Rohan Welsh
Personal information
Full name Rohan Welsh
Date of birth (1970-10-07) 7 October 1970 (age 51)
Original team(s) St Bernard's College
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–97 Carlton 42 (59)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1997.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Rohan Welsh (born 7 October 1970) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton in the Australian Football League (AFL) and Dandenong and Frankston in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He currently serves as the backline coach of the St Kilda Football Club.[1]

Welsh was recruited to the AFL originally by Essendon but despite serving his apprenticeship in the under-19s and spending two years on their senior list, he couldn't break into Essendon's league side. After being released in 1990, he headed to Dandenong where he had success at full-forward. In 1991, he was the Victorian Football Association's leading goalkicker with 84 goals, won the VFA Mark of the Year (he was a regular flier for speckies), and he was part of the club's premiership team – he kicked four goals in the Grand Final, despite suffering a concussion in the third quarter and not remembering much of the second half.[2]

Welsh was recruited to the AFL by Carlton in 1992. As one of Carlton's forward targets, Welsh kicked 28 goals in 1992, six of them against Fitzroy in round 14. He played at a forward pocket in the 1993 AFL Grand Final where he kicked two goals in a losing cause.

In an end of season trip, Welsh injured himself when he fell off a fence during a night of celebrating and badly injured his knee. He was out of action for two years but was kept on Carlton's list and returned in 1996. His comeback was not all that successful and he was delisted at the end of the 1997 AFL season.

Until his retirement in 2000, Welsh played with VFL club Frankston. He then turned to coaching and was an assistant coach with the Calder Cannons from 2002 to 2004. After leaving Calder he took up the job of the Oakleigh Chargers' senior coach and steered them to the 2006 TAC Cup premiership.

References

  1. ^ "St Kilda Football Club Coaching Staff". saints.com.au. St Kilda Football Club. Archived from the original on 2 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. ^ Damian Barrett (23 September 1991). "Welsh wins but none the wiser". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. p. 82.