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Warrane resident has a big future in cricket

Tom Rogers playing cricket for Warrane College against Shalom College in 2013

Warrane cricketing legend Tom Rogers has already achieved more than most of us achieve in our entire lives, but there is almost surely even bigger things to come.

Tom is already being tipped as a future player with the Australian cricket team and a player to watch in international cricket.

His achievements to date have included:

  • winning a Ben Lexcen scholarship to study at UNSW;
  • being selected to represent and Captain the NSW State team at the U19 National Cricket Championships;
  • being named the best U16 cricketer from Australia and India (Player of the Series between the two nations);
  • being selected as the best Under 17 cricketer in Australia (player of the tournament at the Under 17 National Championships);
  • playing a crucial role in helping the UNSW cricket team to get into the grand final of the Twenty20 Cup;
  • helping the UNSW team to win the 2012 minor premiership;
  • playing for the UNSW team at the 2012 Australian University Championships, which UNSW won for the first time; and
  • playing in the World College T20 Championships in Sri Lanka.

How does Tom feel about being tipped as a future player with the Australian Cricket Team?

“I suppose every young cricketer dreams of playing for Australia,” he said. “Wearing the Baggy Green is obviously something I would be really proud to do.”

Tom said his proudest achievements to date were being chosen to represent Australia in the Under 16 team which toured India and being picked as the player of the tour, and also being chosen as best player at the Under 17 National Championships.

He said he got started with cricket early, playing in junior competitions in Canberra. His father, Colin, has always been “tremendously supportive” and his his mother, Jane’s, family are enthusiastic about cricket, but he says he mainly got excited about the game playing in the back yard with his brother.

Tom moved from his home in Canberra to NSW so that he could play in first grade Sydney cricket and says he couldn’t be happier with his decision to study at UNSW and live at Warrane.

He is presently in the second year of his Education/Arts degree and is hoping to get some experience in environmental management before moving on to secondary school teaching – and hopefully becoming a school cricket coach as well.

In the two years since he arrived at Warrane, Tom has been a great asset to the College, making many friends and taking part in College activities.

“Warrane has been fantastic,” he said. “It was a great decision to come to the College. It provides a pretty outstanding environment to succeed at your studies and it has been very flexible in accommodating my sporting needs.

“I have also found it to be a place that really helps you to grow as a person and to make friends.” No doubt Tom’s College friends will be following his cricketing career with interest over the coming years, particularly if he does eventually get to wear that Baggy Green.