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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2018

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16 Wednesday April 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Tevaga looking forward to return home with Warriors WHEN THE Warriors play the Manly Sea Eagles in Christchurch on June 9 it will be a homecoming for Jazz Tevaga, who first experienced rugby league with the Burnham Chevaliers. The Warriors hooker knows he will have to bring a lot more gear than he would usually take to away matches. “I am sure the cousins will be hitting me up for some Warriors gear,” laughs the 22-year-old who was born in Christchurch and spent his early years in Rolleston. Tevaga’s first footy memories are from frosty early morning sports fields at Burnham Military Camp watching his dad in action and putting on the colours of the Chevaliers. Even though the family moved to Palmerston North, the ties with Christchurch remain tight. “My mum’s family is still down there, so every visit to Christchurch is special to see my grandma and to catch up with my cousins.” Asked how the Warriors have changed their fortunes this season, one word keeps coming back – trust. “The club has some new faces in the playing roster and the back room staff, but there has HOMECOMING: Warriors hooker Jazz Tevaga was introduced to rugby league by the Burnham Chevaliers. been a huge shift in the level of trust amongst the players,” said Tevaga. “We got a few things off our chest that were getting in the way last season and we all just trust each other not to let the team down.” One of the Warriors mottos is to take the current success one week at a time, but Tevaga already has one eye on the fixture in Christchurch against Manly. “I played in Christchurch against Penrith two years ago and it was an amazing night, so hopefully the stadium will be packed again.” That match in 2016 was his first time back after the earthquakes and he admitted that it was quite emotional to see the damage. “Especially seeing the Cathedral was really sad.” Tevaga says he noticed the progress in the city when he visited last year for a junior clinic with the Halswell Hornets and is keen to see how the city continues to bounce back. “And, of course, it will be special to play in front of all my family down there, because they will all be there.” Douglas wins in Thailand LINCOLN KARTER Jacob Douglas claimed a win and second in two major races in Thailand last week. Douglas, 12, was invited to attend the meeting at Pattaya’s Bira Kart Circuit, in south-west Bangkok, by members of the Thai team he met at the 2017 ROK Cup international meeting in Italy in November. He first contested the Mini ROK class in the second round of the kart championship at the Thailand meeting. He was fastest in the warm-up before winning the heat race then coming back from finishing a close second in the pre-final to win the final after a spectacular last corner pass. Douglas then contested the opening round of the ROK Cup Thailand series which proved a slightly harder nut to crack. However, after qualifying fifth he worked his way forward to finish the final in second. The Mini ROK final at the ROK Cup Thailand meeting was won by top local driver Sitarvee Limnantharak of the Singha Maxima team. Douglas was accompanied on the trip by his father Craig Douglas and longtime mentors Matthew and Tiffany Hamilton from Christchurch’s WKS kart shop. “It was a really good experience for him. The organisers were kind enough to lend him a kart,” said Mr Hamilton. “Jacob got in a lot of laps and got to work on a few different scenarios. He was really quick in the wet.” Douglas won the 2017 New Zealand Vortex Mini ROK title and is awaiting the decision of an appeal after crossing the line first in the title race this year before being disqualified following a protest from another driver. Jacob Douglas SPORTS SPEEDSTER: Jacob Douglas leads the field in Thailand. 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