2012 season launched in style

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.

  1. Aaron Romein – AHD Melbourne
  2. Hrvoje Sibenik – LA Precast
  3. Ryan Filipovic – Barry Plant Real Estate
  4. Adam Zilic – MJ Constructions
  5. David Kustura – Arc Plastering
  6. Tomislav Uskok – MC Labour Hire
  7. Shaun Romein – Racecourse Motor Co.
  8. Craig Sweeney – Racecourse Motor Co.
  9. Jacob Colosimo – Eltrax
  10. Josip Kozic – Healthlinx.com
  11. Anthony Colosimo – Bilic Homes
  12. Shayan Alinejad – Hurricain Constructions
  13. Anthony Boras – DDK Interiors
  14. Stefan Baricevic – Melbourne Tornado Zadar
  15. Louis Fenton – Hurricain Constructions
  16. Marijan Cvitkovic – AHD Melbourne
  17. Joseph Franjic – Purple Hills Painting
  18. Brandon Zezovski – Blue Thunder Security
  19. Yusuf Yusuf – Barry Plant Real Estate
  20. Nik Oblak – Racecourse Motor Co.
  21. Matt Hrastov – Croatian Golf Club
  22. Chris Talajic – Melbourne Knights Juniors
  23. Jake Nakic – John Sigur
  24. 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.

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