Rohan Helyar first came to prominence while representing the Northern Territory in the State Schoolboys and Teal Cup competitions.
He played two seasons for the Norwood Under 19's, and was a member of the team which was defeated in the 1981 Grand Final.
Helyar then won the Nightcliff Football Club (Northern Territory Football League) best and fairest award for the 1982-83 Darwin season.
He made his senior debut for the Redlegs against Glenelg, in Round 13, 1983. Direct and aggressive, the running defender played his league football for Norwood predominantly as a half back flanker or full back. He played in the losing Grand Final Reserves team of 1983, and the following season was adjudged the club's most improved league player.
Sadly, Helyar was injured in the 1984 Preliminary Final. He managed to see out the game, despite having broken his arm very early in the match, but was subsequently forced to miss Norwood's historic 1984 premiership victory the following week.
His continual good form was rewarded with State selection for South Australia, in 1985.
He played most of 1986 in the Reserves and was named in the 22 that won that year's premiership, the Redlegs easily accounting for Woodville by 81 points in the Grand Final.
The following season he was awarded the five Year Valuable Service medallion
In March 1988, Helyar represented the Northern Territory in the Bicentennial Carnival held in Adelaide, with games being played at Football Park and Norwood Oval. He played in three games, and was one of the major reasons for the Northern Territory winning the Carnival's Division 2 trophy. Earlier in the year, he had also represented the Northern Territory FL against the North Melbourne Football Club.
Unfortunately, persistent back and hamstring injuries eventually brought his league career to a premature end, but not before he had recorded his 100th League game for the Redlegs.
R Cialini Jan 2016