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Key Facts

Full name
Keith Rosewarne

Known as
Keith Rosewarne

Born
18 July 1924

Died
23 May 2008 (aged 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 278d
Last game: 27y 45d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 40, 10

Keith Rosewarne

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1946-1951921511.6423%40
Total1946-1951921511.6423%40

AFL: 5,537th player to appear, 2,580th most games played, 632nd most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 876th player to appear, 149th most games played, 29th most goals kicked

He may only have had a comparatively brief VFL career, but St Kilda rover Keith Rosewarne was a bona fide champion whose class stood out in a team which invariably finished at or near the foot of the premiership ladder. Rosewarne made his league debut in 1946, winning both his club's best and fairest award and the immense admiration of press and public.

Tenacious, full of courage, and with socks typically at half mast or around his ankles, he was the sort of player who was always in the thick of the action, and was particularly dangerous near goal. A VFL carnival representative at Hobart in 1947, he played a total of 92 VFL games and kicked 151 goals before retiring, almost certainly prematurely, aged just 27, at the end of the 1951 season. He later spent time as coach of both Port Fairy and Leongatha.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.