2001 Hall of Fame Inductee – Robert Arthur Rose (Dec)
Recruited From: Collingwood
Joined or First Played for Rovers: 1956
Last Played for Rovers: 1962 (Grand Final Vs. Benalla)
Best and Fairest – 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960.
Runner-up: B & F – 1958.
Chronicle Trophy Winner – 1956, 1958.
Leading Goal kicker – 1958, 1959, 1960
Playing Coach – 1956 to 1962 (Won 99, Lost 37, Draw 2).
Number of Goals in a Game – 11(once), 9(once), 7(once), 6(four)
Grand Finals – 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962.
Premierships – 1958, 1960.
Total Games Played: 126
Total Goals Kicked: 294
Ovens and Murray League, Morris Medallist – 1958, 1960
Leading League Goal kicker – 1960 (equal)
Ovens and Murray Representative – 1958 to 1961 (5 times)
Ovens and Murray League Coach – 1957
Victorian Country Football League service Medal
Career with Rovers:
A bombshell, which was dropped on Victorian football late in 1955, was the catalyst for the transformation of the Wangaratta Rovers from the ugly duckling of the Ovens and Murray League to a team to be feared. Bob Rose, “Mr. Football”, had decided to leave Collingwood to coach in the bush. At 27 and with a trail of glorious achievements behind him, Rose took to his new appointment with great enthusiasm. His charisma was soon illustrated with the Club’s membership more than doubling. His first practice match appearance attracted an attendance of over 1000 When Rose started to hit his straps after early injury problems, the crowds flocked to see him play. Backed by a strong administration, Bob traveled thousands of miles in pursuit of recruits and shaped an exciting new era for the Club. On the field he was a missile of muscle and determination who ran through opponents and packs, and provided inspiration to those under his charge. Endeavor, sure ball-handling and toughness were the hallmark of his play. Rose led the Rovers to premierships in 1958 and 1960, and many who were at the Albury Sportsground in 1959, say a poor umpiring decision robbed them of another flag. Despite the countless personal awards, the proudest moment for Bob Rose was surely the day he was chaired off the ground after guiding the Rovers to their very first flag in 1958. Some of the original, old Hawks were not too proud to shed a tear that day as they saw the culmination of all their dreams. Rose also won the Morris Medal in 1958 sharing it with Myrtleford coach, Jimmy Deane. In 1960 he pipped Benalla’s Ritchie Castles for the Morris Medal again and also shared the League goalkicking award in that year. Despite advancing years and restrictions through injury, Bob Rose’ last couple of seasons were probably among his best. In the 1962 first semi-final, he tore the Wangaratta Magpies apart and played his swansong in that season’s Grand-final against Benalla, when he accumulated 28 possessions before half time. It was a sad day for the Wangaratta Rovers when the siren sounded the ended the great playing career of a true champion