Record num­ber of en­tries for next week’s Malta Open

Malta Independent - - SPORT - An­dre Zam­mit

The pin­na­cle event on the Mal­tese dart­ing cal­en­dar is upon us again as no fewer than 358 en­tries from 22 dif­fer­ent coun­tries have been reg­is­tered to date which is a record num­ber of par­tic­i­pants for the WDF / BDO rank­ing event here on the is­land.

The 29th edi­tion will take place at the Topaz Ho­tel in Qawra be­tween Tues­day 15 and Thurs­day 17 Novem­ber with four ti­tles up for grabs: Men`s Sin­gles; Ladies Sin­gles; Men`s Pairs and Ladies Pairs.

In the men`s com­pe­ti­tion 290 en­tries have been reg­is­tered in the sin­gles event and 139 in the pairs which is an increase of 54% from last year`s edi­tion.

On the list of play­ers, some no­table names tak­ing part are Dar­ius La­banauskas (Lithua­nia )the cur­rent num­ber 1 ranked WDF player; Madars Razma (Latvia) win­ner of four WDF rank­ing tour­na­ments in 2016; David Carr (Eng­land) – semi-fi­nal­ist of the Scot­tish Open and Ger­man Mas­ters this year and Julio Bar­bero Gon­za­lez, Spain`s num­ber 3 ranked player.

A large num­ber of lo­cal play­ers will also be tak­ing part with some aim­ing to en­joy the mo­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence on of­fer and oth­ers aim­ing to go all the way and claim the ti­tle, which has been miss­ing since 1993.

The ladies’ com­pe­ti­tion has also seen a sub­stan­tial increase in reg­is­tered play­ers with Ann Kathrin Wig­mann of Ger­many aim­ing to de­fend the ti­tle she won last year again Krisitin Bo­man­der of Swe­den.

Lo­cally the ladies’ darts scene has also seen an increase in pop­u­lar­ity and cer­tainly would not rule out a sur­prise or two at the Malta Open from some of the lo­cal play­ers.

Dur­ing this year`s event, char­ity funds will be raised sup­port­ing the “Sol­i­dar­ity through Sports” pro­gramme. The open­ing for this year`s event on Tues­day 15 Novem­ber at 5.55pm will be con­ducted by Her Ex­cel­lency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Pres­i­dent of Malta; Chris Agius, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Youth and Sport and Ed­ward Bon­nici, the Malta Darts As­so­ci­a­tion`s pres­i­dent.

Once again the Malta Darts As­so­ci­a­tion will be live stream­ing the four fi­nals on Thurs­day 17 Novem­ber on the as­so­ci­a­tion`s you-tube chan­nel. More information can be found on the as­so­ci­a­tions Face­book page “Malta Darts As­so­ci­a­tion”.

The full pro­gram for the 3-day event is as fol­lows:

Tues­day 15 Novem­ber

6.30pm Dou­bles Men up to last 4 pairs.

7.00pm Dou­bles Ladies up to last 4 pairs.

Wed­nes­day 16 Novem­ber

5.30pm Sin­gles Men up to last 32

6.30pm Sin­gles Ladies up to last 16.

Thurs­day 17 Novem­ber

5.30pm Last 32 Sin­gles Men and Semi – Fi­nals Ladies Dou­bles.

6:00pm Last 16 Ladies Sin­gles and Last 16 Men Sin­gles.

6:20pm Last 8 Men Sin­gles.

6.30pm Last 8 Ladies Sin­gles.

6:40pm Semi – Fi­nal Men Sin­gles.

7:00pm Semi- Fi­nals Men Dou­bles and Semi-Fi­nal Ladies Sin­gles

7:45pm Fi­nal Ladies Dou­bles. On Stage

8:30pm Fi­nal Men Dou­bles. On Stage

9:00pm Fi­nal Ladies Sin­gle. On Stage

9.45pm Fi­nal Men Sin­gles. On Stage

10:30pm Pre­sen­ta­tion. On Stage

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