Marchi weathers storm

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

It's kinda like having a face only a mother could love.

Yesterday's blizzard is the kind of weather only an out-of-towner could appreciate.

"It's beautiful," beamed Brazilian bullrider Guilherme Marchi. "I never see anything like it. In Brazil, it is very hot.

"I took many photos to show my family."

Beautiful was certainly one way to describe it.

It's also an adjective that could be used to define Marchi's 86.5-point ride aboard Franklin's Wooly Bully last night at the Saddledome.

"He was a good bull," Marchi said after placing second on opening night of the PBR Canadian Finals.

"He turned into my hand -- that's my favourite way.

"The second bull bucked me off very hard."

The second bull was in the Wrangler Grudge Match, which offered $8,000 to either of the top two contestants if they could survive eight seconds on another bull.

Marchi, the 2008 PBR world champion, and Devon Mezei of Scandia, Alta., were both bucked off in the bonus round.

Jordie Campbell (Bindloss, Alta.) had the top ride of the night with an 87 in the opening round, but was unable to take part in the Grudge Match due to an undisclosed injury.

The final night of the PBR Canadian Finals goes tonight at 7 p.m. The top eight on two head advance to the short go.

Tough luck for leader

In this game, it's not if you'll get injured, but when.

And for Beau Hill, the timing of his most recent injury couldn't have been worse.

The West Glacier, Mont., cowboy built a nice lead atop the PBR Canada standings, but in the sixth round of the PBR world finals in late October, he was stepped on by a bull and separated his shoulder.

Although not competing this weekend, Hill brought a lead of about $15,000 into the PBR Canadian Finals.

He's not expecting to hoist any hardware tonight.

"To come here and not be able to ride, it's unfortunate," Hill said. "I hope to win, but I don't expect to. I know the guys behind me can ride really well.

"We'll just see what happens."

Aaron Roy, out of Asquith, Sask., had the best shot at catching Hill, but he came down off the back of Robinson's Slash last night.

Hill said he wouldn't be putting the hex on anyone.

"I don't wish anyone any bad luck," he said. "Aaron has been riding just unreal.

"I get goose bumps about every time he's getting ready to nod his head because he's been riding everything.

"I'm proud of Aaron. He's a good friend of mine."

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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