Pre­mier event a hit on moun­tain

Rail Jam at­tracts Aus­tralia-wide crowd

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

A BUMPER crowd of more than 500 peo­ple packed into the Mt Buller Vil­lage Square on Satur­day night to see Jye Kear­ney win his sec­ond Bur­ton Cat­tle­man’s Rail Jam ti­tle.

Hail­ing from Jind­abyne, Kear­ney edged past 14 of the coun­try’s best snow­board­ers on Mt Buller’s famed Cat­tle­man’s stair set to take out the ti­tle.

Buller Ski Lifts gen­eral man­ager, Lau­rie Blampied said Mt Buller was proud to host the an­nual Bur­ton Cat­tle­man’s Rail Jam, the pre­mier event on the Aus­tralian snow­board­ing cal­en­dar.

“This event has grown each year and last night was cer­tainly the big­gest and best yet,” Mr Blampied said.

“We were thrilled to see such a big crowd turn out and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing the coun­tries best snow­board­ers back to Mt Buller in 2014.”

Kear­ney pock­eted a $4000 cheque, seal­ing vic­tory ahead of sec­ond placed Co­hen Davies and Mt Buller lo­cal Cameron Staveley in third place.

Kear­ney’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the event cer­tainly showed as he worked me­thod­i­cally to im­press the judges with his fa­mously ca­sual style, con­sis­tent makes, and solid cre­ative use of the en­tire stair­case.

“It’s so nice to be back on the podium af­ter my sum­mer off with in­jury,” Kear­ney said as he clutched his prize win­ning cheque.

“Cat­tle­man’s con­tin­ues to be my fa­vorite event of the year.”

With one of the most recog­nis­able styles in Aus­tralian snow­board­ing, Co­hen Davies worked through the night with con­sis­tent spins in and out of all three down rails, as well as nail­ing a show­stop­ping 50-50 gap to back­side lip­slide from the top close-out rail.

Mt Buller lo­cal Cameron Staveley was also im­pres­sive, tak­ing out third spot with a flaw­less dis­play of clas­sic tricks.

Staveley was also the only com­peti­tor to 50-50 through the kink, a su­per tech­ni­cal ma­noeu­ver only a few each year ac­com­plish.

Staveley comes from a fam­ily of ta­lented snow­board­ers and af­ter com­pet­ing at the Cat­tle­man’s flew to Whistler (Canada) on Sun­day morn­ing with older sis­ter Lauren for a 2014 Win­ter Olympics train­ing camp.

At just 13 years of age younger brother Luke also com­peted in Satur­day night’s event and can look for­ward to a very bright fu­ture in pro­fes­sional snow­board­ing. Re­sults were: Jye Kear­ney;

Co­hen Davies;

Cameron Staveley;

GIRLS HAV­ING FUN: The an­nual Can­Teen Win­ter Pro­gram was held again on Mt Buller re­cently and among the 55 par­tic­i­pants were (from left) So­phie Casser (Mel­bourne), Brit­tney Pat­ter­son (Al­bury), Kather­ine Matler (Mel­bourne); (front) Laura Head (Torquay) all en­joy­ing the snow. For full story and pho­tos turn to page 5 PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton

IN THE FAM­ILY: Luke Staveley - brother of Cam - also has an im­pres­sive style.

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