Frame pictures grand final glory
By RACHAEL BORICH ROCKHAMPTON cowboy Stuart Frame has no plans on thinking too much about the final round of the CRCA (Central Rodeo Cowboys Association) grand finals at the Rockhampton Showgrounds tonight.
Entering the finals, which started on Thursday night, Frame was the man to catch.
Frame, who turns 23 today, arrived in the three-round finals with the rookie all-round cowboy and bareback titles to his name and he also led the bull ride, bareback and all-round cowboy titles.
"If I get it, I get it,'' Frame said.
"If I think about it too much I get nervous.''
Frame opened the finals series with second placings in the bareback and bull ride behind Blackwater's Kim Huxley and Rockhampton's Kevin Jock Connolly respectively.
His main threats for the allround title will be Alton Downs' Shane Iker and Emerald's Shane Kenny, both highly experienced competitors.
"I don't know what the points are, but I know it's all pretty tight,'' Frame said.
"In the bareback I think I'm going all right, but with bull riding anyone can win.''
This is all new territory for Frame, who was not in contention
for any titles last year after spending most of last season away from the Central Queensland CRCA circuit.
The CRCA finals will tonight decide both the overall series winners and the average winners, decided on points collated from just the finals series, before presenting this year's champions at the Lionleigh Tavern.
With his birthday arriving today Frame plans on celebrating no matter what happens in the competition arena and then it is back on the road to contest the Buck and Thunder Series in Sydney before contesting an event at Bouldercombe and then heading to the Australian Professional Rodeo finals in Toowoomba at the end of the month.
Tonight's CRCA grand final action starts at 6.