Robert Rowe attended Payneham Primary School and displayed his sporting talents from an early age. In 1960 he captained the school's cricket and football teams. The school won the Mark Mitchell Shield as the best Primary school in the state. He also won the 1960 medal in the Norwood Football Club carnival.
Rowe was captain of the 1963 Campbelltown High School cricket and football sides and in the same year won a flag playing for the Payneham Football Club under 18 team.
He played for the Norwood under 17's in 1964, and in a premiership for the under 19's the following season. Team successes continued and Rowe was an integral member of the 1966 reserves premiership side (16 games) when Norwood thrashed Port Adelaide by 75 points in the Grand Final.
He played another 18 games for the reserves in 1967, as well as making his league debut against South Adelaide in round three. The Redlegs won the match 16.17 to 9.14. Rowe played the following match against Glenelg, but on this occasion Norwood were narrowly defeated.
In 1968 he moved to the Payneham Football Club (Amateur League).
Rowe was appointed playing coach of Darke Peak Football Club in 1969. He returned to Adelaide in 1970, and married Heather.
Back playing at Payneham, he injured his knee in a trial match, and it was nearly 12 months before he had the cartilage removed. Four weeks after the operation however, he was playing for the Bank of Adelaide.
Rowe played for Hope Valley from 1971 to 1982, winning the South Australian Football Association Reserves medal in 1979. He also played in the "Over 35's"
competition until 1995.
A handy cricketer, Rowe played A Grade for the East Torrens Cricket Club
R Cialini, R Walsh March 2020