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The Road to Lakeside 2018 Invites

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The British Darts Organisation is pleased to announce that the following players will be invited to compete at the 2018 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.

Reigning BDO World Champion 'Duzza' Glen Durrant returns to 'the home of world darts' as the No.1 seed for a third successive year, hoping to become only the fourth man to retain the title. In second place on the seeding list is the twice Winmau World Masters finalist 'Gladiator' Mark McGeeney, with double Lakeside semi finalist 'Yozza' Jamie Hughes seeded 3 and the 2015 BDO World Champion 'Scotty Dog' Scott Mitchell seeded 4.

The 16 seeds for the men's competition include four more former Lakeside semi finalists. 'Sparky' Wesley Harms, 'Flyers' Richard Veenstra, Welsh legend Martin Phillips and the 'Dazzler' Darryl Fitton, who reached his third semi final in 2017. Two players in the top 16 will be making their Lakeside debut as seeded players, Scotland's Cameron Menzies and Belgium's Andy Baetens.

SEEDED PLAYERS
1. Glen Durrant (Eng)
2. Mark McGeeney (Eng)
3. Jamie Hughes (Eng)
4. Scott Mitchell (Eng)
5. Ross Montgomery (Sco)
6. Geert de Vos (Bel)
7. Wesley Harms (Ned)
8. Cameron Menzies (Sco)
9. Jim Williams (Wal)
10. Willem Mandigers (Ned)
11. Richard Veenstra (Ned)
12. Dean Reynolds (Wal)
13. Andy Baetens (Bel)
14. Martin Phillips (Wal)
15. James Hurrell (Eng)
16. Darryl Fitton (Eng)

Eight more players (ranked 17 to 24) will be drawn directly into the first round. They include two of the games great champions, 'Scotty 2 Hotty' Scott Waites who lifted the Lakeside trophy in 2013 & 2016 and triple BDO World Champion 'Wolfie' Martin Adams who is set to make an historic 25th consecutive Lakeside appearance in January.

17. Kyle McKinstry (Nir)
18. Scott Waites (Eng)
19. Martin Adams (Eng)
20. Darius Labanauskas (Lit)
21. Conan Whitehead (Eng)
22. Nick Kenny (Wal)
23. Scott Baker (Eng)
24. Wayne Warren (Wal)

A further 16 players will compete in the Preliminary Round at the Lakeside. They include the player ranked 25th on the BDO invitation table Jeffrey Sparidaans and the highest ranked player on the British Isles table (not already qualified) Daniel Day. Four qualifiers have won through the BDO world championship playoffs in Bridlington and will each make their debuts in January. Automatic places are also granted to 2017 Lakeside runner up 'Noppie' Danny Noppert and the newly crowned Winmau World Masters champion, the 'Polish Eagle' Krzysztof Ratajski.

25. Jeffrey Sparidaans (Ned)
British Isles regional rankings qualifier = Daniel Day (Eng)
Lakeside World Championship finalist 2017 = Danny Noppert (Ned)
Winmau World Masters champion 2017 = Krzysztof Ratajski (Pol)
BDO qualifier = Chris Harris (Wal)
BDO qualifier = Chris Gilliland (Nir)
BDO qualifier = Michael Unterbuchner (Ger)
BDO qualifier = Derk Telnekes (Ned)

These players will be drawn into the Preliminary Round against eight international qualifiers. The winners of the Asian qualifying tournament and the Australian National Singles will be joined at Lakeside by the players who top each of the BDO regional rankings tables. Brunei and Turkey will have representatives at the Lakeside for the first time ever.

Asian qualifier = Pg Mohammad (Brn)
Australian qualifier = Justin Thompson (Aus)
Baltic/Scandinavian qualifier = Dennis Nilsson (Swe)
Canadian qualifier = David Cameron (Can)
Eastern European qualifier = Umit Uygonsozlu (Tur)
New Zealand qualifier = Craig Caldwell (Nzl)
USA qualifier = Joe Chaney (USA)
Western European qualifier = Chris Landman (Ned)

Invitations will also be issued for the 2018 Women's World Championship and the BDO rankings are topped for the sixth time in seven years by 'the Heart of Darts' Deta Hedman. She will be accompanied by a world class field, including the players who challenged her in 3 previous Lakeside finals. Reigning triple world champion 'the Lancashire Rose' Lisa Ashton, 3 time former champion 'from Russia with Love' Anastasia Dobromyslova and returning for her 18th consecutive appearance, the legendary 10 time Lakeside Champion 'the Golden Girl; Trina Gulliver MBE. 2017 Lakeside finalist Corrine Hammond, reigning BDO World Trophy champion Aileen de Graaf, Europe Cup Singles winner 'Racing Angel' Sharon Prins and the newly crowned Winmau World Masters champion Lorraine Winstanley complete the list of seeds.

