Wattles ready to rodeo
Matai set to coach league to the kids
RODEO: Caboolture cowboy and past Warwick Rodeo bull ride winner Matt Carlo will be favourite for the open bull ride at the Wattles Rugby League Club Rodeo at Platz Oval, Clifton, on Saturday.
Rodeo action starts at 6pm but will be preceded by a rodeo school and junior rugby league coaching clinic.
There are 30 entries for the bull rides at the Wattles Rodeo with riders going for National Rodeo Association points.
The bulls are being contracted by Robert Bunn from Roma.
Rodeo organiser Scott Keogh will provide the bucking ponies for the pony bareback event for riders under the age of 18.
He said there were bucking ponies suitable for all levels.
“I will have 18 bucking ponies at the rodeo,” Keogh said.
Keogh has purchased his bucking ponies from Jack O’Connell in Victoria and Kevin Cooper, of Tamworth, New South Wales.
“I am also breeding a few ponies for the pony bareback ride,” he said.
Entries on the day for the pony bareback ride, poddy ride, junior steer ride and open bullock ride by 5pm.
Ride for footballers
THE celebrity bullock ride is an event for the footballers from Wattles and surrounds. at Clifton on Saturday.
“I am hoping for a bit of competition between clubs,” Keogh said.
“My brother-in-law Travis Burns is mad keen to test his riding ability on a bullock.
“He has form on the board as he won a number of steer rides as a junior, including wins at Texas and Cherrabah.
“Travis has been organising the footy players for the bullock ride but players from other rugby league clubs and other codes are welcome to battle it out with the Wattles players.”
NEW Wattles A-grade player coach and 127 game NRL veteran Travis Burns will be joined by his former teammate from Manly Sea Eagles Steve Matai to put on a free junior rugby league coaching clinic at 2.30-4.30pm.
Matai played 230 NRL games for Manly and 10 Tests for New Zealand.
He kicked two goals in the 2008 40-0 Manly win against Melbourne in the NRL Grand Final.
No need to book for the clinic, boys and girls just welcome to turn up.
MORE than 50 children will be at Platz Oval for a junior rodeo school from 10am-2pm Saturday as part of Wattles fundraising activities.
Wandoan cowboy David Worsfold is a dual Australian champion in the APRA and will instruct riders on bareback riding.
While 50 children have already booked, late registrations accepted before 9am Saturday. Cost $30, including lunch, with all proceeds to Wattles club.
Keogh said rodeo was the hardest sport to make a start as many riders turned up with no gear and no idea.
“You pick yourself up after a buster and see if you want to do it again, we want to show the children on Saturday the proper techniques and proper gear,” he said.
Many of the school participants are expected to compete in the 6pm rodeo.
RIDING HIGH: Wattles Rodeo action was at Allora last year but will be at Clifton this Saturday.