Tributes have poured in for former Adelaide Crows player Rowan Andrews, who died over the weekend.
The 38-year-old, who was a police officer and father of two, has been remembered as a “gentle giant” and “a pillar within the greater football community.”
Andrews, who was affectionately known as “Rooster”, spent two years at the Crows after being drafted to the club from Tasmania in 2003, but never played a senior game.
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Despite not making it at the top level, Andrews enjoyed a successful career at SANFL, VFL and NEAFL level, as well as local football in the ACT and Victoria.
Ainsley Football Club, which is based in Canberra, paid tribute to Andrews, who played 80 senior games and featured in two premierships at the club.
“The Ainslie Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Rowan ‘Rooster’ Andrews,” the club said in a statement.
“Rowan joined the Ainslie Football Club in 2009 and made an instant impact not only with his uncompromising training habits but his fearless and tough way of playing football in the Ruck. He lead the way and set the tone for many games.
“Our sincere condolences to Alice, Max & Zac and to their extended family.”
Andrews also spent time at the Avoca Football Netball Club where he was highly regarded by his teammates and won the 2018 best and fairest award.
Andrews was a two-time premiership player for Ainslie. Credit: Ainslie Football Club
“The Avoca Football Netball Club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our 2018 Best & Fairest Player, Rowan “Rooster” Andrews,” they said in a statement.
“Rooster was highly thought of by all of his teammates and club members during his time at our club.
“We pass our condolences on to his family members, and also to his work colleagues & friends. RIP.”
Yarraville Seddon Eagles remembered the ruckman as a “pillar within the greater football community”.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of a dear friend and a pillar within our YSE “Clubbies” and Greater Football community. Rowan Andrews ‘Rooster’ was a gentle giant and the ultimate teammate, Rowan will be sorely missed by all, and our full support goes out to his family and Friends,” they said in a statement.
Macedon Football Club also paid tribute.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing today of Rowan Andrews. Rooster was with the Club during 2020 & 2021. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends & colleagues,” they wrote.