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Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 4th at 3 p.m. in the main hall!

Htjeli bi vas sve pozvati na našu godišnju sjednicu koja će se održati na nedjelju 4. veljača u tri sata u veliku dvoranu.

We would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting which is taking place on Sunday, February 4th at 3 p.m. at the Croatian Sports and Community Centre at 166 Green Mountain Road East, Stoney Creek, Ontario.

After the meeting slide over to the restaurant for our Super Bowl buffet and drink specials to watch the NFL’s main event!

Come to the AGM, pay your membership, and have a vote. Non-members cannot vote. If you do not know if you’re a member, contact jsgrbavac@gmail.com and he will let you know.

Monday, December 25th, 2017

Merry Christmas

Radujte se narodi,
kad čujete glas,
da se Isus porodi
u blaženi čas.


Sve najbolje povodom božićnih i novogodišnjih blagdana, kao i Sretna i uspješna Nova 2018 godina


CLOSED: Saturday, December 23 through January 2

REOPEN: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 and resume regular Winter hours which are Wednesday through Friday from 5pm to close


Featured Tree: Balsam Fir

This classic tree style features shorter, flatter needles that will stand up to the wear and tear of a household with children and/or pets. These trees date as far back as the Civil War, and are a lovely dark green color that goes well with the season.

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Weekend Plans!



Croatia’s World Cup hopes comes down to a two game playoff

Tomorrow (Thursday November 9), The Croatia Club at GMR opens at 1:30 p.m. for the first leg of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying Playoff between Croatia and Greece.

On Sunday we open at 1 p.m. for the second leg.

Kickoff for both games is 2:45 p.m., winner advances to the 2018 FIFA World Cup!

Smack in between the home/away playoff against Greece, come up to our club to support a great cause!

Bocce Stag & Doe

This Friday our Club is closed, but the banquet hall will be bumping with our Annual Fall Stag and Doe! $20 for hot buffet, door prizes, and full serve cash bar!  Proceeds are going to the Men’s and Women’s Bocce improvements for 2018.

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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Saturday, October 7th, 2017

October Veza


On behalf of everyone at Hamilton Croatia, we would like to wish everyone a very safe and blessed Thanksgiving.  We hope that you are enjoying it with the ones you love!

Today’s Game | Do or die for Croatia!

Today | Monday, October 9
Ukraine vs. Croatia, 2:45 p.m.
166 Green Mountain Road | Club opens: 1:30 p.m.

Today’s game is not televised on Canadian TV so we invite everyone to join us at GMR for what has turned out to be the most critical game yet in Croatia’s campaign to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A loss today will eliminate us from the competition; however, we believe in the team to get the required win today and continue the quest for a place in next year’s World Cup.  

Related News:
Zlatko Dalic named new coach ahead of game vs Ukraine.  Read more about the new coach here: http://hns-cff.hr/en/news/16960/zlatko-dalic-takes-over-croatia-national-team/

We Need a few Volunteers!

What | HamCro Fall Park Day
When | Saturday October 14 at 8am

Lunch and Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers.

This is the time when we come together to prepare our centre for the winter.  Some of the tasks will be tackling include: trimming the shrubs and bushes, stacking picnic tables, and other general organizing to ensure our park can withstand a potentially cold and snowy Canadian winter.  

If you are able to help, even for part of the day, we encourage you to send Steven Radencich an email as he will be organizing volunteers and would like to know in advance who he can expect and when. He can be emailed at stevenradencich@gmail.com.

2018 Youth Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts or the 2018 Soccer Season will be underway shortly.  If you would like to receive information of upcoming dates and specifics, please contact the coach below that is responsible for the age of your child.

(Age Group – Birth Year – Coaches Name – Coaches Email)

  • U-17B – 2001 – Tony Gavran – tonygavran@gmail.com
  • U-14B (B) – 2004 – Liz Adzijevich – lizadz201@gmail.com
  • U-14B (W) – 2004 – Marija Zupan – mzupanic@cogeco.ca
  • U-13B (B) – 2005 – John Sulug – thesulugs@sympatico.ca
  • U-13B(W) – 2005 – Gord Cepuran – gordon.cepuran@gmail.com
  • U-13G – 2005 – Mike Starcevic – starch@cogeco.ca
  • U-12B – 2006 – Jean Zvonar – jzvonar@cogeco.ca
  • U-11B (B) – 2007 – Mladen Josipovic – josipovic.mladen@gmail.com
  • U-11B (W) – 2007 – Tom Skolnik – tskolnik@rogers.com
  • U-10B – 2008 – Tania Baricevic, John Sulug – baricevictj@yahoo.ca or thesulugs@sympatico.ca
  • U-10G – 2008 – Mark Pasalic – mark.pasalic@gmail.com
  • U-9B – 2009 – Rich Vrataric, Rob Biturajac – richard.vrataric@gmail.com or biturajac@hotmail.com
  • U-9G – 2009 – Gord Cepuran – gordon.cepuran@gmail.com
  • U-8B – 2010 – Richard Matakovic – richard.matakovic@td.com

Dalmatino at Hamilton Croatia

The popular group Dalmatino made an appearance at our club this past Friday and put on a show that will be remembered for years to come.  

