Henty sisters number one at Sydney Royal Junior Judging

(L/R) Lauralee Terlich and Keiley O’Brien winning at the Sydney Royal. Marilyn Terlich with Group 8 delegates (L/R) Graham Lieschke and Wal Blezard.

Sisters, Marilyn and Lauralee Terlich were a winning double at this year’s Sydney Royal.

Marilyn took out 1st place honours in the Royal Agricultural Society/Agricultural Societies Council NSW (RASASC) Fleece Junior Judging competition while younger sister Lauralee was equally successful winning the RASASC State Junior Grain Judging


Twenty four year old Marilyn began competing nine years ago following an invitation from her Year 8 Ag Science teacher to join the school team for the Albury show and has been competing at regional shows ever since.

Competitors are judged on their fleece handling and judging expertise by assessing four fleeces, ranking them 1-4. Finalists are then asked to deliver an oral report on each fleece.

Marilyn, who is in her final year of eligibility, intends to use her win to inspire other older competitors to keep going.

“As you get older the competition is extremely tough. I want to encourage older entrants not to give up and to keep going,” she said.

“I also want to contribute back to the show societies that have given me so much support by being a mentor to other competitors”

“I learnt by watching and picking up tips so I hope I can pass on my knowledge to others,” said Ms Terlich.

Marilyn also came 5th in RASASC Merino Sheep Judging competition.

Young sister, Lauralee Terlich, was awarded 1st place in the RASASC State Junior Grain Judging competition. Lauralee has been a keen competitor in various sections of show judging for more than 7 years and has competed at the Sydney Royal for the past 5 years.

Entrants in the competition are required to judge the overall best grain from four types – wheat, barley, oats and canola by a process of elimination.

Qualities including protein content, test weight, oil content and colour are assessed. The entrant with the score closest in match to the judge wins.

Lauralee intends to continue competing and mentor up and coming competitors.

“I hope my win helps to raise the profile of Junior Judging and inspire others to enter competition,” she said.

Another Henty girl, Keiley O’Brien came 2nd in RASASC judging


All three entrants qualified at the Henty Show.

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