Gold Coast, Queensland Australia (June 10, 2007) – When the dust settled on the Gold Coast Convention Center Sunday evening, the final night of the Professional Bull Riders’ inaugural world cup event, the Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup, Team Brazil had beaten the bulls and the rest of the world, amassing 1,462 points on their way to the team championship title and bragging rights as the best bull riding country on earth.
Brazil, host country for the PBR World Cup event next year, dominated this year’s competition from the outset. These men of steel never doubted they were going to win because, as stated by team captain Adriano Moraes, “We are solid.” The five-man team came to Australia’s Gold Coast ready for the competition in peak health and fitness and they never looked back.
It’s another triumph for the history making three-time PBR World Champion, Moraes, and he couldn’t be prouder of his team, and for the country of Brazil. “I feel great,” he said when presented with the $100,000 winning check from the winner-takes-all competition.
“[It’s] one more world championship and a good start to my future career as a coach. I would like to thank the PBR for the opportunity to come to the ‘land down under’ and show them the sport of bull riding, how good we are, and prove that we are the best in the world.”
For PBR World Cup contenders Canada and the U.S., it was a see-sawing night of competition which, in the end, resulted in the teams claiming the same positions they had on the two previous nights, second and third respectively. Canada’s final score was 1,268.50 points; the U.S. followed with 1,197.75 points.
The only upset to the Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup’s final night standings, which had stayed the same through the first and second nights of competition, was Mexico’s move from fifth to fourth position ending with 1,139.25 points, and Australia dropping a spot to fifth place with 873.75 points.
The scoring format for bull riding’s newest international competition, the six-round, three- night PBR World Cup required team captains to choose three scores, from a possible five, per round. They were forced to decide on the spot at the time a ride was scored whether to keep it or let it go, hoping for a better score from an upcoming team member.
Three out of four of Mexico and Brazil’s first four riders scored in the first round of the final night of the Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup, and were accepted by respective team captains, Rocky McDonald and Moraes, making the fifth ride for each country redundant, excepting that rider’s chance to compete for the individual $5,000 bonus awarded to the rider posting the highest score each evening.
To start Brazil’s evening, Moraes, in another interesting tactic from a weekend filled with strategic moves by the Brazilian team captain, gave the double thumbs up to his team’s third scoring ride, 86.5 points from Guilherme Marchi on Matt Adam’s Rodeo Company’s Eight Mile, when still to come for the Brazilians was the highest scoring rider from Saturday night’s competition, Valdiron de Oliveira. De Oliveira bettered the accepted score from Marchi, riding Diamond J Rodeo Company’s Tuxedo for 88.5 points, but Team Brazil could not make use of it. Moraes was unrepentant, confident his team’s lead was assured.
While Team U.S. scored only three of their five rides in the first round, it was Kasey Hayes’ 83 points on Matt Adam’s Rodeo Company’s 327 that temporarily moved the U.S. into second position. Brian Canter scored twice for his country in the first round, posting 82.5 points on JP Gill & Sons’ Genesis Ransom, and later, filling in for injured Mike Lee, scoring 82.75 points on another JP Gill and Sons’ bull, 030.
Team Canada collected scores on only two of their five rides in the first round, first 83 points from Justin Volz on Gary McPhee’s How U Doin’ and then 86 points from Scott Schiffner who rode George Hepenstall’s Cream Puff. It was however enough to put Canada back into the number two spot before the end of the round.
In disappointing form on their home turf, Team Australian posted only one score in the first round, evidence that the first two nights of competition had taken their toll on the Aussies. Tim Wilson was out from a back injury suffered Saturday night and favorite Brendon Clark had to ride with a broken thumb. Jared Farley, Friday night’s individual highest scoring rider, delivered for the home country posting 81.25 points on Hall Rodeo Bucking Bulls’ Silver Back, a bull he had ridden the previous evening for 83.25 points.
In round two of the final evening’s competition, the bulls took charge, leaving battered and bruised riders in their wake. With an indisputable lead by Team Brazil, all that was left for the rest of the world was to do their best. And while they tried, the rankest bulls in Australia proved their might.
