Unfortunately with the PBR Global Cup Bull Pen’s not being released to the public this afternoon and the Round Draw’s not being available until around lunchtime each day, I won’t be able to put together a full preview of the Sydney PBR Global Cup as I had hoped.
I will endeavour to post a few thoughts up on ridetherage.com each afternoon and include some matchup’s to watch.
View the Night 1 Daysheet HERE
Round 1 – Long Go
Round 2 – Bonus Round (2 riders per team chosen by Coaches)
View the Night 2 Daysheet HERE
Round 3 – Long Go
Round 4 – Championship Round (2 riders per team chosen by Coaches)
I expect plenty of qualified rides at this event and I think teams will need to fill their 14 ride quota to be crowned Sydney PBR Global Cup Champions.
Team Australia – Meet Team Australia
I hope it isn’t too biased to say that I am pretty confident that they can take the win but Team Australia will have to bring their A-game if they are to defend home soil. The Aussies will need to fill their 14 ride quota across the two nights of competition and I think that is highly likely with the extended 14 rider roster. All riders selected hold an excellent riding percentage on home soil and hopefully, they can record an upgrade or two. The team will benefit from being in the ‘camp environment’ over the past week with Coach Troy Dunn following the Cairns Invitational.
Team Brazil – Meet Team Brazil
I think Team Brazil will be right there in the fight come Sunday night’s Championship Round. Historically, Brazilian riders do have a good record in Australia and I expect that trend to continue. Many of the Brazilians have had a quiet lead up to the Sydney PBR Global Cup to ensure they are all 100% fit heading into the weekend. After coming up 1 ride short in Edmonton with 11, the young squad should be hungry enough and have enough experience to get 13 or 14 rides on the board.
Team Canada – Meet Team Canada
I expect an improved effort from Team Canada with several of their riders in very good form. After going 10-for-32 at their home event, the Canadians will be looking to bounce back with a solid result in Sydney. With the PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour in full swing, members of Team Canada have had a good warm up with several riders doing well in recent events. I think Team Canada will finish with 9-10 rides on the board.
Team Mexico – Meet Team Mexico
As we saw at the Cairns Invitational, members of Team Mexico get along quite well with the Australian bulls. After only covering 3 bulls in Edmonton, I think we will see sharp improvement with Gerardo Venegas taking the reigns of the team and plenty experience being injected into their lineup. I think the Mexican team will record between 7 and 10 qualified rides in Sydney.
Team USA – Meet Team USA
Team USA has had their injury troubles in the first half of the PBR season but they will head into the Sydney Global Cup with a very strong chance of going back-to-back. The ‘Screaming Eagles’ have had a quiet lead up to the Sydney event with the majority of the team having some time off to heal up and I expect them to come out all guns blazing. After recording 12 qualified rides in Edmonton, I expect the flashy American team to reach the 14 ride limit in Sydney.
Sydney PBR Global Cup Champions: Team Australia (14 Rides)
Runners-Up: Team USA (14 Rides)
Third Place: Team Brazil (13 Rides)
Fourth Place: Team Canada (10 Rides)
Fifth Place: Team Mexico (8 Rides)
I will not be providing live updates for this event as I will be in attendance. But I will endeavour to get some photo’s up on Social Media plus a Recap on ridetherage.com early next week. Enjoy the Sydney Global Cup and GO THE AUSSIES!