Powell takes third victory
ROUND four of the Bullzeye Top Guns series sorted out a few cowboys but saddle bronc rider Alan Powell looks to be the one to beat in the challenge to win a trip to the United States.
With four of the nine rounds completed before the finals in December, Powell was in top form again to make it three wins and a second placing in the series.
Powell beat Clayton Braben and Peter Rudd into second and third place respectively in front of a good crowd at the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena on Saturday night.
Prior to Saturday, open bull rider Jared Borghero looked like he would be the man to beat but five seconds into his ride the Brian King bull Kiss Me Goodbye lived up to his name and the pair parted company.
Borghero was not alone in getting dumped, with just three of 14 cowboys collecting a score in the open bull ride and none from 14 in the rookie bull ride.
With regular stock contractor Brian Duggan taking his best beasts to Bundaberg last Friday, it was King who had the majority of his bucking bulls on show and he won't have been disappointed to see two of his herd ridden for the best scores of the night.
Russel Cox is always there or thereabouts when it comes to the open bull ride and on Saturday he proved to be the master as he rode Cranky Frankie for a big 87-point total.
Not far behind on 85 points was popular local cowboy Stu Frame, on a bucking bovine called Street Fighter.
While Frame picked up the cheque for runner-up, he made it a profitable evening by winning the bare back event.
Brett Cross also pocketed a double bonus by finishing second in the bare back, along with collecting the money from finishing third in the open bull ride.
The barrel racers are sharing the prizemoney around, with the round-four winner being Maree Prow.
As always, little separates the women and this time it was Alpha cowgirl Joelene Gleeson who finished runner-up, while round-three winner Emma Benjamin had to settle for third position.
Duggan said a couple of cowboys required medical attention, with Cody White taking a knock to the head while riding the bull Dangerous Dan and bronc rider Dan Hill having an unhappy landing. Both riders received knock-out blows but recovered quickly.
The next rodeo at the Great Western is a round of the Young Guns series on April 27.
TOP GUNS RODEO
- Open Bull ride: 1 Russell Cox, 2 Stu Frame.
- Saddle Bronc: 1 Aman Powell, 2 Clayton Braben.
- Bare Back: 1 Stu Frame, 2 Brett Cross.
- Women's Barrel: 1 Maree Prow, 2 Joelene Gleeson.
- Rookie Bull: No winner
- Junior Bull: 1 Troy Berry, 2 Leannard Van Nek.
- Steer Ride: 1 Tyler Morgan, 2 Sebastian Riley-Wilson.
- Poddy Ride: 1 Kirby Gleeson, 2 Macaulie Leather.