ON THE professional circuit the cowboys stick together, whether it's in the ring or out for a relaxing drink after an event, these brave men have a bond regular athletes would understand.

And on Salter Oval with $7000 up for grabs that closeness was on display at the top five place getters had just two separate scores to their names.

In front of thousands of eager spectators brothers in law Ben Seeds and Ryan Storey won the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Australia event with 164 points after hanging on to the snorting, raging bulls for long enough.

Places third to fifth were filled by Clancy Butler, Cody Heffernan and Mitch Paton on 82.5 points each after four qualifying rounds and an entertaining championship round. Four-time Australian Dave Kennedy was sixth on 81.5 points.

The most anticipated ride of the night was when Cody Heffernan climbed on Game On for a shot at glory.

Game On has never been ridden the distance in 75 attempts and Heffernan started well, but Game On turned Heffernan around and after 3.5 seconds kept his streak going.

When the chutes were closed the massive crowd had no idea what was going on behind them, out of sight was a flurry of activity as each cowboy lowered himself on to the bull.

All the fans were waiting for was the nod of the head by the cowboy and the action to start.

The noise of bulls clattering into the stalls, the stockmen trying to control the beasts and the crowd in the background was deafening and with those things mixing with the smell of dozens of bulls the senses were overpowered.

But among the mayhem the riders seemed calm and collected - jokes were being swapped and tales told as they waited for their turn but when it was time to climb into the chute their faces instantly changed.

Ropes were collected, gloves put on hands and hats placed on heads as the climbed 2m on to the back of one of the bulls.

The faces of some of cowboys looked like they were fired up for a game of rugby league in the front row, some were wide-eyed and nervous and others chewed gum with a distant stare that showed how focussed they were.

Despite the different ways to get ready when the chute opened every played out the same. Eight seconds seemed like an eternity for some riders and other did it with ease to the roar of the crowd.

The cowboys have shifted their attention to round five at Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba, Saturday and both Seeds and Story will be out to keep their good form going. And another crowd will be entertained by these brave riders as they chase the chance at glory in the PBR pro circuit.



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