This Saturday nights 2019 Adelaide Invitational serves as the final stop of the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour regular season. This event is the last chance for riders to collect points towards the Australian National Standings before we head to Townsville next weekend for the Grand Finals.
PBR Australia’s third visit to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre will kick off at 7:30 pm ACDT (7:00 pm QLD, 2:00 am Las Vegas) on 9 November and will be broadcast live on RidePass.
Make sure you visit the PBR Australia website for all the ticketing and venue details.
Earlier this season in the 2018 edition, Clermont’s Aaron Kleier kicked off his 2019 campaign as the only rider to finish the event a perfect 3-for-3.
Cody Heffernan held off a hungry pack of contenders to claim the inaugural title back in 2017. The Singleton cowboy was one of five riders to finish the event with two qualified rides on the board.
Event Format and Points Available
A full field of 22 riders will compete for the buckle in the City of Churches with all riders facing two bulls over the first two rounds. The Top-8 in the aggregate will then return for a Championship Round.
There will be 100 points awarded to the winner of each round with the event winner earning a further 400 points toward the 2019 Australian National Standings.
Current Leader and Defending Champion Aaron Kleier will go very close to wrapping up the 2019 PBR Australian National Championship with a strong result here in Adelaide.
Lachlan Richardson is ranked No. 4 and still has a slim chance at the Gold Buckle but the Gresford bull rider looks to need to record a dominant win to keep his championship aspirations alive.
No. 7 ranked Mundubbera cowboy Lane Mellers returns from the USA and heads straight to Adelaide after going 1-for-2 at the Velocity Tour Finals.
2019 Wodonga Invitational winner No. 8 Will Purcell will be sporting some new hardware this weekend.
Troy Wilkinson and Nathan Burtenshaw will be looking to improve their ranking from No. 13 and No. 15.
We also welcome back No. 14 Mitchel Paton who returns from Injury.
With No. 2 ranked Brady Fielder and No. 3 Cliff Richardson both in the USA competing at the PBR World Finals, the door is ajar for those riders outside of the Top-18 to finish in the points.
There are several riders that we know will be absent due to injury, so the cut line for the PBR Australia Grand Finals will slip and that brings a bunch of riders back into contention.
Jay Borghero currently holds the No. 18 spot with Fraser Babbington (-50 points), Budd Williamson (-145), Sam Woodard (-160) and Josh Cavanagh (-165) all in contention for the alternate spots.
The Bull Pen
Reigning PBR Australia Stock Contractors of the Year Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls continue their southern run and provide the bulk of the bovine athletes.
We will also see bulls buck from Woodall Rodeo Company, John Gill & Sons as well as Morgys Cattle Company.
Check back tomorrow as I break down the daysheet for the 2019 Adelaide Invitational.
I will be providing limited updates in the Ride the Rage Score Center from 7 pm AEST on Saturday Night or check back on Sunday for my wrap-up.