Jacob van Rooyen

Image DOB: 16 April 2003

From: Claremont, selection #19, 2021 National Draft

Debut: Round 3, 2023 vs Sydney at MCG

Number: 21 (2022 list), 2 (2023-)

2022 VFL premiership player
Rising Star - Round 12, 2023 vs Carlton
Goal of the Year nomination - Round 1A, 2024

Games: 20* (to end 2023)
Goals: 28*
Career statistics

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Highly rated for his marking ability at either end of the ground, van Rooyen was Melbourne's first selection after playing in back-to-back to WAFL Colts Grand Finals for Claremont, and for his state. During 2021 he played five games of senior WAFL football for Claremont. van Rooyen spent 2022 developing with Casey Demons, missing on senior selection despite a string of impressive VFL performances. He was in the frame for a shock call-up for Melbourne's second final that year, but was overlooked, later playing in Casey's 2022 VFL premiership side.

Called up for his debut in early 2023, van Rooyen booted three majors on debut, and a goal in each of his first 12 games. In Round 8, 2023, van Rooyen was initially suspended for two games for striking after an attempted spoil caught his opponent high. The club challenged the verdict and lost, but the AFL's Appeal Board overturned the verdict. van Royoen nominated for the Rising Star award, but was dropped for the first time in the second half of the season, but returned in Round 18 and stayed in the side until being suspended for a week in the Qualifying Final.

2023 20282

Tribunal record

Round 8, 2023 StrikingNot guilty (appealed)
Qualifying Final 2023 Striking 1 match
Round 4, 2024 Striking $2500 fine

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