Rookie has a dream ride at top PBR event

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

AF­TER three gru­elling rounds of knock-out style com­pe­ti­tion, Cliff Richard­son (Gres­ford, NSW) was crowned the Last Cow­boy Stand­ing at the PBR Aus­tralia Cup Se­ries event in front of a ca­pac­ity crowd at the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre last Sat­ur­day night.

He com­peted against some of Aus­tralia’s best bull rid­ers, in­clud­ing PBR Aus­tralia No.1 and No.2 Aaron Kleier and Fraser Bab­bing­ton, as well as

2016 PBR Aus­tralia cham­pion Cody Hef­fer­nan, reign­ing PBR Aus­tralia cham­pion Troy Wilkin­son and Aus­tralia’s top ranked rider on the cur­rent world stand­ings, Nathan Burten­shaw.

The in­ter­na­tional ros­ter of com­peti­tors in­cluded three for­mer PBR Mex­ico cham­pi­ons – Jorge Val­diviezo, Gus­tavo Pe­drero and Fran­cisco Mo­rales – as well as cur­rent PBR Canada No.1 and

No.3 Brock Rad­ford and Lon­nie West.

How­ever, Richard­son sim­ply dom­i­nated the event, win­ning all three rounds, fin­ish­ing off the night with an 88-point ride on Acid Rain (Robert Bunn).

PBR gen­eral man­ager Glen Young said Richard­son pulled out all stops to win the event.

“Cliff was a stand­out through­out the com­pe­ti­tion, and rode con­sis­tently well in each round,” he said.

“We had some of Aus­tralia’s best bulls matched up against a top notch line-up of rid­ers, and the sell-out crowd re­ally got be­hind the fast-paced ac­tion of the Last Cow­boy Stand­ing for­mat.”

Rad­ford was the only in­ter­na­tional to place, com­ing se­cond to Richard­son with an

86-point ride on Top Coun­try Blos­som (Bran­den­burg) , with the other top spots taken out by fel­low Aus­tralians – Rookie Lane Mellers, Nathan Burten­shaw, and round­ing out the top 5 Mitch Pa­ton.

You could not wipe the smile from young rookie Lane Mellers’ face fol­low­ing his qual­i­fied ride on Game On in the cham­pi­onship round – a bull that un­til last Sat­ur­day night had never had a qual­i­fied ride made on him.

Prior to the event Game On’s own­ers Brian and Kerry King an­nounced that the bull was to be re­tired from com­pe­ti­tion and would spend the rest of his days graz­ing with his herd of cows.

Brian and Kerry are Lane’s great un­cle and aunt so it was an ex­tra spe­cial mo­ment for all.

The bull of the night top hon­ours was a tie on 43.5 points be­tween Sweet Pros Palooka (Dittmann) and Bran­den­burg’s newly crowned Buck­ing Bull of the Year -Take the Gam­ble.

The Bull Team bonus was also a tie be­tween Bran­den­burg’s and Dittmann’s.

PHO­TOS: ELISE DER­WIN

ROOKIE JOY: Lane Mellers at the PBR Last Cow­boy Stand­ing at Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

Cliff Richard­son on Acid Rain at the PBR.

The Mon­ster En­ergy promo girls Anna Durkin and Amanda Blanks with Last Cow­boy Stand­ing win­ner Cliff Richard­son.

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