Martin was born on the 28th of April, 1974 in Sydney, NSW to parents Janko and Biserka and was a younger brother to sister Višnja

(younger sister Angela was yet to come).


Martin was raised in Carlton in the heart of the St. George District and went to local school Carlton South Public School and Kogarah Marist High and finished his HSC there in 1991.


He first came to HZFC as a junior, and quickly formed a long relationship with Tommy Prusac.


Martin also was a coach for the HZFC girls team.


Along with the boyish good looks was a cheeky smile that you could see for miles.


Martin was part of the HZFC team which won the Commonwealth Bank Cup Trophy for the

Under 21's in 1992.


Tragically, his life was cut short in 1996 at the age of 22.


HZFC decided in 1997 to honour Martin with this tournament named after him.


Over the years, we have seen the tournament grow from 8 teams (in 1997) to now 28 teams

(in 2013) over 2 age brackets (Open and Masters).


Tommy still takes part in the competition dedicated to his friend by calling his team "Martin's

Boys". They have competeted in every tournament since 1997.


With the hard work of John Gagro and his team of merry Zagrebčani, Martin's name lives on and the tournament will get bigger and bigger in years to come.