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WDF EURO Cup 2016: Bronze for Attard as Malta impresse

Posted By Sportinmalta On September 24, 2016 @ 5:21 pm In Darts,Featured,Other,Video | No Comments

Note:This article has been published in both English and Maltese
Nota:Dan l-artiklu ġie miktub bl-Ingliż u bil-Malti

Gavin Muscat

Last week the European championships of darts took place in Egmond Aan Zee, Holland with 32 countries battling it out over four days of competition. Team Malta managed to obtain the best ever result at these championships with solid performances in the team event, finishing overall in 10th place and a bronze medal for Norbert Attard in the men`s singles event which ended up being the talk of the tournament.

On day one the four team event took place with the national team consisting of Norbert Attard, Albert Scerri, Gordon Stanmore and Vincent Busutill topping their group on maximum points with wins against Luxembourg (9-6); Iceland (9-4) and Germany (9-4). In the last 16 stage they lost (9-4) against one of the pre-tournament favourites, Scotland. This was the first time ever the Maltese team qualified from the group stages at either the European Championship or World Cup.

Day two saw the four Maltese players taking part in the Men`s singles competition with Norbert Attard claiming the first ever medal for Malta at these championships with outstanding performances which including a 4-3 win against the 2015 World Champion, Scott Mitchell and a 4-1 win against the number 1 ranked WDF player, Darius Labanauskas of Lithuania.  Attard eventually lost at the semi-final stage to gold medal winner, Richard Veenstra of Holland which also eliminated another Maltese player Albert Scerri at the last 32 stage in a match which was decided in the last leg. Busutill and Stanmore saw early exits in the competition.  At the end of day two, Malta was occupying 4th place in the overall standings.

Day three saw early exits for the Maltese pair`s team with Attard/Scerri losing (3-4) in the first round against Samouchos/Krontiris of Greece and Stanmore/Busutill (0-4) at the last 32 stage against O`Connor/Flood of Northern Ireland which made all the way to the semi-finals.

Andre Zammit (public relations officer) quoted: “On behalf of the Malta darts association, we would like to thank and congratulate the team for these positive results which will certainly aid the sport in continuing the re-branding project we are currently undergoing”.

WDF Europe Cup 2016 – roll of honour:

Men`s overall – 1. Holland; 2. England; 3. Sweden

Men`s team – England

Men`s singles – Richard Veenstra (Holland)

Men`s pairs – Richard Veenstra / Wesley Harms (Holland)

Women`s overall – 1. England; 2. Holland; 3. Wales

Women`s team – England

Women`s singles – Sharon Prins (Holland)

Women`s pairs – Rhian Edwards / Rhian Griffiths (Wales)

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Fl-aħħar ġranet intlagħbu l-kampjonati Ewropej tad-darts f` Egmond Aan Zee, fl-Olanda bi tnejn u tletin pajjiż jikkompetu għal-numru ta unuri fejn Malta irnexxilhom jiksbu l-aqwa riżultati fl-istorja ta dawn il-kampjonati. It-tim klassifika fl-għaxar post overall u l-plejer Norbert Attard jirbaħ midalja tal-bronż fil-kompetizzjoni tas-singoli.

Fl-ewwel ġurnata tal-logħob it-tim Malti l ikkonsista min Norbert Attard, Albert Scerri, Gordon Stanmore u Vincent Busutill spiċċaw fil-quċċata tal-grupp b punti massimi, rebħiet kontra l-Lussemburgu (9-6); l-Iżlanda (9-4) u l-Ġermanja (9-4). Fil-fażi tal-aħħar sittax, sfaw eliminati (9-4) kontra l-Iskozja li qabel il-kompetizzjoni kienu kwotati bħala wieħed mil-favoriti għal-midalja tad-deheb. Din kienet l-ewwel darba li tim Malti kwalifika għall-fażi knock-out fil-kampjonati Ewropej jew mondjali.

It-tieni ġurnata intalbet il-kompetizzjoni tas-singoli fejn Norbert Attard rebaħ l-ewwel midalja għal-Malta f dawn il-kampjonati bi prestazzjoni brillanti l-inkludiet rebħiet kontra ic-champion tad-dinja tat-2015, Scott Mitchell tar- Renju Unit (4-3) u (4-1) kontra Darius Labanauskas tal-Litwanja li jinsab bir-rank numru wieħed fil-klassifika WDF. Attard ġie eliminat fis-semi finali kontra Richard Veenstra tal-Olanda li temm l-impenji tijew bil-midalja tad-deheb fis-singoli u doppji. Veenstra elimina lil plejer iehor Malti fi triqtu għat-titlu, Albert Scerri fil-fażi tal-aħħar tnejn u tletin fl-logħba li ġiet deċiża fil-leg finali. Busutill u Stanmore sfaw eliminati min Lars Helsinnghof tad-Danimarka u McKinstry tal-Irlanda tan-Nord kmieni fil-kompetizzjoni. Fi tmiem it-tieni ġurnata, Malta kienet tokkupa ir-raba post fil-klassifika overall.

It-tielet ġurnata rat il-pari Maltin eliminati kmieni fil-kompetizzjoni tad-doppji fejn Attard/Scerri tilfu (3-4) kontra Samouchos/Krontiris tal-Greċja fl-ewwel rawnd u Stanmore/Busutill (0-4) fil-fażi tal-aħħar tnejn u tletin kontra O`Connor/Flood tal-Irlanda ta fuq li waslu sas-semi finali tal-kompetizzjoni.

Andre Zammit (public relations officer): “F isem il-Malta darts association, nixtiequ nirringrazzjaw u nawguraw lit-tim għar-riżultati pożittivi li kisbu li żgur ser jgħin l-isport ikompli jikber f pajjiżna”.

WDF Europe Cup 2016 – Unuri:

Irġiel overall – 1. L-Olanda; 2. L-Ingilterra; 3. L-Isvezja

Irġiel tim – L-Ingilterra

Irġiel singoli – Richard Veenstra (L-Olanda)

Irġiel pari – Richard Veenstra / Wesley Harms (L-Olanda)

Nisa overall – 1. L-Ingilterra; 2. L-Olanda; 3. Wales

Nisa tim – L-Ingilterra

Nisa singoli – Sharon Prins (L-Olanda)

Nisa pari – Rhian Edwards / Rhian Griffiths (Wales)

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Gallery and video of Norbert Attard’s semi-final

Albert Scerri

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Gordon Stanmore

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Norbert Attard

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Norbert Attard

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Norbert Attard

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Vincent Busuttil

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Opening Ceremony

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Video

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-_egyWEPjfw

 


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