Box Hill United hosted the 40th Anniversary Pythagoras Past Players’ Luncheon on Saturday afternoon, and our former president Alex Palmos hailed the response garnered as ‘fantastic’.
With 45-odd guests in attendance at the Wembley Park clubrooms, it was a perfect opportunity for them to reminisce about the days gone by and renew friendships.
They were also able to enjoy the on-field action, as our U/20 (boys) and senior men squared up against their Goulburn Valley Suns counterparts in their respective league matches.
Looking back on the event, Palmos said, “[It’s been] fantastic. We have had 45-odd people who have come to the event and in that, we had life members, past coaches, past players – [both] male and female. So, it’s been extraordinary, really good.
“We have had a good turnout. It’s great to get people back after 40 years. We had the 30th anniversary 10 years ago. People grow older, they have family and other commitments. So, to get 45 people down [this time] is fantastic.”
The fact that the club promoted the event through its social media channels, including an interview with our senior men’s current team manager and one of Box Hill’s very own Karl Froehlich – where he highlighted the club's community-oriented outlook in organising such an event – made a difference, felt Palmos.
He reasoned, “[The impact was] excellent. From that we had about 30 [confirmations initially], another 15 people came because of that. It all got publicised in the [local] Greek newspaper at the same time. So, it was great having that feedback.”
Palmos expressed his optimism that the past players’ renewed connection will stand the club in good stead in the coming days. He said, “What I am hoping for is that some of these people will come to the games in the future. We want them to come and watch the games, not just today.
“Some of them have come back here in probably two or three years. So, we want them to come and support the club in the years to come.”