Game Notes - Winnipeg
By: Kacie Albert Friday, October 6, 2017 @ 12:46 PM
WINNIPEG GETS RANK – This weekend PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour, presented by Mac’s and Circle K stops in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Bell MTS Place, for the fourth event of the nationally-televised, cross-nation tour. The event marks the second-time the tour has visited Manitoba’s capital, and marks the Monster Energy Tour’s first event back after a more than three month break.
SO FAR THIS SEASON – The 2017 Monster Energy Tour opened in Quebec City, Quebec with PBR’s first-ever international Major event. With four riders from the Top 10 on hand to compete, Derek Kolbaba won the event, $34,100 CAD and 300 world points, elevating him to No.3 in the world. Jordan Hansen was the event’s highest finishing Canadian in fourth. The next weekend, the tour visited Ottawa, Ontario for the second time in its history. Cody Casper earned his first-ever PBR victory in Canada’s capital and used his 88-point rider on Captain (Mike Miller/Torres Bros) in the championship round, the high-marked ride of his career, to secure the win. Justin Lloyd was the event’s highest finishing Canadian, placing second, after riding Wild Mexican (Rafter P) for 85 points and the Round 1 win. At the tour’s final eastern event, Lloyd earned his first event win since 2013, becoming the first Canadian to win a Monster Energy Tour event title this season.
RED HOT RADFORD – Since August, one man, Brock Radford, has held a firm grip atop the PBR Canada national standings. Backed by an unprecedented four-event win streak at the Touring Pro Division level, Radford not only earned enough Canadian points to climb to the top of the national standings, but also inched inside the Top 35 of the world standings, making his Built Ford Tough Series debut in September in Springfield, Missouri. This weekend in Winnipeg Radford will be chasing his first victory on the Monster Energy Tour all in effort to expand his 691.66 point lead over No.2 Cody Coverchuk and claim his first PBR Canada Championship. Radford will also be playing double-duty this weekend, boarding a plane following Friday’s PBR Canada event to travel to Nampa, Idaho for the Built Ford Tough Series’ DeWalt Guaranteed Tough Invitational, presented by Ariat.
BATTLE FOR NO.1 – With 550 Canadian points available at both the Winnipeg and Abbotsford stops, and 2,000 on the line at the PBR Canada Finals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Oct. 20-21, the race for the PBR Canada title remains wide open. While No.1 Brock Radford holds a near 700 point lead over No.2 Cody Coverchuk, the No.2-No.9 ranked riders are separated by just 415 points. Both set to ride this weekend, No.2 Coverchuk and No.3 Zane Lambert are separated by just 2.5 points, trailing Radford by 691.66 and 694.16 points respectively. No.5 Cody Casper, who won the final Touring Pro Division event of the season in Magrath, Alberta, will look to continue his win streak and become the first rider this season to win two Monster Energy Tour titles, having won June’s event in Ottawa. Casper is 887.5 points off from the No.1 spot.
No.7 Justin Lloyd, fresh off his Built Ford Tough Series debut at last weekend’s event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will also look to earn his second Monster Energy event win of the season having won at the tour’s last event in Toronto. He sits 946.66 behind Radford. No.8 Jared Parsonage and No.9 Edgar Durazo will also be hard at work in Winnipeg as they’ll look to overcome their respective 1069.16-point and 1106.66-point disparities from the top spot in the Canadian national standings.
HOME-PROVINCE FAVORITE – 2013 PBR Canada Zane Lambert, born and raised in Westbourne, Manitoba, is this weekend’s lone home province hopeful. As a child, Lambert would attend a Cody Snyder Bullbustin’ event in Winnipeg. It was there during autograph signings that riders directed him to attend his first bull riding school. For Lambert the city holds special significance, playing host to both his PBR debut and first PBR victory, both at the same event, on June 2, 2006.
THIS WEEKEND’S FORMAT – The Monster Energy Tour will feature two rounds of bull riding. Each of the 27 competing riders will get on one bull in Round 1 on Friday. The Top 10 ranked bull riders will then advance to the championship round later that evening. Riders will be competing for valuable points towards the PBR Canada national standings and PBR world standings, in addition to $20,000 in prize money. On the line this weekend are 550 Canadian and 80 world points.
