Off the back of a career-best 2019 season, Lawson Nobbs started his new year in the best way possible with a win at the PBR Australia Touring Pro Division event in Rockhampton on New Year’s Eve.
The Great Western Hotel arena has proven to be a happy hunting ground for the 22-year-old who collected his second buckle after winning PBR Australia’s first stop of the calendar year in the Beef Capital back in May.
The Moura bull rider kicked his night off with a dominant display against Suga Boom Boom (BK Bucking Bulls) in the opening round.
Nobbs looked to be in complete control of his Round 1 matchup from the moment he called from the gate, riding into his hand and scoring 86.5 points.
The ride earned the round win and set up a clash with 2019 PBR Australia Rookie Bull of the Year Black Tuxedo (Wallace Bucking Bulls) in the Championship Round.
Nobbs’ came within 0.09 seconds of posting a massive score aboard the son of Little Yellow Jacket, but the bull finished strongest, posting an event high bull score of 43.75 points.
Still, Nobbs’ single score would be enough to secure the victory after the bulls dominated the final round of the night.
He earned 275 points towards the 2020 PBR Australian National Standings and 10 points towards the 2020 PBR World Standings.
Mundubbera cowboy Lane Mellers finished runner up after he combined with Disco Duck (Diamond J Rodeo Co) for a qualified ride. The 20-year-old made a terrific ride away from his hand for 84.5 points.
Ending the night in third place was reigning PBR Australian National Champion Aaron Kleier. The Clermont talent cruised past Onion Head (Kleier Bucking Bulls) to post an 84-point score in the opening round.
The lone rider to reach the whistle in the 14-rider Championship Round was Mitchel Paton, who earned 75 points toward the National Standings for the round win. The judges awarded the Nebo native 83 points for his ride aboard 25 To Life (Dunne Bulls) to finish in fourth in the event.
Completing the Top-5 in his PBR Australia debut was Zane Hall. The Toowoomba young-gun put together an outstanding Round 1 bull ride against Personal Space (Dunne Bulls) for 82-points.
The final rider to post a qualified ride in Rockhampton was Brendan Buckholz, who handled the direction change of Disturbed (Diamond J Rodeo Co.) with east to post a score of 81-points.
PBR Australia remains in Touring Pro Division mode until the next stop which will be the annual event in Marrabel, South Australia on the 29th of February 2020.