Im­pres­sive re­sults for Mal­tese play­ers at the Open

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS - An­dre Zam­mit The At­tard brothers Quar­ter Fi­nals Semi Fi­nals FI­NAL Last 16 Quar­ter Fi­nals Semi Fi­nals FI­NAL FI­NAL FI­NAL

Dur­ing the third week of Novem­ber, 358 par­tic­i­pants took part in the 29th edi­tion of the Malta Open which has seen some top qual­ity darts played over the three-day event and to top it all up we wit­nessed a Mal­tese pair be­ing crowned cham­pi­ons in the dou­bles com­pe­ti­tion which was a feat miss­ing in the last cou­ple of edi­tions.

In the men`s sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion the fi­nal was con­tested be­tween two Bri­tish play­ers – Dave Prins and Paul Wil­liams with the lat­ter crowned cham­pion in a 6-2 fi­nal vic­tory. Dur­ing this match Wil­liams av­er­aged (94.80) which is elite qual­ity level.

On the route to the ti­tle, Wil­liams elim­i­nated Mal­tese player Gor­don Stan­more 4-3 in a de­cid­ing leg in the round of 128 and WDF ranked num­ber 1 player – Dar­ius La­banauskas of Lithua­nia 4-2 at the quar­ter fi­nal stage.

From the same com­pe­ti­tion a men­tion has to cer­tainly go to two lo­cal play­ers which per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well, Andy Keen which was elim­i­nated at the quar­ter fi­nal stage by Dutch player Carlo Van Cl­eff 4-3 and Al­bert Scerri who went a step fur­ther and reached the semi-fi­nal stage where he was elim­i­nated by Dave Prins with a 5-2 score line.

In the two pre­vi­ous rounds, Scerri elim­i­nated two seeded play­ers – Sven Wens of Bel­gium, who was the 3rd seed and Barry Zan­der of the Netherlands, the num­ber 11 seed.

In the ladies sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion the pre-tour­na­ment pre­dic­tions sug­gested that the 2015 win­ner, Ann-Kathrin Wig­mann of Ger­many would be a main con­tender once again but she fell at the last 16 stage against Bri­tish player, Sas Bode.

The ti­tle was claimed by Chris­tine Read­head as she com­fort­ably saw the chal­lenge of Kaz Kirkby in a 4-0 vic­tory.

Also, for the first time in a long while we saw a Mal­tese player reach­ing fi­nals night as Tracy Cham­bers made the last 16 stage but was elim­i­nated by fi­nal­ist Kirkby by a 3-1 score line.

The ladies’ pairs event saw Bri­tish pair of Lor­raine Woodrow and Sarah Chick claim­ing the hon­our as they eased to a 4-1 fi­nals vic­tory against Kaz Kirkby and Kay­tee Bis­pham.

Fi­nally, but not least, the Men`s Pairs event which for the lo­cal fol­low­ers was the cherry on the cake with brothers Nor­bert and David At­tard crowned cham­pi­ons. Through­out the tour­na­ment they played ex­cep­tion­ally well and did not dis­ap­point in the fi­nal as they de­feated Dave Prins and Wayne Hal­li­well of Cyprus 4-1 with Nor­bert At­tard check­ing out 94 and 154 in the process.

Af­ter the fi­nal David At­tard com­mented on what this achieve­ment means to them: “It’s an ex­cep­tional achieve­ment for us as play­ers but also a proud mo­ment for all the Mal­tese peo­ple. When you play against world renowned play­ers which you have watched over and over on TV events it’s an in­de­scrib­able feel­ing and con­sid­er­ing that we are a small is­land and to some ex­tent lim­ited in cer­tain as­pects makes it even more spe­cial but the best feel­ing of all is win­ning this award with my brother!”

The Malta Darts As­so­ci­a­tion thanked ev­ery­one who has con­trib­uted to an­other suc­cess­ful event from com­mit­tee mem­bers, to play­ers, to fans and we prom­ise that next year`s event will be even more spe­cial.

To con­clude I would also like to thank ev­ery­one who do­nated money to the Com­mu­nity Chest Fund Foun­da­tion with this event sup­port­ing the great cause through the “Sol­i­dar­ity through Sports” pro­gramme.

Men`s Sin­gles

Last 16 La­banauskas, Dar­ius-LIT 4-1 Lit­tle­cott, Colin-ENG; Wil­liams, Paul-ENG 4-0 Up­ton, Greg-ENG; At­tard, Nor­bert-MLT 2-4 Keen, Andy-MLT; Davis, Joe-ENG 0-4 Van Cl­eff, Carlo-NL; Wens, SvenBEL 1-4 Scerri, Al­bert-MLT; Zan­der, Barry-NL 4-2 Jack­son, Char­lie-ENG; Head, Sam-ENG 34 Prins, Dave-ENG; Stoner, Craig-ENG 0-4 Ho­gan, Paul-ENG

La­banauskas, Dar­ius-LIT 2-4 Wil­liams, Paul-ENG; Keen, Andy-MLT 3-4 Van Cl­eff, Car­loNL; Scerri, Al­bert-MLT 4-2 Zan­der, Barry-NL; Prins, Dave-ENG 4-2 Ho­gan, Paul-ENG

Wil­liams, Paul-ENG 5-4 Van Cl­eff, Carlo-NL; Scerri, Al­bertMLT 2-5 Prins, Dave-ENG

Wil­liams, Paul-ENG 6-2 Prins, Dave-ENG

Ladies Sin­gles

Wig­mann, Ann-Ka­trin-GER 23 Bode, Sas-ENG; John­son, Gerry-ENG 1-3 Smith, SueENG; McLough­lin, Ch­eryl-ENG 3-2 Paine, Mary-ENG; Kirkby, Kaz-ENG 3-1 Cham­bers, Tra­cyMLT; Read­head, ChristineENG 3-1 Collins,

Paula-ENG; Perkins Rob­bins, Carol-ENG 1-3 Chick, SarahENG; Kallen, Nathalie-SUI 1-3 Thame, Stacey-ENG; Ho­gan, An­gela-ENG 1-3 Byo, KirstenDEN

Bode, Sas-ENG 0-3 Smith, Sue-ENG; McLough­lin, Ch­erylENG 1-3 Kirkby, Kaz-ENG; Read­head, Chris­tine-ENG 3-2 Chick, Sarah-ENG; Thame, Stacey-ENG 2-3 Byo, KirstenDEN

Smith, Sue-ENG 0-3 Kirkby, Kaz-ENG; Read­head, Chris­tine 3-1 Byo, Kirsten-DEN

Kirkby, Kaz-ENG 0-4 Read­head, Chris­tine-ENG

Men`s Pairs

Semi Fi­nals N.At­tard/D.At­tard 3-0 B.Milkins/Z.Quinn; D.Prins/W.Hal­li­well 3-0 S.Head/C.Jack­son

N.At­tard/D.At­tard 4-1 D.Prins/W.Hal­li­well

Ladies Pairs

Semi Fi­nals S.Goebel/A.Wig­mann 0-3 L.Woodrow/S.Chick; K.Bis­pham/K.Kirkby 3-1 B.Gabriel/S.Mold­en­hauer

L.Woodrow/S.Cz­ick 4-1 K.Bis­pham/K.Kirkby

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