Wat­tles ready to rodeo

Matai set to coach league to the kids

Warwick Daily News - - SPORT - Ger­ard Walsh

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.”

League coach­ing

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.

Rodeo school

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.

PHOTO: BUB­BLES BARBIERATO

RID­ING HIGH: Wat­tles Rodeo ac­tion was at Al­lora last year but will be at Clifton this Satur­day.

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