From the Croatian Soccer Federation and all its members, we are hoping and praying that the flood crisis ends very quickly and especially to our dear members Brisbane Croatia/Rocklea United so that they may be able to get back on their feet and continue providing their community with many more years of terrific service.
Our thoughts go out to those who have lost so much. In typical Croatian response, fundraising efforts are beginning to take shape and Gospic Bears deserve a huge thanks for initiating that the proceeds of the Australia Day Disco on Friday 28th Jan at Bond Bar and Lounge, Bond street, Melbourne, Vic will go towards aiding our brothers and sisters in Brisbane, see the Gospic Bears facebook page for more details.
Likewise, AHD Geelong is hosting a footy match between over 30’s vs under 30’s on Sunday 30th Jan from 1pm at Bakers oval, Shannon Ave Geelong West, Vic followed by drinks at the Geelong Dom where we will be raising funds for the cause, see www.northgeelongsc.com.au for details.
Please spread the word to all you know and help by attending and getting involved so we can help our dear friends in Brisbane return their lives to normal as possible.
Also to note to the whole Croatian Community of Victoria – From the Croatian Soccer Federation of Australia and New Zealand – Wednesday 19th January, there will be a meeting held at the Footscray Dom (Vic), 7 pm co-ordinated by CSF and USSANZ – this meeting will be held to discuss other fundraising for Brisbane Croatia so everyone should please get down to the club and join forces & help our sister club!
The Croatian sports centre in Adelaide will also be holding a number of events to raise funds.
The Croatian Soccer Federation of Australia and New Zealand (CSFANZ) was formed way back in 1974 with the aim of inaugurating and co-ordinating the annual Australian-Croatian Soccer Tournament.
The first event, a trial tournament, was staged in 1974 in Melbourne, with only six soccer clubs participating at Melbourne Croatia's ground in Essendon. The first official tournament was held a year later in 1975 and was hosted by Sydney United.
Former National Soccer League clubs Melbourne Knights and Sydney United as well as state league sides Adelaide Raiders, St. Albans Dinamo, Canberra Deakin (Canberra FC) and Western Knights (Perth) have entered teams in tournament competition.
In 2006, the 32nd tournament was held in Sydney. (The winners of the men's competition was Sydney United, while the winners of the women's competition was Canberra Deakin who won 3-0.
The 2007 edition held in Perth, Western Australia for the first time in decades, was one of the greatest in Australian-Croatian Soccer Tournament history. A record amount of teams saw Sydney's Ljubuski FC take out the tournament defeating Fremantle Croatia in the final 1-0, while tournament debutantes, North Fremantle Croatian Club took out the women's section, annihilating reigning champs Canberra Croatia (Canberra FC) in the decider.
The 2008 event, to be held in the Victorian city of Geelong on the first weekend of October, is once again expected to attract a record crowd. For the first time in tournament history, teams in the Men's competition will be divided into two divisions – according to a seeding system devised by the CSFANZ, based on official Football Federation Australia league (competition) rankings.