Max Rooke in 2007
|Full name||Jarad Maxwell Rooke|
|Date of birth||19 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Victoria, Australia|
|Height/Weight||189 cm / 93 kg|
|2002 – 2010||Geelong||135 (58)|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2010 season.
Max Rooke (born Jarad Maxwell Rooke on 19 December 1981) is a retired Australian rules footballer, who played for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A utility player, 1.89 metres (6.2 ft) tall and weighing 93 kilograms (210 lb), Rooke's versatility allowed him to play as a forward, defender, and midfielder.
Rooke made his AFL debut in 2002, and was awarded the 2003 Geelong Football Club Most Determined & Dedicated Player Award. He went on to become a dual premiership player with the club, playing key roles in both the 2007 and 2009 Grand Final victories. Rooke also won two NAB Cups and two McClelland Trophies with Geelong.
Rooke was recruited from Casterton in 2001, and made his debut in the second round of 2002. He was a regular senior player until a shin injury forced him to miss the second half of 2004, including the finals series, but recovered to play all but one game in 2005.
His lack of pace against small forwards was exposed in Round 20, 2005 when Melbourne's Russell Robertson kicked seven goals against him. This prompted coach Mark Thompson to move him into the midfield the following week. This move was successful, with Rooke nullifying champion midfielder Chris Judd. In Geelong's close loss to the Sydney Swans in the Elimination Finals, Rooke amassed a remarkable fifteen tackles.
Rooke missed out on most of the 2007 season after suffering a potential season-ending 7 cm hamstring tear in Round 13. On July 12, Geelong spent $20,000 on Rooke to receive treatment by soft-tissue expert Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfarth in Germany. He returned to the side in the 106-point Qualifying Final win against Kangaroos, after key defender Matthew Egan suffered a season-ending foot injury.
On the 13th of October 2010, Rooke announced his retirement from AFL football. He cited an acute knee injury which kept him out for most of the 2010 Home and Away season.
Rooke will be returning to the Geelong Football Club in 2011 as the Development Coach.
In November 2006, Rooke made the decision to officially change his legal name to Max. Rooke's middle name at birth was Maxwell and both his grandfathers were known as Max, which led to a fondness of the name as the main reason behind the change. He also sported a new wild 1970's hairstyle and beard. Rooke will be known by the new name in all official AFL records from the 2007 season onwards, in the same vein of the Western Bulldog's Brian Lake's name change from his original "Brian Harris".
Rooke has a daughter born in 2010 from partner Olivia Peron.
- Statistics are correct as of end of 2009 season (December 31, 2009)
||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2007)|
- Anderson, Jon (4 September 2007). "Rooke back for Egan". Herald Sun (News Limited). Retrieved 2007-09-19.
- Geoff McClure, The new name is Max says copy Cat Rooke, The Age, November 23, 2006.
- Max Rooke's profile on the official website of the Geelong Football Club
- Max Rooke's statistics from AFL Tables