DOB: 24 August 1936
Number: 2 1958-1963
Recruited after winning the best and fairest award for the Polwarth League, centreman "Darkie" Rowarth's clearance to the Demons was initially opposed by Geelong, who demanded the league investigate whether he was residentially bound to them. They claimed he had signed with them previously but could not locate the form.
After the matter was resolved in Melbourne's favour Rowarth played 10 games in his first season before coming to prominence as 'decoy' full-forward in 1959 when Athol Webb was injured. He also played on a wing and half-forward flank. At the end of that year he played in his first premiership side, and got another the year after.
Rowarth's last two seasons were destroyed by injury and he played just eight games in each. Despite this his services were highly sought after when he left the Demons, with Mildura, Wangaratta, South Bendigo and Bentleigh all vying for his services.