INTERVIEW: Team manager hails Anniversary Luncheon


Box Hill United senior men’s team manager Karl Froehlich praised the club’s endeavour to organise the 40th Anniversary Pythagoras Past Players’ Luncheon, and said he is looking forward to the occasion.


The Luncheon is slated to be hosted at the Wembley Park clubrooms on 22 June (Saturday, 12 to 3 PM), just before our senior men’s NPL2 Round 18 clash against Goulburn Valley Suns (3.15 PM kick-off).


One of Box Hill’s long-serving figures, Froehlich’s association with the club dates back to the days of Southern Suburbs, which merged with Box Hill Inter in 2010 to make way for Box Hill United Pythagoras.


First as a player, then coach and team manager of the Southern Suburbs’ girls’ team, and currently the team manager of Box Hill’s senior men, the 44-year-old has become the go-to person for the present crop of players.


Looking ahead to the Luncheon, Froehlich said, “It’s a really good thing, to catch up with past players and coaches you haven’t seen in many years – 22 years – since I have been here between the two clubs. So, a lot of people have come and gone between now and then, a lot of friends have been made [in that period]. I still speak to a few of those blokes to this day.”


The ever-reliant team manager nostalgically added, “It will be good to catch up with people we haven’t seen for a while and speaking about the past, and the goals missed. I know someone – every time I see him, I give him hell for missing a goal that was right on the line…”


Highlighting the family-oriented outlook of the club’s community, he said, “I have come from a family club – there were a lot of parents, when we merged with Southern Suburbs back then. They were all family members, cousins or friends.


“So, it was all family that started that – with sons and daughters playing on the pitch. That family [aspect] has been brought here as well, and it’s just getting bigger and better.”


Froehlich hoped this special day this weekend will be one to remember, adding, “Hopefully, more people will turn up to the occasion. Usually, the same types of people turn up to this event. But we are using social media a lot more now. Hopefully, this is getting out to a lot more people who otherwise would not have seen it.”



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