Finder Darts Masters was played 08-10/12/2017 in Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. Invited players 24 men, 6 women and 6 youth.
Danny Noppert, Aileen de Graaf and Jarred Cole the new Finder Darts Masters 2017 champions
Sunday 10/12 Press Release: Danny Noppert, Aileen de Graaf and Jarred Cole the new Finder Darts Masters 2017 champions
Two Dutch players and one English player are the new Finder Darts Masters 2017 champions. Danny Noppert won the men’s tournament and after 13 years a new Dutchman entered the list of honour of this tournament. Aileen de Graaf won her second title the first she won in 2013.
Englishman Jarred Cole won the final of the youth tournament and became the second foreign player to win the Finder Darts Masters Youth tournament. The youth tournament became part of this tournament in 2011 and since than it had 5 Dutch winners and 1 Englishman until this final.
The men’s final between Danny Noppert the number 5 seed and Welshman Jim Williams for 6 sets was in balance. Noppert started the final match over best or 9 sets of best or 5 legs, and took the first set. Set two Williams won 3-0 and up to 3-3 in sets the players won a set first Noppert than Williams.
But after set 6 Danny had the better scores and for Jim Williams is just went the other way. Set 7 was an exciting set because after a 2-0 lead for Noppert, Williams equalized (2-2) and in the fifth and finale leg of this set Noppert had a narrow escape and wins the set he started 4-3.
Noppert feels that now is the time to put Williams in the corner and breaks William immediately in the first leg of set 8. After a missed opportunity to check out 126 for the second leg Danny gets another 3 darts to finish 40 and now is one leg away from the title. Jim Williams then finds the strength to take leg 3 but in leg 4 Noppert throws 72 with 2 darts for the set and the match. Averages Noppert: 95.03 – Williams; 86.97
For the men’s finals, the women’s final was played between the number one seed Deta Hedman and Aileen de Graaf, the number 2 seed. For Deta it was already 6 years ago that she won the title on this stage. Her opponent, Aileen de Graaf, won the women’s final in 2013.
Deta who starts the first set of the final is broken twice in the first set and loses this set with 0 – 3. And in the second set it does not get much better for Deta. She does not find the doubles and so also the second set was won 3-0 by Aileen. Averages Hedman: 66.31 – de Graaf; 75.78
Nathan Girvan, after his good performance yesterday, did not expect he should play such a nervous finale against Jarred Cole. But Cole was on fire and won the first set with 3-0. The tension seemed too big for the Scottish youth player, but then in the second set it looks if he could handle it in and took the first leg with a 74 finish.
It even went into leg 3 after a 1-1 tie 1-2 for Girvan. A 17 darter from Cole put everything in balance again and with a break in leg 5 of set two it became 3-2 for Cole and was he crowned the new Finder Darts Masters Youth champion. Averages Cole: 86.16 – Girvan: 77.50
Results of The Finals Day
|37||Darius Labanauskas – Lit||–||Scott Mitchell – Eng||0||3|
|38||Danny Noppert (5) – Neth||–||Willem Mandigers (4) – Neth||3||1|
|39||Wesley Harms (3) – Neth||–||Jamie Hughes (6) – Eng||0||3|
|40||Scott Waites – Eng||–||Jim Williams – Wal||2||3|
|41||Jarred Cole – Eng||–||Nathan Girvan – Sco||2||0|
|42||Scott Mitchell – Eng||–||Danny Noppert (5) – Neth||2||3|
|43||Jamie Hughes (6) – Eng||–||Jim Williams – Wal||1||3|
|44||Deta Hedman (1) – Eng||–||Aileen de Graaf (2) – Neth||0||2|
|45||Danny Noppert (5) – Neth||–||Jim Williams – Wal||5||3|
|MEN’S SINGLES||Country||Position||WOMEN’S SINGLES||Country|
|Danny Noppert||Netherlands||1||Aileen De Graaf||Netherlands|
|Jim Williams||Wales||2||Deta Hedman||England|
|Scott Mitchell||England||3||Anastasia Dobromyslova||Russia|
|Jamie Hughes||England||3||Sharon Prins||Netherlands|
Saturday 09/12 Press Release
For tomorrow the names of the players in the quarter finals men and the youth and women’s finals are known. After some thrilling matches and surprising results and calculation of the tournament officials 12 players start on Sunday to obtain the title.
In the last games of the group stage on Saturday night, these decisions were made. In group G with Martin Adams, Scott Waites and Kyle McKinstry we had a special situation. All three players had the same result so based on the tournament darts average Scott Waites became the winner of this group and so entered the quarterfinals.
In group D, the same could happen as in group G, but Willem Mandigers, the seeded player in the group managed to prevent this by winning 5-3 in a nervous final phase of his match against debutant Michael Unterbuchner from Germany and so he entered the quarter finals.
