CROATIAN-AUSTRALIAN SOCCER TOURNAMENT

The Croatian Soccer Tournament of Australia & New Zealand (aka Tourni) is the largest and oldest football tournament in Australia, with every state and territory (except for NT) hosting the event.

 

The Tourni kicked off in 1974 hosted by Melbourne Croatia at Montgomery Park, Essendon with only 6 clubs participating.

 

In 2014, in it's 40th year, the Tourni was hosted by South Coast United (nee Wollongong Croatia) in Wollongong, our southern neighbours down the F6. It has grown to feature now over 50 teams split into 4 divisions - Division 1, Division 2, Masters and Womens. HZFC had 4 teams in the tournament in which our Open's squad made the semi finals, only to lose to eventual winners Adelaide Raiders.

 

HZFC have had a proud history in participating in the Tourni over the past 35 years.

 

HZFC have finished Runners-up in Division 1 in 1979 (in Perth, we lost our Big Brother, Sydney Croatia, 2-0) and a notable third a few times in Division 1, most recently in the 36th edition (held in Perth again by the Western Knights) and beating their most fancied opponents St. Albans Dinamo and Canberra Deakin.

However, our Masters, coached by Richard Plesa and captained by Tommy Prusac, won the tournament in Canberra 2017 against Strathmore Split. 

 

HZFC also hosted the 1999 edition of the Tourni at the King Tomislav Soccer Fields in Edensor Park.

HZFC is also represented in the Australian Croatian Soccer Hall of Fame, with John Gagro, Ivan Pavelic and Gordana Gagro each being nominated and accepted in the Hall of Fame

We look forward to see everyone again in Dandedong in Melbourne in 2019.

 

 

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Minister of Defence - GC tourney v St Al

Minister of Defence - GC tourney v St Al

Masters

Masters

Wollongong Gala Night

Wollongong Gala Night

Masters Squad Wollongong 2014

Masters Squad Wollongong 2014

All Age Wollongong 2014

All Age Wollongong 2014

Katarina Kikas - Miss HZFC 2014

Katarina Kikas - Miss HZFC 2014

2013 Aus-Cro Ball

2013 Aus-Cro Ball

1987 Aus-Cro Tourni @ King Tomislav

1987 Aus-Cro Tourni @ King Tomislav

1988 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Canberra

1988 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Canberra

HZFC 1989 squad

HZFC 1989 squad

1990 Aus-Cro Tourni @ St Albans

1990 Aus-Cro Tourni @ St Albans

1991 Aus-CroTourni @ North Geelong

1991 Aus-CroTourni @ North Geelong

North Geelong 1991

North Geelong 1991

1993 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Melbourne

1993 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Melbourne

1994 Aus-CroTourni @ Wollongong

1994 Aus-CroTourni @ Wollongong

1995 Aus-Cro Tourni @ GoldCoast

1995 Aus-Cro Tourni @ GoldCoast

1996 Aus-Cro Tourni @Canberra Deakin

1996 Aus-Cro Tourni @Canberra Deakin

HZFC 1996 squad

HZFC 1996 squad

1997 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Adelaide

1997 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Adelaide

HZFC First Grade 1998

HZFC First Grade 1998

Back Row: John Gagro (Coach), Robert Babaic, Stipe Milicevic, Tomislav Miletic, Petar Vrilc, Robert Harmat, Gary Deprato, Goran Misic, Denis Lukunic Front Row: Bob Barasic, Ivan Pavelic, Ante Buntic, Anthony Majetic, Miro Vlastelica, Bob Simunovic, Tommy Prusac

HZFC 1999 squad

HZFC 1999 squad

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Year Unknown

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Year Unknown

2009 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Perth

2009 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Perth

2009 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Perth

2009 Aus-Cro Tourni @ Perth

Winners 2013 Club-Kit Award

Winners 2013 Club-Kit Award