ESPN TO SCREEN LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2012 WINMAU WORLD MASTERS AT HULL CITY HALL

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Following the success of its first ever live coverage of the 2011 Winmau World Masters, ESPN will once again be back in Hull to provide extensive live and exclusive coverage of the 2012 World Masters from the City Hall.

ESPN will broadcast live and exclusive coverage of the key sessions of the 2012 World Masters from Friday, October 12th to Sunday, October 14th for a second consecutive year to confirm its commitment to bringing viewers some of the best darts action Europe has to offer.

The coverage will be led by Ray Stubbs, presenter of both the BDO World Professional Darts Championships and the Winmau World Masters for several years during his time with the BBC.

All discussion and analysis will come live from the World Masters at the City Hall, Hull - capturing the unique atmosphere of live darts.

ESPN’s first year broadcasting

the Masters saw Yorkshireman Scott Waites (now sponsored by Winmau) end the impressive run of three consecutive Masters victories by Martin Adams - knocking the England Captain out in the Semi-Finals before going on to become the 2011 Men’s World Master.

The two will both go into the 2012 Masters with high hopes, but can expect tough competition from the likes of Stephen Bunting, Tony O’Shea, Winmau sponsored Darryl Fitton, Martin Atkins, Jan Dekker and a whole host of top ranking players from the BDO and WDF.

The Women’s World Masters will be contested by Winmau sponsored ‘Gold Girl’ Trina Gulliver, the nine times Lakeside World Champion, current World No. 1 Deta Hedman, Yorkshire county player Lorraine Farlam and the top ladies in the BDO and WDF.

Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice-President, TV Channels, ESPN EMEA, said: “We’re very pleased to bring viewers the Winmau World Masters again in 2012. Our first year broadcasting the competition was a great success and we’re looking forward to being part of the wonderful atmosphere and excitement.”

Staged and promoted by the British Darts Organisation in association with EY Events, and jointly sponsored by Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the 39th anniversary Winmau World Masters is the oldest major darts tournament in world darts, and it is unique in having four separate World Finals for Men, Women, Boys and Girls.

BDO Chairman, Barry Gilbey says: “Not only are we delighted at the prospect of extensive TV coverage from ESPN for the World Masters, but we are also doubly delighted to be back at Hull City Hall for this wonderful tournament. It is a great venue that will play host to the top ranked BDO and WDF player over three days of hugely competitive World Masters darts.”


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Defending 2011 WINMAU WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONS:

MEN’S WORLD MASTER: SCOTT WAITES (ENG)
WOMEN’S WORLD MASTER: LISA ASHTON (ENG)
BOYS WORLD MASTER: JIMMY HENDRIKS (NETH)
GIRLS WORLD MASTER: EMILY DAVIDSON (SCOT)


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Spectator tickets: OI482-300300 or online: www.hullcc.gov.uk/hullcityhall

Wednesday, October 10th: £5

LAKESIDE INTERNATIONAL PLAY-OFFS (Multi-Boards)

Doors Open 8AM/Toe-the-Oche 10AM.

Thursday, October 11th: £5

WINMAU World Masters Multi-Board Play-Offs

Doors open 8am/Toe-the-Oche 10AM

Both Play-Offs wiill be staged at the Costello Stadium, Anlaby Park Road North, Hull HU4 6XY.

Friday, October 12th: £20

YOUTH FINALS Doors Open 12noon/Toe-the-Oche 1PM .

MEN’S MASTERS LAST 32: 2PM to 11PM. All Stage Matches (ESPN Televised)

Saturday, October 13th: £25

WOMEN’S MASTERS SEMI-FINALS

Doors Open 4pm/Toe-the-Oche 5PM

MEN’S MASTERS LAST 16: 7pm to 11.30pm approx.

All Stage Matches (ESPN Televised)

Sunday, October 14th: £30

WINMAU World Masters Stage Finals (Exclusively on ESPN)

MEN’S & WOMEN’S STAGE FINALS

Doors Open 1pm/Toe-the-Oche 2.30PM to 11PM (approx).

MEN’S Q/FINALS, SEMI-FINALS & FINAL + WOMEN’S FINAL.

EARLY BIRD TICKET FOR ALL DAYS: £60 if booked before SEPT.14