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Lakeside 2016 : Womens Championship Match Reports - Final
Trina Gulliver MBE 3-2 Deta Hedman
Trina Gulliver made history at the Lakeside on Saturday afternoon, as she secured her record tenth World Championship title after defeating Deta Hedman, 3-2 in a thrilling final. 

Hedman led 2-1 in sets and appeared poised to win her elusive World Championship crown, but Gulliver fought back to win her first title at Frimley Green since 2011.

The opening leg was a scrappy affair, as Gulliver held throw with a 23-dart leg, courtesy of a clinical two-dart 54 finish on D20. Hedman had two darts at double to break, but Deta rectified matters by pinning D10, also in 23 darts, to draw level. 

‘The Dark Destroyer’, competing in her third World Championship final, seized the initiative with a precious break of throw in leg three; the third seed converted a fine 82 checkout on D20 for an 18-dart leg. 

Deta was beginning to grow in confidence and sealed the first set in emphatic fashion. She recorded her first maximum, before taking out 118, culminating on D19, for an excellent 15-dart hold.

However, Gulliver responded tremendously in the second set. ‘The Golden Girl’ recorded consecutive visits of 140 and 180, before she completed a regulation on D20 for a 15-dart break. Hedman had the opportunity to deliver an instant riposte, but she missed D20 for a 100 finish, before spurning a further three darts to break.

Gulliver gratefully pounced upon Hedman’s wastefulness, and extended her lead by pinning D10. Hedman again missed tops in the following leg as she aimed to reduce arrears, and Gulliver punished this error magnificently, converting a majestic 133 finish on D8 to level up proceedings at one-apiece.

Hedman, however, showed tremendous character as she claimed an instant break in the opening leg of set three. She posted scores of 135, 140 and 129, before pinning D8 for a superb 13-dart leg. Nevertheless, this topsy-turvy tussle took another twist in the following leg. Trina recorded five perfect darts, before producing a brilliant two-dart 72 finish on D18 to restore parity.

Ironically, after the pair produced two legs of top quality, the third leg was an extremely scrappy affair. Hedman missed five darts at double to break throw, whilst Gulliver missed seven darts, before eventually nailing D5 for a 27-dart leg, to reclaim the initiative.

Hedman forced a crucial fifth and decisive leg by holding comfortably in the fourth leg. ‘The Dark Destroyer’ posted her second maximum and converted D20 for a 19-darter. Trina had the advantage of throw, but failed to capitalise after missing two set darts. 

Hedman, who had recorded visits of 121 and 140 to stay in contention, exploited Gulliver’s profligacy on this occasion, taking out D10 for her second consecutive 19-darter, to move a set away from her maiden Lakeside crown.

Deta had the throw in the fourth set, but immediately relinquished this advantage. She posted back-to-back 140’s to secure command of the leg, but she missed four darts at D16 and D8 respectively, and Trina posted D5 at the second attempt, for a 17-dart break. The 9-time Champion extended her cushion moments later, courtesy of a 19-dart hold on D10.

Hedman remained in contention in set four after producing a vital 79 checkout culminating on D3, but this was to no avail, as the 56-year-old failed to register a dart at double when sat on 80 in the following leg, and Gulliver posted D5 once more, to force a dramatic fifth and deciding set.

The opening leg of the fifth set was a closely fought affair. Gulliver wired the bullseye for a 124 checkout, but Hedman spurned one dart at D16 for a fine 106 checkout. Trina returned and nailed D8 with her final dart for a pivotal hold.

Gulliver posted her third maximum of the final to pressure Hedman’s throw, but Deta was scoring impressively, recording back-to-back 140’s to retain control of the leg. Nevertheless, the third seed was demonstrating concerning fallibility on the doubles, and she missed five clear darts to hold, and Gulliver converted D2 for a 16-darter, to move a leg away from victory.

Deta looked resigned to her fate in the third leg, but she continued to battle away, like the class act that she is. Hedman, the winner of 91 ranking titles, posted successive visits of 137 and 118 to leave 64, with Gulliver sat on D20 for the title. 

Trina’s first dart at D20 was misdirected into the single 1, but she regathered her composure, hitting the single 3, before converting D18 to seal the title, provoking jubilant scenes from the usually reserved ‘Golden Girl’. Trina won the final set without reply, claiming 6 of the final 7 legs to secure victory.

It was an evenly-contested final for the most part. Hedman scored particularly well, but in the latter stages of the contest, her trademark clinical finishing deserted her. However, Deta performed superbly throughout the tournament and was extremely unfortunate to come out on the losing side.

Yet, Gulliver deserves immense credit for taking her haul of World Championship titles into double figures. She has been a tremendous ambassador for the women’s game, and despite struggling to produce her best form over recent years, she rediscovered her magic touch on the biggest darting stage of all.
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Thanks for that write up as I missed the match live.
Glad I didn't bet on it - I'd have lost my shirt.

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I'm gutted Deta didn't win it and it looks like she isn't destined to lift the trophy at all given her age Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
(01-10-2016, 04:31 AM)mc1958 Wrote: I'm gutted Deta didn't win it and it looks like she isn't destined to lift the trophy at all given her age Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

I'm the same, I was really hoping Deta would win it.  She is a great ambassador for womens darts.
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