England Darts Organisation were very pleased to welcome
the teams of the Netherlands to the Lakeside Country
Club for the first event run by the EDO since its formation
format for the two matches played on Good Friday and
Easter Saturday was a mixture of Ladies, Mens and for
the first time with the senior teams the England youth
squads were included.
two days were compared by Bobby George, who was
ably assisted by Richard Ashdown who was the Master
of Ceremonies as well as refereeing; the other two
referees were Rob Clarke (Bedfordshire) and Jacques
Nieuwlaat (Netherlands). It was a new venture for
al four of them and they did a wonderful job over
the two days.
To Right : Jacques Nieuwlaat, Bobby George, Richard
Ashdown & Rob Clark
team was made up of 3 youths (1 girl and 2 boys), 6
Ladies and 12 men, played in two sessions on both days
and for the first time for many years the matches were
mixed throughout rather than the normal case of all
the Ladies playing followed by all the Men.
start was slightly delayed as the Dutch team were held
up in traffic, the first game under the auspices of
the EDO saw Tony Eccles take on the World Cup singles
Champion, Dick Van Dijk and the match proved to be a
memorable start for such an occasion.
started the match slowly, not helped by the lack of
time to practice, but Tony Eccles gave him absolutely
no time to settle as he took the match in straight legs
with a 34.95 average, a truly great performance on such
a special occasion.
second match saw the first ladies take to the stage
and for England it was the seven time World Champion,
Trina Gulliver back on familiar territory who the crowd
expected to add another point for England, her opponent
was Rilana Erades, who the weekend before had taken
the ladies singles title in the Spring Cup which was
won by the Netherlands.
was slow to find her form and Rilana took advantage
to move into a 2 – 0 lead, eventually Trina found
her form and she levelled the match at 2 – 2.
At this point it looked inevitable that the World Champ
would ease to victory but Rilana took advantage of the
throw to clinch a memorable win for both her and her
Country and level the match score at 1 – 1.
Dutch moved ahead for the first time when Remco van
Eijden took advantage of missed doubles by John Walton
to record a rare defeat for John in an England shirt.
was then the turn of the first youth players to take
to the stage and what a game the two youngsters provided.
Netherlands Jan Dekker finished the match losing 1 –
3 but still had a very creditable 27.39. The victor
for England was Ross Smith, who has already made the
‘A’ team for Kent in the Premier Division.
Ross showed the form that also saw him compete for England
at the last World Cup and in winning he recorded a very
good 29.03 average.
Dutch moved back ahead again when Captain, Niels De
Ruiter enjoyed a 3 – 1 win over Ian White.
was then back to the Ladies and it was to provide a
debut win for England’s Nadine Bentley against
Floorjte van Zanten, it was a special occasion for Nadine
as she has waited a long time for her debut, having
completed over 250 County matches for first Lincolnshire
and then Cambridgeshire.
Dutch then enjoyed a good run of victories from Mikel
van Maaastrigt in a men’s match, Thea Kaaijk in
the youths and Ron Moulenkamp in the men’s again.
session finished with two wins for England, from the
ever consistent Apylee Jones and a recalled Phill Nixon.
This gave the Netherlands a narrow 6 – 5 lead
at the end of the first session.
evening session started off with Richie George winning
in the youths to put England level.
up for England was the in form Scott Waites and he showed
no mercy for the World Cup Youth Champion, Jonny Nijs
as he equalled Tony Eccles’ 34.95 average.
pulled another point ahead when Tricia Wright celebrated
her return to International duty with a great but close
3 – 2 win over the Dutch Ladies Captain, Francis
next four games were shared as Roy van der Berg won
game fifteen, Steve Farmer with a very creditable 31.31
took the next, Netherlands replied with a win from Karin
Krappen before Tommy Aldridge won on his recall, having
previously played over ten years ago.
overall match was clinched in the next game by England’s
Clare Bywaters who eased to a 3 – 0 win. The penultimate
game of the day was to be the best of the day and Edwin
Max was most unfortunate to finish a 0 – 3 loser
as he recorded a 33.51 average but still had no answer
to Martin Atkins who got his first win in an England
shirt with a breathtaking 36.66 average.
