Storey shap­ing up for great grand fi­nal

Central and North Rural Weekly - - BULL RIDING -

WHEN you are on a roll, ev­ery­thing just seems to fall into place.

For one of Mackay’s favourite sons, Ryan Storey, re­garded as one of PBR’s ‘vet­er­ans’ the jour­ney to this year’s PBR grand fi­nals is tick­ing along nicely.

Storey made an­other big move on the Aus­tralian stand­ings with his se­cond con­sec­u­tive win last week­end at the Mon­ster En­ergy PBR Rock­hamp­ton In­vi­ta­tional.

In round one, 2016 Aus­tralian cham­pion Cody Hef­fer­nan showed the en­thu­si­as­tic crowd what an 86-point ride looks like.

He was pic­ture per­fect on a good bull from Dunne’s pen called Jackie Who.

Kurt Shep­hard was next in line aboard Iron Jacket (Wal­lace Buck­ing Bulls) with a score of 85 – only half a point in front of Ryan Storey on Cur­ran’s Disco Duck.

In to­tal, nine rid­ers made a qual­i­fied ride in the first round and the stage was set for a tough se­cond round to de­ter­mine the event win­ner.

Tough it proved to be. Aaron Kleier took on King Kong and it looked like the stand­ings leader was about to add more points to his tally. How­ever, on judge’s re­view he came up just short – 7.97 sec­onds.

Oth­ers came close but it was up to the vet­er­ans to show the young guns just what it takes. Ja­son Mara topped the round with an 85 on BK Buck­ing Bulls’ Fire­cracker. Storey backed up on Wal­lace’s Su­per Nat­u­ral for 84. At the end of the night he was the only cow­boy to make two qual­i­fied rides and earned him­self an­other cham­pion’s buckle.

“The sup­port of a good woman” was Ryan’s sin­cere re­ply when asked by an­nouncer War­ren Ma­totek to what he at­trib­uted his great form. That good woman is his wife Re­becca, who along with their three young chil­dren, doesn’t quite get to all the PBR events but is sure to be cheer­ing in the stands at the PBR grand fi­nals in Townsville on Novem­ber 23–24.

Storey jumped from num­ber 13 to num­ber 7 in the Aus­tralian stand­ings fol­low­ing his win.

With only three events be­fore the grand fi­nals, the 2018 Aus­tralian ti­tle race is heat­ing up.

Next stop: Beaudesert on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6, fol­lowed by Dubbo, Oc­to­ber 20, Tam­worth, Novem­ber 17, and then on to Townsville.

Tick­ets are sell­ing fast for all re­main­ing PBR events so to avoid miss­ing out, book your seats at www.pbraus­tralia.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FAM­ILY MAN: Fa­ther-of-three Ryan Storey said he wouldn’t be where he is now if it wasn’t for his wife, Re­becca’s, sup­port.

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