A quick overview of below and what is new with us lately.
The soccer season is in full swing and teams are preparing for the final stretch of their seasons, both competitive leagues and our house league for the little ones. The Super Sunday picnic this week (Aug 27) is the final session for our house league with trophy presentations and mini activities throughout the day!
The 60th banquet late last month was a blast and a fitting tribute for such a great accomplishment. Thanks to all of those who were able to attend. The donor wall to recognize many in our community is complete and available for viewing at any time in our main lobby. Make a point to go and see it the next time you are at GMR (pictures of the recognition wall is below). If I may be so bold, I think it looks great and hopefully captures the appreciation that this organization has for those who made such generous donations of both money and time.
We look forward to a busy ending of the summer and beginning of our fall season. I wanted to plug just a few of our main upcoming events which you will read more about below. First, our men’s team will again compete in this year’s Croatian North American Soccer Tournament (this year in Milwaukee) during the Labour Day weekend. Anyone still interested in a spot on the team bus, there are only a few spots (seriously) so please check with Frank Perin as soon as possible to see if they are still available.
As we enter September, we look forward to our Kotlovina Contest and our Annual Golf Tourney at Kings Forest. Stay tuned for more updates in next month’s Veza on the lineup of events for the final 4 months of the year.
We hope to see you all again soon at our park (this Sunday for lunch sounds like a great idea!)
- 60th Anniversary Banquet Recap
- August 27 Picnic
- Youth Rep Soccer Awards Night
- Jim Zvonar | Canada – Coast to Coast
- Kotlovina Contest – Sign up now
- Dinamo Coaching Update
- Golf Tournament
60 — An Unforgettable Night!
As expected, the night dedicated to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our club was a huge success. Our long standing and dedicated members, invited guests from all levels of government, our generous donors, and friends of this community came together on July 29 to send us into our seventh decade of existence in style.
Tombola Donations | In addition to all of those who volunteered to make this night a reality, we would like to specifically mention the “tombola” donors who gave out of the goodness of their heart:
- Sabrina Kurpis (Mackesy Smye LLP) –> TFC tickets, $100 LCBO Gift Card, $100 Canadian Tire Gift Card
- Milica Badovinac –> $100 jewlery gift card
- Monika Lavric –> $100 jewlery gift
- MaryAnn Saic –> $50 table centre piece
- Jason Grbavac & Eduard Rejc –> TFC Tickets
- Joey Katkic –> Jays tickets
Here’s to another 60 – Å¾ivjeli!
Donor Wall Recognition (top) and Volunteer Wall Recognition (bottom)
Main Lobby, 166 Green Mountain Road
August 27 Picnic
The last Sunday is August is when our organization hosts the “super sunday” soccer awards for our youngest athletes enrolled in our house league. Below are some details you can expect to enjoy this Sunday August 27:
House League Soccer Times:
- Gates open at 9am – $5 admission
- Lamb and Pork on sale starting at 10am
- BBQ available for sale throughout the afternoon
- Hamilton Croatia Over 35 at 11am Dofasco Park
- Hamilton Croatia U12 match at 1pm Dofasco Park
- Cevap eating contest begins at 6pm (contact Tom Saic firstname.lastname@example.org to enter)
- Men’s and Women’s Bocce League Cup (times to follow)
After a short game/activity (25-45 minutes see schedule below) parents and players are asked to join us under the canopy for players to receive their trophy and a hot dog or hamburger.
Under 3 (Green): 1:30 PM
Under 4 (Yellow): 1:30 PM
Under 5 (Silver): 2:00 PM
Under 6 (Red): 2:00 PM
Under 7 Boys (Teal): 2:45 PM
U7-U8 Girls (White): 2:45 PM
U8-U10 Boys (Blue): 3:30 PM
If you are unavailable to attend the picnic, trophies and unclaimed pictures will be available in the party room starting August 28th (2nd floor above the restaurant) Monday-Thursday 6pm-10pm.
See everyone this Sunday at GMR!
Upcoming Croatia National Team Qualifiers
2018 FIFA World Cup (host Russia)
Saturday, Sept. 2
Croatia vs. Kosovo, 2:45 p.m. (Home: Maksimir)
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Turkey vs. Croatia, 2:45 p.m. (Away: Turkey)
Youth Soccer Awards Night
An invitation to all those registered in rep soccer through our club to join our annual awards night stag and doe at GMR to recognize all of the great accomplishments our players and teams have made to date.
Adults $25, Players $15, Kids <5 Free
Jim Zvonar Goes Coast to Coast for Mental Health
Hamilton Croatia’s Jim Zvonar has almost completed a remarkable and, for most of us anyway, unthinkable challenge. He recently set off to challenge himself to bike across Canada to raise money for mental health suicide awareness and prevention.
According to Jim’s recent update, he has made his way through the west coast and prairies, Ontario and the nation’s capital in Ottawa, cruised through mighty Quebec and is now facing his final stretch through Canada’s Atlantic provinces. The end is in sight Jim – keep going!
We know your beloved cycling team at Hamilton Croatia is looking forward to having you back, hearing first hand the stories from the road and to re-join them on their weekly rides.
We have been following Jim’s Canadian journey and progress intensely. He has maintained a blog while on his coast-to-coast route to allow all of us at home in even a small way to participate with him on this amazing journey. To read more about Jim’s challenge, and to consider sponsoring him as well, please visit www.cyclingc2c.ca.
Can’t wait for your return Jim!
19th Annual Golf Classic – Sunday September 10th
BOOK YOUR FOURSOME TODAY (before we sell out again!)
$125/golfer: Lunch, Prize, Cart at Kings Forest GC
For more details click here or contact one of the gentlemen above.
Dinamo Coaching Developing Our Players
In our 60th anniversary year, as an executive, we planned to re-energize our youth soccer program and forge a new chapter in coaching development. For three weeks this summer, our organization had two Dinamo Zagreb coaches come to our club and work with our coaches and players non-stop. We held both in-class and on-field sessions where our coaches and players were involved in learning soccer – the Dinamo way.
Our coaches were able to interact, learn and develop with the help of the Dinamo coaches and carry forward the Dinamo concepts in their future training sessions. We look forward to a lasting partnership with the Dinamo coaches and anticipate welcoming them back next summer for continued education and development for the enhancement of the Hamilton Croatia soccer program.
We would like to thank all the coaches for investing the time to learn from some of the best professional coaches Dinamo has in their youth academy.
Save the Date | Saturday, September 16, 2017
Where: where else? GMR – 166 Green Mountain Road
Timing: Come for 1:00 PM to watch the chefs create their masterpieces. Foord ready for 5:00pm
Live Music to follow the contest – TS Fenjer!
Cooks interested in participating this year are asked to contact Tom Saic at email@example.com