Mara puts bulls in their place
BULL RIDING: Rockhampton’s Jason Mara challenged the fury of the bucking bulls on his own turf and left other top Australian bull riders envious of his scores.
New Year’s Eve was the second night and finals of the Bundaberg Rum Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Touring Pro at the Great Western Arena that followed the first round on Wednesday night.
And Mara had most of the crowd of 2000 people behind him each time he clambered on top of a bull in the chute.
The local powered through after two nights of stepping up to the feared Central Queensland bulls to claim second place with 169 points, behind the champion David Kennedy on a massive 240.5 points.
New South Wales’ David Kennedy, who was also 2009 PBR champion, was the only rider that managed to stay on all of the bulls he faced and scored in all three rounds.
Kennedy made a decent 79.5 points on Wednesday night but knew that he needed to pick up his act on Thursday night if he wanted to win or even make the finals.
Although Kennedy made the eight seconds on his first bull on Thursday, it didn’t buck at a fair standard and the judges offered him a score of 74 points or a chance of a re-ride on a different bull. But to guarantee himself a spot in the final Kennedy made the wise choice and took the score, which further saw him face Brian Duggan’s Titanic in the final and ended with the final score of 240.5.
Troy Wilkinson was bucked off his bull under eight seconds in the final, leaving the PBR championships in the hands of David Kennedy with Wilkinson in third.
Although Rockhampton’s Jason Mara made the eight seconds on only two of the three rounds, his scores were high enough to push him to the final round.
After getting a high score of 83 points on Wednesday night Mara was knocked off his bull in the second round on Thursday night by Karma Bully.
In the final round Mara faced the fury of Infantry Man who charged in all directions, but he managed to score a high 86 points that gave him his second place.
Contractor and organiser of the Great Western Arena, Brian Duggan, said the win for Mara will put him in a good position for this year’s competitions.
“It is good for Jason, he is a really good rider but he has been under the radar lately and doesn’t do many PBRs,” he said.