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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 May 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MAY 2016 25 SPORT Toli Koutsimanis with his fight team after his latest victory on 8 April. L-R: Trainer John Scida, Toli Koutsimanis, Tom Goulos, Steve Richardson. Kickboxer Koutsimanis earns shot at Victorian title fight GEORGE STOGIANNOU Melbourne-born fighter Toli Koutsimanis continued his successful start to his professional kickboxing career with another victory last month, finishing the fight inside the distance for the second time in as many bouts. Fighting in the light heavy- weight 95kg kickboxing category, the 32-year-old Koutsimanis stopped Queenslander Rhyss Crossfield, despite conceding a significant height and reach advantage to his 6' 4" opponent. Before the start of the April bout, Koutsimanis entered the ring at the Westend Market Hotel in Sunshine to the Cretan Pentozali, in commemoration of his grandmother's birthplace (Chania). Koutsimanis commenced the fight aggressively, and hurt his opponent with a powerful low kick, setting the tone for the rest of the fight. He maintained his ascendancy over the tall Queenslander for the duration of the fight with a barrage of powerful low kicks to his opponent's legs, and several rigid punches to his opponent's face. His opponent finally wilted at 1 minute 30 seconds in the second round after receiving an overhand right, left hook combination to the face, at which point Crossfield's corner threw in the towel. Koutsimanis now has his sights set on a Victorian light heavyweight title fight which is scheduled to take place here in Melbourne on 29 July at the Westend Market Hotel. Talking to Neos Kosmos about his expectations for the fight, he said: “Like my last two fights, opponents have come all out at me trying to knock me out; I expect that this one would be similar, however I prepare to go the distance with every fight, and adjust on the night, try and stick to what works well and take advice from my experienced corner where possible to aim in achieving a solid performance and outcome. “I would like to thank all of my family, friends, sponsors and supporters for their ongoing support. “A special thanks goes out to my trainers John Scida and Joe Demicoli of Team Ultimate in St Albans, and close friends Tom Goulos and Paul Mihtatidis for their unconditional support and guidance." Anyone wishing to follow Toli's kickboxing career can do so by visiting his Instagram page at www.instagram.com/tolikoutsimanis Northcote City FC supports Pink Sports Day this weekend The club’s junior players to wear pink socks in support of breast cancer fundraiser Northcote City will swap its familiar blue strip for a pink strip this Saturday afternoon when it hosts Hume City in a round 11 NPL 1 league match. In addition, Northcote's U20s and junior NPL teams, as well as the U16 and senior girls teams, will don pink socks for their matches this weekend. It's all for a worthy cause, as the club joins other sporting groups nationwide in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)'s annual Pink Sports Day aimed at raising funds and awareness for Australians suffering from breast cancer. John Cain Reserve will open its gates free of charge to women attending Saturday's seniors and U20s games, while entrants to all other matches at Oulten Reserve on Sunday will be asked for a gold coin donation. All funds raised will go to BCNA in its nationwide bid to raise $500,000 for those af- fected by breast cancer. Northcote City FC secretary Peter Papatheodorou is urging the local community to support the club's participation in Pink Sports Day. In a media release he said: “Pink Sports Day is a great opportunity for the whole community to head down to Oulten Reserve, Pres- ton on Mother's Day and support not only the teams competing on the day but also those in the local community who have been affected by breast cancer. We hope everyone will come together, pink up and get behind the teams as they play for a great cause." On the park, City has wel- comed new signing Marcus Duncan, a 19-year-old central defender, signed from Central Coast Mariners Youth team. Duncan made his debut in last week's first win for the season, against Richmond. He joins other recent signings, midfielder Keenan Gibson and forward Braedyn Crowley.
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