State bragging rights will be on the line when the best bull riders from NSW and QLD go head to head in Sydney next month.
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is hosting its inaugural PBR Origin and the teams are starting to come together.
The NSW will be captained by Troy Wilkinson originally from Tamworth.
On each team will have eleven riders and for NSW it’s shaping up to include some of the best from the Hunter region.
Singleton’s Cody Heffernan and Gresford’s Cliff Richardson have been named on the NSW team stellar and consistent showings on the PBR Australia Tour this year.
The teams will consist of nine riders from each state, as well as four international wildcards that will include two Mexican Champions and two Brazilian Champions.
Every rider from the two teams will compete on two bulls each, and – similar to football – it will be a scoring competition.
If the rider makes the eight second whistle he will be judged on his ride, and the score he is given will then count towards his team score. If the 8 seconds isn’t made, there’s no score.
The top four scoring riders from each team will progress to the Bonus Round, or in footy terms, the equivalent of the Golden Point.
The two teams will then face off against the top four bulls from each state. The scores from this round will also add to the team’s total, and the team with the highest combined scoring team will take out the win.
.@pbraustralia has named the first riders on Team Australia for the PBR Origin event in June. NSW will be captained by Tamworth’s Troy Wilkinson, Singleton’s Cody Heffernan and Gresford’s Cliff Richardson have been named for team NSW. Check out Richardson 👇🏻 #upperhunter #pbr pic.twitter.com/3F0pgUVuLz— Jessica Rouse (@JessRouse95) May 16, 2019
Cliff Richardson said it will be huge event, and he’s proud to be a part of it.
“It’s a sport that we’ve been at since we were 10, 11 years old, me and my closest brothers,”
“We have been doing it for so long and we’ve never played any other sport and being able to do something that not every ordinary guy can do it takes a bit of doin’ and a fair bit of heart and a strong mind and being able to do that and compete at a very high level in our country and across the world there is no other feeling like it,” said Cliff.
Personally for the 28-year-old rider, the sport has taken him to some amazing places.
“It’s taken me to Canada, the US and Australia and even New Zealand.”
“It’s a great sport and you can go all over the world doing it, I’ve been lucky where I’ve been so far and represented the country at Global Cup competition in three different countries now and that a big thing for and being able to do it with my friends and brothers, its going to be a similar deal down in Sydney,” he said.
The PBR Origin is on June 1st 2019 at the new ICC Sydney Theatre in Darling Harbour.
Image credit: PBR Australia