Rowe confident of turnaround

Batley Bulldogs prop Alex Rowe is banking on Blackpool being the venue where the Bulldogs turn their season around when they face arch-rivals Dewsbury Rams in the Summer Bash on Sunday (12.45).

Batley, who sit eighth in the Kingstone Press Championship table, have only won four league games so far in 2015.

However, the Bulldogs gave a good account of themselves in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup against First Utility Super League side Widnes Vikings where they came from 26-6 down to get within four points of what would have been a famous victory.

That performance has instilled confidence into Batley and Rowe believes a win against the Rams could be the result that defines the second half of their season.

“Sunday’s game is massive, it could really turn our year around,” he said.

“We’re aiming to finish as high as we can over the remainder of the season. Ideally we’d like to aim for the top six to finish as strong as we can before the season splits.”

This weekend will see the birth of the Summer Bash as all 12 Championship teams head to Bloomfield Road in Blackpool.

Rowe says that it will be a good day out not just for all the players involved but for the fans, who will have an important part to play for John Kear’s team.

“It’s a really important game for us on Sunday, especially for the fans, who we’ll need to spur us on,” he said.

“Magic Weekend in Super League has been really successful over the last few years so hopefully the Summer Bash can follow in its path.

“The lads are looking forward to a day out in Blackpool. Hopefully it’ll be a good day out for us to leave with the two points.”