Matthew Rosa (born 23 November 1986) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Originally from Warracknabeal and later Ballarat, Victoria, Rosa played under-18 football for the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup before being drafted by the West Coast Eagles in the 2004 National Draft. He made his debut for the club in 2005 and was nominated for the AFL Rising Star the following season in 2006. He played 168 games for West Coast but at the end of the 2015 season, requested a trade to the Gold Coast Suns. Having played 207 games, Rosa hung up the boots at the end of the 2018 season. As off the 19 October 2018 he has joined the West Coast Eagles coaching panel.
Rosa playing for Gold Coast in June 2017
|Full name||Matthew Rosa|
|Date of birth||23 November 1986|
|Original team(s)||North Ballarat (VFL)|
|Draft||29th pick, 2004 National Draft (West Coast)|
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Current club||Gold Coast|
|2005–2015||West Coast||168 (39)|
|2016–2018||Gold Coast||39 (6)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
He is a midfielder who was recruited as the number 29 draft pick in the 2004 AFL Draft from the North Ballarat Rebels. Rosa made his debut for the West Coast Eagles in Round 17, 2005 against the Sydney Swans. He was selected for first two weeks of the 2006 finals, but then was dropped for the last two weeks of finals, being named as an emergency for the 2006 AFL Grand Final, which the Eagles won.
The 2007 season bought new opportunities for Rosa, who played 22 games for the home and away season and was selected in the squad to play in both the two games in the finals series. He suffered from shin splints in 2008, restricting him to just 8 games for the season. He returned in 2009 to play all 22 games.
- Jolly misses flight to be with pregnant wife
- Eagles secure Lynch and Rosa with new contracts
- Ryan, Peter (21 October 2015). "Eagle Matt Rosa flies north to join Suns". Australian Football League. Australian Football League. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Matt Rosa.|
- Matt Rosa's profile on the official website of the Gold Coast Football Club
- Matt Rosa's playing statistics from AFL Tables