takes two special players to follow a game like that
and the crowd were on their feet to welcome two such
special players, first on was the charismatic Co Stompe
and then the howls revealed the last player for England
was to be the Captain and World Champion, Martin Adams.
game was played in terrific spirit and Martin returned
to the Lakeside stage in the form he left it, beating
Co 3 – 0with a 31.98 average.
the first day of an England Darts Organisation was over
and it had seen a 13 – 8 win for England.
the end of all four sessions Bobby George played one
lady and one man drawn from the crowd, in a ”A
Leg With Bobby” which had been adapted from his
afternoon spells during the Lakeside World Championships.
eight players who played the ‘fun’ leg against
Bobby were presented with a trophy and a signed photo
of themselves with Bobby on the famous Lakeside stage.
It was well received by the crowd and was an enjoyable
and fun way to finish each session.
Saturday saw the Dutch hoping to get off to a better
start having had a nights rest and not having to endure
the pleasure of the M25!!
Mens Captain, Martin Adams was not about to hand them
an easy start as he moved to another 3 – 0 win.
Martin now looks totally at home on the Lakeside stage
after several years of bad memories there.
Bywaters was probably more aware of Rilana Erades after
her opening day win over Trina Gulliver and she soon
gained revenge for her World and Europe Cup partner
as she eased to a 3 – 0 victory as Rilana failed
to show the form of 24 hours earlier.
lead was further stretched as Martin Atkins, buoyed
by his marvellous performance the night before also
enjoyed a 3 – 0 success.
Netherlands first point of the day was secured by Maarten
Pape in the first youth match as he threw a good 27.54
winning average against David Palletts 27.26 average.
Aldridge got his second win of the weekend and the lead
was extended as Karen Littler and yet another outstanding
average from Steve Farmer 32.40 average put England
6 – 1 ahead.
the girls youth game both players had an 18+ average
but it was Thea Kaaijk who beat Harriet Wolton 3 -2
in a nail biting match.
Stompe was next on for the Dutch as they looked to close
the gap, but an inspired Ian Jones inflicted a second
defeat on the ‘Matchstick’ and with it won
his first game in an England shirt.
final two games of the session both went to the Dutch
with wins from Karin Krappen and Patrick van Veldhoven,
Patricks win coming over the in-form Scott Waites, this
left England leading 7 – 4 at the end of the session.
Netherlands needed to get a run of wins going at the
start of the evening session and youth player Jan Dekker
started them on the way in the first game of the night.
Phill Nixon, who received a great reception from the
crowd on his introduction, had other ideas and he closed
out a narrow 3 – 2 win.
Hoenselaar repeated her win over Apylee Jones in this
years World Championships with a 26.37 average, which
at this stage was the highest by a lady player.
Thompson won the next match for England, it was his
first win for England and whilst he didn’t show
his true form he was still delighted to break his duck
for England. The Netherlands took two of the next three
games with wins from Ronald Brandsen and Niels de Ruiter
whilst Dawn Standley secured England’s tenth point.
three games to go the Dutch needed all three games to
take the victory, their first player to need a victory
was Mieke de Boer who had the unenviable task of facing
Trina Gulliver. It was soon obvious that Trina was determined
not to lose for the second time and Mieke, despite averaging
22.90 had no answer to the ‘Golden Girl’s’
28.36 average. It was the highest by any lady over the
two days and it also meant the England Ladies Captain
had taken the point to guarantee overall victory for
final two games also went England’s way as first
Ian White and then Stephen Bunting with a 30.67 average
inflicted a second 3 – defeat over the unlucky
Edwin Max to leave the final score at England 13 Netherlands
8 for the second day running.
always knew that a match between England and the Netherlands
would produce some memorable games and it proved to
matches were billed as Friendly Internationals and they
were just that as both teams enjoyed each others company
and it was a very fitting way to conclude the first
event run by the England Darts Organisation.
the closing ceremony Master of Ceremonies, Richard Ashdown
asked for the crowd to show their appreciation for the
Netherlands, and the whole crowd stood and applauded
was a great occasion for all those involved and hopefully
the first of many successful events run by the EDO.
closing the EDO Board of Directors would like to thank
all those in attendance, to the officials who gave up
their time to make it a success, to Bob Potter and the
Lakeside team for hosting the occasion, to all the sponsors
and finally to the Netherlands Darts Bond for sending
their players over