Robbie Tarrant has again staked a claim for a senior call-up.
12:04am Apr 12, 2015
Robbie Tarrant and Mason Wood have put their hands up for a recall.
8:37pm Apr 5, 2015
Junior club: South Mildura
Recruited from: Bendigo U18
Draft: #15, 2007 National
Debut: Round 15, 2010 v Sydney
- Can play forward or back
- Grounded House
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
|Kicks||16||Geelong Cats||Rd 4|
|Handballs||13||Port Adelaide||Rd 3|
|Disposals||23||Geelong Cats||Rd 4|
|Marks||9||Geelong Cats||Rd 4|
|Tackles||3||Port Adelaide||Rd 3|
|Goals||1||Port Adelaide||Rd 3|
|AFL Fantasy||88||Geelong Cats||Rd 4|
|1||Adelaide Crows||L 140 - 63||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2||Brisbane Lions||W 133 - 51||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3||Port Adelaide||L 105 - 113||8||13||21||4||0||0||0||3||1||0||80|
|4||Geelong Cats||W 67 - 83||16||7||23||9||0||2||1||0||0||0||88|
|10||West Coast Eagles||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|14||Gold Coast Suns||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|TOTAL||W: 2 - L: 2||24||20||44||13||0||2||1||3||1||0||168|
|Kicks||16||Geelong Cats||Rd 4, 2015|
|Handballs||13||Port Adelaide||Rd 3, 2015|
|Disposals||23||Geelong Cats||Rd 4, 2015|
|Marks||10||Melbourne||Rd 18, 2013|
|Hit-outs||3||Sydney Swans||Rd 3, 2013|
|Tackles||6||West Coast Eagles||Rd 1, 2011|
|Goals||4||Richmond||Rd 15, 2013|
|AFL Fantasy||106||West Coast Eagles||Rd 1, 2011|
- Disposals: 10
- Rebound 50's: 4
- One percenters: 4
- Time on Ground: 100%
Round 15, 2010 v Sydney
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