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Article: Zoe in local paper

Zoe in local paper

THERE was double delight for Redditch teenage darts sensation Zoe Jones when she captured two gold medals at the 20th Europe Youth Cup in Holland last weekend, The 16-year-old was making her second international appearance for the England Youth Darts team and she was right on target to become the European girls singles champion and also capture the Pairs Championship with partner Lauren Hitchens, The event in Veldhoven was hosted by the Netherlands Dart Bond and 16 teams made up of four U18 boys and two U18 girls represented their countries from all over Europe, Zoe arrived on Thursday morning and her first game was later that day in the round-robin pairs KO with her England team-mate Hitchens, Zoe and Lauren breezed through their opening games, beating Sweden 3-1, Wales 3-0 and Finland 3-0, On Friday they started slowly by losing 3-0 to Russia but soon got back to winning ways in beating Turkey 3-0 and Germany 3-0, When all the points were added up England emerged as group winners and had reached the semi-final stages where they would face Hungary on finals day, With all the doubles matches completed it was the start of the singles round-robin matches and Zoe was in group 2 of 4. Her first game was against Kimberley Lewis of Wales, the 2007 champion and 2007 World Masters champion, but this did not faze Zoe as she won 3-0 with 15, 18 and 17-dart legs, Zoe’s next game was against Adrien Vegso of Hungary and she won 3-0 before being beaten 3-2 by Thea Kaaijk of the Netherlands in her only blip of the day, Zoe was soon back to winning ways by beating Kristtin-Elise Schou of Norway 3-0 and Anna Maria Schulze of Germany 3-0, All the points were added up and Zoe had again emerged as group winner and went through to the knockout stages and the final 16 players.

Zoe’s first game in the knockout stages was against Gemma Bowen of Wales and again Zoe made light work of the game and won 3-0, With only one more game to go to reach the stage semi-finals Zoe had to play the reigning Winmau World Champion and 2008 Europe Cup runner-up Linda Odén of Sweden, Again Zoe was off to a flying start, winning the first two legs in 15 and 16 darts. Linda then won the third leg in 21 darts only for Zoe to win the fourth leg and the match 3-1 and go through to her second semi-final of the day to be played on Saturday, On finals day Zoe was on the practice board at 8am preparing to play Hitchens in the first stage semi-finals at 10am, In a nervous start by both girls, Zoe lost the first leg but soon levelled and then started to find her range and took the third leg in 15 darts with a 130-game shot. Now only one leg away from the final, Zoe continued to find the scores and took the fourth leg to win the match 3-1 and book her place in the final with a 22.84 average, With only a ten-minute break Zoe had to return to the stage for her pair’s semi-final against Hungary and in a hard fought match Zoe and Lauren ran out 3-2 winners, Zoe played Finland’s Aliisa Koskivirta in the girls’ singles final. She won the toss and started the first leg scoring well and only needed one dart at double top to secure the first leg, Aliisa started the second leg strongly but Zoe played excellently with 2x100 scores and a 137 to leave double top which she finished in two darts, The third leg was as close as can be with Aliisa having 57 left and Zoe 31. Again Zoe was the coolest and finished 31 in two darts with single 15 and double 8, With the championship already in mind Zoe rushed through the last leg and finished 59, again in two darts, while Aliisa was at 174. Zoe won 4-0 recording a 24.89 average and an overall championship average of 22.74 - the highest ever recorded in the 20 years history of the competition.

When the winning double went in Zoe went down on her knees and let all the emotion and tension of the last days out - a very emotional moment from the deserved winner, After winning the singles final Zoe could not go out and party as she had another final to play together with her friend Hitchens against neighbours Wales (Kimberley Lewis and Gemma Bowen), In the first leg Zoe continued to show the great form she was in and hit double top to go one leg up. The second leg gave Wales the opportunity to get back in the game but the double was missed and that gave Zoe the chance to wrap up the leg, This proved crucial as the England pair relaxed and eased to a fully deserved 4-0 victory, Zoe’s Dutch success is no flash in the pan though as in her two years of competition play so far she has won many tournaments, The ‘Pink Panther’ as she is known, who can be seen practising most days at Redditch Trades & Labour Club from which she has received tremendous support, plays for Warwickshire youth team and the Worcestershire senior side, At Youth level since January of this year Zoe has won many tournaments. She is the current Scottish Open Youth champion, Eastbourne England Classic champion where Zoe was the only girl to enter and saw off the other 53 U18 boys, England Open Youth champion, Walton Youth champion, German Open Youth champion and now the European Youth Champion 2009,
In seven months Zoe has gained six converted Winmau places which means she will play in the Winmau World Youth Masters in Bridlington in September, At senior level Zoe has been making a name for her herself on the BDO international circuit where she picks up valuable ranking points, Zoe is currently ranked 13th in the world at senior level. In Germany this year Zoe knocked out the Welsh international Julie Gore to reach the last eight, In the Welsh Classic Zoe went one better and reached the semi-final of the senior ladies event and also won the Northants Ladies Open this year, beating Deta Headman in the quarter-finals, Zoe also won the Sportsdale Ladies Open in Long Eaton earlier this year, Zoe has also started to do exhibitions and held a very successful one at Redditch Trades & Labour recently. She would like to thank the committee and all the members of the club who have again sponsored her to the tune of £3,000, Without this continued support none of the above would have been possible. The club is an excellent darts venue with a fantastic stage which the club have built for Zoe to practice at with her practice partner Graham Evans who has given up valuable time to practice with Zoe, Zoe has been selected to go to America in September to play in the World Cup which will be attended by 36 countries. Each senior darts team takes one youth boy and one youth girl and Zoe will be joined by Shaun Griffiths, Lisa Ashton, Trina Gulliver, Martin Adams, Tony O’Shea, Darryl Fitton and John ‘Boy’ Walton, There is now only a small amount of time to raise funds for Zoe to be able to live this dream. If anyone would like to contribute towards Zoe’s trip please contact her on her website - - or on 01527 61183.
Story By: Redditch Standard

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