Final of Bullzye Top Guns Rodeo Series proves to be a thriller
RODEO: Rockhampton cowboy Brett Cross will wing his way to America in 2013 after claiming the inaugural Bullzye Top Guns Series overall winner's title.
The 25-year-old concreter by day secured the overall win for the nine round series at Friday night's grand final at Rockhampton's Great Western Hotel in front of a large and supportive crowd.
Only 80 points separated Cross (480 points) and his closest rival Jill Lyons (400) for the overall title heading into the decider, and with double points up for grabs on Friday night the battle was on for the winner's prize of a return trip to the United States.
While Cross only lasted four seconds onboard his beast in the open bull ride and did not score, his victory in the bareback category over rival Stu Frame was enough to earn him the overall title.
He was leading the bareback class heading into the final, and also won the division title for the year on Friday.
Cross said he planned to use the trip to check out rodeos in the States, so he could compare them to how they are run in Australia.
Meanwhile, Jill Lyons continued her series long tussle with adversary Aleisha Priddle for the 2012 barrel race title. All year, Priddle and Lyons were neck and neck in the barrel race, sharing first and second place.
The grand final was no different and provided the most exciting barrel racing seen at the Great Western in a long time, organiser Brian Duggan said.
"After the initial round, Jill Lyons ended up second on the night to Aleisha Priddle. That tied them for points for the end of year title, so both girls had to ride a second time in a run off," Duggan said.
Lyons finished ahead of Priddle in the run-off and claimed the 2012 title.
For more results from the final round, turn to Sport in tomorrow's (Monday) Morning Bulletin.