As I indicated in my 2019 Cairns Invitational Event Preview, PBR Australia bull riders generally cover a lot of bulls in the tropics, but there is one statistic in the bovines favour that I doubt we would come across at any other venue.
Over the past two events at the Cairns Convention Centre, the bulls have gone 16-for-16 in the Championship Round.
Despite this lopsided stat, the cowboys have covered 36.72% of their bulls at the last two editions of the Cairns Invitational, and that puts them about two rides above the average rate across the previous two seasons.
Take a look at my 2019 Cairns Invitational Event Preview.
Some of these Stock Contractors have both hauled bulls to the PBR Origin event in Sydney and the Last Cowboy Standing in Brisbane and would be close to clocking up 4,500 km (2,796 mi.) on the road by the time they reach Cairns.
I think the well above average bull scores recorded by both bullpens says loads about the skills of our Stock Contractors here in Australia and the conditioning of their bovine athletes.
Bloomsbury, Queensland’s Dittmann Bucking Bulls took out the Champion Bull Team award at PBR Origin in Sydney a fortnight ago. Their superstar’s POA Palooka and POA Fully Locked & Loaded were the joint winners of the High Marked Bull award with a 44 points score.
In Brisbane last weekend at Last Cowboy Standing it was Biloela, Queensland’s Wallace Bucking Bulls who took home the Champion Bull Team buckle while the High Marked Bull award was split with 45 points awarded to Dittmann’s POA Fully Locked & Loaded and Wallace’s Iron Jacket.
Who will come out on top this weekend? Let’s dive into the bullpen.
Round 1 Key Matchups
The long round opens with a matchup between the leader of the Rookie of the year race Brady Fielder and Wallace Bucking Bulls’ Cowboy Cash (0-2, PBRA).
Section 1 will so see the Wallace Bucking Bulls pair of Classic Example (2-2, PBRA) and Scene of the Crash (7-2 PBRA) take on some of our international riders in Francisco Morales and Flávio Vinícius da Silva respectively.
Joshua Jones goes up against Devil’s Diamond (9-1, PBRA) from Diamond J Rodeo Co. in what should be a cracking matchup while Josh Cavanagh faces penmate Disturbed (5-2, PBRA) who was covered twice at last seasons PBR Australia Grand Finals.
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Bailey Woodard will get us underway in Section 2 against Diamond J’s Panic Stations (4-1).
NSW Teammates Justin Robards and Cliff Richardson will go up against the Kleier Bucking Bulls pair of Need For Speed (1-1, PBRA) and Indian Outlaw (4-2, PBRA).
Shots (7-6, PBRA) from Dittmann Bucking Bulls will face 2017 PBR Australian National Champion Troy Wilkinson while penmate High Class Hooker (16-7, PBRA) goes up against Brazil’s Robinson Guedes.
We close out the opening round with four ripper matchups between some of Australia’s best cowboys and a foursome of Brandenburg Bucking Bulls.
Lachlan Richardson returns to face Notorious (17-6, PBRA), Mitch Paton goes up against Oooh Yah (2-2, PBRA), MJ Bucking Bulls team member Lane Mellers will climb aboard Booger Man (11-3, PBRA) and Aaron Kleier takes on unridden The D.O.C. (3-0, PBRA).
Round 2 Key Matchups
Things get a lot tougher for the cowboys in the second round with some seldom ridden rank bucking bulls appearing in the daysheet.
Dunne Bulls’ get us underway with High Risk (2-1, PBRA) going up against Francisco Morales, Tough Task (24-5, PBRA) facing Oscar Leake and Jackie Who (3-7, PBRA) versus Flávio Vinícius da Silva.
Josh Cavanagh draws a tough one from Kleier Bucking Bulls named King Kong (11-1, PBRA) who has averaged a 43.83 point bull score in his last three outs. Troy Wilkinson faces penmate Watch This (0-1, PBRA).
Ethan Watts will go up against the unridden Wallace Bucking Bulls’ bucker Jack Rabbit (2-0, PBRA) with Josh Jones drawing Super Natural (6-6, PBRA) and Lachlan Slade drawing Django (6-3, PBRA) from the same bull herd.
Our reigning Australian Champion Aaron Kleier kicks off the final section against the undefeated Freckles Brown (11-0, PBRA) from Wallace Bucking Bulls.
Rubens Barbosa will look to bounce back against Brandenburg Bucking Bulls’ Gangatino (2-2, PBRA) while Mitch Paton will face Tuff Territory (27-0, PBRA) who continues to wreak havoc on tour.
Brandenburg bucker Juiced Wiggles (16-2, PBRA) will matchup with Merv Church while Slam n Jam (33-4, PBRA) from MJ Bucking Bulls has drawn Gustavo Pedrero. Annihilation (6-3, PBRA) will do battle with Robinson Guedes.
We close out the second long round with a run of solid Dittmann Bucking Bulls bovines.
Lachlan Richardson faces Ted (12-1, PBRA), Kurt Shephard goes up against Silent Rage (28-7, PBRA) and Jay Borghero will hope to make the whistle aboard Kings Ransom (3-2, PBRA).
POA Ray Ban (15-5, PBRA) will go up against Lane Mellers in what looks to be a cracking matchup, as does the final out of the round where Lock n Load (21-4, PBRA) faces Cliff Richardson.
Check out the PBR Australia Website on Saturday morning for more in-depth analysis of Round 1 matchups in this week’s edition of The Morning Line.
Championship Round Pen
The Championship Round pen will once again be led by the Dittmann Bucking Bulls pair of POA Fully Locked & Loaded (28-5, PBRA) and POA Palooka (37-3, PBRA). These two bulls have been simply outstanding in the past 12 months, consistently putting up solid bull scores and giving up just three rides at an average of 88.5 points.
In partnership with MJ Bucking Bulls, Brandenburg Bucking Bulls brings us the up and coming Berzerk (9-0, PBRA) who remains unridden and gets stronger with every out.
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Black Tuxedo (0-4, PBRA) and Iron Jacket (5-8, PBRA) both put up career-high bull scores last weekend in Brisbane for Wallace Bucking Bulls and will be tough opponents to get by once again.
Kleier Bucking Bulls’ Barn Yard (14-3, PBRA) split the High Marked Bull award at Rockhampton the last time we saw him perform at Rockhampton back in May and he continues to get cowboys on the ground fast.
Rock The House (21-7, PBRA) from Dunne Bulls and Big Screens Australia looks one of the better draws for the cowboys in the round while the unridden Bring It On (17-0, PBRA) from Diamond J Rodeo Co. will prove a challenge for any rider.
Check back on Saturday afternoon for this week’s edition of the Ride the Rage Late Mail for the 2019 Cairns Invitational.