PBR Sydney Meatstock Post Event Game Notes
By: Sean Walsh Wednesday, May 10, 2023 @ 9:47 AM
Friday Round 1
Rotorua, NZ native JC Davis kick started the qualified rides during Friday's Round 1 action, gaining 84.5 points for his effort on Say When (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls), which was the first time the bovine had been covered in the PBR.
Kurt Shephard continued his momentum of late, taking Bluey (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) to the whistle for 81 points and was quickly followed by 2015 PBR Australia Champion Fraser Babbington, who made the eight on Sneaky Freaky (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls).
Tyson Smith was able to cover Bobby (Lazy G Bucking Bulls) for 78.5 points, which was the first time the bull has been covered in the PBR, after being unridden in the previous two trips. Clint Glass was also able to gain the first of his three qualified rides across the weekend, dragging an 82-point score from his 8 seconds on Posting Bail (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls).
Clay Hall was on the receiving end of Cracklackin's (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) power with the bovine dispatching of the Cowboy in 2.52 seconds to pick up a 42.5 Bull Score, which was good for equal highest of the event.
To Round out Friday's action in the last section, Caiden Sandilands was able take Almost Evil (Throsby & Russell/Baille) all the way for an impressive 86-point trip, which was enough to grab the Round 1 win.
Saturday Round 2
A mammoth 15 rides were recorded during Saturday's action with Riley Eade (80 pts on Bucks Boy- John Gill & Sons), Jack Keats (72.5 pts on Buck- John Gill & Sons) and Toby Leake (81.5 pts on Black Elastic- John Gill & Sons) all able to gain a score during section one.
In section two the first four outs had the cowboys finishing at the whistle with eight-second rides, which was kicked off by Clint Glass covering his second bull of the event with 79.5 points on Hornet (John Gill & Sons) and then was followed up the very next ride by Brazilian PBR veteran Italo Aguilar, who gained his first qualified ride of the 2023 PBR Australia season by a 73.5-point re-ride option out on Warpaint (John Gill & Sons), which was deferred by Aguliar.
Extended Highlights: Sydney
Current No. 1 in the Australian standings Macaulie Leather extended his event ride streak to seven by collecting a tidy 81 points with Raw (John Gill & Sons) and was again followed up the very next ride by Mendooran, NSW native Kyle Hall's first qualified ride in his PBR career with 80 points with Spotted Danger (John Gill & Sons) as his dance partner.
Tyson Smith picked up the highest score of Saturday's Round 2 action with a career high 84 points on Kick Start My Heart (Diamond S Bucking Bulls - Brian Scott) and set himself up for a top 5 finish going into Sunday's action.
The plethora qualified rides continued into section three with Zane Hall collecting 82 points for his 8 seconds aboard I'm Cool (Lazy G Bucking Bulls) as well as JC Davis' 77.5-point option ride on Sniper (Lazy G Bucking Bulls), which was the first time the Rotorua, NZ Cowboy has covered multiple bulls during a PBR Event in his career.
Texas Rattlers' superstar rider from Clermont Brady Fielder notched up his first qualified ride after returning from a broken jaw with an 81-point ride tied to Bustin Up' (Lazy G Bucking Bulls). Merrijig, Victoria fan favourite Will Purcell collected his first score of the 2023 PBR Australia season, knocking down Throw Down (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) for 83.5 points.
The final section of Saturday's action featured some of the biggest names in the PBR Australia roster and they didn't disappoint the Harbour City locals, with 2016 PBR World Finals qualifiers Kurt Shephard who took Mud Flap (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) to the promised land for his second 8 second trip of the weekend and then was met at the 8 second mark by Fraser Babbington (77.5 points on Noodle Box- Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) and current Australian Champion Cody Heffernan , who grabbed 80.5 points on Moonlight Bandit (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls).
Sunday Round 3
Round three action kicked off Sunday with Romario Leite collecting the first score of the day, when he covered Black Elastic (John Gill & Sons) for 80.5 points and grabbing his first qualified ride of the event. Clay Hall also managed his first successful trip of the weekend, with a 74.5-point re-ride option on Reverend Mr Black (John Gill & Sons).
Dan Ruhland was able to also grab his first ride of the weekend during section three, taking SW (John Gill & Sons) to the whistle for 81 points. New Zealand Cowboy Clint Glass solidified his lead at the top of the event standings, when he made the eight for the third consecutive time with 75.5 points on Sneaky Freaky (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls), finishing the event with a 237-point aggregate and collecting 112 national points.