Warwick brothers eyeing off APRA national titles
RODEO: Warwick rider Mitch Eastwell says he wasn't nervous before competing in the richest rodeo in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association at Mt Isa from Thursday to Sunday.
"We travel a lot and just do the same thing with a practice pen before each rodeo,” Mitch said.
"This win is the high point of my career.”
At the weekend, Mitch won the first round and aggregate in the rope and tie at the Mt Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo.
He was first with 11.2 seconds in round 1 and second behind his brother Wade in round 2 with 11 seconds flat.
Wade missed his calf in round 1 before winning round 2 with a 9.9 second catch.
The round wins have virtually assured the brothers of top-15 spots and qualification in the October 24-28 Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Mitch capped off an even bigger weekend in rope and tie when he won the international challenge against a rider from North America.
The winners of each open event at Mt Isa went up against a competitor from North America on the final day of the rodeo.
Mitch won round 1 of the national finals last year in Warwick in his first attempt and will be going for the aggregate and title this year.
There was more success for Warwick riders in roping when Jeff Miller and Alan Woodley won the over 55 years team roping.
Jeff combined with son Kobe Miller to finish third in open team roping behind winners, Queensland pair Campbell Hodson and Liam Davison. Kobe is a Year 12 student at Assumption College.
Proserpine cowboy Roy Dunn won the bull ride but suffered an injury and missed the international challenge in which fellow Australian Sam Woodall was the winner.
Walcha cowboy Carl Green won the saddle bronc ride double.
Wandoan bareback bronc rider David Worsfold won his event but went down to Chase Erickson from North America in the international challenge.
Scone competitor Heath Nichols won the steer wrestling but lost to Scott Kleeman in the international challenge.
Lockington (Victoria) rider Cherie O'Donoghue has always performed well in Warwick and won the Mt Isa Rodeo breakaway roping and international challenge.
Moree cowgirl Wendy Caban won the barrel race while American competitor Kristy Lee Cook was first in the international challenge.
Amanda Tielan and Clay Bush won the all around awards at Mt Isa.