He is renowned for the distinctive Crow call after every goal at Adelaide AFL and AFLW games but there’s so much more to super fan Peter Kauschke.
Kauschke has been an avid Adelaide supporter since the Club entered the AFL in 1991 and never hesitated extending that passion to the women’s team when it was established in 2017.
He’s been president of the Adelaide Crows Supporters Group cheer squad since 2015, attending every AFL and AFLW home and most interstate games (Covid permitting).
Kauschke’s unwavering support of the footy Club was recognised this month when he was crowned the 2022 AFL Fans Association Fan of the Year.
Together with his wife Tina, the 59-year organises the making of each banner every week, and cooks barbecues for the Club at community events.
Speaking to AFC Media, Kauschke said he was honoured to be recognised for his hard work and dedication.
“I was a bit overwhelmed because I didn't even know I was nominated,” Kauschke said.
“Then to win it was amazing (and) I was shocked to be voted on by not only our own supporters but also supporters from interstate.”
But Kauschke said what he does would not be possible without the support of Tina and other loyal members of the cheer squad.
“The time - phenomenal, it takes a lot of time, but I don’t do it for self-recognition, I do it for the group and for the love of the club,” Kauschke said.
“We have a core group of people behind us, which do a lot of stuff, so this award is not just a personal thing that I’m happy for, I’m happy for the group as well.
“The pure enjoyment of everyone else, giving to others and helping out is what I’m all about.”
For the past two years Kauschke has, however, been fighting his own battle after being diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2020.
Tina is also battling cancer, having been diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2016.
But it has never stopped the pair, which is also player sponsors, from giving back to the Club it loves.
“It (the cancer and treatment) takes its toll, but you just do what you need to do, and life goes on,” Kauschke said.
“But all this other stuff helps take your mind off it, it doesn’t matter what my own ailments or things are, you just do what you need to do to keep busy.”
Kauschke said he believed the Club was in an “exciting” position, especially with the SANFL team making a Preliminary Final and the AFLW side winning its third flag last season.
“Our SANFL team is doing really well, our AFL Men’s team is growing and our AFLW team - let’s hope we can get another premiership, there,” Kauschke said.