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DUTSCHKE EARNS CDFC PLAYER LIFE MEMBERSHIP

By Peter Argent

A knockabout, straight down the line bloke, who would rather have a schnitzel and a beer than any gourmet meal with fine wine, Scott Dutschke is the type of footballer who is the heart and soul of a club.
By being selected in the Bulldogs league team in last Saturday’s game (round 7 – May 17) against Glenelg, Dutschke earned the Central District Player Life Membership, but being selected at this level for a 10th season.
He is a product of the Tanunda Football Club in the Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association like fellow Bulldogs premiership players Matthew Westhoff and Nathan Steinberner.
Along with his football commitment at SANFL level, since 2009 Scott had run his own business called “Dutschke Constructions”, where he employed three staff and a couple more apprentices, along with his wife Emma looking after the books.
“Other things do suffer with you business commitment,” Dutschke, who looks after a full range of jobs including alterations, extensions and renovations in his line of business.
“And you work does suffer as you try to fit in football.
“And it seems unfortunately that family comes after that at the moment.”
As a part of the 2004 Central District under 17s premiership, coached by Rob Polito, Dutschke first enjoyed success in Central District’s tri-colours.
Among his team mates in this title winning side was Geelong dual premiership player Travis Varcoe. 
The following year, he made his SANFL league debut and also represented SA in the national under 18s competition in Melbourne, although his fiery disposition did raise the ire of the state coach Darren Trevena.
“I vividly remember my first couple of  league games,” Dutschke recalled.
“During the initial match, Brad Vassal, who is now a mate, told me I lost the game for the club, after missing a goal in the last quarter.
“There were crises meetings after that.
“The next week against Sturt at Unley, I took a hanger over (Ben) Nelson.
“A week later was my first date with my now wife Emma – she saw a poster of that mark – and refused to believe it was me.”
By 2007, now a 20-year-old, Dutschke was a regular and important member of the senior team, noted for his ruthless attack on the ball and the man.
He played in each of the four flags over that period, the 2007 flag against North, the ’08 triumph against Glenelg, the comfortable win over Sturt in ’09 and the heart stoper against Norwood in 2010.
Team mate in each of these wins Jason MacKenzie called the man in the number 13 jumper, courageous, bordering on crazy.
“He is a really good, down to earth fella,” MacKenzie said.
“Scott could play roles for us up forward, though the middle and even in defence if required.
“He did have a bit of white line fever.
“A real ‘meat and potatoes‘ bloke, I’m looking forward to having a beer with at the premiership reunions.”
Currently Dutschke has played  119 league games, but he has missed between 60 and 70 through a variety of injuries.
Among the more notable injuries was a broken leg against Glenelg in 2011, stress fractures of his back and a broken wrist.
He regards his 2009 season as his best season at Central District, the rare year where he was able to get through a full pre-season.
Dutschke would go on to be runner up to skipper Paul Thomas for the Norm Russell medal (club best and fairest) that winter.
These unsung heroes are critical servants to the long term success of any football club.

 
 Pictures above by Peter Argent   phatsnaps.photoshelter.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Majority of Pictures by Peter Argent     phatsnaps.photoshelter.com
 
 
 

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