This Saturday night (26th of March) PBR Australia’s annual State Of Origin kicks off!
Today, event organiser have released the 10-rider roster that will represent Team New South Wales and Team Queensland.
A long battle between the two states, has spilled over from the NRL field to the bucking bull stadium and the two teams will compete over three rounds for the title!
Team New South Wales
(I put them first because it’s the only time they will be there!)
Captain: Cody Hefferman (Singleton, NSW) and also the 2016 PBR Australia Champion.
- Will Purcell (Albury, NSW)
- Trefor Sproule (Singleton, NSW)
- Braith Nock (Bendemeer, NSW)
- Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, NSW)
- Lachlan Slade (Tamworth, NSW)
- Thomas Hudson (Dungog, NSW)
- Oscar Leake (Dungog, NSW)
- Steven Carter (Wards River, NSW)
- Josh Dallas (Wootton, NSW)
(Already winners in my books 😂)
Captain: Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) and four-time reigning Australian Champion
- Kelsey Pavlou (Gracemere, QLD)
- Brumby Brandenburg (Clermont, QLD)
- Qynn Anderson (Koumala, QLD)
- Jake Curr (Mount Isa, QLD)
- Michael Smith (Tully, QLD)
- Lane Mellers (Mundubbera, QLD)
- Caiden Sandilands (Rockhampton, QLD)
- Dan Ruthland (Mount Walker, QLD)
- Taran Chirgwin (Calliope, QLD)
Team captains were selected earlier in the year, the rest of the team were determined based on the standings from recent PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour event in Mildura, VIC on March the 19th.
Among the standouts on Team Queensland who will be keen to defend their title of PBR Origin Champions are:
- Kelsey Pavlou will return to Team Queensland for the second time in his career as a top contender for the 2022 PBR Australia Championship. Thus far in 2022, Pavlou is ranked No. 3 in the national standings, within 95.5 points of the No. 1 position. Pavlou has competed at all four 2022 events to date in Australia, registering three Top 5 efforts, including a season-best, third-place result in Rockhampton, Queensland.
- Brumby Brandenburg will make his PBR Origin debut fresh off earning his career-first event win at the most recent Australian Monster Energy Tour event in Mildura, Victoria. En route to the win, Brandenburg recorded the first two qualified rides of his PBR career, covering Cash Money for 83.5 points and Natural Hillbilly for 86.5 points. He earned 75.5 national points and catapulted to No. 5 in the race for the 2022 PBR Australia Championship.
- Young gun Qynn Andersen will make his PBR Origin debut in Newcastle when he rides for Team Queensland on March 26. The 18-year-old sensation made his PBR debut in 2021, catching fire near the end of the campaign, registering three Top-5 finishes en route to qualifying for his career-first PBR Australia Grand Finals. To date in 2022, Andersen is ranked No. 6 in the race for the PBR Australia Championship, 137.5 points removed from the top spot.
Eager to earn their first PBR Origin Championship, riders to note for Team New South Wales include:
- Seven-time PBR World Finals qualifier Lachlan Richardson will bring veteran experience to the Team New South Wales roster. Richardson first rode for the Blues in 2021, a season which concluded with him ranked No. 6 in the race for the PBR Australia Championship. Thus far in 2022, Richardson has competed at just two events, and will be looking for his first qualified ride of the near year when he competes for Team New South Wales in New Castle.
- In 2021, Lachlan Slade was electric at the PBR Origin tournament. While his team may have fallen short of the tournament title, he made history, recording the first-ever 90-point ride of the event, and his career, when he teamed with Cattle King Boogers Beach for a 90-point score in Cairns, Queensland. After finishing 2021 with an 8th-place result at the Australian Grand Finals, ranked No. 10 in the nation, Slade has ridden just once in 2022, competing in Scone, New South Wales.
- Will Purcell will return to Team New South Wales for the first time since the inaugural PBR Origin in 2019. Having registered two Top 10 finishes thus far in 2022, including a third-place finish at the most recent tour stop in Mildura, Victoria, Purcell is presently ranked No. 7 in the race for the season’s PBR Australia Championship.
PBR Origin I – Newcastle at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre,
PBR Origin II – Tamworth at AELEC Arena, and
PBR Origin III – Brisbane at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased at pbraustralia.com.au.
All future PBR Australia events are subject to change, planned in accordance with directives issued by relevant government and health authorities given the evolving regulations during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.