Lu­cas Divino keen to make his mark dur­ing three-month stay in Aus­tralia

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

LU­CAS Divino flew into Bris­bane last Thurs­day and then drove up to Mackay for his first ever Aus­tralian PBR event.

Ranked num­ber two in Brazil, Lu­cas has been look­ing for­ward to his trip Down Un­der.

The well man­nered 23 year old is al­ready fall­ing in love with our beau­ti­ful coun­try and is look­ing for­ward to his three-month stay.

At the Mackay PBR he marked an 80 on Dunnes Jun­gle Thun­der, which was not enough points to get him to the cham­pi­onship round but was a good start.

Lu­cas is from a ranch­ing fam­ily and en­joys team rop­ing, so from Mackay it was off to Townsville for the week where he has taken a lit­tle time out to head to the rop­ing pen with well known PBR iden­tity Clint “Wombles” Dolan.

From there he will head to In­n­is­fail for the event this week­end at Cal­len­dar Park where he has drawn Bran­den­burg’s Bar None in the first sec­tion.

From there he will be hop­ing to go one bet­ter than last week and make the top 10 for the cham­pi­onship round where the line up of bulls is ex­cep­tional. It in­cludes Sweet­Pro’s Fully Locked and Loaded that car­ried Fraser Bab­bing­ton to the win last week­end in Mackay with a score of 89.5 points.

How­ever the event that Lu­cas is re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in is Townsville’s Iron Cow­boy on Novem­ber 17–18 at the Townsville Entertainment and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Along­side Lu­cas will be fel­low Brazil­ian Ju­nior Qaresna warm­ing up their ropes for this event which many re­gard as home to the PBR in Aus­tralia.

In 1999 the PBR first de­liv­ered an event to Townsville. 18 con­sec­u­tive years later and the event it­self has put more than a mil­lion dol­lars into the Wran­gler pock­ets of cow­boys with more than 150,000 spec­ta­tors wit­ness­ing more than 1600 bulls buck out in what is con­sid­ered one of the most in­ti­mate bull rid­ing venue ex­pe­ri­ences in the na­tion.

The pos­i­tive eco­nomic on-flow af­fects to the Townsville and broader community have been sub­stan­tial since its in­cep­tion and will con­tinue to do so as it moves to­wards its 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in 2019.

PBR gen­eral man­ager Glen Young said Townsville is and al­ways will be a very spe­cial tour stop for the PBR.

“I’ve been in­volved with this event since day one and I’m a lo­cal, so it is im­por­tant that this event stands alone among all other com­pe­ti­tions to sat­isfy long-term fans, at­tract new fans, and most im­por­tantly en­sure it is a his­toric event to win for the ath­letes who com­pete in it,” he said.

“Our nor­mal cup se­ries for­mat con­sists of the top 22 ath­letes all com­pet­ing on two bulls, with the top eight pro­gress­ing to a 3rd bull in the cham­pi­onship round to de­ter­mine the win­ner.

“Three bulls in one night, or one week­end for that mat­ter, at this level of com­pe­ti­tion is gru­elling enough.

“With Iron Cow­boy, we have added an ad­di­tional two rounds of com­pe­ti­tion that will now see the ath­letes com­pet­ing on four bulls each and the top eight pro­gress­ing to a 5th bull in the fi­nale.

“Last year riders could progress on times if they didn’t make a score. This time around we have re­verted to the most iden­ti­fi­able as­pect of bull rid­ing – the eight-sec­ond ride.”

In 2016, a record at­ten­dance of fans cheered on through the night un­til there was one cow­boy left, Troy Wilkin­son, who went on to win the Na­tional Cham­pion Ti­tle in July 2017.

“The Iron Cow­boy is like no other event. It tests your en­durance, state of mind and the pain and stress your body can with­stand,” he said.

Tick­ets for the Iron Cow­boy are now on sale. Visit tecc.net.au or phone

(07) 4771 4000.

For an en­hanced PBR ex­pe­ri­ence, fans can pur­chase ex­clu­sive VIP on the dirt passes, which pro­vide ac­cess down on the arena floor for a dirt ex­pe­ri­ence like no other. This is an ex­clu­sive chance to meet with cham­pion riders, pro­tec­tion ath­letes and the bulls of the PBR, have an au­to­graph and pic­ture op­por­tu­nity and a chance to be up close and per­sonal like never be­fore. Lim­ited tick­ets avail­able.

Visit pbraus­tralia.com.au.

❝event. The Iron Cow­boy is like no other It tests your en­durance, state of mind and the pain and stress your body can with­stand...

— Troy Wilkin­son

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