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August 3rd, 2018

Where did Hamilton Croatia Movement Come from?

Hi everyone, Ashley Bucar here! I just wanted to tell you a bit about Hamilton Croatia Movement. It originally snowballed off from the Hamilton Croatia Cycling club. I didn’t have a bike, but wanted to participate in some sort of activity that could get me active. My friend Steph Domjancic was part of a running club, but the times and dates were inconvenient for me and I hated going alone. This got me thinking… “why don’t I start a club of my own! One that you don’t need equipment, you don’t need to be in perfect shape, but you want to get moving.” So, Hamilton Croatia Movement was born.

Steph and I got together and began to discuss starting a club. When deciding on meeting dates, we knew that we needed at least 2 dates to start with. We thought one day during the week, Thursdays, along the beach strip would be a nice safe spot where people from Burlington area can meet as well as our Hamilton / Stoney Creek area. Movement members can decide whether they want to bring their babies in their joggers, rollerblade, walk, or run along the strip.

We knew that we should also do one day at the club. Saturday mornings with the cycling club sounded like a great idea as we thought we could start a bit later than the cycling team, but finish around 9am. After our Movement members and the cycling team were finished, we could have a nice yoga stretch for those who would like. We also thought that one day a month we could do a Zumba night!

We knew yoga and Zumba teachers would need some payment, so we thought that shirt sales would be better than a club fee for this first year. We also plan to enter into some races for Movement members, so they can work towards a goal! If we were going to have a shirt, we definitely needed a logo! I was talking with my friend at work about Hamilton Croatia Movement and she said her brother does some graphic design and could help out. A big shout out and thanks to Gabriel Garofalo for helping design the logo and creating our first poster!

With these ideas in place, I contacted Mark Vuksan, president of Hamilton Croatia, to run everything by him. Thankfully, he approved!

This is where we are at! We hope to add more dates into our schedule in the future and have some fun events for friends and families! Please send us an inbox message if you have any ideas or suggestions, or help out in any way! This group is meant to be a fun way to get involved and active in the community.

PS. If you have an idea that you think could benefit the community, then do it! You never know what it can lead to!

For more information including club meeting times and dates, follow the club on their facebook page @hamcromovement.

May 25th, 2018


This Sunday!

2018 House League starts next week (Monday, May 28)

Times & Age Groups:

6:30 – 7:20 for U5, U6
7:30 – 8:20 for U7,U8

6:30 – 7:20 for U3, U4, U6
7:30 – 8:20 for U7, U8

World Cup @ GMR

Catch all of your friendlies and World Cup action at GMR.  Friendlies leading up the World Cup are on June 3 and June 8 (details below):

Then its on to the World Cup action…

The wait is over – 2018 Bocce season begins next week!
(both Men’s and Women’s leagues)

We’re Hiring!
Anyone interested in job opportunities at our centre is encouraged to reach out to us for more information.  Positions currently available are in and around the operation of the restaurant.  We look forward to reviewing your application!  If interested, please either reply to this email or send resumes and questions to Frank Perin at frank.perin@hamiltoncroatia.com.

Ladies Night @ GMR – THANK YOU!
A big thank you to all who supported the ladies night on May 18. It was a great time and look forward to hosting future events at GMR that are just as memorable.

Call for Volunteers
Our organization hosts many events throughout the year where we depend on our volunteers to make the events possible.  We want to take this opportunity to thank our members who have stepped up – and continue to step up – throughout the year.If you are willing to help, please contact Tom Saic at toma.saic@sympatico.ca. Tom is responsible for coordinating volunteers for our events in 2018.

May 16th, 2018

Luka Gavran receives NCAA soccer scholarship

By Larry Moko

A 6-foot-5, 200-pound goalkeeper who led St. Jean de Brebeuf to its first Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic indoor soccer championship has landed a soccer scholarship to St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y.

Luke (in yellow) pictured here with the Poskoci after their 2018 CISL Zivko Cup Championship win.

Luka Gavran will become a member of the NCAA Division I Red Storm beginning in the fall.

“I’m excited,” Gavran said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

In addition to his involvement over the past four years of high school with the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves, Gavran played at various showcase events in Canada and the United States with the GPS Academy. That organization is based primarily in Stoney Creek and Oakville.

