THE Glenorchy Knights Football Club (Croatia-Glenorchy) celebrated its 60th birthday in style when they hosted an anniversary dinner at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
Around 185 guests attended the milestone event including past and present players and coaches, life members, supporters, representatives from the Croatian Soccer Association of Australia, Football Federation Tasmania, NPL Clubs, official sponsors for the evening (Roberts Real Estate, Alive Yachting, B&E, Coffee Club Northgate and Warren Ross Tax Accountant) and club patron Scott Bacon.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening Brent Costelloe, from WIN News Tasmania, interviewed guest speaker Mark Rudan of FOX Sports.
Mr Rudan, who is a former player with the Australian national team, Sydney Football Club and Sydney United 58, delighted the crowd with his stories and football insights.
Glenorchy Knights Football Club president Tony Bacic said the club had come a long way since 1957, when a group of young Croatian migrants banded together to form a soccer club.
He said the club’s rich history was celebrated throughout the evening.
“A special anniversary cake was cut, teams of the decades were announced and a lively rendition of the club song was sung,” he said.
Celebrations did not stop there, as the following day more than 100 people attended a family fun day at KGV Oval, featuring a Knights Legends game, bocce and a traditional spit roast meal.
Mr Bacic said the Glenorchy Knights were experiencing a “resurgence of support” after winning the 2016 Southern Championship and 2017 Summer Cup.
“With three wins over National Premier League (NPL) teams so far this year in the Lakoseljac Cup, the club has qualified for the Grand Final game in June, the winner of which will progress to the Westfield Football Federation Australia Cup,” he said.
“The Lakoseljac Cup is of great significance to the Glenorchy Knights, named after Milan Lakoseljac who, as a former player and coach, is a well-respected legend of the club.
“We have worked hard in recent years to ensure a competitive senior team and look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Glenorchy Knights have also been busy developing and expanding its junior and youth programs to provide support for its senior teams in years to come.
Senior player and assistant senior coach James Sherman was recently appointed coordinator of the Skill Acquisition Program for nine to 12-year-olds and plans are now underway to establish a Knights youth academy.
“Our aim for our 60th year is not just to acknowledge our past but to celebrate our future, which we are really looking forward to,” Mr Bacic said.