Mitchel Paton (Nebo, QLD) produced a perfect 3-for-3 performance to take out the 2018 Blackall B150 PBR Bull Ride on Saturday Night at the Blackall Showgrounds in Queensland.
In one of the most exciting finishes that we have seen at a PBR Australia Touring Pro Division event this year, 28-year-old Paton produced a clutch 86.0 on Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls’ On Point in the final out of the night hold off title contenders Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) and Cliff Richardson (Gresford, NSW).
It was Paton’s first event win on tour since 2016 and it serves as perfect preparation for his hometown event as the PBR Australia Monster Energy Cup tour resumes in Mackay, QLD this coming Saturday night.
Ryan Storey (Mackay, QLD) held the early lead in Round 1 following his 82.0-point ride on Hipster. Mitchel Paton moved into a share of the lead after adding 82-points of his own on Light Em Up.
Current Australian No. 4 ranked Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) also got his night off to a good start with an 80.0-point effort on Frontier Justice.
Australian National Standings Leader Aaron Kleier moved to the top of the Blackall B150 PBR Bull Ride Leaderboard with 83.5 points on Feel The Fire.
Cliff Richardson did his best to keep pace with Kleier with 82.5 points on Snitch with Lawson Nobbs (Tamworth, NSW) adding 82.0 points of his own on Switch Back.
Kleier took the Round 1 win, collecting 75 points and extended his Australian National Standings lead with Richardson (45 points) finishing close behind in second. Paton, Storey and Nobbs (30 points) split the points for third through fifth place.
It was once again Storey and Paton who got Round 2 off to a great start for the Cowboys. Storey added 85.0-points to his aggregate total on Red Man while Paton was awarded 86.0 points by the judges for his effort on Broken Halo.
Nobbs made it 2-for-2 with 82.0 points on Smash & Grab while young-guns Caiden Sandilands (Rockhampton, QLD) and Bailey Woodard (Dingo, QLD) were able to add their names to the Blackall B150 PBR Bull Ride Leaderboard with 79.5 and 80.0-point rides respectively.
Richardson was able to keep the pressure applied to his rivals with 83.0 points on Hot Dot to remain perfect on the night but Kleier answered straight back with 82.0 points on Aces & Eights.
Paton’s 86.0-point effort was good enough for the Round 2 win and a further 75 points to his Australian National Standings total. Storey took home 45 points for second while Richardson (35 points) made up some ground on Kleier with his third-place finish. Kleier and Nobbs shared fourth place receiving 27.5 points each.
Jason Mara (Cloncurry, QLD) made it back to the Blackall B150 PBR Bull Ride Short-Go on time and made the most of the opportunity, recording 85.5 points on Lost Signal.
Woodard bounded up the leaderboard with an electrifying 87.0-point ride Bring The Action with Heffernan recording 84.0 points on Chrome in the very next out of the round.
Nobbs was the first of the 2-for-2 riders to ride but was unable to capitalise, bucking off Firecracker in 5.60 seconds.
Richardson once again applied the pressure to Kleier with 84.5 points on Road Hammer to be the first cowboy to go 3-for-3, taking his aggregate total to 250.0 points.
Kleier was not fazed by the pressure and combined with Mr Buckmore for 87.0 points. After Storey bucked off Call me Joe in 4.00 seconds, Kleier’s aggregate points total of 252.5 looked to have the 20-year-old in prime position to take home his seventh win of the season.
But it was not to be as Mitchel Paton’s 86.0-point ride on On Point took him to the top of the Blackall B150 PBR Bull Ride leaderboard to finish with an aggregate total of 254.0 points.
Woodard and Kleier split the Shot-Go win, receiving 60-points each. Paton (35 points), Mara (30 points) and Richardson (25 points) rounded out the Championship Round Top 5.
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What a great pen of bulls provided by Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls.
Call Me Joe‘s out in the Championship Round took him the high-marked out of the night, receiving 44.0 points from the judges. Night Hawk was awarded 43.5 points in his dispatch of Caiden Sandilands in the Championship Round with another four bulls marked 43.0 points during the night.
It was an important victory for Mitchel Paton who received 200 points for his Blackall B150 PBR Bull Ride win which was enough to move up six spots to 11th in the Australian National Standings.
With the Top 20 making it back to the PBR Australia Grand Finals, Paton has gone a long way towards securing a spot in Townsville on 23-24 November.
Aaron Kleier earned 120 points for finishing in second place, extending his PBR Australian National Standing lead by another 233 points. Kleier now leads Richardson by 638.28 points after Richardson moved into second place following his 90-point haul for finishing third in Blackall.
2015 Australia Champion and 2018 title contender Fraser Babbington (Gisborne, NZ) was unable to carry his winning form from Cunnamulla last weekend going home empty handed with back-to-back buck-offs in Rounds 1 and 2.
Babbington has slipped to third place in the Australian National Standings with Cody Heffernan now just 1050-points shy of the last spot on the podium in fourth place.
Here is the Updated Standings
The PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour resumes on Saturday 8th September in Mackay, QLD. Tickets are available from the PBR Australia website
The event will start at 7pm but if you are unable to make it to Queens Park, I will be on the ground to provide coverage of all the action from in-front of and behind the chutes.