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Dutch stars ensure the Manx darts festival is bright – and orange…. 1 March 2007

Dutch sensation Niels de Ruiter, losing semi finalist in January’s BDO Lakeside World Championship, is an 11th hour entry for the Isle of Man Darts Festival.

The 23-year-old ‘new kid on the block’ of world darts was one of the star performers in the world championship as he battled back from 5-1 down to just miss out on his first final, defeated by Geordie Phil Nixon 5-4.

The world championship debutant heads a number of top-line players from Holland who are bidding to give the Netherlands its first victory in the prestige men’s singles.

The championship bullies off on Friday March 9 and continues over the weekend, climaxing with the finals of men’s and ladies singles, men’s pairs, ladies pairs and mixed pairs on the afternoon of Sunday March 11.

Joining De Ruiter in Douglas will be Mario Robbe, who also competed in January’s world championship, and Dick van Dijk who played in the 2006 world championship.

Edwin ‘Mad’ Max, a losing semi finalist in the Dutch open last month, will also be on the oche at the Villa Marina.

The attraction of BDO rankings points at the Isle of Man Department of Tourism and Leisure-backed competition is the lure for the men from the Lowlands and it would take a brave man to bet against the men in orange lifting the title and grabbing those all-important points.

Tournament director Les France of LF Promotions said:

‘This is a terrific boost for the competition, confirming its standing on the world stage. The Dutch players have proven pedigree and will give British international and county stars a run for their money. It is a terrific boost for the Isle of Man festival and gives Islanders the opportunity of rubbing shoulders with the sport’s top players.’

And not to be outdone, the ladies singles has attracted top Dutch player Karin Krappen, who played in January’s ladies world championship.

It will be Krappen’s first visit to the island championship but the professional chef will be keen to serve up some top class arrows and challenge her fellow Dutch international Francis Hoenselaar and the hot favourite and seven times world champion Trina Gulliver.

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