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Old 03-09-2009, 10:31 AM
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Default Rodeo State of Origin QLD Captain Charters Towers based Mark Gibb

IF you think State of Origin Rugby League gets the fans pumping, imagine the action when Queensland takes on NSW in all five rodeo disciplines at the R. M. Williams Longreach Muster.

The third annual R. M. Williams Longreach Muster will be held at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre from September 11-13.

And this year the program will see Queensland battle it out against NSW in the five disciplines, state of origin style, including saddle bronc, bareback, bull ride, steer wrestling, and ladies barrel racing.

According to the organiser, Glenn Morgan, the Muster has invited some of the best there are in NSW and Queensland to compete.

"We will have competitors like Shane Kenny, a 12 times Australian Professional all round cowboy, who will represent Queensland in the steer wrestling, while Darren Clarke, a five time world champion professional cowboy at Las Vegas with earnings in excess of $1.5m, will compete in the bareback event for NSW."

Captain for the Queensland side is Charters Towers based cowboy Mark Gibb, a five times North Queensland saddle bronc champion, and nine, times steer wrestling and all round champion cowboy. Mark reckons the NSW team will be strong, as the captain, Mark Palmer, is the leading saddle bronc rider in the country.

"The NSW team will have either current or former champions competing, and while we have a big job ahead of us you can bet we won't go down without a fight.

"At the last state of origin held at Mareeba earlier this year, Queensland claimed victory."

But according to Mark Palmer, he is proud to captain the blues.

"It really is an honour to represent your state, and this concept just adds more excitement due to the interstate rivalry.

"There is no doubt our team will be competitive, but feel Queensland will have the edge as they are on home turf with a home crowd.

"I have competed against Mark Gibb a number of times and know how passionate and determined he is."

SOURCE: North Queensland Register
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