“Luka stands out,” Brebeuf coach Larry Garcia said. “Anyone watching his games would notice him.”

Gavran was outstanding during two days of HWCAA indoor championship tournament action at Redeemer University College this past week. There, he stopped four of five penalty shootout attempts and showed off a powerful leg in driving the ball downfield.

Dino Perri, a St. Thomas More teacher and former goalkeeper who is in his 11th season as coach of the McMaster Marauder men’s soccer program, was on hand for the final between More and Brebeuf. When asked about Gavran, Perri said: “First and foremost, it’s his size. He’s a big body – the prototype for a goalkeeper.

“He’s an excellent athlete, as well. It bodes well for him. I still don’t think he’s reached his full potential. Going to St. John’s for four years and really committing himself to goalkeeping should be huge for his progression.”

Gavran started playing for the Hamilton Croatia organization at the age of 6. He learned the skills of a striker until shifting to the goaltending position at the academy five years ago.

Said Perri: “Because he played out for so many years you can see he’s very comfortable with the ball at his feet. That’s extremely important as a goalkeeper. It makes him versatile and more of an asset.”

St. Thomas More Knights coach Marinus Meulendyks agreed with Perri’s assessment and says Gavran is like having a 12th man at the back end of the field.

“He’s definitely a big weapon for them,” Meulendyks said.

A former volleyball player at Brebeuf, Gavran said he is confident in reading the play and going up to grab high balls.

“Luka gets very emotional,” Garcia said. “He’s really into the games. He doesn’t like to lose. His skill has got him to where he is now.”

At St. John’s, the soccer roster is comprised of players from all over the world.

“(St. John’s) is in a great location,” Gavran said. “Who wouldn’t want to live in New York? And they have a great coach who has been with the team for 28 years.”

Gavran plans to study Finance. Then, he’s hoping for a professional soccer career. “The goal right now after my four years is Major League Soccer.”

April 25th, 2018

April Veza


In this Veza:
  • Tonight: TV Sports Extravaganza at GMR
  • May 2 & 3: Bocce Registration Nights
  • May 5: Spring Park Day
  • Student & Other Volunteer Opportunities
  • May 13: Mother’s Day Roast
  • Join our Cycling Team 
  • May 18: Tickets now available: Girls Night Out
  • May 27: Big Picnic: Save the Date and Tombola Tickets

TV Sports Extravaganza Tonight at GMR

We know what is happening right about now….messages between friends are flying to see where you will get together to watch the “big game” tonight.  Now, whatever game or sport interests you the most, make GMR your choice for all the action.

Whether its; Game 7 elimination battle between two original six rivals Leafs-Bruins (Go Leafs Go!); or the Toronto Raptors who are basically forced to break a two-game losing stint on the road in Washington with an important Game 5 at home tonight; or the Jays who also battle a Boston side in game two of a three game series – we have you covered (p.s. it’s cool the Marlies are also playing tonight but lets get serious).

After the prime time action is over, the soccer faithful will stay and witness what is likely the biggest game in TFC’s history.  They kick off the second leg (9:30 pm) for a chance to be crowned the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Champions. There is work to do after losing the first leg 2-1 at home; although, we know this team can score in Mexico against top tier teams so we do believe…TFC! TFC!

–Doors open at 5 pm–

Please come and support the team and sport of your liking at GMR

2018 Bocce Season Update – Registration Dates Confirmed

Registration nights for our two leagues will take place on the following dates:

  • Women’s League on May 2
  • Men’s League on May 3

(Reminder: Women’s action is Tuesday & Wednesday and Men compete Monday and Thursday evenings).

Time and Food:
Registration will take place from 6pm-8pm at GMR with the restaurant open at 5 pm for dinner for those interested

Don’t Delay:
As many of you know, leagues are always at capacity and sell out quickly. Please organize your team now and be prepared to make the final payment (with includes full roster details) at your registration day next week.

Facility Upgrades:
As a reminder, by next year, our organization is planning significant upgrades to the bocce facilities as we are committed to making this league the best one around, anywhere! We are excited about these upgrades as the players in our leagues have been the drivers of this feedback over the past few years.

