The leading eight in the BDO international rankings will be invited to complete in the international play-offs in December.
"This decision recognises the strength of womens darts world wide,the BDO general secretary, Olly Croft said "The decision to allow women is official recognistion not only of womens darts - 25% of all players in this country are FEMALE- but also of the higher standards that are being achieved by female players all over the world, especially in the country."
The top two women in the world are both British - Deta Hedman from Essex and Mandy Solomans of London - but it will be long odds against them getting through to the televised stage next year because of the strength in depth of the mens game"
Former World Champion Eric Bristow has slated the decision by Professional Darts Corporation to hand a wild card to female player Anastasia Dobromyslova
" I don't think she's that good to be honest. People are syaying she is the best woman player ever, but Maureen Flowers would have killed her, Deta Hedman would have murdered her and Trina Gulliver has been a great ambassador"
BY MARK HIGGINSON
ANASTASIA is the current BDO World Ladies Champion and only the THIRD female to compete in the UK Open, emulating Chrissy Howatt and Deta Hedman. The Russian star takes on Robert Thornton in round one,but will be well prepared for her Bolton experience - her fianc's Tony Martin appeared here in last years tournement !
World Darts Federation Official Homepage
Englands Deta Hedman turned back the clock with a vintage display when she won the ladies title with a 5 - 0 win over Englands Karen Lawman
British Darts Organisation Official Website
England's Deta Hedman continues to impress since her return to top class darts. Deta took the Women's title beating England's Karen Lawman.
County Scene - Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire county player Deta Hedman enjoyed her first taste of the Lakeside World Championship so much, she’s vowed to go back and win it.
A semi-final appearance at Frimley Green in front off 1,400 arrers-mad fans capped a remarkable year for ‘The Dark Destroyer’, who only made her comeback to the game 12 months ago.
It was with encouragement from her partner, Paul James, that Hedman toed the oche again last January after a break of three years – the second time she had taken a spell out from the game.
“I just came back last year to see what I could do and I started winning again and you get the bug,” says the 50-year-old, who hails from Jamaica.
“I wanted to get as many ranking points as possible, but it snowballed. We weren’t looking at it for the world championships.
Wins in the Aberdeen Open, the Belgium Open, the British Open – where she beat the now eight-times world champion Trina Gulliver in the final – and the Turkish Open saw Hedman rocket to No 1 in the British Darts Organisation rankings.
A series of tough qualifying matches were negotiated to secure her place on stage at Frimley Green – something she admits she wasn’t quite prepared for.
“I have played in front of a big audience before, but not quite like that – that is something else,” she says.
“There is a bit of razzamatazz. I enjoyed it, but it is hard to keep your focus.
“There are all these people in fancy dress and you think – this is darts? But it is fantastic and I think everyone should experience it at least once because you do feel on a high.”
Despite the distractions, Hedman held her nerve to beat Russia’s Irina Armstrong, her pairs partner, 2-0 in the quarter-finals.
“I just wanted to get through,” she says. “I didn’t want to get there and go home straightaway.“ Hedman then faced her old rival Gulliver, and struggled with her concentration as she slipped to a 2-0 defeat.
“I didn’t play to my potential at all,” she says. “I was disappointed I didn’t make the final, but I wasn’t disappointed with what I have done in such a short space of time after coming back, so I took encouragement from that.
“Like everything, you learn from it, so next year I will prepare for it better.
“I have to go back. I have got to win it before I stop.”
With her sights set firmly on a return to Lakeside and a crack at the world title next year, Hedman is keen to attract sponsorship.
Anyone interested should contact her partner, Paul, on 07725 561316, email email@example.com or visit her website deta-hedman.webs.com.
Posted on January 22nd, 2010
DETA IS A WORLD BEATER!
Hedman defeats legend Taylor in 13-dart finish.
It was the icing on the cake for darts fans packed into Rileys, Cowley, for the opening of a new Darts Zone. World champion Phil Taylor had been entertaining the crowd with a series of exhibition matches against local players when up stepped surprise late entrant Deta Hedman.
Taylor’s army of fans had been cheering him all night, but it was Deta – the BDO Lakeside World Championship semi-finalist – who raised the roof when she checked out in 13 darts!
Taylor and Deta are long-term buddies and enjoyed a huge laugh together.
She said: “These Darts Zones are great. What an atmosphere. Maybe more women will start playing with such nice facilities available.”
Rileys are introducing state-of-the-art Darts Zones in the majority of their 128 clubs nationwide which also boast top food and bar service in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Oxfordshire county player Deta Hedman was on top of the world after she beat 15-time world champion Phil Taylor.
Hedman achieved the notable feat during Tuesday night’s official opening of the new Rileys Dart Zone in Cowley.
And she did it in style, with a 13-dart leg to defeat Taylor.
It completes a remarkable fortnight for Hedman, 50, who reached the semi-finals of the Lakeside World Championships – the first time she has taken to the stage at Frimley Green.
She went out to eventual winner and ex-Oxfordshire ace Trina Gulliver.
13 darter against Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor attracted a huge crowd as he officially opened the new Rileys Darts Zone in Cowley.
But the Power was stunned when Oxfordshire women’s player Deta Hedman stole the show with a 13-dart victory over the 15-time world champion.
Taylor, who is sponsored by Rileys, officially opened their 13th Darts Zone in the country before taking on eight lucky players in challenge matches.
And it was his final match that saw Hedman produce a stunning performance – hitting a 162 and 140 on her way to victory.
“It was brilliant,” she said afterwards.
“I have known Phil for a while now, but have never played him before so it was nice.
“Obviously to get a 13-darter was just fabulous.”
First-up against Taylor was Daniel Jones – the winner of the Oxford Mail competition to take on The Power.
He lost, but was thrilled to get the chance to play his hero.
“I played darts a bit, and didn't play too badly against him, but the whole thing was just out of this world,” he said.
“How often do you get the chance to take on your hero or a world champion.
“Going on first meant I was very nervous, but it was just the best evening of my life.”