PBR event heats up, with tour un­der way

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Find A -

THE stage is set for one heck of a show­down in July with the PBR Cup Se­ries.

On July 8, it will all kick off at Cairns Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, with the best of the best set to bat­tle it out.

Along­side the rank­est bull rid­ers in the coun­try, a con­tin­gent of in­ter­na­tional rid­ers will look to make the trip a mem­o­rable one.

From there it will be on to Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on July 15 for Last Cow­boy Stand­ing be­fore head­ing to Syd­ney Qu­dos Bank arena on July 22 for the Aus­tralian Na­tional Fi­nals.

The Na­tional Fi­nals will de­ter­mine who will be crowned the new PBR Aus­tralian cham­pion. This sea­son is per­haps the tight­est bat­tle wit­nessed in PBR Aus­tralia’s his­tory.

Any one of the top 10 in the cur­rent stand­ings has a shot at the ti­tle and the cool $20,000 bonus.

On the week­end at the Great West­ern Ho­tel Show­down in Rock­hamp­ton, rookie cow­boy Aaron Kleier dom­i­nated the event and moved closer to the num­ber one spot.

In round one he scored an im­pres­sive 88.50 on Night Stom­per, in­ci­den­tally con­tracted by his par­ents Fred and Julie, then backed up in the cham­pi­onship round to suc­cess­fully ride Dittman’s Ride the Light­ning with a score of 83.5 and seal his third event win for the sea­son.

An­other cow­boy to fea­ture in the plac­ings at Rock­hamp­ton and one to keep an eye on for the ti­tle race – Troy Wilkinson.

Many PBR fans were keen to see Troy back in the arena fol­low­ing his suc­cess ear­lier in the year on the tough­est tour in the world – PBR’s Built Ford Tough. But un­for­tu­nately he had been side­lined for seven weeks due to in­jury.

Troy ad­mit­ted to be­ing a lit­tle ner­vous just be­fore the event Satur­day night.

“I hope I'm all healed up, I feel good but we are just about to find out,” he said.

Troy cer­tainly was not dis­ap­pointed with his per­for­mance and did not miss a beat – his 86-point ride on Cur­ran’s Devil Di­a­mond con­firmed Troy is back in peak form and super keen to throw his hat in the arena for the ti­tle this sea­son.

Next stop on the PBR tour will be Mt Isa, June 23 and 24, fol­lowed by Dar­win’s Ter­ri­tory Day, July 1. Tick­ets are now on sale for Cairns, July 8; Bris­bane, July 15; and Syd­ney, July 22.

Get in early to avoid miss­ing out. Visit www. pbraus­tralia.com.au. to pur­chase tick­ets.

PHOTO: PHILLIP WITTKE

TOP FORM: Troy Wilkinson, on Tough Task at the PBR Cairns In­vi­ta­tional in 2016, has been rid­ing well this year.

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