APRA fi­nals kick off

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Campdrafting -

CAMERON Web­ster, Clay Bush and Roy Dunn will be three of the tough­est to beat when the War­wick Rodeo APRA Na­tional Fi­nals are held this week.

Fi­nal rounds were held on Wednes­day and Thurs­day with an­other tonight (Fri­day) and to­mor­row (Satur­day).

Sec­ond di­vi­sion and ju­nior fi­nals will be on Sun­day.

Web­ster hails from Wan­doan in Queens­land and goes into the na­tional fi­nals in sad­dle bronc as the pro tour win­ner but will still need to place well in War­wick this week to win the cham­pi­onship buckle.

Rid­ers are given credit for prize­money won on the pro tour so the lead­ers go­ing into the fi­nals have the ad­van­tage but a rider who places in four rounds and has one or two wins will go close to win­ning a ti­tle re­gard­less of their po­si­tion in the stand­ings.

At the start of the fi­nals on Wednes­day, Web­ster led in sad­dle bronc from Rose­wood (NSW) cow­boy Tim Ham­mond and Queens­land rider Cody Ang­land.

In the rope and tie, pro tour win­ner Clay Bush, of Yass (NSW), led from Emer­ald pair Camp­bell Hod­son and Shane Kenny.

Hod­son is the cur­rent all around ti­tle­holder and Kenny is the most suc­cess­ful cow­boy in APRA his­tory.

Bush also leads to­tal prize­money won and will be chas­ing his first cham­pi­onship buckle in all around cow­boy.

Proser­pine cow­boy Roy Dunn is ranked No.1 go­ing into the na­tional fi­nals of the bull ride.

Last year’s win­ner Jack McArthur rode two of his four bulls to win the ti­tle but has not qual­i­fied this year.

Tas­ma­nian rider Kyle Mask­iell is ranked sec­ond in the stand­ings.

One bull rider to watch will be Yep­poon star Brady Fielder who was sec­ond in last year’s na­tional fi­nals while still at school.

Young (NSW) cow­boy Ben Thorp is ranked No.10 but can eas­ily move to the lead if he scores on his four bulls.

Kather­ine (NT) bull rider Darcy McBean won the 2016 APRA cham­pi­onship buckle and is a strong chance again de­spite go­ing into the bull ride fi­nals ranked 12th in a field of 15.

Char­ters Tow­ers cow­boy Ry­ley Gibb leads the stand­ings in steer wrestling from Queens­land pair Shane Kenny and Jace Land.

Vic­to­rian rider Lee Kim­ber, of Lock­ing­ton, is in fourth place in his best event, steer wrestling, but is also a good chance for the all around ti­tle as he will com­pete in three timed events.

He is placed fifth in team rop­ing heeler stand­ings and 12th in the rope and tie go­ing into the na­tional fi­nals.

PHOTO: DAVE ETHELL

SAD­DLE BRONCS: Cameron Web­ster on Young Gun.

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