Poland Open and Police Masters 2018
The darts in Poland kicked off Saturday with the 2018 Polish Open. In the Men’s tournament, Darren Clifford (Northern Ireland) progressed through to the semi-finals to face Michel van der Horst (Nederlands), who proved too strong on the day and secured his place in the final, winning 5-3. In the second semi-final, Andreas Harrysson (Sweden) encountered Carl Wilkinson (England). Wilkinson edged out Harrysson 5-4 in a close deciding leg. Wilkinson carried his strong form into the final, and claimed the title, beating van der Horst 6-3.
In the Ladies tournament, off the back of recent successes in Wales and Denmark, Deta Hedman (England) sailed through to the semi-finals where she faced Veronika Ihasz (Hungary), winning 4-1 in a match which included a 12 dart leg and a 154 checkout. Corrine Hammond (Australia) met Poland’s Karolina Podgórska in the other semi, winning through 4-2. The final saw both players hold throw in the first four legs, but with the score at 2-2, strong scoring and accurate finishing saw Hedman pull away from Hammond and take the title 5-2.
The four semi-finalists in Sunday’s Men’s Police Masters were Welsh International, Jim Williams who faced Sebastian Adamczyk (Poland) and Kay Smeets (Netherlands) who drew Sebastian Stoyer (Poland). Williams progessed to the final with a 5-0 win over Adamczyk and Smeets beat Stoyer in their match 5-2. In a close-run final, strong finishing from Smeets saw him take the title 6-5 over Williams.
The 2018 Ladies Police Master’s was won by Saturday’s semi-finalist, Karolina Podgórska. In front of a home ground, she battled from 4-1 down to beat Polish Open Champion, Deta Hedman, 5-4. In their respective semi-finals, Podgórska beat her pairs partner, Malgorzata Markowska (Poland) in straight legs and Stefanie Rennoch (Germany) was beaten 4-2 by Hedman.
Full results for the Men’s and Ladies events can be found below.