The weekends events in Belgium saw Welsh players Wayne Warren and Nick Kenny dominate the Men’s events, whilst Dutch throwers Astrid Trouwborst and Aileen de Graaf took top spot in the ladies events.
Saturday played host to the Antwerp Open, where Wayne Warren came through a tough field, which included number one seed Dave Parletti, Daryl Fitton and Gary Robson, to name a few, to take his first BDO title this year!
Warren faced Scottish International Gary Stone in the final following a 6-4 win in the semi-finals over Youth World Champion Leighton Bennett, whilst Stone’s route to the final included wins over Parletti, Thomas Junghans and Lincolnshire’s Simon Stainton.
The results see Warren move into fourth place on the BDO rolling table, and Stone move into the top 25 following his recent run of form.
The ladies’ Antwerp Open final was an all-Dutch affair as the unseeded Trouwborst took her first BDO ranked title with a 6-3 win over Sharon Prins.
Trouwborst took a 5-1 semi-final win over Australia’s Corrine Hammond, where missed doubles cost Hammond in the opening legs and Trouwborst was relentless in her finishing ability, whilst Prins secured her place in the final with a 5-0 whitewash of Sweden’s Vicky Pruim.
The boy’s tournament saw the in-form James Beeton, fresh from his win in Luxembourg take not just the Antwerp Open, but also Sunday’s Belgium Open. Saturday saw Beeton win 5-1 over the Netherland’s Danny Jansen and Sunday 's final against Gian van Veen, saw the Clwyd county player win 5-2 in another dominant performance.
The girls event saw another Dutch victory, as Lerena Rietbergen beat Joella Verhagen 4-0 in their final. Sunday’s girls event went to Julie Berens as she secured a 4-1 win over Nicole Bouaraba in the final.
The weekend also saw two g-dart competitions, where Bernard Martens beat ‘Super Fan’ Jackie Goethals 3-2 in the Antwerp Open final, and also took Sunday’s Belgium Open title over Andrew De Kock 4-2.
Nick Kenny ensured both Men’s titles were Wales-bound, as he took the Belgium Open final with a 7-4 win over Dutchman Tonny Veenhof.
Veenhof, whose progression marked his first appearance in a BDO-ranked final, had a tough route to the final, registering wins over Scotland’s Ross Montgomery and France’s Thibault Tricole, whilst Kenny, who entered the tournament ranked number eight, beat Gary Robson in the semi-finals, after knocking out number one seed Wesley Harms in the quarters.
The ladies event saw both Aileen de Graaf and Laura Turner progress to the final in a repeat of the Luxembourg Open final, where de Graaf once again emerged Champion with a 6-2 win over the Surrey player.
Once again, Vicky Pruim reached the semi-final stages, this time missing out on a final spot 5-3 to Turner, whilst it was England Captain Deta Hedman pitched against de Graaf in the second semi-final, with de Graaf edging out Hedman 5-4.
The race for the World Championship is defiantly hotting up, with only 35 points between 35th and 18th on the Men’s seasonal table and 40 points separating 10th place and 20th place in the ladies seasonal table, these final few tournaments could still see some big changes!