Full Name: Eric Zschech
Date of Birth: 19 June 1909
Date of Death: 3 October 1981
Weight: 73 kgs
Debut: 10 May 1930 vs Carlton
Last Game: 28 September 1935 vs Collingwood
Years Played: 1930-1935
Senior Games: 102
Senior Goals: 16
VFL Representative 1934
Played in losing 1931 + 1933 Grand Finals.
2013 Life Membership
Reserve Games: 33
Reserve Goals: 10
Played in 1930 losing Grand Final.
Eric was a centreman who was recruited from Minyip after winning the Wimmera League Best and Fairest award in 1928 . He was a very fair player who was skillful , stylish and well balanced . He was a fine drop kick and a player who always put the ball to good use .
He formed part of a very successful centreline along with Alan Geddes and Brownlow Medallist Stan Judkins on the wings . Together , this combination represented Richmond in four consecutive Grand Finals.
Eric was a member of the 1932 and 1934 Senior and 1929 Reserves Premiership sides . He also played in 1931 and 1933 Senior and 1930 Reserves Grand Final teams . Having joined Richmond in 1929 , he played every season until 1935 when the club finished third . He also represented Victoria once in 1934 .
His final game was the Preliminary Final loss of 1935.
There was a report in early 1937 that he may return to Richmond, from his coaching post in Tasmania, but it did not eventuate
He left Richmond in his prime at the age of 26 and moved to Tasmania . He played brilliant football winning the Leitch Medal for the Competition Best and Fairest . He also represented Tasmania twice . Whilst coaching Lefroy , he caused a stir when his team refused to play against Canamore in Round 2 of 1939 . His refusal was in protest at his annoyance over the two match suspension of V Rae by the Tribunal , arising from an incident that occurred in the previous game . The result was that Lefroy forfeited their points for that round . The following week Lefroy fielded a team.
In 1945 he trained with Coburg Football Club, due to the presence of his former teammate Jack Titus (he was Titus' best man at his wedding in 1935)
Eric later served in the R.A.A.F during the Second World War as a Sergeant , as well as playing services’ football . After retiring from football he became a keen lawn bowler and died in 1981 .