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.”
21:31 - 14th October, 2014
Day two at the Just Retirement Blackpool Superbowl and things hotted up for the Crown Green crowd on and around the rink at Blackpool Newton Hall. Wayne “The Beast” Ditchfield played the game of his young career when he took on world No1 Scottish International and Double Commonwealth games Gold medalist Paul Foster. To a fascinated and vocal Crowd the 23 year old, who plays his indoor bowls out of the Blackpool club started the first set well. Foster was unfortunate to drop a four on the second end but after eight ends the score’s peeled at seven all. Ditchfield then played a blinder of an end and scored a two to pick up the first set 9-7. “I can’t deny I was worried going into that last end and just thought if he puts a good bowl up I have to try and beat it and keeping my fingers crossed” said Ditchfield.