’Gentle giant’ tragically lost

Rowan Andrews in his time with Avoca Football Club. (Facebook)

Policeman Rowan Andrews is being remembered as a well loved man after he was found dead at Laverton station on January 12.

The 38-year-old husband and father of two played football across the country, making friendships everywhere he went.

His football reached as high as being drafted by AFL club, Adelaide, in 2003, but he never made a senior appearance.

He last played at was the Yarraville Seddon Eagles, where in 2023 he played thirds football in the Riddell District Football League club 18s.

The Eagles made it to the grand final, led by the “gentle giant“ Rowan in the ruck.

Teammates couldn’t speak highly enough of their late friend.

“Rowan ’Rooster’ Andrews was a gentle giant and the ultimate teammate,“ said a club spokesperson. “He will be sorely missed by all, and we extend our support to his family and friends.“

Another of his past clubs, Macedon, released a statement on their social media sending their love.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing today of Rowan Andrews. Rooster was with the club during 2020 and 2021. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends & colleagues,” the club said.

Mr Andrews also played with the Williamstown Superules Football Club in 2022, and they also sent their condolences out via social media.

Police said a report will be prepared for the coroner, but the death was not being treated as suspicious.

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