INTERNATIONAL FLARE – For the first time this season, riders representing six countries, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Paraguay and the United States, are set to compete on the Monster Energy Tour. After hosting a similarly diverse field for the season launch event in Quebec City and final eastern stop in Toronto, the Winnipeg event will feature five Americans, an Australian, a Brazilian, 15 Canadians, four Mexicans and a Paraguayan.
NEXT UP – PBR Canada’s Monster Energy tour will travel to Abbotsford, British Columbia and the Abbotsford Centre on Saturday, Oct. 14 for the fifth event of the season. The event, set to begin at 7:30 p.m. PT will be the last regular-season event before the PBR Canada Finals at the SaskTel Centre on Oct. 20-21 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
PROVIDING PROTECTION – The bull fighters on hand for this weekend’s event in Winnipeg are Bo Byrne, Brett Monea and Ty Prescott.
MONSTER ENERGY TOUR - WINNIPEG COMPETITORS BY COUNTRY
Australia (1) – Lawson Nobbs,
Brazil (1) – Marcos Gloria
Canada (15) – Logan Biever, Cody Coverchuk, Cody Floyd, Jake Gardner, Garrett Green, Zane Lambert, Justin Lloyd, Tyler Pankewitz, Jared Parsonage, Ty Patten, Brock Radford, Coy Robbins, Jackson Scott, Lonnie West, Cole Young
Mexico (3) – Juan Carlos Contreras, Armando Davila Rodriguez, Rosendo Ramirez,
Paraguay (1) – Fabian Dueck
United States (5) – Cody Casper, Weston Hartman, Thor Hoefer II, Dakota Louis, Zac Peterson,
BREAKDOWN BY PROVINCE –
Albert – Logan Biever, Cody Floyd, Garrett Green, Tyler Pankewitz, Ty Patten, Brock Radford, Coy Robbins, Lonnie West & Cole Young; British Columbia – Jake Garnder & Jackson Scott; Manitoba – Zane Lambert; Saskatchewan – Cody Coverchuk, Justin Lloyd & Jared Parsonage.
2017 MONSTER ENERGY TOUR WINS - Here are the total individual wins for the Monster Energy Tour in 2017:
1- Derek Kolbaba (Quebec City)
Cody Casper (Ottawa)
Justin Lloyd (Toronto)
2017 REGULAR-SEASON ROUND WINS – Here is a list of the riders that had the most round wins in 2017:
2 - Derek Kolbaba (Quebec City (2))
Justin Lloyd (Ottawa, Toronto)
1 – Fabiano Vieira (Quebec City)
TOURING PRO DIVISION EVENT WINNERS – Here are the 2017 PBR Canada TPD event winners:
Sept. 21 at Magrath, Alberta - Cody Casper
Sept. 2 at Stavely, Alberta - Jared Parsonage & Zane Lambert
Aug. 16 at Coronation, Alberta - Brock Radford
Aug. 12 at Elnora, Alberta - Brock Radford
Aug. 2 at Kelowna, British Columbia - Brock Radford
July 26 at North Battleford, Saskatchewan - Brock Radford
July 22 at Manor, Saskatchewan - Lachlan Richardson
July 21 at Czar, Alberta - Cody Coverchuk
July 12 at Kinsella, Alberta - Lachlan Richardson
July 7 at Edgerton, Alberta - Cole Young
July 6 at Calgary, Alberta - Fabiano Vieira
July 5 at Calgary, Alberta - Cody Coverchuk
July 2 at Cluny, Alberta - Lawson Nobbs
June 23 at Ponoka, Alberta - Jordan Hansen
June 16 at Wanham, Alberta - Zane Lambert
June 14 at Calgary, Alberta - Matt Triplett
June 2 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - Scott Schiffner
May 27 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan - Brock Radford
May 12 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan - Jared Parsonage
May 5 at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan - Brady Oleson
Apr. 8 at Marwayne, Alberta - Garrett Green
Mar. 11 at Teepee Creek, Alberta - Dayton Johnson
Mar. 3 at Lethbridge, Alberta - Jordan Hansen
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