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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
W hat is it about bull riding that rallies up thunderous crowds of hardcore, st-pumping, cowboy hat-wearing Texans? For one, its described as one of the toughest and most exhilarating spectator events in the world. Who wouldn't want to witness a burly, death-defying man take on a 1,000kg beast in a public arena? On that note, the faint hearted need not read on. Usually reser ved for Sydney's Royal Easter Show, this danger sport is coming to Homebush on June 5 when Aussie and US competitors will ght it out in the 2010 PBR World Challenge series nal. "You need serious talent to be a bull rider," declares Queensland- born buccaneer Ben Jones, who is one of 10 Aussies competing. "You've got to have passion and take the knocks. You get horned in the face, broken bones. I've broken both my legs and punctured a lung," he says with nonchalance. "My family really supports me. My ancée comes and watches. She actually competes as well. But a er what I've seen in my career I don't think I would let my kids do it." Jones, 31, who got on his rst bull at the tender age of 12, is ranked as one of the top 40 bull- riders in the world and will a empt with gusto to ride the required eight-second journey on two bulls with the hope of progressing to the championship round. "I love this sport," he says. " e crowd won't know what to expect. It's always a case of expect the unexpected with bull riding. It will be the biggest event for bull riding Sydney has seen." At night's end, a victorious, albeit bruised, champion will be awarded the series buckle and take home $50,000 in prize money. At Acer Arena, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park, June 4 and 5. Tickets: Diamond $124.90, Platinum $80, Gold $60, Silver $40, Silver Child $20. Contact Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au. Ben has bull by the horns 22 Strathfeld Scene June 2010 WHAT'S ON "You've got to have passion and take the knocks. You get horned in the face, broken bones. I’ve broken both legs and punctured a lung” – Ben Jones, bull rider Usually reserved for Sydney's Royal Easter Show, bull riding is coming to Homebush this month. Rocking for the Solomons THE Paci c Beats Youth Festival will get the Strath eld community into the island spirit to raise funds for disadvantaged youth on June 19. Exotic foods and cultural goodies will be on o er until 5pm and tunes from DJ Fazed and music from Futures in Black and White will gather crowds from 6pm. Run by the Duke of Edinburgh International Award for Young People, in association with the Rotary Club of Sydney, the funds raised on the day will assist the Y-FIN Solomon Islands Youth Leadership and Finance Project, nancing education, employment and enterprise initiatives in the Solomon Islands. At Santa Sabina College, Strath eld, from 10am. Concert tickets $25 in advance; $30 at the door. For more information, visit www. paci c beats.org. Indie band, Futures In Black And White. Advertise with us and be seen in the Scene – Readership exceeds 30,000 Guaranteed distribution to all strathfeld residents Written and produced by highly credited australian journalists Marketing and advertising advice from highly trained consultants The most cost effective rate of all inner west publications We are also seeking sales professionals. Call David to discuss. our readers support your business Why be seen in The scene? For more information call David brown on (02) 92998697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org