Brean Sands

CLAIRE & GLENIt was a sunshine weekend at  Pontin’s Brean Sands for the BDO International Open – both weatherwise and darts-wise!

On the oche, Little Richard Ashdown made an impressive debut when he presented the finals in his role as MC for the finals of his first ever BDO tournament.

But before that,  darts history was made  when Claire Stainsby and Glen Durrant recorded the first ever 9-Dart 501 in Mixed Pairs competition. They went on to be eventual runners-up to Garry Thompson and Deta Hedman who won the 2013 Mixed Pairs title.

To complete a memorable weekend, Claire and  Glen won the Mixed Triples with Tony Eccles.

In the Youth Singles Semi-Finals, the very impressive 14 year-old JORDAN SINGH beat JOE DAVIS 3-1 , and 16 year-old CASEY GALLAGHER, , the only girl in the Youth Singles triumphed 3-2 over JOSH McCARTHY  to reach the final.

And what a final it turned out to be was for young Jordan who hit a 180 in the 1st leg and then checked out on 116.  Another 180 came in the 4th leg  as he was eventually crowned 2013 Youth Singles Champion 3-1.

 A real talent for the future of darts.

In the Women’s Singles Semi-Finals the in- form DETA HEDMAN beat Welsh favourite JULIE GORE 4-2 and TRINA GULLIVER beat RACHEL BROOKS 4-1 to set up an exciting final. 

In the final,  Deta  hit a 180 in the 2nd leg and had 81 left after 9 darts, but the doubles deserted her. However, Trina had to wait for her first 180 until the 7th leg when Deta was 4-2 up.  The Dark Destroyer eventually retained her 2012 BDO International Open title with a 5-2 win.

In the Men’s Singles the only Dutchman left in the competition, JAN DEKKER beat Scotland’s JOHN GOLDIE  5-3 in the Semi-Finals, and reigning Lakeside World Champion SCOTT WAITES raced into another major final with a 5-1 Semi-Final  triumph over JAMIE HUGHES.

In the final, Scott’s high-scoring form deserted him as Jan powered into a 3-0 lead, but with a brilliant 124 checkout  Scott made it  3-1 and then hit a 180 in the next only to see it matched by Jan who went 4-1 up and then 5-1 before Scott pulled in back to 5-3.

 But it was too little too late as the rampant Double-Dekker went on to win the final 6-3 in convincing style.

2013 BDO INTERNATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONS:

Mixed Triples: GLEN DURRANT, CLAIRE STAINSBY & TONY ECCLES
Mixed Pairs: GARRY THOMPSON & DETA HEDMAN

BLIND DRAW PAIRS WOMEN: SYL SMART & SARAH CHICK
BLIND DRAW PAIRS MEN: NOBBY MORRIS & PAUL BROWN

2013 BDO INTERNATIONAL OPEN

SINGLES CHAMPIONS:

MEN: JAN DEKKER (Neth)

WOMEN: DETA HEDMAN (Eng)

YOUTH: JORDAN SINGH



BDO British Internationals 2013

Friday 5th April England v Scotland (Y)
  Wales  v Scotland (W)
         
Saturday 6th April England v Wales (Y)
  England v Wales (W)
  Scotland v Wales (Y)
  Scotland v Wales (M)
         
Sunday 7th April England v Wales (M)
  Scotland v England (W)
  England v Scotland (M)
LIVE STREAMING OF ALL MATCHES  HERE


Winmau and the BDO Celebrate 40th Anniversary at Lakeside!

ANNIVERSARY BOARDFor Winmau and the British Darts Organisation (BDO) life certainly begins at 40!

2013 is the 40th anniversary year of the BDO, and Winmau have been proud supporters of the BDO since its inception in 1973.

2013 also marks the 40th anniversary year of the Winmau World Masters in October, and Winmau and the BDO wanted to celebrate these amazing milestones with a bang!

Winmau have produced a unique version of their Blade 4 dartboard to celebrate the BDO’s 40years at the forefront of the sport. This was presented to Sue Williams, Chairperson of the BDO, by Ian Flack, Sales and Marketing Director of Winmau, on the hallowed Lakeside stage.

Winmau and the BDO also announced a new initiative during Lakeside 2013 – the launch of the Winmau 9 Dart Club, with membership restricted to BDO players who hit the magic 9 Dart 501 in BDO and WDF majors and opens. Read more



BBC Sport extends BDO contract for World Darts to 2016

BDO 40th Logo 2012The British Darts Organisation and BBC Sport are delighted to announce
that the BBC has extended its commitment to broadcast the World
Professional Darts Championships by a further three years to 2016.

“This is wonderful news for the BDO, its players and the millions of darts
fans who tune in to watch the BBC¹s outstanding coverage”, says Sue
Williams, BDO Chairperson.

“BBC is the premier broadcaster in the world, and we are proud that they
have screened every World Professional Darts Championship annually since
1978.

“We are delighted to be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the BDO with
the continuation of the best and only free-to-view terrestrial TV coverage
for World Darts.”

Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport added: “The World Darts Championships
are an important part of our sports rights portfolio and we look forward to
bringing our audiences this great tournament through to 2016″

Footnote:
From 2014 the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships will be increased to 40 Men and 16 Women
Issued: Friday, January 4th, 2013.



2013 Lakeside World Pro to launch 40th anniversary celebrations of the BDO

The celebrations for the 40th Anniversary Year of the British Darts Organisation (1973-2013) will be launched  in style with the staging of the 2013 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships at Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey from Saturday, January 5th to Sunday, January 13th, 2013.

Players from over thirty countries around the globe have competed for the right to be in the final field of 32 men and 8 women for the 2013 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships, which in addition to extensive coverage on BBC (for the 36th consecutive year) will also be seen on satellite channel ESPN for the second consecutive year and Eurosport and Eurosport Asia.

This combines to produce the biggest TV audiences for darts in the world.

Bookies favourite is STEPHEN BUNTING, who more than justifies his No.1 Seeding having won his first major title – the Winmau World Masters – in October and followed up in December with the Zuiderduin Masters title in Holland. He plays debutant JAMIE WILSON on Sunday (6th) in the opening match at 1PM.

The draw of the First Round has to be the meeting between No.2 Seed MARTIN ADAMS (56) the oldest player in the Championship with the youngest player and latest Dutch star JIMMY HENDRIKS (18).  Martin will be making his 20th consecutive Lakeside appearance and has won the title three times, while Jimmy is making his World Pro debut. They play on Sunday (6th) at 3PM.

The reigning World Champions who will be defending their titles are CHRISTIAN KIST (Netherlands)  and ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA (Russia).

Christian begins his defence on Saturday (5th) against ROBBIE GREEN, the No.5 Seed at 2.30PM.  Christian was a qualifier for the 2012 World Championships and epitomised the ‘magic’ of the Lakeside World Pro by arriving largely unknown and leaving with the famous trophy and a cheque for a life-changing £100,000.

“Christian Kist, the man who doesn’t even have a Wikipedia-entry.”

These were the words BBC presenter Colin Murray used to introduce debutant Christian Kist to millions of  TV viewers before his first round match at the 2012 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships. Read more



ESPN to screen live and exclusive coverage of the 2012 Winmau World Masters

Following the success of its first ever live coverage of the 2011 Winmau World Masters, ESPN will once again be
back in Hull to provide extensive live and exclusive coverage of the 2012 World Masters from the City Hall.

ESPN will broadcast live and exclusive coverage of the key sessions of the 2012 World Masters from Friday,
October 12th to Sunday, October 14th for a second consecutive year to confirm its commitment to bringing
viewers some of the best darts action Europe has to offer.

The coverage will be led by Ray Stubbs, presenter of both the BDO World Professional Darts Championships
and the Winmau World Masters for several years during his time with the BBC.

All discussion and analysis will come live from the World Masters at the City Hall, Hull – capturing the unique
atmosphere of live darts.

ESPN’s first year broadcasting the Masters saw Yorkshireman Scott Waites (now sponsored by Winmau) end the
impressive run of three consecutive Masters victories by Martin Adams – knocking the England Captain out in the
Semi-Finals before going on to become the 2011 Men’s World Master.

The two will both go into the 2012 Masters with high hopes, but can expect tough competition from the likes of
Stephen Bunting, Tony O’Shea, Winmau sponsored Darryl Fitton, Martin Atkins, Jan Dekker and a whole host of
top ranking players from the BDO and WDF.

The Women’s World Masters will be contested by Winmau sponsored ‘Gold Girl’ Trina Gulliver, the nine times
Lakeside World Champion, current World No. 1 Deta Hedman, Yorkshire county player Lorraine Farlam and the
top ladies in the BDO and WDF.

Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice-President, TV Channels, ESPN EMEA, said: “We’re very pleased to bring viewers
the Winmau World Masters again in 2012. Our first year broadcasting the competition was a great
success and we’re looking forward to being part of the wonderful atmosphere and excitement.”

Staged and promoted by the British Darts Organisation in association with EY Events, and jointly sponsored by
Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the 39th anniversary Winmau World Masters is the oldest
major darts tournament in world darts, and it is unique in having four separate World Finals for Men, Women,
Boys and Girls.

BDO Chairman, Barry Gilbey says: “Not only are we delighted at the prospect of extensive TV
coverage from ESPN for the World Masters, but we are also doubly delighted to be back at
Hull City Hall for this wonderful tournament. It is a great venue that will play host to the top
ranked BDO and WDF player over three days of hugely competitive World Masters darts.”

 

Defending 2011 WINMAU WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONS:

MEN’S WORLD MASTER: SCOTT WAITES (ENG)
WOMEN’S WORLD MASTER: LISA ASHTON (ENG)
BOYS WORLD MASTER:
JIMMY HENDRIKS (NETH)
GIRLS WORLD MASTER:
EMILY DAVIDSON (SCOT)

Spectator tickets: OI482-300300 or online: www.hullcc.gov.uk/hullcityhall

Wednesday, October 10th: £5
LAKESIDE INTERNATIONAL PLAY-OFFS (Multi-Boards)
Doors Open 8AM/Toe-the-Oche 10AM.

