After a three huge back-to-back Monster Energy Tour events on the east coast, PBR Australia heads to the Gulf Country region of Queensland for the Buffs Club Mount Isa Show Touring Pro.
This will be stop 16 and 17 of PBR Australia’s tour with 19 of Australia’s best bull riders going head to head on Friday the 21st June, and Saturday the 22nd June. The competition on both nights will kick-off at 6 pm.
Last season it was Bailey Woodard who finished atop the leaderboard on Friday night. The Dingo bull rider was one of four riders to finish the night 2-for-2 with his aggregate total enough to outlast Cliff Richardson, Lane Mellers and Darcy McBean. Lachlan Richardson finished fifth and was the best of the riders with one score on the board.
The Saturday night saw Coonamble’s Nathan Burtenshaw take the win with a perfect 2-for-2 performance with Gresford’s Lachlan Richardson finishing close behind in second. Both riders used the event as a springboard to return to competition in North America where Burtenshaw and Richardson ultimately qualified for the 2018 PBR World Finals. Mitch Paton, Peter Gregory and Toby Leake filled the minor placings with one qualified ride.
Back in 2017, a full 40-rider field faced the starter and they competed over two nights and three rounds. Sonny Schafferius came out on top after going 4-for-5 on two entries. The Dysart cowboy was the only rider to go a perfect 3-for-3 to hold off Bailey Woodard and Nathan Burtenshaw. Lane Mellers and Kurt Shephard rounded out the top-5.
Inside the Bullpen
Dittmann Bucking Bulls, Brandenburg Bucking Bulls, Dunne Bulls and George Ayers will be providing stock for both nights, each adding another 900 kilometres to their winter road trip.
Over the past three events, the Dittmann team has had 25 outs with the bulls averaging an outstanding 43.24 points. They have taken home a hattrick of High Marked Bull awards plus two Champion Bull Team awards during this period.
The Brandenburg pen has also averaged outstanding numbers during June that are well above the season average of 41.47 points. Their 22 trips recorded at the Cup events in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns have averaged over 1 point higher at 42.52 points.
The 2019 event format will feature a 19 rider field with each cowboy facing two bulls. The rider with the highest aggregate total across the two long rounds will be crowned the Champion.
This format will be duplicated on both the Friday and Saturday nights.
Here is the full Saturday night draw – (Updated Saturday)
There are a maximum of 350 points available each night towards the 2019 PBR Australian National Standings.
The Round 1 draw for Friday night has been completed but a random draw will be conducted for the following rounds as the weekend progresses. It is hard to preview anything that may happen, so let’s just sit back and see how it plays out.
Check back on Monday for my Weekend PBR Wrap-Up!