The PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour stays south of the Murray River this Saturday night for the 2019 Wodonga Invitational.
We have seen the majority of this bullpen buck in the last month of PBR competition, so I expect we will see an above-average riding percentage for a second consecutive week.
Let’s breakdown the daysheet:
Cameron McLennan has the honours and will get a run of Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls underway against the rider-friendly Terms & Conditions (0-3, PBRA).
Tasmania’s Kyle Maskiell will take on Landing Strip (6-1, PBRA) before we come across our first rematch of the night when Lachlan Richardson climbs aboard Switch Back (7-5, PBRA). Last time the two met, the bull came away with the win in 2.92 seconds and posted a 43-point bull score.
We close out the run of TnR bulls with Sam Woodard up against Battle Jack (3-2, PBRA).
2017 PBR Australian National Champion Troy Wilkinson will take on Hammer (0-0, PBRA) as the bull makes his PBR debut for McPhee Bucking Bulls.
The No. 2 ranked and likely Rookie of the Year Brady Fielder will follow, and he will be looking to become the first to cover penmate Spring Fling (1-0, PBRA).
TnR’s Hangover (0-1, PBRA) will be the opponent for 2015 PBR Australian National Champion Fraser Babbington with Wayne Crisp next to ride when he climbs aboard Red Man (13-12, PBRA). Crisp and Red Man have faced off previously with the bull marked 41.5 points in the 6.45-second bout in Melbourne earlier this season.
Potential PBR World Finals qualifier Cliff Richardson closes out the section against Twisted T (1-2, PBRA) from TnR.
Coonamble’s Nathan Burtenshaw gets things back underway aboard Ferdinand (0-0, PBRA) in his debut out for George Hempenstall. Victorian Sam Daly will face penmate Hateful Eight (1-0, PBRA) when he makes his PBR debut.
We begin a run of bulls from Diamond S Bucking Bulls with Brody Woodard against Western Ways (3-3, PBRA).
2019 PBR Australian National Standings leader Aaron Kleier will take on Buck (9-5, PBRA) with Will Purcell next to ride aboard Cowboy Tough (0-2, PBRA).
New South Wales origin teammates Lachlan Slade and Justin Robards will go up against the John Gill & Sons pair of Down Under (10-6, PBRA) and Vertical Exit (1-0, PBRA).
Bailey Woodard has drawn TnR’s Hot Dots (10-6, PBRA) for the second time in PBR competition and will be looking for revenge after his 1.95 second buck off at Bendigo in March. Budd Williamson closes out the opening round against Southern Man (4-1, PBRA).
The two leading Championship contenders lead the bunch off in the final long round.
Brady Fielder has drawn John Gill’s Coors Light (15-8, PBRA) while Aaron Kleier faces off against Homicidal 2 (15-4, PBRA). Both appear to be tricky matchups.
McPhee Rodeo’s PBR debutants High Alert (0-0, PBRA) and Rigged Ridge (0-0, PBRA) will go up against Cameron McLennan and Troy Wilkinson respectively.
A couple of veterans will feature in the next matchup as Fraser Babbington climbs aboard Eight Guage (14-3, PBRA) for a second time. The Kiwi combined with the Hempenstall bucker for 83.5 points at Newcastle in 2018.
Victorian Sam Woodard will be next out against Double Love (0-0, PBRA) who makes his PBR debut for the Hempenstall pen.
The experienced TnR pairing of Broken Halo (11-2, PBRA) and Train Wreck (11-3, PBRA) will be looking to improve their excellent records against the cowboys when Nathan Burtenshaw and Bailey Woodard climb aboard.
Sam Daly will attempt to ride TnR’s Posting Bail (4-2, PBRA) to finish off the section.
Ayr’s Budd Williamson gets things going again with a matchup against Stir Crazy (10-4, PBRA). Gresford’s Lachlan Richardson will be next to ride when he attempts to maintain the cowboys advantage over another John Gill bucker Wallaby Bob (5-7, PBRA).
The unridden McPhee buckers Broken Promise (2-0, PBRA) and All The Talk (1-0, PBRA) await Kyle Maskiell and Wayne Crisp.
Cliff Richardson and Bad Apple (9-4, PBRA) from TnR will go head to head for the first time in a PBR arena before Lachlan Slade faces penmate Silver Lining for the second time. Slade was 84-points on the bull at Last Cowboy Standing in Brisbane back in June.
Laramie (0-1, PBRA) finishes the run of TnR bulls against Buladelah’s Justin Robards.
2019 APRA Bull Riding Champion Will Purcell faces Hempenstall’s Maximum Rat (13-6, PBRA) in the penultimate out of the round with Brody Woodard capping things off against Eric Yate’s Chocolate Thunder (21-2, PBRA).
Championship Round Bull Pen
George Hempenstall’s Stealth (11-4, PBRA) has average a bull score of 42.67 points this season and awaits the sixth-placed rider.
Wild Paint (9-3, PBRA) from TnR put up a career-high 43.75 points last weekend in Mildura.
McPhee Rodeo’s Mr Fabulous (0-1, PBRA) was impressive in his PBR debut last week and has been awarded his first short round berth.
TnR’s On Point (20-11, PBRA) is the most experienced bull in the round and comes to Wodonga off the back of a 43.5-point performance last weekend.
Ransom 2 (7-7, PBRA) from the Gill pen looks a friendly draw for the second-placed rider in the aggregate.
Matt Black (0-3, PBRA) has combined with riders to post three good scores since he made his debut for TnR and looks an ideal draw for the final out of the evening.
It’s another wide-open event, and once again I expect the leading contenders to come from the top end of the National Standings.
I have Aaron Kleier on top this week. He looks really hard to beat with some very suitable draws that he can post solid scores on.
Lachlan Richardson looks to have drawn well in both rounds and just needs to generate a bit of luck and maybe an extra point or two to figure in the finish.
It’s hard to call this guy an outsider, but my smokie this week is Troy Wilkinson, who heads to Wodonga full of confidence following his aggregate title at the APRA National Finals last weekend.
I will be providing limited updates in the Ride the Rage Score Center from 6 pm AEST on Saturday or check back on Sunday for my wrap-up.