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On top of the world

In recent years Robbie Tarrant has become the consummate defender, spoiling at every opportunity.

5:50pm May 2, 2016

North's "best defender"

Scott Thompson says teammate Robbie Tarrant now holds the mantle as the club's best backman.

9:49am Apr 20, 2016

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Robbie
Tarrant

Height
196 cm
DOB
25-04-1989
Weight
97 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2016
9
Career
70
Goals
2016
0
Career
41
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
586
Avg
65
RobbieTarrant

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: South Mildura
Recruited from: Bendigo U18
Draft: #15, 2007 National
Debut: Round 15, 2010 v Sydney

Strengths

- Can play forward or back
- Marking

Jumper Club Members

- Grounded House
- Uniq Group

Background: Pre-NMFC

 

Tarrant was born in Mildura, and played his TAC Cup football for the Bendigo Pioneers. After being overlooked for the 2006 draft due to shoulder injuries, the 196cm key position player rebounded with an impressive 2007 campaign for the Pioneers.

While working for the Bendigo Bank, Tarrant impressed AFL scouts with his dedication to work while still playing at a high level. Impressive results in the beep test and 20 metre sprint at the 2007 draft camp cemented the youngster as a draftee.

It was North Melbourne who used its first round pick on the brother of Collingwood’s Chris, selecting Robbie with number 15.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Mid-season, from Josh Drummond

“We saw Taz train in the pre-season and were confident he’d have a good year.

“We knew with his size and athleticism we had a defender in the making but it was about how quickly he’d pick up the nuances of the game. Obviously it’s a little different being a defender to a forward.

“I’ve been impressed with how quickly he’s picked that up. He’s played on (Tom) Hawkins and (Travis) Cloke and done really well. We’ve been really happy with how he’s tracked this year.”

Second half of 2015, from Josh Drummond

“He’s a supreme athlete. For a guy of his size and strength, to be able to move the way he does is a real weapon.

“The big thing for him is just learning the nuances of defence. He’s really like a first year defender in a way, because all his previous footy has been up forward for the most part.

“He played on some great players and had his wins against them, while also having his challenges. He’ll continue to come along in leaps and bounds and there’s a heap of upside there.”

2014

Tarrant was able to play just one game in a 2014 plagued by injuries.

His year started off slowly as he attempted to recover from a persistent stress reaction in his tibia. It was the same problem which affected the first half of 2013, and it looked like it would ruin all of 2014 as well.

Nevertheless, after an intense training program, Tarrant was able to return to full fitness halfway through the season and returned for Werribee early in June.

One game was all that was needed for the key-position forward to return to the North Melbourne side, travelling to Adelaide to face the Crows.

Unfortunately the number 25 pulled up sore from his season debut and was later found to have aggravated the old injury. He would eventually be ruled out for the season.

With his recovery going to plan, the 25-year-old should resume training in December.

2013

Mid-season, from Shane Watson

“We just need to get Robbie right. We know what he can do when he’s in the side.

"His work rate is second to none in terms of being able to lead and present over the whole game."

End of season review

2013 was one of Tarrant’s most frustrating seasons. Missing nine consecutive games due to nerve damage in his leg, Tarrant returned with seven goals in two games against GWS and Brisbane.

However a slight knee injury against the Lions proved to trouble Tarrant again. While he continued to play and provide valuable structure up forward, he was unable to hit the scoreboard as regularly as he would have liked.

2012

2012 was Tarrant's first injury free year and it was reflected with a total of 16 games for the season.

However, he only managed three games in the first half of the season as he battled with his form in the VFL with Werribee. Ultimately it was a string of strong performances which earned a call-up for the Round 12 game against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.

Despite just three behinds, Tarrant showed enough to be retained for next week's game against Adelaide and it was here he started a run of 23 goals in just nine games.

2011

Tarrant completed a full pre-season and appeared set to cement his spot with 21 possessions in the season opener against West Coast.

Unfortunately he suffered further injury problems and only played seven games for the season.

 

2010

With two injury interrupted seasons behind him, Tarrant was finally able to make his debut in 2010 against Sydney in Round 15.

After two games and a taste of senior football, he was unable to play again in the senior side for the rest of the season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 10.7
    • Handballs 5.1
    • Disposals 15.8
    • Marks 6.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 65.1

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Adelaide Crows Rd 1
Handballs 10 Carlton Rd 9
Disposals 24 Adelaide Crows Rd 1
Marks 9 Carlton Rd 9
Hit-outs 3 Carlton Rd 9
Tackles 3 Carlton Rd 9
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 95 Carlton Rd 9

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 107 - 97 16 8 24 8 0 2 3 2 0 1 90
2 Brisbane Lions W 83 - 117 8 3 11 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 39
3 Melbourne W 136 - 131 7 5 12 3 1 1 0 3 0 0 54
4 Fremantle W 132 - 101 10 2 12 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 57
5 Gold Coast Suns W 81 - 119 12 2 14 9 0 2 0 1 0 0 73
6 Western Bulldogs W 61 - 45 11 5 16 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 61
7 St Kilda W 75 - 82 7 4 11 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 38
8 Essendon W 60 - 74 13 7 20 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 79
9 Carlton W 113 - 46 12 10 22 9 3 0 1 3 0 0 95
10 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
16 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 0 96 46 142 55 5 7 8 13 0 1 586

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 70
    • Kicks 7.7
    • Handballs 4.5
    • Disposals 12.2
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 53.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Western Bulldogs Rd 22, 2015
Handballs 13 Port Adelaide Rd 3, 2015
Disposals 24 Adelaide Crows Rd 1, 2016
Marks 14 Western Bulldogs Rd 22, 2015
Hit-outs 3 Carlton Rd 9, 2016
Tackles 6 West Coast Eagles Rd 1, 2011
Goals 4 Richmond Rd 15, 2013
AFL Fantasy 120 Western Bulldogs Rd 22, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 North Melbourne 96 46 142 55 5 7 8 13 0 1 586
2015 North Melbourne 192 126 318 113 1 10 25 35 1 0 1249
2014 North Melbourne 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 11
2013 North Melbourne 78 54 132 58 6 7 13 15 16 15 661
2012 North Melbourne 112 55 167 57 1 19 13 24 23 16 848
2011 North Melbourne 52 24 76 21 2 8 10 19 1 1 330
2010 North Melbourne 8 7 15 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 59

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 10
- Rebound 50's: 4
- One percenters: 4
- Time on Ground: 100%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 12
- Rebound 50's: 5
- One percenters: 3
- Time on Ground: 93%

NMFC Debut

Round 15, 2010 v Sydney
Venue:
SCG

North Melbourne: 2.3.15, 4.7.31, 5.9.39, 7.13.55
Sydney: 5.4.34, 8.6.54, 8.9.57, 12.13.85

50th game

Round 14, 2015 v Gold Coast
Venue:
Metricon Stadium

North Melbourne: 0.4.4, 3.6.24, 6.9.45, 10.10.70
Gold Coast: 2.3.15, 5.5.35, 11.9.75, 19.11.125