MOSSMAN’S WILD NIGHT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Gizelle Ghidella

The Mossman Sharks turned into Cow­boys for a while on Satur­day as they helped out at the bull­ride that had come to town for an im­por­tant fundraiser for the club. It was a big night that was well sup­ported by the town.

BUCK­ING bulls and crazy cow­boys came to Mossman on the week­end and the town loved the thrills, spills and the rodeo clown.

Mossman played host to Round Two of the 2017 Great North­ern Bull Rid­ing Se­ries.

Rid­ers trav­elled from Camooweal, Mt Isa and Ip­swich to com­pete, and lo­cal boys Joey Buck­ing­ham, Bert Gre­gory and Jack Hen­ley showed off their skills to the home crowd.

NQ Rodeo En­ter­tain­ment worked in con­junc­tion with the Mossman Port Dou­glas Sharks to hold the event as a fundraiser for the lo­cal team.

Around 1200 peo­ple rocked up to the Mossman Show­grounds to watch all the ac­tion. Many dressed for the oc­ca­sion, pulling on west­ern boots, jeans, shirts and hats.

NQ Rodeo pro­moter Peter Brown said the rodeo proved to be a suc­cess.

“It went very well, it was a great eco­nomic boost for the town and the feed­back we got was just fan­tas­tic,” Mr Brown said.

“We wanted to take the rodeo to re­gional towns and try and make money for good causes.

“We’d love to bring it back to town again.”

How­ever to host the event it wasn’t all smooth rid­ing.

Mossman Port Dou­glas Sharks pres­i­dent Ja­son Fasano said he’s un­sure if they can host the event again.

“The coun­cil charged our club a com­mer­cial bond for use of the area which was $4000, in­stead of non-for-profit rates,” Mr Fasano.

He said the event had been a very im­por­tant thing for the club and the com­mu­nity, “and all our play­ers vol­un­teered to help out, which set a good ex­am­ple”.

The fi­nal round of the 2017 Great North­ern Bull Rid­ing Se­ries will be held at the Ivan­hoes home­ground in Smith­field, this Oc­to­ber.

It went very well, it was a great eco­nomic boost for the town and the feed­back we got was just fan­tas­tic

NQ Rodeo’s Peter Brown

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEASDALE

Pic­tures: LUKAS TEASDALE

A makeshift bull­ring was set be­tween the club­house and the grand­stand.

Pic­tures: LUKAS TEASDALE

Un­happy land­ing on the way!

Lo­cal Joey Buck­ing­ham un­for­tu­nately didn't reg­is­ter a scor­ing 8 sec­ond ride.

Young cow­boy think­ing about his next move in the line danc­ing

Jac­qui Os­bourne and Des­ley Waugh

Ker­rin and Mia Bren­nan

Danielle Tucker, Latisha Slaw­son, Aca­cia Ross, Zoey Slaw­son & Kai­jah Moghni O'Sul­li­van

Leanne Rake and Min­jaia Wel­ham

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