Tom Roach (footballer)
|Date of birth||2 September 1985|
|Original team(s)||Carey Grammar/Oakleigh Chargers|
|Draft||37th overall, 2003 National Draft (F/S)|
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (172 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2006.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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 Richmond 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 Victorian Football League (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 had a total of 80 possessions.
At Richmond, Thomas wore the number 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 so far only AFL player to have played for RJFC. Which an award is named after him, for being the first AFL player. It is presented to a player in tackers who shows attributes of becoming an AFL player.
Roach played the 2007 season for the North Ballarat Football Club in the VFL.