Tom Derham was a high-marking, long-kicking forward who followed Ben Warren from Langhorne Creek to Norwood.
T. Derham with P. Robins, D. Cox and G. Adams June 2023
Tom was born in Adelaide on 8 November 1993 and played junior football with South Broken Hill until he was 16. He moved back to Adelaide and played half a season with Pooraka in 2011 before being asked to join the Port Adelaide under 18s. He then played for Langhorne Creek from 2012 to 2014. Ben Warren had left after Langhorne Creek’s 2011 premiership and gone on to premiership success at Norwood as a player in 2012 and 2013 and as coach in 2014. Tom chased a similar dream.
“After meeting with a few clubs I decided to go to Norwood, particularly after they had won the three-peat, to challenge myself and get see if I could break into what was a very good team,” Tom said.
He hit the scoreboard regularly while at Norwood, with two goals in his two league games and 38 in 32 reserves matches. In 2016 he played in the reserves’ second semi-final, won by Woodville-West Torrens.
“I left in 2017 because of work commitments.” said Tom, a tiler. “I went back to Langhorne Creek until 2022, when I played one season for PHOS Camden before moving to Strathalbyn and playing for Langhorne Creek again.”
Tom also played cricket for West Torrens and Redbacks second 11.