BEST EVER RESULT FOR MALTA; BRONZE FOR ATTARD
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)