Curator - Bankstown Oval, then Sydney Cricket Ground
Tom Parker was appointed to the Curator role at Bankstown Memorial Oval in 1988 after a short stint at Bankstown’s number 2 field, Jensen Oval in Sefton. Tom quickly gained a reputation as a ‘can do’ person who was very willing to support the Club’s efforts by providing the highest quality match day and training wickets. Tom saw a lot of change at Memorial Oval during his stint as Head Curator; the wicket and outfield were upgraded and work commenced on development of the Kevin McCormick Grandstand and the Stephen and Mark Waugh Pavilion. The upgraded off-field facilities, combined with Tom’s reputation for preparing excellent wickets, was the catalyst for Cricket NSW to bring first class cricket to the suburbs – Memorial Oval hosting the first Sheffield Shield Match played outside the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in 1997. After accepting voluntary redundancy as part of the Bankstown Council re-structure, Tom was snapped up as Curator of the SCG and prepared his first test Match wicket in 1998 when the Aussies took on South Africa. Tom Parker was a much loved figure at the Bankstown Grade Club and maintained enduring friendships with many players and administrators during his two decade tenure at the SCG.