On the back of a bull

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT - By PETER HUNT

THE month of Oc­to­ber saw lo­cal Mer­ri­jig bull rider Will Pur­cell be­ing crowned the Cana­dian Bull Rid­ers Cham­pion, which has also seen him take out the Oc­to­ber nom­i­na­tion for Sportsper­son of the Year.

Pur­cell trav­elled to Cal­gary in late May to pur­sue his bull rid­ing ca­reer and since be­ing over there he has made quite an im­pact.

He at­tended rodeos most week­ends and he moved up the stand­ings to near the top in a field of 83 rid­ers.

Bull Rid­ers Canada As­so­ci­a­tion is the main cir­cuit he is rid­ing and the as­so­ci­a­tion writes ex­ten­sively on Pur­cell’s achieve­ments, spe­cial- ly de­tail­ing his rides on a bull called ‘Par­adise City of the X6 Ranch’.

Pur­cell and the beast have met three times this year and so far the score is Pur­cell three, Par­adise City zero.

“We get along re­ally well,” he said of the bovine ath­lete.

“He’s a bunch of fun and a great bull.”

As a re­sult of his suc­cess, he had been awarded suf­fi­cient points to edge into sec­ond place.

“I also had a re­ally nice draw in the long round,” Pur­cell said.

“I’m just grate­ful things are com­ing to­gether.”

Ac­cord­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion’s web­site, “com­ing to­gether is an un­der­state­ment as the Mer­ri­jig, Aus­tralia man has now won three BRC events ti­tles in his first sum­mer in Canada”.

“Only here since May, Pur­cell also be­came the fifth man to cross the $10,000 mark in sea­son earn­ings on Satur­day evening in San­gudo and sits fourth in the na­tion.

“Just a week ago Par­adise City and the Aussie com­bined for the AOA Bikes & Bulls win.”

A win in the last round saw him crowned 2016 cham­pion.

Pur­cell planned to per­haps come back for Christ­mas, but is en­joy­ing his life over there so much that the plans have now ex­tended to a few years.

PHOTO: Courtesy Cheryl Pur­cell

AUSSIE STAR: Will Pur­cell has been able to hold on to fe­ro­cious bulls like this one so well that he is carv­ing out an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion.

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