A NEW-LOOK crew certainly did the trick for the Tannum Turbos after a strong performance in the Trans-Tasman Goodwill tour meet at Red Beach in New Zealand.
In what was their first major meet as a crew, the under-19 Turbos performed strongly in the elite company to finish the competition in sixth place overall.
It was a fine achievement for the local boys with newcomers Shannon Chynoweth and Jason Bedford joining established members Joel Sherwood and Matt Bellert in the new-look team.
Turbos sweep Tony Davis was extremely proud of his team's efforts across the competition where they were the second bestperformed Australian team.
"I have to pay credit to the team, they performed very well, I am proud of their efforts considering it was the first time they have been together in a major competition.
"To finish as the second best Australian team behind Mooloolaba was a great achievement, it shows we have a lot of promise,'' Davis said.
Davis said the experience of Bellert and Sherwood was a major factor in the team's success.
"Matt and Joel's knowledge and experience certainly came to the fore for us, the conditions were quite difficult, but they used their knowledge and worked with Shannon and Jason very well,'' he said.
Davis hopes the crew can use the New Zealand performance as a springboard for a big summer ahead with the Australian premiership meet coming up late in November at Coffs Harbour.
"We really want to work hard in the Australian premiership, we were quite strong last year and it's definitely a major event that we want to win.
"It is important to stay focused and, if we can do that, then success will hopefully come our way,'' he said.
The club's masters crew of Ken Pollock, Jim Buxton, Bob Rowe and Rob de Vries also put in a solid performance while in New Zealand to finish sixth in the B grade final after the preliminary rounds.