In group A, Lithuanian Darius Labanauskas defeat Mark McGeeney, the number one seed of the tournament, 5-1. Both had won a match in the group and the winner of that match qualified for the quarterfinals. So that was Darius Labanauskas.
In group B of the ladies’ tournament also a sensational match for a place in the ladies’ finale. Aileen de Graaf who was 3-0 in front against Anastasia Dobromyslova had to play a deciding 7th leg as Anastasia won 3 legs in a row for 3-3.
And in that leg both players were on a double but the match darts at last was thrown by Aileen de Graaf who now plays Deta Hedman for the ladies’ title.
Results Saturday afternoon matches
|13||C||Danny Noppert (5) – Neth||–||Cameron Menzies – Sco||5||2|
|14||YA||Wessel Nijman – Neth||–||Jarred Cole – Eng||2||4|
|15||B||Ross Montgomery (8) – Sco||–||Rick Hofstra – Neth||5||3|
|16||LA||Deta Hedman (1) – Eng||–||Marjolein Noijens – Neth||4||1|
|17||F||Jamie Hughes (6) – Eng||–||Wouter Vaes – Neth||5||1|
|18||YB||Ramon Leferink – Neth||–||Justin van Tergouw – Neth||0||4|
|19||G||Martin Adams (7) – Eng||–||Scott Waites – Eng||4||5|
|20||E||Wesley Harms (3) – Neth||–||Dennie Olde Kalter – Neth||5||3|
|21||LB||Aileen de Graaf (2) – Neth||–||Lorraine Winstanley – Eng||4||2|
|22||D||Willem Mandigers (4) – Neth||–||Richard Veenstra – Neth||4||5|
|23||A||Mark McGeeney (1) – Eng||–||Andy Fordham – Eng||5||3|
|24||H||Geert De Vos (2) – Bel||–||Glen Durrant – Eng||2||5|
Results Saturday evening session
|25||C||Danny Noppert (5) – Neth||–||Conan Whitehead – Eng||5||1|
|26||YA||Wessel Nijman – Neth||–||Keane Barry – Rep Irl||4||3|
|27||B||Ross Montgomery (8) – Sco||–||Scott Mitchell – Eng||3||5|
|28||LA||Deta Hedman (1) – Eng||–||Sharon Prins – Neth||4||0|
|29||F||Jamie Hughes (6) – Eng||–||Dean Reynolds – Wal||5||1|
|30||YB||Ramon Leferink – Neth||–||Nathan Girvan – Sco||2||4|
|31||G||Martin Adams (7) – Eng||–||Kyle McKinstry – N-Irl||5||4|
|32||E||Wesley Harms (3) – Neth||–||Andy Baetens – Bel||5||3|
|33||LB||Aileen de Graaf (2) – Neth||–||Ana Dobromyslova – Rus||4||3|
|34||D||Willem Mandigers (4) – Neth||–||Michael Unterbuchner – Ger||5||3|
|35||A||Mark McGeeney (1) – Eng||–||Darius Labanauskas – Lit||1||5|
|36||H||Geert De Vos (2) – Bel||–||Jim Williams – Wal||1||5|
Friday 08/12 Press Release
Tonight, Friday the 8th of December 2017 started with the first 12 games of the group stages. The tournament consists of three separate tournaments, the men’s tournament, the women’s tournament and a youth tournament.
In the men’s event 24 players participated in the women’s and youth tournament per tournament 6 players participate. The 24 men were divided into eight groups of three players and in each group, there is seeded players based on the on the Finder Darts Masters rankings.
Two groups for the women’s tournament and in these two group is a seeded player. No seeding in the Youth event the six boys even as the other non-seeded players enter a group by draw.
On the first evening, all the non-seeded players play the first match and the player loses this match will return on Saturday afternoon in the second session to play the seeded player of the group.
Here are the results of the Friday night games played plus the set up for the afternoon and evening sessions
|C||Conan Whitehead – Eng||–||Cameron Menzies – Sco||5||3|
|YA||Jarred Cole – Eng||–||Keane Barry – Rep Irl||3||4|
|B||Rick Hofstra – Neth||–||Scott Mitchell – Eng||2||5|
|LA||Sharon Prins – Neth||–||Marjolein Noijens – Neth||4||1|
|F||Dean Reynolds – Wal||–||Wouter Vaes – Neth||5||2|
|YB||Justin van Tergouw – Neth||–||Nathan Girvan – Sco||2||4|
|A||Andy Fordham – Eng||–||Darius Labanauskas – Lit||2||5|
|E||Andy Baetens – Bel||–||Dennie Olde Kalter – Neth||5||1|
|LB||Ana Dobromyslova – Rus||–||Lorraine Winstanley – Eng||4||1|
|D||Richard Veenstra – Neth||–||Michael Unterbuchner – Ger||4||5|
|G||Scott Waites – Eng||–||Kyle McKinstry – N-Irl||4||5|
|H||Jim Williams – Wal||–||Glen Durrant – Eng||5||3|