Carl Ditterich

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.

Carl Ditterich
Personal information
Full name Carl Robert Ditterich
Date of birth (1945-10-10) 10 October 1945
Original team(s) East Brighton
Debut Round 1, 20 April 1963, St Kilda
vs. Melbourne, at Junction Oval
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1963–1972 St Kilda 153 (123)
1973–1975 Melbourne 053 0(35)
1976–1978 St Kilda 050 0(33)
1979–1980 Melbourne 029 00(8)
Total 285 (199)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1979–1980 Melbourne 43 (11–32–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Ditterich, known as the "Blonde Bombshell", made an 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, in particular missing St Kilda's only premiership victory in 1966 through suspension.[3]

In 1973, he transferred to Melbourne under the VFL's short-lived "10-year rule,[4] which allowed players with ten years' service at one club to move to another club without a clearance,[5] before returning to St Kilda in 1976, due to his six-year deal being too expensive for Melbourne to continue.[6]

In 1979 he switched again to Melbourne to become their captain-coach for two years;[7] during this period, the Demons suffered the worst defeat in VFL/AFL history, losing to Fitzroy by 190 points in Round 17, 1979.[8]

After Football

Ditterich purchased a wheat farm near Swan Hill, Victoria. He coached nearby Woorinen (Mid Murray FL)for two seasons 1983 and 1984. Eighteen years later he coached Boort in the North Central Football League in 2002 and 2003.

Ditterich unsuccessfully stood as an independent candidate for the seat of Swan Hill in the 1999 Victorian state election.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
1963 St Kilda 10173N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.2N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1964 St Kilda 10175N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.3N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1965 St Kilda 10138131992822770N/AN/A0.
1966 St Kilda 10129131673620341N/A1160.
1967 St Kilda 101218181691918849N/A1851.51.514.11.615.74.1N/A15.4
1968 St Kilda 10205931771388123N/A3350.30.515.93.619.46.2N/A16.8
1969 St Kilda 108168902011039N/A592.
1970 St Kilda 101614132025625894N/A960.90.812.63.516.15.9N/A6.0
1971 St Kilda 101623122335028391N/A1371.40.814.
1972 St Kilda 10222214317101418127N/A2411.00.614.44.619.05.8N/A12.0
1973 Melbourne 10225132564430096N/A2980.20.611.
1974 Melbourne 10191292147829279N/A80.60.511.
1975 Melbourne 10121861145717134N/A181.50.610.
1976 St Kilda 10181131547222651N/A2030.
1977 St Kilda 101164833912227N/A990.
1978 St Kilda 102116131728025260N/A1970.
1979 Melbourne 10176417810328170N/A1750.
1980 Melbourne 101226767615228N/A1220.
Career 285 199 158 2941 930 3871 1079 N/A 2289 0.7 0.6 11.8 3.7 15.5 4.3 N/A 11.0


  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. The 10-year rule was introduced by the VFL in August 1972, in order to render it immune from the sorts of "restraint of trade" difficulties that were being experienced, at the time, in New South Wales in relation to Rugby League footballers. Although twenty-two VFL players were eligible under the rule, only George Bisset, Barry Davis, Ditterich, John Rantall, Adrian Gallagher, and Doug Wade, took advantage of it — transferring to Collingwood, North Melbourne, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Footscray, and North Melbourne (respectively). The rule was rescinded in May 1973.
  6. Sheahan, Mike (30 December 1975). "Ditterich may lead Saints". The Age. p. 18.
  7. Sheahan, Mike (18 January 1979). "Carl on way to coach Demons". The Age. p. 28.
  8. Brodie, Will (1 August 2011). "Demon legends disappointed by coach sacking". The Age. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
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