Prior to this weekend, Maureen Homer‘s last, and only, WDF ranking title had come at the 2017 North Queensland Classic. Four years later, she’s doubled her career tally.
Homer’s 2017 triumph came courtesy of a 5-1 win over Venus Johnson. Eva Dilger pushed her a lot closer this time, but Homer had enough to take their final clash 5-3.
The first five legs of the final went against the throw before Homer held in a scrappy, 31-dart sixth leg to move within one of the title. Dilger, who’d won the women’s pairs on Saturday, held her throw for the first time to make it 4-3, and had chances to take the eighth leg as well. However, she couldn’t convert and Homer made her pay, winning it in 28 darts to secure the top prize.
Dilger’s partner in the pairs, Seini Vakanofiti, looked as though she’d be the woman to beat in the singles. After recording a tournament-high 62.97 average in her quarter-final win over Cynthia McLennan, Vakanofiti upped that to 63.68 in the last four, although found herself on the end of a 4-3 reverse against Homer.
Vakanofiti had led 3-1 but Homer showed great resiliency to battle back, winning the last three legs in 23, 24 and 29 darts.
The final WDF ranking event in Australia before the World Championship cut-off comes in late November at the bronze-graded Great Lakes Open in Forster, New South Wales.
The top of the women’s rankings is still Tori Kewish, who boasts a 45-point lead over Homer with only a maximum of 45 left on offer.
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