Kos Sports X-Blades have provided marketing material to TFA and this will be distributed to all affiliates in the near future to enable all members to access the full range of Kos Sports X-Blades products available. Touch Football Australia (TFA) announced a three-year partnership with Kos Sports X-Blades at the National Youth Camp over the weekend that will create exciting mutual opportunities and benefits for both the sport of Touch Football and the highly respected Sporting Goods giant.TFA National Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, and Kos Sports X-Blades sponsored player, World Cup champion Garry Sonda, were on hand to help usher in the new arrangement. TFA will benefit at affiliate, State, and National level, with incentives for National Players, individual States, Staff, and Referees that will involve various provision of products over the terms of the three-year corroboration.TFA will also broker the opportunity for affiliates to sell Kos Sports X-Blades products as a viable revenue stream.X-Blades originated in 1989 and Kos Sports in 1992. The company was originally established as a football boot manufacturer but has since branched into sportswear and hard goods in the mainstream sports market.Kos Sports X-Blades is the current license holder for the West Tigers Apparel and Boots (NRL), Netball Queensland, NSW, WA, and Tasmania Shoe supplier, Official Footwear supplier to the NSWRL, and Touch New Zealand.Kos Sports X-Blades also has an impressive log of super star players from across the various football codes on its books.Stephen Larkham (ACT Brumbies, ARU) Brett Hodgson (West-Tigers, NRL) and Adam Campbell (Freemantle, AFL) are a few of the high profile players to wear the Kos Sports X-Blades brand proudly.Prominent Australian Men’s Open Touch Football World Cup heroes Garry Sonda, Ben Robinson, Chris and Ash Farrow, Phil Gyemore, Matt Curran, Peter Stoddart, Joel Willoughby, and Scott Mitchell are amongst X-Blades stable of sponsored stars.X-Blades also boast four of Australia’s World Champion Women’s Open Touch Football Team on their books, including National Captain Sharyn Williams, Shelley Matcham, Teena Mc Ilveen, and Kylie Hilder.The exciting new arrangement between Touch Football Australia and Kos Sports X-Blades also involves the launch of a new Touch Football line called the “Genius” range. The “Genius” range, available in October, provides lightweight mid-sole boots that fit well with comfort, support, flexibility, and durability for the Touch Football enthusiast of all levels of ability and experience.From park Touch Football to the Elite level, Kos Sports X-Blades has the shoe to suit all standards and competitive interests.In the terms of the partnership, Kos Sports X-Blades have acquired naming rights to the National Touch League Open and Seniors Tournament, as well as the National 18 Years Tournament, two of Touch Football Australia’s showcase events on the National calendar.Bill Spyros, from Kos Sports X-Blades is delighted with the arrangement with Touch Football Australia.“This long term partnership further compliments a remarkable heritage with Touch Football in Australia, from an Australian company that specifically designs and develops high technology shoes for the sport. We see this long term partnership as a perfect fit to support not only the consistent growth of Touch Football, but also allow X-Blades to become introduced to a whole new generation of players.” Mr. Spyros said.
Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoTexas and Texas A&M haven’t met on the gridiron since 2011, but it certainly seems like Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is open to the idea of resuming the series. Friday, according to OrangeBlood’s Anwar Richardson, Strong, at the Touchdown Club of Houston, said that Texas is “trying” to work something out with its old rival. Richardson is also reporting, however, that Texas itself says no specifics have been discussed. So perhaps Strong got a little ahead of himself.Texas coach Charlie Strong was asked when the Longhorns would play Texas A&M again. Said there is something being worked out— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas coach Charlie Strong says something is being worked out to play Texas A&M again pic.twitter.com/RZVHNpGGs7— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016A UT spokesperson said no specifics have been discussed about Texas playing Texas A&M again when asked about Charlie Strong’s comment— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas vs. Texas A&M used to be an annual affair – until the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC. It’s certainly one of the rivalries that college football fans miss the most.
Four stories in the news for Monday, Aug. 19———CHINESE OFFICIALS FIRE BACK AT FREELAND OVER HONG KONGChina is telling Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to butt out. Freeland and her E.U. counterpart, Federica Mogherini, issued a joint statement Saturday condemning violence in Hong Kong as tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police escalate. The statement urged restraint amid “a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents.” And that prompted a spokesperson for China’s Embassy in Canada to fire back, telling Freeland to “immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.” The embassy also defended the actions of Hong Kong police, saying the protests “deteriorated and evolved into extreme violence.”———JUDGE TO GIVE DECISION IN MOUNTIE’S MANSLAUGHTER TRIALA judge is expected to render a verdict today in the manslaughter trial of an RCMP officer in northern Manitoba who fired a dozen shots into a Jeep following a police chase. Crown prosecutors told the trial in Thompson that Const. Abram Letkeman made only wrong choices in the lead up to the shooting death of Steven Campbell in 2015. Court heard that 12 bullet casings were found at the scene and the 39-year-old Campbell, who was drunk behind the wheel, was hit at least nine times. The defence argued that all police officers make mistakes and Letkeman thought his life was in danger because the Jeep was moving toward him.———CAPTIVE BREEDING FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES GROWINGA western painted turtle that’s never been anywhere other than in an aquarium is being returned to a pond near Langley, B.C., as part of captive breeding at the Greater Vancouver Zoo to help save an endangered native population. The program is one of a growing number across Canada, last-ditch efforts to stave off local extinctions of everything from butterflies to caribou. Captive breeding programs vary widely. Some release young born to captive animals, some collect eggs from the wild and return the hatchlings, while others protect pregnant females until they give birth. But despite all the good intentions there are some who fear the programs can become sops to a public concerned about species loss, yet not concerned enough to change how it acts.———ATWOOD STAR OF FALL SEASON, SAY BOOK WATCHERSIndustry watchers say it’s the international literary event of the season, and in a rare feat, the spotlight will be on a Canadian author. With Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to 1985’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” to hit shelves on Sept. 10, the publisher and booksellers say the hype for “The Testaments” has already translated into strong preorders, early awards acclaim and sold-out events to celebrate the release. Atwood will ring in the book’s midnight launch at an event in London, England, that will be beamed to more than 1,000 screens worldwide, including in Cineplex theatres across Canada. She’ll then set off on a book tour that includes 10 Canadian stops.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Small Business minister Mary Ng in Fredericton to announce investments in women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada.— Vice Admiral Mark Norman trial begins in Ottawa.— Andrew Berry stands trial in Vancouver for the second-degree murder of his daughters.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Victoria to announce support for Canada’s conservation efforts and fight against climate change. The Canadian Press