Gold-winning performances back in sight for Turbos
THE Tannum Turbos under-21 surf boat crew drew a step closer to recapturing its gold-winning form of the past with an impressive showing at last weekend's Interstate Surfcraft Carnival at Coffs Harbour.
Of the six races the crew contested at the three-day event which concluded on Sunday, the Turbos won four and finished third in the final behind the strong Maroochydore and Bilgola (NSW) crews.
The effort thrilled crew sweep and coach Tony Davis.
'Maroochydore, the crew which knocked us off two weeks ago in the first round of the Red Roosters series, we beat in the second race by 5-6 lengths,' Davis said.
'When you consider the buildup we've had over the last few months ... with Matt Bellert coming back into the crew after Brenden Hughes resigned and Shannon Chynoweth having had a knee reconstruction, we've struggled for a good preparation
'We've still got a lot of improve-ment left in us and we know we've got a lot of hard work to do.'
Davis said the Turbos, which also consists of Jason Bedford and Joel Sherwood, had led the final midway back to the beach before the Maroochydore and Bilgola crews caught a wave past them on to the beach.
Also in good form was the club's first reserve grade crew which overcame the late withdrawal of stalwart Paul Kelly (work commitments) to finish 12th in an 80-strong field.
Ken Pollock, another club veteran, was drafted into the crew to replace Kelly, and together with fellow crew members Murray Stacey and Brett Rowe, showed good boat speed to narrowly miss a top eight spot and a final berth.
Of their eight rows, the reserves recorded three first placings, two seconds, two fourths and a fifth in their final race.
Davis said the form of both crews, while not yet at full strength, coupled with that of the second reserve grade outfit at the North Australia Championships was a good result for the Tannum Sands surf boat fraternity. Craig Ross