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-)
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.
Played in Casey's 2022 VFL premiership side.
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
|Round 8, 2023||Striking||Not guilty (appealed)|
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