In front of a 200 strong crowd of supporters, players and sponsors in the Melbourne Croatia Social Club, the Melbourne Knights unveiled their new Nike playing strips for the 2012 season.
The evening kicked off with Club President Ange Cimera welcoming patrons to the event before inviting the leadership team of Josip Kozic, Adam Zilic and Aaron Romein to model the home, away and goal keeper kits. Both the traditional design and the partnership with apparel sponsor Nike were warmly received by players and supporters alike.
While Gola Gitara entertained the crowd, players from the U18, U21, Women’s and Senior Mens teams geared themselves up for the fundraising auction portion of the evening.
Miss Croatia Australia New Zealand and Club Treasurer Ivana Raspudic was in attendance to present the new apparel to players before Katarina Jusup and John Nakic hosted the auctions. When the bidding kicked off, entrepreneurs from a variety of sectors in the community vied for the chance to sponsor their favourite player in the 24 man squad, a squad in which 6 youth players from the 2011 season were promoted into the senior team.
The Melbourne Knights would sincerely like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous support.
- Aaron Romein – AHD Melbourne
- Hrvoje Sibenik – LA Precast
- Ryan Filipovic – Barry Plant Real Estate
- Adam Zilic – MJ Constructions
- David Kustura – Arc Plastering
- Tomislav Uskok – MC Labour Hire
- Shaun Romein – Racecourse Motor Co.
- Craig Sweeney – Racecourse Motor Co.
- Jacob Colosimo – Eltrax
- Josip Kozic – Healthlinx.com
- Anthony Colosimo – Bilic Homes
- Shayan Alinejad – Hurricain Constructions
- Anthony Boras – DDK Interiors
- Stefan Baricevic – Melbourne Tornado Zadar
- Louis Fenton – Hurricain Constructions
- Marijan Cvitkovic – AHD Melbourne
- Joseph Franjic – Purple Hills Painting
- Brandon Zezovski – Blue Thunder Security
- Yusuf Yusuf – Barry Plant Real Estate
- Nik Oblak – Racecourse Motor Co.
- Matt Hrastov – Croatian Golf Club
- Chris Talajic – Melbourne Knights Juniors
- Jake Nakic – John Sigur
- Ben Surey – E & S Steelfixing
U18 Team – Kolstone, Bilic Homes, S & S Carpentry and Advance Management
U21 Team – U21 Parent Syndicate and Pumphouse Pub
Women’s Team – Kamara Design, Simic Tiling, V. Pavlovic and Associates, Keilor Mower Service and Director Automotive
Coaching Staff – Racecourse Motor Co. and Melbourne Croatia Social Club
Mirko ‘Rus’ Rastocic – Melbourne Knights 2012 Senior Playing Squad
Finally, a very special thank you to Ilija Crnac for his dedicated support of the club and Councillor John Sipek and his wife, who were in attendance for the hugely successful season launch.