Carl Ditterich

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Carl Ditterich
Personal information
Date of birth (1945-10-10) 10 October 1945 (age 69)
Original team East Brighton
Debut Round 1, 20 April 1963, St Kilda
v. Melbourne, at Junction Oval
Height/Weight 194 cm / 96 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1963–1972
1973–1975
1976–1978
1979–1980
Total -
St Kilda
Melbourne
St Kilda
Melbourne
153 (123)
053 0(35)
050 0(33)
029 00(8)
285 (199)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1979–1980 Melbourne 44 (11-33-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1980 season.
Career highlights

Carl Ditterich (born 10 October 1945) is a retired Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda and Melbourne in the VFL. He also coached Melbourne for two years, as a playing coach.

Ditterich, known as the "Blonde Bombshell", made a impressive debut as a 17-year-old for St Kilda against Melbourne in the opening round of the 1963 VFL season, with his speed, high leaping and endurance noted.[1][2]

He became a tough ruckman and often appeared at the VFL Tribunal, missing the 1966 Grand Final through suspension.[3] He transferred to Melbourne under the short-lived 10-year rule in 1973,[4] before returning to St Kilda in 1976, due to his six-year deal being too expensive for Melbourne to continue.[5] In 1979 he switched again to Melbourne to become their captain-coach for two years.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Legend
 D  Disposals  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs  G  Goals  B  Behinds
Year Team # Games D K H M T H/O G B D K H M T H/O G B
Totals Averages (per game)
1963 St Kilda 10 17 3 0.2
1964 St Kilda 10 17 5 0.3
1965 St Kilda 10 13 227 199 28 70 8 13 17.5 15.3 2.2 5.4 0.6 1.0
1966 St Kilda 10 12 203 167 36 41 116 9 13 16.9 13.9 3.0 3.4 10.5 0.8 1.1
1967 St Kilda 10 12 188 169 19 49 185 18 18 15.7 14.1 1.6 4.1 15.4 1.5 1.5
1968 St Kilda 10 20 388 317 71 123 335 5 9 19.4 15.9 3.6 6.2 16.8 0.3 0.5
1969 St Kilda 10 8 110 90 20 39 59 16 8 13.8 11.3 2.5 4.9 7.4 2.0 1.0
1970 St Kilda 10 16 258 202 56 94 96 14 13 16.1 12.6 3.5 5.9 6.0 0.9 0.8
1971 St Kilda 10 16 283 233 50 91 137 23 12 17.7 14.6 3.1 5.7 8.6 1.4 0.8
1972 St Kilda 10 22 418 317 101 127 241 22 14 19.0 14.4 4.6 5.8 12.0 1.0 0.6
1973 Melbourne 10 22 300 256 44 96 298 5 13 13.6 11.6 2.0 4.4 13.5 0.2 0.6
1974 Melbourne 10 19 292 214 78 79 8 12 9 15.4 11.3 4.1 4.2 8.0 0.6 0.5
1975 Melbourne 10 12 171 114 57 34 18 18 6 15.5 10.4 5.2 3.1 3.6 1.5 0.6
1976 St Kilda 10 18 226 154 72 51 203 11 3 12.6 8.6 4.0 2.8 11.3 0.6 0.2
1977 St Kilda 10 11 122 83 39 27 99 6 4 11.1 7.5 3.5 2.5 9.0 0.5 0.4
1978 St Kilda 10 21 252 172 80 60 197 16 13 12.0 8.2 3.8 2.9 10.4 0.8 0.7
1979 Melbourne 10 17 281 178 103 70 175 6 4 16.5 10.5 6.1 4.1 10.3 0.4 0.2
1980 Melbourne 10 12 152 76 76 28 122 2 6 12.7 6.3 6.3 2.3 10.2 0.2 0.5
Career 285 3871 2941 930 1079 2289 199 158 15.5 11.8 3.7 4.3 11.0 0.7 0.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ditterich the Star Among League Recruits". The Age. 22 April 1963. p. 22. 
  2. ^ Carter, Ron (22 April 1963). "Courageous Saints Show Up Several Demon Faults". The Age. p. 20. 
  3. ^ "Ditterich Suspended: 6 games". The Age. 24 August 1966. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Carl will lift us into the five". The Age. 12 February 1973. p. 20. 
  5. ^ Sheahan, Mike (30 December 1975). "Ditterich may lead Saints". The Age. p. 18. 
  6. ^ Sheahan, Mike (18 January 1979). "Carl on way to coach Demons". The Age. p. 28. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stan Alves
Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medallist
1973
Succeeded by
Laurie Fowler
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Greg Wells
Melbourne Football Club Captain
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Robert Flower
Preceded by
Dennis Jones
Coach of the Melbourne Football Club
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Ron Barassi