14 April, 2021
Brodie puts best foot forward at Sydney Royal
Former Toogoolawah man Brodie Hurley was upbeat and felt he had a great experience in the recent Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) National Young Auctioneers Competition.
It was sure to be an interesting time for Hurley after he came first in last year’s ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition, to earn a spot in this year’s national event at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Hurley said the competition he faced this year was very strong as there were 16 competitors from around the country, after he was among 10 competitors at state level last year.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 issues, Hurley said this year’s crowd wasn’t as big as it might usually have been but that the atmosphere and vibe were the same as usual.
“It’s a great thing to get into,” Hurley said.
“I’m very happy with how I went.
“It was a very very good competition to do.
“It was a great experience.”
Luck eluded Hurley as Maitland product Liam Kirkwood, who works and resides in Townsville nowadays, claimed top prize.
Hurley said the judges took into account the manner of the competitors and the ways that they presented themselves, controlled the auction, projected their voice, and took the bids.
In his sixth year with Nutrien Ag Solutions, having spent a year in Dalby and a year in Roma before transferring to Injune, Hurley said that one could always learn from others.
“They’ve all got their ways of doing it,” he said.
“Everyone’s a bit different. You can always pick something up.”
Hurley said there was plenty of rivalry as he encountered a lot of people he talked to, week in week out.
“A lot of us get along very very well,” Hurley said.
“Rivalry is quite strong, and a bit of banter gets thrown around.”