BIG TIME: Lane Mellers will take a shot at the 2018 PBR Australia National Champion title this weekend.
BIG TIME: Lane Mellers will take a shot at the 2018 PBR Australia National Champion title this weekend. Chris Ison ROK220218crodeo1

Burnett rider takes national bull riding grand final

OFF the back of an impressive year of performances on the 2018 Professional Bull Riding Australia Tour, Mundubbera cowboy Lane Mellers has booked his place to compete at the nation's biggest Professional Bull Riding event of the year.

Mellers, 19, has officially made the top-18 Australian rider-cut off to qualify for the crowning PBR Grand Finals in Townsville this weekend, November 23 and 24.

The pinnacle event will run at Townsville Entertainment Centre over two bumper nights of make-or-break action.

"The fight for the Aussie title is at full throttle pace - it's down to the wire,” PBR Australia General Manager Glen Young said. 

"All of the riders are dialled in and have their eye on the prize - so we expect to see some exceptional efforts as the front-runners fight for supremacy.”  

 

Lane Mellers competing at Gayndah in April of this year.
Lane Mellers competing at Gayndah in April of this year. Felicity Ripper

The event attracts 18 of Australia's top riders, as well as four key internationals, for a head-to-head battle that will ultimately decide the 2018 PBR Australia National Champion title. 

Mellers will join a stellar field in the PBR Grand Finals lineup, along with almost every top rider on the current Australian Standings including fellow Queensland riders Aaron Kleier (Clermont), brothers Mitchell and Justin Paton (Nebo) and Ryan Storey (Mackay), as well as New South Wales hero Cliff Richardson, 2015 PBR Australia Champion Fraser Babbington and 2016 PBR Australian title holder Cody Heffernan. 

International riders confirmed to the Townsville line-up include former Brazilian #2 Lucas Divino, and fellow Brazilian riders Junior Quaresima and Rubens Barbosa. 

Since the inception of the PBR in Townsville nearly two decades ago, more than $1 million dollars in prize money has been paid out.

Mellers will be looking to secure his piece of the pie this weekend with a standout performance to round out his stellar 2018 season.


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