Thursday, October 11th: £5
WINMAU World Masters Multi-Board Play-Offs
Doors open 8am/Toe-the-Oche 10AM
Both Play-Offs wiill be staged at the Costello Stadium, Anlaby Park Road North, Hull HU4 6XY.

Friday, October 12th: £20
YOUTH FINALS Doors Open 12noon/Toe-the-Oche 1PM .
MEN’S MASTERS LAST 32: 2PM to 11PM. All Stage Matches (ESPN Televised)

Saturday, October 13th: £25

WOMEN’S MASTERS SEMI-FINALS
Doors Open 4pm/Toe-the-Oche 5PM
MEN’S MASTERS LAST 16: 7pm to 11.30pm approx.
All Stage Matches (ESPN Televised)

Sunday, October 14th: £30
WINMAU World Masters Stage Finals (Exclusively on ESPN)
MEN’S & WOMEN’S STAGE FINALS
Doors Open 1pm/Toe-the-Oche 2.30PM to 11PM (approx).
MEN’S Q/FINALS, SEMI-FINALS & FINAL + WOMEN’S FINAL.

EARLY BIRD TICKET FOR ALL DAYS: £60 if booked before SEPT.14

HULL CITY HALL, QUEEN VICTORIA SQUARE, HULL, HU1 3RQ

For comprehensive BDO news and information: www.bdodarts.com

Issued by Robert Holmes on behalf of the British Darts Organisation: 0781-0047925



Increased prize money for 38th BDO British Open

Once again for the 2012 BDO season of major tournaments, there is an overall increase of £3,780 in the prize fund for the BDO British Open, which will be played at The Spa, Bridlington from Friday, August 31st to Sunday, September 2nd.

The 38th anniversary BDO British Open will be staged and promoted by the BDO and sponsored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in association with EY Events, specialists in Events and Conferences in East Yorkshire.

The 2012 Women’s Singles Champion will receive a cheque for £1,000, a 25% increase on 2011, and the runner-up will receive £400; Semi-Finalists £160 each; Jt 5th £80 each and Jt9th £40 each.

In the Men’s Singles, top prize is £3,000; runner-up £1,200; Semi-Finalists £500 each; Jt 5th £250 each; Jt 9th £125 each and Jt.17th £50 each.

One of the BDO’s most popular ranking tournaments, the British Open attracts all the top players in the UK and Europe , and will include defending Men’s and Women’s Singles Champions, Yorkshire’s very own SCOTT WAITES and the high-flying  Yorkshire county player, LORRAINE FARLAM.

Scott Waites will be joined by Garry Thompson, the pairing which flew the flag for Yorkshire last year when they won the 2011 Men’s Pairs title.

2012 Schedule:

Friday, August 31st: 2 PM to 5PM Players Register for the Men’s and  Women’s  Blind Draw Pairs (entries only accepted on the venue on the day).  Toe-the-oche 6PM.  

For the very first time spectators will be able to watch the Friday night sessions free of charge.

Saturday,  September 1st:  10AM-11AM Players Register for Men’s & Women’s Pairs (pre-entered). 12 mid-day: Toe theoche Men’s & Women’s Pairs.

Sunday, September 2nd:  8.30-9.30AM Players Register for Men’s & Women’s  Singles (pre-enter). Toe the Oche: 10AM Men’s & Women’s Singles.  STAGE MATCHES 5PM to 7PM approx: Men’s and Women’s Pairs and Singles Semi-Finals and Finals.

Spectators are welcome: Saturday and Sunday admission £7 per person per day.  Spectator tickets available from The Spa Box Office: 01262-678258, online at www.spabridtickets.com

For comprehensive information on the BDO go to:www.bdodarts.com



2012 Torremolinos Open

The 32nd BDO Torremolinos Open, staged by the BDO in association with Larios Travel, will be played at the Sol Principe Hotel, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Spain from Sunday, March 11th to Sunday, March 18th, 2012.

There are two accommodation packages available: 7 nights half-board (breakfast and evening meal)  in the Sol Principe Hotel, and 7 nights self-catering in the Sol Principito Apartments.

The darts competitions include Men’s and Women’s Singles with top prizes of £1,000 and £400 respectively, Men’s and Women’s Pairs and Mixed Triples. The Women’s Singles is BDO Invitation table ranked and the Men’s Singles are Grand Prix table ranked.

And, at the end of the week (on Friday, March 16th) there is a hugely enjoyable Gala dinner which includes presentations and lots of fun!

On Saturday, March 17th there will be an opportunity for players to compete in the Gibralta Open.

For full details and booking form go to the BDO website www.bdodarts.com and click on to the Events Diary on the home page. Select 2012, scroll down to March 11 to 18 and click on Torremolinos Open.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some Spring Sunshine and lots of camaraderie and enjoyable darts in a beautiful venue.