Kyogle’s Dave Kennedy hangs on to Lethal Injection at the Mt Isa rodeo at the weekend.
Kyogle’s Dave Kennedy hangs on to Lethal Injection at the Mt Isa rodeo at the weekend. Ann Britton Outback Photography

Not so Lethal

REVENGE was sweet for Dave Kennedy when he tamed Lethal Injection to take out the open bull ride at the Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo at the weekend.

After two days of competition it all came down to Kennedy versus one of Australia's toughest bulls in the final in the event which boast prizemoney as rich as it's 50-year history.

And the man from Kyogle stuck out the eight seconds and recorded a score of 87 to claim victory over dozens of other cowboys in front of more than 20,000 spectators.

Kennedy now holds a 2-1 advantage over the 2007 bull of the year that he scored 92 on in their first encounter at Mullumbimby before being thrown and horned in the back on the Gold Coast in January.

He collected $7200 in prizemoney for his efforts at Mt Isa but he was equally as pleased to have got one up on his old foe.

“I guess you could call it a bit of revenge,” Kennedy said.

“You always love getting on the toughest bulls and I guess I hold the advantage over the big fella now.”

It was the first time Lethal Injection had been ridden in 2010 and only the fourth time in the six-year-old's bucking career.

Kennedy went three from three in the Mt Isa event and all but guaranteed himself a spot in the Pro Bull Riders national finals on the Gold Coast in January – an event he won in 2008.

For now Kennedy will return to his property in Kyogle and prepare for his partner Hayley to give birth to the couple's first child which is due in November.

But the 26-year-old still has his eyes on the riches that await on the professional circuit in the United States.

Kennedy had a taste of the big-time this year – his best result a sixth – and he plans to give it another crack when the time is right.

“The prizemoney from Mt Isa will go in the bank until I am ready for another trip to the States,” he said.

That trip will most likely come early in 2011.



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