SEEDED PLAYERS
1. Deta Hedman (Eng)
2. Aileen de Graaf (Ned)
3. Lorraine Winstanley (Eng)
4. Lisa Ashton (Eng)
5. Corrine Hammond (Aus)
6. Anastasia Dobromyslova (Rus)
7. Trina Gulliver MBE (Eng)
8. Sharon Prins (Ned)

The unseeded players (ranked 9 to14) include the 2015 runner up Fallon Sherrock and fellow England international Tricia Wright, who will be making her long awaited Lakeside debut. They will be drawn against the seeded players, alongside the two qualifiers from the BDO world championship playoffs.

9. Fallon Sherrock (Eng)
10. Anca Zijlstra (Ned)
11. Paula Jacklin (Eng)
12. Rhian Griffiths (Wal)
13. Maria O'Brien (Eng)
14. Tricia Wright (Eng)
BDO qualifier = Rachna David (Nor)
BDO qualifier = Vicky Pruim (Swe)

In addition to the 40 men and 16 ladies heading to Frimley Green, there will be two youth players contesting their own championship decider upon the famous Lakeside stage. Reigning champion Justin van Tergouw from the Netherlands has won his way through to the final once again, where he will face Republic of Ireland international Killian Heffernan.

The 41st BDO World Professional Darts Championships will be broadcast live on Channel 4 Television in partnership with BT Sport, from Saturday 6th to Sunday

14th January 2018. Tickets and accommodation packages are available via www.lakesideworlddarts.co.uk
Gutted for Richie Edwards to miss out on WDF countback as it would have been a full house at Lakeside for Team Big 5 - hopefully he can get through via the qualifiers on Thursday.

Also a shame Tony O'Shea will be missing along with Andy Fordham - not sure how many places are available for the qualifiers but hopefully one or both of these get through on Thursday as well.
Really thought Fordham was going to do it as he cracked top 20 for a spell earlier.

Really gutted we likely wont see see Hogan, Oshea, Hankey and Fordham.

Given their respective ages we may never see them again at Lakeside.

Is it a passing of the guard??? Only Adams and Fitton really of the old guard still.in there really.
I don`t think Ratajski will play Lakeside ,but he has fair chance of winning so very hard call
(09-25-2017, 10:53 AM)NiteEyez Wrote: [ -> ]Really thought Fordham was going to do it as he cracked top 20 for a spell earlier.

Really gutted we likely wont see see Hogan, Oshea, Hankey and Fordham.

Given their respective ages we may never see them again at Lakeside.

Is it a passing of the guard??? Only Adams and Fitton really of the old guard still.in there really.

More like closing the shop then changing the guard .They should show qualifiers instead 10 time better tournament then PDC one Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
(09-25-2017, 10:53 AM)NiteEyez Wrote: [ -> ]Really thought Fordham was going to do it as he cracked top 20 for a spell earlier.

Really gutted we likely wont see see Hogan, Oshea, Hankey and Fordham.

Given their respective ages we may never see them again at Lakeside.

Is it a passing of the guard??? Only Adams and Fitton really of the old guard still.in there really.

I think the reason Tony is missing out is because he was off due to surgery for a while this year, so missed out on a fair few points.

As said in the first post Hogan missed out on the British table by 2 points.  By the sounds of it he didn't complete all his boxes, so if he had played 1 more event he may have got in instead of Dawson.

As for the old guard, there's a few others in the 40+ range - Phillips, Montgomery, Warren, Robson, Waites, McGeeney and Mitchell - although it does look like there's a few more youngsters coming through these days learning their craft before most likely moving over to the PDC.  Glen Durrant is mid 40's as well, but unless he wins the event again I expect to see him trying Q School in January.

(09-25-2017, 10:54 AM)Troll Wrote: [ -> ]I don`t think Ratajski will play Lakeside ,but he has fair chance of winning so very hard call

Personally I think he would be silly to turn down a spot at Ally Pally if he has qualified for the PDC Worlds - I assume he has but not sure - as he would need to get to at least the semi finals at Lakeside in order to get more money.  He has proved he can live with a lot of the PDC players so why not try that route instead for a year or to and see how it goes.
Does anyone know how far Hankey is or getting in as a qualifyer? Such a miss with that smooth style. Has he not been bothering entering or just not done well?
Hes 50+ in the rankings but didnt fill all his slots so mustn't have done the full tour...i would love him to have a blinder on thursday in the qualifiers but dont even know if he's entered
Yes Hankey is in the Lakeside qualifiers tomorrow - he plays Antony Lopez from Gibralter in the last 256 if the sheet on the BDO site is accurate
Hopefully he can get back to sone thing like the world champ we saw and battle through the qualification... does he need to win it then to get through?
Depends how Lopez is playing, but if it's anything like he was a couple of years ago then Hankey will need to be on top of his game just to get through the last 256 round
How strange though that someone who can play so well can't replicate it at the moment...
Be gutted if Oshea and Hankey don't make it through
Will have a proper look shortly, but Andy Fordham won't be at Lakeside and Jeff Smith won't be there either - both knocked out in the qualifiers
Tony O'Shea and Brian Dawson also out
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