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Sparks Fly in First Night of Iron Cowboy in Townsville, Australia

By: Kendyll Currin
November 18, 2016

Cliff Richardson's 88.75-point ride on Blossom was the highest of the night.

Cliff Richardson’s 88.75-point ride on Blossom was the highest of the night.

TOWNSVILLE, Australia. – For the first time outside of the United States and Brazil, PBR put Townsville on the world stage by presenting the first ever Iron Cowboy event in Australia.

Friday night saw 24 challengers go head-to-head in the knockout style competition until one cowboy claims the title of Iron Cowboy on Saturday. With only one rider in each match up progressing through to the next round, it’s a contest of the highest ride score or the longest ride time.

Fans also got to enjoy the Top 15 Australian and International bull riders up against the Top 15 bulls of the weekend in the 15/15 Bucking Battle. Cliff Richardson stole the show with the highest marked ride of the night when he covered Blossom for 88.75 points.

The bulls dominated the first round of Iron Cowboy. Duncan Elks was the only cowboy to progress through to Round 2 with a ride score when he rode Rango (Brian King) for 83 points. He also automatically guaranteed his spot in the 15/15 Bucking Battle, with Nebo’s Mitchell Paton taking the last spot based on buck off time.

The 15/15 Bucking Battle featured all of the international invites, the Top 3 riders in the Australian standings, two challengers from Round 1 of Iron Cowboy as well as one North Queensland wild card, Jake Whalan.

Game On (Brian King) bucked off Paton in a quick 2.98 seconds, with Elks, Whalan and Beau Willis all following suit.

All eyes were then on Braydon Wellby, the current PBR Australia standings leader, but Bring It On (Diamond J Bucking Bulls) was just too good, bucking off Wellby in just 4.13 seconds.

Edmilson Goncalves followed up with and 84.5-point ride on Slam n Jam.

The 2016 Australia Champion Cody Heffernan came up short on Lock and Load, but the 2015 Champion Fraser Babbington made it look easy when he rode Jackie Howe for 84 points. Montana’s Nevada Newman and Matt Triplett both bucked off, along with Rubens Barbosa.

Saturday night will now see 12 new match ups in Round 2. The next round of the competition starts 7:30pm tomorrow night and tickets are limited, so don’t miss out. Book now at www.tecc.net.au.

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