11:57 - 28th October, 2014
As the build here at the Dewars Centre in Perth gets under way for the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open which is the start of the World Bowls Tour Ranking season and 32 players from around the world arrive in Scotland there has been one big change at the last minute. With South Africa being unable to attend it has left an opening in the draw for Welshman Robert Weale who got the last minute call to attend. Sitting at No. 17 Robert was just outside the rankings and therefore as next in the Ranking list he got the call to attend the event. Having already been given a wildcard into the Just Retirement World Indoor Championships in January this has given Robert a massive helping hand in being able to attend two ranking events this season in order to attempt to regain lost points and resurrect himself into the top 16 for the next season.
23:46 - 17th October, 2014
The Final of the Superbowl pairs saw Superbowl Singles Champion Billy Jackson take to the rink again in the evening just an hour after finishing his singles. He stepped up for the final with his partner Danny “Dangerous” Barwise and they faced World Champion Darren Burnett and his partner Chris “Lucky” Brown. The game was to see Jackson’s run of fortune and fate run out. Barwise and Jackson took the lead in the first set 2-0 but then the Brown and Burnett pairing managed to pick up six consecutive ends with no reply and take the first set 9-2. Exceptional bowls by both Brown and Burnett were proving just too strong to let Jackson have the double. The second set the Brown Burnett partnership was relentless and they soared to the win 13-4 “A great week enjoyed the banter and the venue,” said Burnett. World Champion Burnett was relentless and Brown led well for the Scottish Champion and the banter on the green had the audience in stitches.
23:31 - 17th October, 2014
Billy Jackson turned back the clock this week at Blackpool Newton Hall Indoor bowls club in the Just Retirement Superbowl 2014. In the battle of the codes where eight Crown Green players were pitted against eight of the best Indoor players it was the man from Lincoln who not only lifted the Crown Crowds but also lifted the Crown. Jackson, who last won a WBT title back five years ago was even talking of retiring from the game when inspired bowling throughout the weeks event had him lifting the title. He played Scottish International Michael Stepney in the final and what a good final it was to finish the week off. Both players played to the crowd and received great support in return. But it was “Wizard” Jackson, as the Crowners have renamed him, who came out the best and lifted the title. “His hitting was brilliant. Maximum results, with on target bowls. I felt pleased with the way I played, I have thoroughly enjoyed the week and all the banter,” said a disappointed Stepney.
21:31 - 16th October, 2014
The first game on was billed as Beauty versus “The Beast” . Where World Indoor Ladies Match play champion Katherine Rednall faced Wayne “The Beast” Ditchfield the local Crown Green hero. The game went the way of the Beauty and Katherine who is used to playing in open events and facing men in the game, played some outstanding bowls never giving Wayne a sniff. And the Lady stepped into the Semi finals. In game two Darren Burnett the favorite going into the day took on the Scottish International and qualifier Michael Stepney and what a game it was the first set peeled at 7-7 and after 6 ends of the second set the score was all square again. But it was the man from Elgin Stepney who found the inspiration to get passed the World Champion Burnett and step into the quarters later in the day against Katherine Rednall. That game proved to be the final straw for the young lady from Ipswich and after a really tight first set finishing on the 5-5 scoreline. Stepney put his foot on the gas while Katherine lost her pace on the rink and Stepney moved into tomorrow’s final.
21:16 - 15th October, 2014
Day three at the Just Retirement Superbowl 2014 here at the Blackpool Newton Hall club and the crowd enjoyed roaring on the player and the quarterfinal games in the afternoon went out live on Sky Sports 3. Game one of the afternoon featured the local lad Chris Gale against Ely ace Nick Brett the World No3. Brett got off to a flyer in the first set and won it 10-3 with a very vocal crowd behind him “The crowd were pretty fantastic and very fair to both players. It’s a great atmosphere here we need this to develop the game Indoor and liven things up,” said Brett. Set two and Gale fought back hard from a 4-0 deficit to begin with to stay in contention. But it was Brett who took the game in straight sets and set up a tasty semi final tie with his International team mate Billy Jackson. “Billy and I have played loads of times and we play together internationally so know each other’s games inside out” added Brett, “I’m sure the crowd will get involved and I’m looking forward to it, we both know we will have to be at our best to win.”