Tom Roach (footballer)

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Thomas Roach
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-09-02) 2 September 1985 (age 28)
Original team Carey Grammar/Oakleigh U18
Debut Round 1, 30 March 2004, Richmond
v. Collingwood, at MCG
Height/Weight 184 cm / 78 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004-2006 Richmond 11 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2006 season.

Thomas "Tom" Roach (born 2 September 1985) is an Australian rules footballer formerly in the Australian Football League.

Roach is the son of former Richmond champion Michael Roach and was drafted to the Richmond Football Club at pick 37 in the 2003 AFL Draft under the father-son rule. He was delisted by the Richmond Football Club at the end of the 2006 season.

Roach, an on-baller, managed eight games in 2004, his debut season, but played just one game in 2005, mostly playing in the VFL with Richmond's affiliate Coburg. Despite solid form, he struggled to push for selection and managed just two senior games for the 2006 season, both against the West Coast Eagles. In these two games, he collected a total of fourteen possessions - 9 in Round 3, and 5 in Round 22. These two games took his career total of games to 11, as at the end of the 2006 season. In these 11 games, he has had a total of 80 possessions.

At Richmond, Thomas wore the no. 8 guernsey of his legendary father for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The Tigers had hoped for his potential to develop, but after he had struggled to win a place in the senior side in 2006, they decided to delist him.

Thomas Roach grew up in Richmond, Victoria and played for Richmond Junior Football Club; he was the first and only AFL player to play for RJFC.[1]

Roach played the 2007 season for the North Ballarat Football Club in the VFL.

He is currently playing football for the Swan Districts Football Club in the WAFL and is a teacher during the day

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