2018 League Fees:

  • Per Player Fee: $70

Membership Required:
Each player in any of our leagues is required to be a member in good standing of our organization.  For those who are not Lifetime Members, or who have not yet paid their membership in 2018, can do so at the registration night (this is also why full rosters are required in early May). 

Members Fees:

  • $30 per person
  • $50 per family
  • $10 for seniors over 60 years of age

Let’s Start!
The 2018 season will begin the week of May 28th which is the day after our BIG picnic.  A schedule will be available shortly after the registration is complete.

Spring Park Day | Saturday May 5

A notice and call for volunteers to help get our park ready for the busy outdoor season.  It has been a long and grueling winter, we need as many hands on deck for as much time as people have available on Saturday, May 5 to help ensure the park is ready for it’s official opening for the summer season later in May.

As mentioned, even if you only have an hour or two to spare – it goes a long way!

To sign-up for park day to allow us to plan for the tasks based on the number of people we can expect to have help out, please email Steven Radencich at stevenradencich@gmail.com.

Call for Volunteers

In addition to Park Day, our organization hosts many events throughout the year where we depend on our volunteers to make the events possible.  We want to take this opportunity to thank our members who have stepped up – and continue to step up – throughout the year. 

We are asking that every family consider dedicating a few hours this year to one of our events.  This is what makes our organization successful so thank you!

Tom Saic at toma.saic@sympatico.ca. Tom is responsible for coordinating volunteers for our events in 2018.

In particular, this may be of interest to students in high school looking for credit towards a volunteer opportunity requirement from their school in our community.  Please inquire with Tom today!

Sunday May 13 – Mothers Day Meat Sale

As per our annual tradition, we will have lamb and pork available on Mother’s Day this year at GMR.  The meat always sells out so please come early!

For pre-orders of half or full lamb/pig, please contact Nikola Vrbanac at (905) 865-7070.

Gates will be open early and meat will be ready for sale and pickup at 10 am.

Update | Team Hamilton Croatia Cycling

Team Hamilton Croatia Cycling is a club of bicycle riders excited about getting fit and staying fit.  We welcome men and women of all ages – just get a good bike, helmet, riding gear and a make a commitment to keep going.

Our rides take place every Saturday morning 7:30 am from GMR parking lot.  We have two groups: more experienced riders with road bikes who complete a 50+km route at a good pace.  For more novice riders, beginners or those with hybrid bikes, there is a shorter or alternate route available.  We also ride as a team at many of the local Granfondos, participate in organized rides and celebrate with after-ride parties.

Cycling is being called the ‘new golf’ and we are fast growing team – with 25 riders in only two years!  So, whether you are sixteen or sixty – you will enjoy the exercise and camaraderie of riding with like minded Croatians (mostly).  Curious?  Well come out on Saturday mornings starting May 5th to meet the team and see if cycling is for you.  Interested parties can ride as guest with annual membership to the club at $42 to the Ontario Cycling Association and a $25 admin fee.

For more information, contact:  

Ladies Night – Friday, May 18th

See flyer for details or email us with any questions – looking forward to an exciting event!

Hamilton Croatia BIG Picnic
Date: Sunday May 27

Please note that Tombola tickets for our annual raffle are already on sale and in circulation in our Croatian community.  Thank you to all of the donors who are noted on the back of the tickets as well as all of you who buy tickets to support our organization with a great chance to win one of the many amazing prizes (a reminder that the top prize is round trip airfare to Croatia).

We encourage your feedback and suggestions.  For any questions, comments or concerns, please reply to this email and let us know what you think!

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February 28th, 2018

May 2nd & 3rd — Save the Dates!

It’s almost time for another year of bocce action at GMR! We are excited to begin yet another year of Men’s and Women’s bocce leagues that run Monday through Thursday at our park.

If you would like to register your team or find out if there is room, please note the mandatory registration dates below and contact information for any clarification you required.

Registration will take place two separate days during the first week of May at The Club (the restaurant), 166 Green Mountain Road.

Women’s Registration

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

League contact: Gordana Novosel
Email: goganovosel1@gmail.com


Men’s Registration

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

League contact: Kruno Rimac
Email: rimackruno@gmail.com


The 2017 Bocce Champions will be looking to defend their titles!


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