|Posted by Julie Lambie on October 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM|
The second day of a dart filled week in Hull concluded yesterday when the 6 qualifying places for the Lakeside Professional World Darts Championship were filled.
In the men’s competition, Sweden’s Daniel Larsson is joined by debutants Jeff Smith (Canada), 20 year old Essex man Rhys Hayden and Belgium’s Cedric Waegemans. These 4 players now join the top 16 seeds, players ranked 17-27 in the table (28 as a standby player) and eight international qualifiers for the 30th edition of the World Professional Championship taking place at Lakeside.
James Wilson will be the number 1 seed for the first time in his career at the Lakeside while the man who defeated him last time out, 2014 runner-up Alan Norris, is seeded 2. 3-time World Professional Champion Martin Adams is seeded 3, whilst former semi-finalist Martin Phillips makes a return to the Lakeside stage as the 5th seed after a two-year absence.
The Dutch contingent is led by Wesley Harms as the number 8 seed, and he is joined by Jeffrey de Graaf, Remco van Eijden and Rick Hofstra in the Top 16 seeds. Last year’s semi-finalists Robbie Green and Jan Dekker return, with Green seeded 16 whilst Dekker is unseeded. Scott Mitchell makes the biggest leap in the table from Seed 15 last year to Seed 4, courtesy of 5 major BDO ranking titles including the British Open in Bridlington most recently.
Sam Head returns for the second year whilst debutants this year include Pip Blackwell, Sam Hewson, Paul Coughlin, and Brian Dawson. David Cameron, Mike Day, Jim Widmayer and Karel Sedlacek all return to the Lakeside a year on, whilst Eddy Sims, who tops the Australian ranking table, last appeared in the tournament in 2009. They will be joined by Peter Sajwani, Willem Mandingers and Seigo Asada, the Baltic, Western European and Asian qualifiers respectively.
The ladies seeds are headed up by two-time runner-up Deta Hedman, whilst reigning champion Lisa Ashton is number 9 in the BDO ranking table, meaning she will be drawn against any of the top 8 seeds in the first round. 3-time World Professional Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova will start her campaign to retake the title as the number 2 seed, Aileen De Graaf appears as the number 3 seed whilst Lorraine Winstanley returns seeded 4.
Yorkshire lady Rachel Brooks is the number 5 seed, and last year’s quarter-finalist Fallon Sherrock aims for success at the second time of asking seeded 6. Youngster Zoe Jones makes her debut at Lakeside as a seed at number 7, and the list is rounded off by 9-time World Professional Champion Trina Gulliver. 18-year old Casey Gallagher will be making her debut alongside both qualifiers. Maria Mason qualified through to become the first Canadian lady at Lakeside and she will be joined by England’s Sarah Brent.
History will also be made in 2015 with the inaugural Lakeside BDO Winmau World Youth Championship. After battling through a tough field in Hull, England’s Harry Ward and Colin Roelofs of Holland will battle it out for what will be a historic occasion.
With the Winmau World Masters reaching its conclusion this weekend, the winners of the ladies and men’s competition will join the World Professional Championship line-up in January if they haven’t already qualified. If the winners have pre-qualified, then the standby player will be invited. In the men’s, this is Michel van der Horst, whilst Anneke Kuijten is standing by in the Ladies.
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