COWBOYS (Top) Cody Coverchuck earns the highest score of the Bull Riders Canada Finals on the back of Blow Me Away, earning a score of 88 points. Thirty bull riders competed over two nights at the Lloydminster Exhibition for the BRC Finals of season four, as more than $25,000 was up for grabs over the two days of riding. Photo by Lloydminster Source.
By Andrew Brethauer
October 25, 2016 12:00 AM
Meadow Lake’s Cody Coverchuk did everything he could during the two-day Bull Riders Canada (BRC) Finals in Lloydminster over the weekend to close the 400 point gap Will Purcell had on him in the standings, which included winning the event itself, riding three bulls over two nights to take the Lloydminster buckle.
Unfortunately, Purcell managed to ride two of his three bulls over the weekend, acquiring enough points to earn himself his first BRC Canadian national championship as the season four champion, edging Coverchuck out by just 100 points.
“After Will bucked off, I actually thought I won it,” said Coverchuck. “Will went a lot harder than I did this year. I only went to about eight BRC throughout the year. In the end, if I would have went to all of them, I’m sure I could have won.”
Coverchuck earned an 82 point ride on Friday night, the third highest of the eight riders who qualified, while Purcell finished in eighth, earning a 77.
On the second night of riding, Coverchuck scored another 82 point ride on the back of Tough Cookie, but Purcell would do one better, scoring 85 on Last Hope to keep the gap a few hundred points heading into the final.
After watching Purcell get bucked off of Big Fudge in the short-go round, Coverchuck did all he could on the back of Blow Me Away, scoring the highest ride of the two day show with an 88.
But even with his best saved for last and another 200 points earned in the standings, he couldn’t make up the difference needed to be crowed BRC champion.
He still walked away with the Lloydminster show title with a three ride score of 252 points and was the only rider to successfully complete three rides, earning himself $4,438 over the weekend.
“It feels great as this is pretty much a hometown crowd for me,” said Coverchuck.
“So to make good rides in front of them feels pretty good,” he said.
It was a little bit added pressure for sure, but I blocked that all out when I get on. It’s just me and the bull. It doesn’t matter what really happens, I just have to ride him for eight seconds.”
Despite finishing in second place, Coverchuck finished as the highest money earner in the BRC this season, earning over $24,000, while Purcell earned more than $16,000.
As for Purcell, he was lost for words in the ring after winning the national champion and couldn’t celebrate his victory on Saturday night as he was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury.
Hailing from Merrijig, Australia, Purcell is the first Australian to win the BRC Canadian championship in the organization’s four season history.