A BUMPER crowd is expected at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve this Sunday for the inaugural Dutchy’s Cup, to commemorate the memory of popular cricketer David ‘Dutchy’ Dutchman and promote awareness of mental health.
The family fun day will kick off at 11am with a 40-over one-day match played between a Wonthaggi Club XI and the Dutchy’s All Stars.
The All Stars will include some of Dutchy’s ex-teammates from Korumburra and beyond for the inaugural match and the side will wear newly-designed black and yellow uniforms – a reference to Dutchy’s love of the Richmond Tigers.
One of the organisers of the event, Shane Dole, said he was hoping to see 400 to 500 people at the ground.
“Weather-wise it’s going to be fantastic and a lot of people have put in a lot of effort, so it’d be great to see the region support the event for such a good cause,” he said.
“He’s touched a lot of people over the journey and a lot of clubs, for and against.
“There’s been other clubs in the association that have postponed social functions to be able attend the day – it’s a great touch.”
Stuart Dixon, Scott Checkley and Sean Donnelly will fly from interstate to play for Dutchy’s All Stars alongside Dole, Jason Wilson, Paul Matheson, Jeff Walsh, Matt Loader, Adam Pyman, Darren Scott, Dean Cuman and Adam Balfour.
Wonthaggi Club will have 18 players participating.
Club’s Rob Geyer said the side is looking forward to honouring their mate.
“Liam Sawyer is captain, Ash Sartori’s coming back from Queensland to play and we’re bringing Gav Bolding out of retirement,” he said.
“It’s mainly guys he was captain of, and couple he played a bit of rep cricket with. I’ll try hit a couple of crowd catches as there’s some money in it if you take a catch in the crowd.”
A guest speaker from Survivors of Suicide (SOS) will address players and spectators in the clubrooms during the break between innings, and kids will be entertained with a jumping castle, giveaways and face painting on the day.
Full canteen facilities and a barbecue will be available, with a number of local businesses donating goods and services for raffles to raise money for young Blake Dutchman, David’s son.
“Dutchy meant so much to so many people involved in both clubs and we want his memory to live on forever,” Dole said.
“Whether it was the youngest guy at the club or the oldest, he’d be happy to talk to everyone. That’s what stood out to me.
“Both clubs are keen to continue this for many years to come.”
Dave Dutchman was a right hand opening batsman and wicketkeeper.
He started his career at Glen Alvie and then played with Rovers/Dalyston before heading to Korumburra where he coached from the mid-90s to 2002/03 and was one of the competition’s best and most respected players.
He continued at Korumburra until 2008/09 when he spent a year with Dole, who’d been playing at Korumburra, at Koo Wee Rup.
He returned briefly to the Cobras before moving to Wonthaggi Club (formerly the Workers) and became a force in B Grade.
He won two flags and averaged 100 (scored more than 1000 runs) in his side’s 2012/13 premiership campaign.