Beckfords edge closer to South Pacific final

On a roll: Corrimal's Jarrod Beckford sends down a bowl during his three knockout wins with his dad Glen in the Pairs. Picture: Sylvia Liber

On a roll: Corrimal’s Jarrod Beckford sends down a bowl during his three knockout wins with his dad Glen in the Pairs. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Top Corrimal bowler Jarrod Beckford is making the most of playing once a year with his father after reaching the South Pacific Pairs quarter-finals with three knockout wins on Monday.

  Seventeen-year-old Jarrod and his dad Glen, who plays for Figgy Bowlo, are in good touch and take on another father-son combination Glenn Taylor (Wiseman Park) and Jordan Taylor (Dapto Citizens) on Wednesday for a spot in the semi-finals.

 The Beckfords beat John Holze-Steve Cheney (Comp) 15-9 in post-sectional round one, then eliminated the ADF’s Air Force Bowls Association’s Gerard Harkins and Zach Gabrielson 15-9, before booking a last eight spot by beating Adrian Jones-Peter Carter (composite) 20-5.

   Last year the Beckfords made the last 16 in the Pairs, while Jarrod reached the final in the Fours.

   ‘’I’m rapt to play with my dad and to play as well as we have,’’ Jarrod said.

   ‘’I love this carnival. Everyone plays with a smile and you get the chance to play with your dad which is our only event together each year. It’s pretty special to get this far and hopefully we can keep playing well.’’

   Beckford is a rising talent and has been included in Zone 16’s under 25s squad, plus the Zone 16 Open Development squad.

  Jarrod’s next main goal is to make the NSW under 25s, which includes Mason Lewis, who with his Engadine clubmate Dave Ferguson are also through to the Pairs quarter-finals following a big win over Fairy Meadow’s Neville Denham-Ashley Christie in round three.

   Lewis is playing in his third carnival and has made his first quarter-final.

 ‘’It’s been a  bit of a jinx the knockout round so it’s good to get through to the quarters,’’ the 20-year-old said.

GERARD HAWKINS

GERARD HAWKINS

Most of the 16 second round games were one-sided with only four decided by four shots or less, while in round three, The Hills’ Colin Lees and Byron Hoad fought back to beat Peter Bott and Dylan Skinner 10-7 in the last game to finish.

This year officials eased the workload for players in the Pairs by trimming matches through to the quarter-finals to 13 ends, instead of 15 ends.

The quarter-finals are from 9.45am on Wednesday, followed by the semi-finals.

 PAIRS Q/FINALS 

■ Mason Lewis-Dave Ferguson (Engadine) vs Colin Lees-Byron Hoad (The Hills)

■ Glen Beckford-Jarrod Beckford (Comp) vs Glenn Taylor-Jordan Taylor (Comp)

■ Brett Pieper-Scott Bateup (Composite) vs David Munt-Scott Mathieson (Conjola) 

■  Todd James-Geoff McGillivray (Warilla) vs Mick Ugarenko-Andrew Johnson (Composite)

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