Footballers steer ride winner Harry Sullivan (right) with his father Mark Sullivan who was one of the volunteers at the rodeo.
Footballers steer ride winner Harry Sullivan (right) with his father Mark Sullivan who was one of the volunteers at the rodeo. Jessie Banks

Hookers do well in the steer ride

RODEO: He has made Queensland junior rugby league teams but that was the furthest thing from Harry Sullivan's mind on Saturday night at the Southern Downs Ag Warwick Rugby League Club Bull Ride at Queens Park.

The Cowboys hooker, who missed a lot of the 2017 season with injury, made it back for the Warwick Cowboys Footballers Steer Ride on Saturday night.

He stayed on the back of his steer for the full eight seconds to win from another hooker Morgan Taylor and half Mick Brackin who were equal second.

It must be the binding in the scrum that is good training for steer riding.

Former Warwick High student Tim Tate, now an electrician at Jimboomba, recorded a first and second in National Rodeo Association events.

He was first in the novice bull ride and second in the open behind Kingaroy bull rider Joshua Jones. Tate was a promising Aussie rules player who made a state under-16 squad and won a premiership with the Warwick Redbacks before following his heart into bull riding.

The under-18 bull ride was won by Zane Hall, the only rider to make time. Ty Payne won the U15 junior steer ride after being the only rider to make time.

The seven to 12 years poddy ride was won by Brakley Murphy from Jack McIntyre. In local events, Kyle Hamilton was the winner of the steer ride from Declan Sullivan, of Allora. Billy Galloway won the local poddy ride with Ryley Collins second.

Tate answers a few questions on his two bull rides.

What did you score: 78 in the open, 75 in the novice.

Did the judges get the scoring right: My best ride was definitely in the open when I came second.

Did you catch up with a few mates at the rodeo: I saw some mates from my time at Warwick State High School.

Was that the first time on the bull you rode to 78: I have been on him before at Woodford and he bucked me off after a couple of seconds. I have a better mindset now.

Could you have stayed on for another four seconds: Probably, you never know.

What was the landing like when you jumped off: Not too bad, I got clear of the bull.

Have you been chased by a bull: A few times.

Do you value the work of the protection clowns: Definitely, I am always grateful for their help as they get the bull away from the rider.

What was it like at your hometown rodeo: Always fun to compete locally. The announcer said I was local but I tried not to think about it.

What about the Warwick Rodeo: I plan to give it a crack in second division.



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