Grand Finals series to bring out rodeo's best
BILLED as live, edge-of-your-seat action, the Central Rodeo Cowboys Association is gearing up to host the Grand Finals Rodeo this weekend at Rockhampton Heritage Village.
The top 12 competitors in each event will battle it out for championship titles over three rounds and three days of grand finals action, on the back of a busy year. More than 30 rodeos and bullaramas are run under the CRCA banner annually.
Making his debut at the Grand Finals Rodeo alongside competitors from around Central Queensland will be 16-year-old Jack Daniels.
The rookie cowboy from Alton Downs was a standout in 2012, competing in his first season of rodeo.
"And after top performances he has qualified for his first Grand Finals Rodeo," said CRCA Rodeo Queen director Davina Roberts and competitor.
Daniels will compete in the open rope and tie and the junior break
away roping events and will line up in the rookie rope and tie event as the rankings leader.
"There are a few titles on the line which will be decided over the three full rounds. The competition has been really close this season," Roberts said.
Things are tight in the open bull ride with Mitch Paton and Brett Cross tied for first, while Paton's brother Justin is hot on the heels of the leading duo.
In the steer wrestling division, Cameron Bell is in first place, just ahead of Shane Kenny.
There is not much separating the women either.
In the breakaway event Georgia Watkins (600 points), Angela Pokarier (500) and Angela Simpson have a close contest on their hands.
In the chase for the all-round cowboy, Shane Kenny leads the field with Shane Iker and Brendan Breiner second and third respectively while in the all-round cowgirl stakes Karly Morgan, Jill Lyons and Leanne Kenny have a grip on the top three placings.
Round one gets under way at Rockhampton H, ahead of the second round on Saturday, at 6pm.
All eyes will be on Sunday's third and final round where the titles will be decided. Presentations will be made to the title winners after the action.
Meanwhile, the CRCA Rodeo Queen entrants and cowgirls will be visiting the children's ward at Rockhampton Base Hospital to help lift their spirits.
The cowgirls will also present a cheque to the children's ward with the funds raised at a recent CRCA rodeo.
Central Rodeo Cowboys Association Grand Finals Rodeo for 2012, at Rockhampton Heritage Village.
Round one, November 2 at 7pm; round two, November 3, at 6pm; round three, November 4, at 11am.
Cost: Adults $15; Students $10; Aged Pensioners $5; Primary and under kids are Free.