As the only rider to deliver a flawless 3-for-3 performance, Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) closed out his Championship winning year with a win at the 2018 PBR Australia Monster Energy Adelaide Invitational on Saturday night.
To begin the night, the 20-year-old covered Hot Dots (TnR Bucking Bulls) for 82.5 points in what could only be described as a scrappy ride with the bull producing his regular ‘flat-out’ spin to the right. Kleier battled to keep pace, making several corrections to make the whistle and finish fourth in the round.
Kleier added to his event total with an 83.0 point ride aboard Snitch (TnR Bucking Bulls) in Round 2. The bull drifted to the right before turning back into Kleier’s hand, with the 2018 Champion still in perfect position at the bell. The ride was good enough to take home maximum points in the round.
Entering the Championship Round as the number one rider on the event leaderboard, Kleier set up a matchup with Call me Joe (TnR Bucking Bulls).
It was not Call Me Joe’s best day but Kleier still needed to work hard as the bull scrambled around to the right and across the Adelaide Entertainment Center dirt. The whistle blew, and the judges awarded him 82 points. The ride was enough to finish third in the round but more importantly, took his three-bull total to 247.5 points.
The win propelled Kleier to second on the 2019 PBR Australian National Standings with two events completed in the new season. His perfect Adelaide Invitational performance netted him $6,764.58 in addition to 590 Australian and 60 world points.
Rubens Barbosa (Goias, Brazil) closed out his Australian trip with another second-place finish. His night kicked off with a Round 1-best 84.5-point trip on YTB (Woodall Rodeo Co) who turned back to the right and into Barbosa’s hand. It was a perfect ride that netted Barbosa maximum points in the round.
The veteran Brazilian’s looked set to put another score on the board in Round 2 aboard No Limits (John Gill & Sons), but it wasn’t to be as his hand popped from his bull rope at 7.8 seconds.
Barbosa entered the Championship Round as the best rider on one bull, and he put himself in a winning position with 85-points aboard Night Hawk (TnR Bucking Bulls) to take his total to event total to 169.5 points with just Kleier left to ride.
The 35-year-old earned himself a further $5,489.58, and he returns to Brazil perched a top of the 2019 PBR Australian National Standings leaderboard.
Finishing in third place was PBR Australia debutant Brady Fielder (Yeppoon, QLD) who was the only other cowboy to ride multiple bulls on the night.
The 19-year-old was down early in Round 1 but bounced back with a qualified ride in Round 2. Fielder looked comfortable as City Kid (Woodall Rodeo Co) made multiple direction changes. The two combined for 78-points and third place in the round.
That score was enough to bring Fielder back to the Championship Round in the seventh spot on the Adelaide Invitational leaderboard where he drew High Flying Akubra (John Gill & Sons).
Fielder to make the ride look easy after the bull backed out and continued his spin to the right. The score awarded was 84.0 points, moving Fielder’s event total onto 162.0 points.
View the updated 2019 PBR Australian National Standings
*Note: These Standings are not correct as the event points for Melbourne have not been added to the totals.
Rounding out the top-5 at the Adelaide Invitational were Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) and Lachlan Slade (Warwick, QLD).
Heffernan posted 83.5 points in his re-match with Homicidal 2 (John Gill & Sons) while Slade put up 83.0 points aboard Windy Gate (George Hempenstall). The pair finished second and third in Round 1.
Both Heffernan and Slade were down early in Round 2, but their scores were enough to see them qualify for the Championship Round.
Stealth (George Hempenstall) was too strong for Heffernan in the Championship Round while Slade was unable to take his spot in the final round after suffering a broken nose in his Round 2 buck off.
TnR Bucking Bulls continued their dominance of the event bull awards with their regular team of Call Me Joe, NIght Hawk and Mr Buckmore winning the Bull Team Competiton for the second week in a row.
TnR’s Bring The Action took home the high-marked out of the night award, scoring 43.5 points after he dispatched Kyle Maskiell in the Championship Round. The buck off came at just 2.37-seconds.