Mexico‘s Hugo Pedrero was the first rider in the sixth and final round to take a beating. He scored 77 points on Kent Hansen’s Big Dan with an offer of a re-ride, but the event doctor deemed him unfit to take it.
The Mexicans scored only once in the second round, and it was from a courageous Gerardo Venegas who rode three times for his country. He rode in his own name first, and was offered a re-ride on Stuart Timm’s Little Zorro, but declined. He was out of the chute again, replacing team captain and colleague, Rocky McDonald on Kent Hansen’s Booger Red. When the bull failed to perform, Venegas received another re-ride on the same bull. He accepted and eventually scored 80.5 points.
Stuart Timm’s bull, Danger Mouse, literally collided head to head with Adrian Ferreiro, and left the Mexican bleeding from his face. Ferreiro, who had been stomped on the cheek on Friday night, suffered further grazing to his neck.
For the Australians, Ben Jones was the only man to score in the second round, posting an impressive 89.5 points on Matt Adam’s Rodeo Company bull, Loco.
“I’ve got some hurt fellas out there,” said team captain Troy Dunn at the end of the night. “It’s been hard for them, but I’m proud of them.”
Team U.S. came within striking distance again in the second round when their first rider out, Willy Ropp, scored 86 points on Gary McPhee’s Blue Jeans. Unfortunately he was the only rider to score in the second round, dashing America’s hope of a win.
It was Canada’s Aaron Roy who cemented his country’s second place finish, scoring 92.5 points, the highest of the night, on Frank Biddle’s Rocky Road. Roy took a serious shot from the livid bull, being stomped in the chest and face, but he won the night’s individual highest scoring ride bonus of $5,000.
Justin Volz came through again for Team Canada in the second round, posting 86.7 points on JP Gill & Sons’ White Diamond.
For Team Brazil the red hot Paulo Crimber scored a blistering 90 points on Gary McPhee’s Bodacious. And, while superstar Guilherme Marchi was unseated by the Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup winning bull, Gary McPhee’s Matrix, it was their Robson Palermo who took the last scoring ride of the event on Frank Biddle’s unpredictable Sand & Gravel Renato, scoring 89 points.
Final event results are as follows:
Team Brazil: 1462 points $100,000 winner
Team Canada: 1268.5 points
Team U.S.: 1197.75 points
Team Mexico: 1139.25 points
Team Australia: 873.75 points
HIGHEST SCORING RIDE BONUS WINNER – $5,000
Friday – Jared Farley (Australia) – 92.0 points
Saturday – Valdiron de Oliveira (Brazil) – 89.75 points
Sunday – Aaron Roy (Canada) – 92.5 points
BULL OF THE EVENT
Matrix of Gary McPhee’s stock
OVERALL EVENT RESULTS:
Friday, June 8th
Round One Scores:
Brazil 257 points; United States 252 points; Canada 247.25 points; Mexico 168.75 points; Australia 86.50 points
Round Two Scores:
Australia 269 points; Brazil 257 points; Canada 254.75 points; United States 176.50 points; Mexico 174.25 points
Standings after the First Night:
Brazil 514 points; Canada 502 points; United States 429.25 points; Australia 355.50 points; Mexico 343 points
Saturday, June 9th
Round Three Scores:
United States 262.25 points; Brazil 258.75 points; Australia 258 points; Canada 251 points; Mexico 249.25 points
Round Four Scores:
Brazil 254 points; United States 172 points; Canada 169.50 points; Australia 89.50 points; Mexico 84.50 points
Standings after the Second Night:
Brazil 1026.75 points; Canada 922.50 points; United States 863.50 points; Australia 703.00 points; Mexico 676.75 points
Sunday, June 10th
Round Five Scores:
Brazil 256.25 points; Mexico 255.75 points; United States 248.25 points; Canada 169 points; Australia 81.25 points
Round Six Scores:
Mexico 206.75 points; Brazil 179 points; Canada 177 points; Australia 89.50 points; United States 86.00
Standings after Third and Final Night:
Brazil 1462 points; Canada 1268.50 points; United States 1197.75 points; Mexico 1139.25 points; Australia 873.75 points