Words: Jock Morrissey
Over the weekend, Burton hosted the 12th Annual Cattleman’s Rail Jam at Victoria's Mt Buller Resort. With bragging rights and a smooth $10,000 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs, riders went head-to-head to take a shot at this year’s title. The competition has earned its reputation as a hard-hitting showdown between Australia’s best jibbers. New talent and younger prospects added variety amongst the lineup as they were given an opportunity to test themselves against more experienced competitors.
The qualifiers kicked off in the afternoon, with the top 10 riders advancing through to the finals. The finals saw a total of 15 of Australia’s best rail riders throw down in front of a hyped Victorian crowd. With a fast-paced jam-style format, there was no shortage of style and jaw-dropping tricks, making the 2017 CRJ one of the most entertaining to date.
Jye Kearney took back the crown with his trademark style and claimed first place. Jye has now won the event five times in the last six years, which is undeniably an achievement in itself. The switch lord Andy James closely followed Jye on a very well earned second place. Last year's winner, Sam “Red Dog” Neuman, rounded out the podium with third. Josh Anderson, one of the debutants of the night, impressively took out the Monster Best Trick as well as the new Transfer Show Up & Blow Up Award.
1st Place - $4000 – Jye Kearney
2nd Place - $2000 – Andy James
3rd Place - $1000 – Sam Neumann
Monster Best Trick – Josh Anderson
Transfer Show Up & Blow Up Award – Josh Anderson
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