Kevin sets sights on an Australian title
ROCKHAMPTON bull rider Kevin "Jock'' Connolly now has his sights on an Australian title after claiming the top Superbull Series honours for 2005 at Rockhampton's Great Western Hotel on Saturday night.
Connolly ended the year on the best note, winning his first title in a hot race.
Entering the final night on Saturday, Connolly, Rockhampton's Kerry Mills, Matt Postle, Anthony Everingham and Gracemere's Ben Seeds were in the title hunt.
Connolly cemented his win with a second-round ride of 89 points on Kent Hansen's bull, Booger Red.
The ride was the highest score of the series on a bull which is in contention for the Bullriding Australia bucking bull of the year honours, announced in Mooloolaba this Friday night.
Competing in front of 2200 people on Friday night and about 3000 on Saturday night, Connolly won both the title and the finals averages.
Winning Friday night's competition was Rockhampton cowboy Brian Duggan, the only competitor to ride two bulls.
Connolly now heads to Mooloolaba for the final two rounds of the Australian title series, tomorrow and Friday night.
The junior division was just as thrilling with Capella's Guy Ford holding out Brad Corrie and Sonny Schafferius for the Superbull Series title, and he also won the 2005 Bullriding Australia Junior National Champion title.
Junior round winners over the weekend were Corrie, of Rockhampton, on Friday night and Sarina's Roy Dunn on Saturday night.
Bluff's Jesse Beak was the poddy ride champion and he also won the Friday night round, while Bray Perrett was Saturday night's top scorer.