For the third year running, the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour heads to the Victorian capital for the 2019 Melbourne Invitational.
Some of the world’s best bull riders will compete inside Melbourne Arena against some of the rankest bucking bulls in the country. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:15 pm AEST (7:15 AEDT) on Saturday, 30 November.
Tune into RidePass from 6:30 pm AEST to watch all the action live as the 2020 PBR Australia season continues.
View The PBR Rundown to see what is on this weekend.
In the inaugural Monster Energy Tour event held in Melbourne back in 2017, it was Brazil’s Lucas Divino who cruised to victory, riding all three of his bulls to defeat a group of six cowboys who all finished with two scores on the board.
Last year we saw Cloncurry’s Jason Mara claim victory in his final PBR Australia event with a 2-for-3 performance, holding off Troy Wilkinson, Rubens Barbosa and Kurt Shephard who also rode two bulls on the night.
Event Format and Points Available
Twenty-two riders will face the starter this Saturday night across three rounds of competition.
All riders will face a bull in Round 1 and Round 2 with the Top-8 riders in the aggregate returning for the Championship Round.
The cowboys will be competing for a share in the 700 points available towards the 2020 PBR Australian National Standings. There will also be 30 points towards the 2020 PBR World Standings up for grabs.
This morning the PBR announced “improvements” to the World Points system. You can read about how they continue to make it harder for international riders to qualify for the PBR World Finals here.
Headlining the 2019 Melbourne Invitational field will be the newly crowned dual-PBR Australian Champion Aaron Kleier. The 21-year-old has ridden a bull at 19 straight Australian events, and he will be looking to extend that record here. Melbourne has not been a happy hunting ground for Kleier, so he should be fired up to produce a strong result.
The 2018 PBR World Champion Kaique Pacheco will also be riding in Melbourne. The 25-year-old has covered five of his seven bulls in his first visit to Australia. After finishing runner-up at the Grand Finals in Townsville a fortnight ago, Pacheco will be eager to continue his strong start to the 2020 season after a disappointing finish in Tamworth.
Seven-time PBR World Finals qualifier Lachlan Richardson will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing first-round knock-out at Tamworth last weekend and regain the form that saw him take out the Grand Finals Event Title a week earlier.
Brazilian powerhouses Eduardo Aparecido and Rubens Barbosa produced a 1-2 finish in the Tamworth Iron Cowboy aggregate last weekend and will be hard to hold out once again.
Aussie stars Nathan Burtenshaw and Will Purcell will be aiming to keep the ball rolling after producing excellent finishes in Tamworth.
American riders Brady Sims and Cody Rodeo Tyler will be hoping to close out their Australian campaigns with some more Australian dollars in their pockets.
The Bull Pen
The reigning PBR Australia Stock Contractors of the Year Throsby and Russell Bucking Bulls bring a strong truckload of bulls south from the Hunter Valley to join with our regular Victorian and Southern NSW teams from Morgys Cattle Company, Woodall Rodeo Company and George Hempenstall.
Kasper Bucking Bulls and Maynes Bucking Bulls will also make the long trip down from the northern half of NSW with some nice bulls in tow.
Check back tomorrow for my full breakdown of the daysheet for the 2019 Melbourne Invitational.
I will be providing updates in the Ride the Rage Score Center from late on Saturday afternoon with Live Coverage from Melbourne Arena or check back on Monday for my wrap-up.