Tom inspires win
Tuesday, 11th October, 2011
By Peter Argent
Broken Hill’s Tom Derham played a pivotal role in Port Adelaide’S victory in the SANFL Macca’s Cup Grand Final at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.
In the Grand Final, which was played in tough and inclement conditions, the Magpies kept in touch with Glenelg until half time, mainly due to the Bays inaccurate kicking (the scoreboard read 4.9 to 4.2 at the main break) and then broke the game open late in the third quarter.
Derham and the Magpies enjoyed the fruits of their labour winning their first Macca’s Cup Under 18 premiership with the final score reading Port Adelaide 12.7 (79) defeating Glenelg 9.11 (65).
After the Bays blistering start, Derham kicked the Magpies’ first two goals of the opening term - at the 22 and 25 minute mark - before being used further up the ground.
“Tom is a quality footballer with a strong body and he has become an integral part of our premiership side this year,” Port Adelaide Magpies Under 18 coach Matthew Webber said.
“He has good hands - especially in a contested situation - and kicks the ball well.
“With continued training and commitment to the task, Derham certainly can play league football at Alberton.”
Also a state underage and SACA district A grade cricketer; Derham was playing football for Pooraka in the amateur league competition before he was convinced to come out to play with the Magpies.
He debuted at under 18 level in the July 2 clash against South Adelaide in a “pie and waterbag” trip down to Hickinbotham Oval at Noarlunga, kicking five goals.
In his 12 games in the traditional Port Adelaide ‘prison bar’ jumper, Derham kicked 39 goals at an average of over three per game - playing both as a deep and high forward.
Just as significantly, he also was among the leading performers on six occasions, including two “best on ground” efforts, both in early September.
He also had four other five-goal hauls for the season, including the second semi final loss to Glenelg and the preliminary final victory over North Adelaide.
A noted quick bowler, Derham made his SACA district A grade cricket debut with West Torrens in October 2010 as a 16-year-old, collecting a wicket with his first delivery.
During the 2010 season he was a part of an Under 17 Country Championship title win with Woodville-West Torrens.
Derham has also attracted interest from AFL recruiters since arriving at the Magpies, with his strong attack on the ball and his football knowledge coming under notice.
Over the winter months Derham was also a member of the Redbacks under 19 pre-season squad for 2011-12 cricket campaign.
He is likely to be another dual sports talent who will need to make a decision in the future between his summer and winter codes.