While the 2019 PBR Season has officially begun, we still have to crown the Champions of the 2018 PBR Australia and PBR Canada seasons.
Both will conclude this weekend with the 2018 PBR Australia Grand Finals being held in Townsville, Queensland and the 2018 PBR Canada Finals will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
|2018 PBR Australia Grand Finals – Rounds 1 & 2||Friday, 8 pm AEST|
|2018 PBR Canada National Finals – Rounds 1 & 2||Saturday, 11:30 am AEST|
|2018 PBR Australia Grand Finals – Rounds 3, 4 & Championship Round||Saturday, 7:30 pm AEST|
|2018 PBR Canada National Finals – Rounds 3, 4 & Championship Round||Sunday, 11:30 am AEST|
2018 PBR Australian National Finals
The race for the 2018 PBR Australian National Championship is down to four riders with a maximum of 1250 points available over the five rounds of competition and a further 1250 points awarded to the winner of the event aggregate.
Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) leads PBR Australia standings with a 775-point advantage over Cliff Richardson (Gresford, NSW).
2015 PBR Australia Champion Fraser Babbington (Gisborne, NZ) sits in third, a further 479 points back with the 2016 Champion Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) a total of 1527 points behind Kleier in fourth.
Rounds 1 & 2 will be held Friday night at 8 pm AEST and you can find the Official Daysheet Here.
If you want to know more about the Qualifiers, Alternates and International Invitees that will be riding this weekend in the 2018 PBR Australia Grand Finals, make sure you check out my Rider Introduction and Season Recap post.
The Morning Line is available to read on the PBR Australia Website and features the matchups to watch on the opening night. Draw’s for Round 3 & Round 4 will not be conducted until after tonight’s performance so check back on Saturday where I will look at the highlight matchups.
You can read Night 1 The Morning Line Here.
I think Aaron Kleier will hold off his rivals and win the 2018 PBR Australian National Championship. He has drawn well for the opening night of competition which should allow him to maintain the buffer he has built up.
There are still a lot of points left in the pot. So while I don’t want to totally rule out any of the other contenders just yet, I think if Kleier can add some points to maintain or even increase his lead in the opening rounds of the event, he should prove hard to run down on night 2.
For the 2018 PBR Australia Grand Finals event title, I think Lucas Divino (Goias, Brazil) will go very close to winning it. All of the Brazilian cowboys have been riding well, but with favourable draws on the opening night, there is a great chance Divino could sit atop of the leaderboard entering night 2.
It will be a war of attrition and I think Divino is built for a long, multi-round event like this.
I will also throw in Kleier, Heffernan, Junio Quaresima, Richardson and Braydon Wellby to complete my Top-6 for event aggregate.
2018 PBR Canada National Finals
Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, NSW) will lead the field into the Canadian Finals with a slim 83-point lead over Cody Cloverchuk with Brock Radford just a further 12 points back. So this looks as though it will go down to the wire.
Richardson has drawn Smash from Skori Bucking Bulls in Round 1. These two have a history with the Aussie getting the points in North Battlefield, Saskatchewan back in July. The score was 84-points.
View the Night 1 Daysheet Here.
Smash has been ridden in 14 of his 26 outs in PBR Competition and will turn back to the right with good rhythm. It really does look the perfect matchup to get Richardson on the board early.
In Round 2, the 26-year-old will face After Hours from X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle. There is only one recorded out for this bull on ProBullStats and that was a 1.67sec buck off last month for a 42.50 bull score.
I have not been able to find any vision of Afer Hours on Social Media so we will just have to keep our fingers crossed and see how it plays out.
Stay tuned to the Ride The Rage Social Media pages for updates on everything that is happening this weekend!