Thank you to the organizers and band for yet another special night at GMR!  A couple of pics from the night below…

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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Monday, September 11th, 2017

Kotlovina is back!



Ok, what is this, really?
For those of you who have been to either of the previous two Kotlovina contests, we know we will see you again Saturday.  For those who have yet to experience this, please take what I am telling you below very seriously.

This is unlike any event you have been to before and unlike any event we or anyone around will host and invite you to attend.  Some of the best Croatian outdoor cooking devices will be on display which will produce some of the absolute tastiest food you will have tried in a while (if ever).  All of this is available this Saturday afternoon at GMR!

When can I eat?
Here is the deal.  Cooks start firing things up around 1pm and will likely need about 4 hours until their masterpiece is complete (slow cooking at its best!)  Please feel free to come up anytime after 1pm to watch the live cooking action and no later than 5pm to taste and help judge the finished products from the contestants.  People will purchase a small tasting bowl and work their way through the contestants to taste and eventually vote on their favourite dish. The voting part is secondary to keep things interesting and competitive, but every year all of our chefs (and those who come up to eat) are the real winners!

How to Cook
Each contestant is encouraged to make their own kotlovina as best they know how.  There are no strict rules, limits or restrictions put on our chefs – make the best kotlovina you can and have fun doing it is the name of the game!  This style has produced kotlovine made using various types of base meats (i.e. deer, bison, elk) as well as various seafoods in addition to the traditional beef and pork creations.  The variety from the different dishes has been great in the first two years and we hear this year will be even better.

Come and Learn
Also, this year our chefs have agreed to show/teach those interested how they create their masterpiece.  For those who have always wanted to learn, we encourage you to show up at 1pm and find a station to learn at or reach out to one of the chefs listed here in advance to receive the full cooking experience.

We are just thrilled to have a record number of participants this year.  13 of Hamilton Croatia’s best are registered for a competition that never disappoints a hungry crowd.  We would like to wish the following participants the best of luck and thank them in advance for making this such a great event.

  1. Family Ciglenecki
  2. Steven Grguric & Jordan Bucar
  3. Josip Katinic
  4. Andre Lisijak
  5. Janko Marsic
  6. Ivan Parilac
  7. Milan Radman
  8. Tom Saic* (past champion)
  9. Joe Skaljin
  10. Mario Sosic
  11. Danny Stajduhar
  12. Mark Vuksan
  13. Joe Zeleznak

Come up and cheer on your favourite and look forward to trying other dishes.

Here is where things get exciting.  To help us judge the best kotlovina of the night, in addition to the annual “people’s choice champion” we are honoured to have executive chef Stephan Schulz (instagram: Chef_Schulz) attending.  Along side chef Schultz will be our very own Hamilton Mayor, Fred Eisenberger helping judge the competition These two gentlemen will serve as honourary judges for this year’s cook-off. Chef Schultz has an extensive resume and has been around the culinary scene for years, with professional cooking in his family’s DNA.  Most recently, chef Schultz had the opportunity to help the Canadian culinary Olympic team representing Canada on the world stage.  We are excited to have him and Mayor Fred sample and comment on the Croatian Kotlovina!

Live Music
This year we will be entertained by TS Fenjer who will begin playing right after the contest and awards are complete (approx. 7pm). 

If there are last minute entries or any questions please either reply to this email or call Mark Vuksan directly at (905) 902-6634.  See everyone Saturday!

A few upcoming events and reminders

Croatia National Team Qualifiers
2018 FIFA World Cup (host Russia)

Friday, Oct 6
Croatia vs. Finland, 2:45 p.m. (Home: Osijek)

Monday, Oct 9
Ukraine vs. Croatia, 2:45 p.m. (Away: Ukraine)

Fall Park Day, Saturday October 14

As many of you know we need volunteers twice a year to keep our park in good working order,  In the Spring to open the park and again now in the Fall to help winterize and prepare things for when most of the grounds will not be occupied until next year.

Our park day will be held on Saturday October 14.  For those available to show up and lend a hand, please send a quick note to Steven Radencich (stevenradencich@gmail.com) as he will be coordinating the tasks and volunteers that day.  

Hamilton Croatia Stag, Friday November 10

We will be hosting  stag party on Friday November 10.  

All proceeds will go to help pay down the remaining debt and mortgage on our community centre.  We continue to appreciate all of the support in helping make our community stronger.

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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