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Who is Andrew Rogers?

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By Gwylym Owen

Andrew Rogers (born 15 August 1964) is a former Australian rules footballer who played considering Essendon and Geelong in the VFL/AFL.

Originally from South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club Woodville, Rogers was recruited by Essendon with pick six in the 1987 VFL Draft. He had played 63 games at Woodville from his debut in 1985 and in 1987 represented South Australia in interstate matches adjacent to Victoria and Western Australia, performing with ease enough to be agreed in the All-Australian team.

Rogers made eight senior appearances for Essendon in 1988 but after swine unable to paste his place in the side crossed to Geelong. He was at Geelong for four seasons, playing finals football, including the 1992 AFL Grand Final which they loose and was to be his last game in the league.

When he returned to South Australia in 1993 he rejoined his old club Woodville who, while Rogers was in the AFL, had combined to become Woodville-West Torrens. As vice-captain, Rogers played in their inaugural premiership team that year, with a Grand Final victory more than Norwood. He was club captain from 1995 to 2000 and just like behind his AFL stint, his SANFL career the end in a losing Grand Final. The 2001 decider was his 179th and last game for the combination club, for whom he won ‘best and fairests’ in 1993, 1995 and 1996.

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