Well known sportsman, Tom Groth, was awarded the prestigious Ian Healy Wicket Keeping Trophy at the Australian Country Cricket Championships, held in the Barossa Valley at the beginning of January this year.
Tom took a total of 10 catches and two stumpings in the competition, taking four catches and one stumping in one game. He also top scored with the bat in one of the games which included both one day and two day games. NSW Country came third in the two week competition, which fielded teams from Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and East Asia Pacific.
Tom was selected to play for the NSW Country team at the Country Carnival held in Gosford in December, where he played for the Central North Zone in a competition which involved eight teams from around NSW.
Tom started his cricketing career in the Bingara Junior Cricket Competition, playing for Rocky Creek. His sharp eye and dedication to the game were quickly apparent.
Encouraged by his father, Geoffrey, Tom practiced on his home verandah with a ball on a rope, later moving to the pitch inserted into the family’s tennis court!
All through school at Farrer Memorial High School, Tom was a keen sportsman, playing football, both union and league, as well as cricket. After leaving school, Tom went to Sydney to play for Eastern Suburbs in the Sydney competition, continuing to play for them when he began his teaching degree at the University of New England.
In 2007, Tom travelled to England to play for Gravesend in the county of Kent. He joined the team as wicketkeeper, coaching the Gravesend junior cricketers as well.
Tom is playing for Tamworth at the moment and was involved in the Country Cup final win at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January. The Country Cup is a State knockout competition in which 96 teams participated this year. Tamworth played 10 games, defeating Stockton to win the Cup for the first time.
Tom is planning to return to England in 2010 to play in Northamptonshire.