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Wednesday, 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.”


Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Experience an incredible vacation you will never forget!

The Hamilton Croatia U13 Boys are planning a team trip to Croatia this summer, and you can join them!

The tour runs from August 4th to August 13th and includes all accommodation in top rated four and five star hotels, buffet meals, all necessary tickets and tour guides as well as visits to Zagreb, Vukovar, Istria including Opatija, Porec, Rovinj and the Pula Arena.

The tour continues all the way to sunny Dalmatia with stops in Zadar, Krka and Split where you will visit popular HBO series Game of Thrones filming destinations and finally a stay in Sibenik at the prestigious Solaris Resort.

Join the team and friends on this organized group trip, a unique experience and opportunity to appreciate the richest and most magnificent culture and landscape of Croatia.

For more information and details, please contact Anna and Božidar Štajrer – Spring Travel Service Ltd.
(905) 664.2009 or springtravel@cogeco.ca.

Arrangements can also be made to extend your stay in Croatia following the tour.


Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Registration On Now!

Click here to register your kids at our ONLINE PORTAL!

 

The Hamilton Croatia 2018 House League Soccer Program is proudly brought to you by Tim Horton’s & King East Dental. This year we are proud to launch the ninth season of our house league soccer program at our park.

House League soccer is open to all boys and girls from 2008-2015. Games and practices will be held at the Croatian Sports and Community Centre at 166 Green Mountain Road on Monday and Wednesday nights during the summer.

Cost includes a full uniform, ball, trophy, team picture and a year-end team BBQ at our closing picnic!

Hurry and register today! The Early Bird discount available until March 15th.

Allowed Date of Births:

January 01, 2008 – December 31, 2015

Age Group Early Bird Prices Price Starting March 15
U3/U4/U5 $130 $150
U6 and Older $155 $175
3rd+ Child $80 $100

INFORMATION

• The program is coed for kids born 2012 and younger and split out between boys and girls for older children.
• U3s and U4s will train on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
• U5s will train on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
• U6s will train both Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
• U7s and U8s will train both Monday and Wednesday at 7:20 p.m.

PAYMENT

Payments can be made by PayPal, e-mail interac transfer or by cash or cheque brought to our restaurant during business hours.

For restaurant hours please visit our restaurant.hamiltoncroatia.com.

E-mail payments can be sent to joe.protulipac@sympatico.ca. Please make the password “Soccer2018“(no quotations).

Please select the CHEQUE option for all payments other than PayPal.

More information on the program will be provided in April.

Thank you for your interest in Hamilton Croatia soccer!


Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Hamilton Croatia continues to galvanize relationships with organizations and individuals who make us better!

Two coaches from Dinamo Zagreb have been working with our coaches and teams for three weeks in June and July.

Ugo Klingor and Sasa Kanizar have been developing our coaches and individual teams teaching them the “Dinamo way”.

We are very fortunate to have these talented coaches from the Dinamo youth system join us this summer to help further develop our youth soccer program. We look forward to a long partnership with these coaches, and clubs like Dinamo Zagreb, as they help develop our young athletes and maintain the ties to our Croatian roots.

Please join us in welcoming them to our park when you see them around.

 

Ugo (left) and Sasa with his Dinamo youth team (far right).

 

We would also like to thank the Lulich Family for their sponsorship of this endeavor and hosting them at the Comfort Inn in Burlington during their time here with us.

 


Friday, May 12th, 2017

To All House League Parents:

Welcome to Hamilton Croatia’s eighth season of soccer at the Croatian Sports and Community Centre. Here are your important dates for the 2017 season. All events below will take place at the Croatian Sports and Community Centre, 166 Green Mountain Road.

Wednesday, May 24th – Uniform Pickup

Uniforms can be picked up between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Coaches and potential coaches are asked to stay for a meeting at 8 p.m. If you have made your payment thank you, if not make please make your cheque payable to Hamilton Croatia.

Sunday, May 28th – “Big Picnic”

Celebrating Croatian Parliament Day – similar to past years there will be a band, food, families, friends, fun and the raffle contest.

Monday, May 29th – Soccer Training Kicks off

Monday Training Schedule

  • Time ~ Division
  • 5:30 p.m. ~ U8+Boys
  • 6:30 p.m. ~ U5, U6
  • 7:30 p.m. ~ U8+Girls, U7

Wednesday, May 31st – Soccer begins for U3/U4 and continues for U8+ Boys, U8+ Girls and U7

Wednesday Training Schedule

  • Time ~ Division
  • >5:30 p.m. ~ U8+Boys
  • 6:30 p.m. ~ U3,U4,U6
  • 7:30 p.m. ~ U8+Girls, U7

PLEASE NOTE: The above schedule continues throughout the entire summer. You will be notified for cancellations due to extreme weather or poor field conditions.

Wednesday, June 21st – Picture Day

* U5s are scheduled for pictures only, ALL OTHER TEAMS will follow their regular schedule.

2017 Picture Day Schedule (Please be on time for pictures!)

  • Time ~ Division
  • 5:00 p.m. ~ U8+ Boys
  • 5:20 p.m. ~ U4
  • 5:50 p.m. ~ U3
  • 6:20 p.m. ~ U5
  • 6:50 p.m. ~ U6
  • 7:10 p.m. ~ U7
  • 7:30 p.m. ~ U8 Girls

Sunday, August 27th – Super Sunday Picnic

Year end training and trophy celebration followed by picnic and the Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.  A schedule will be sent to parents closer to the date.

If there are any questions or if you are interested in volunteering please email alperinhrv15@hotmail.com.

See you on May 24th,

Allan Perin
Hamilton Croatia Soccer




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