In recent years Robbie Tarrant has become the consummate defender, spoiling at every opportunity.
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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
- Uniq Group
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.
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.”
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.
- Disposals: 10
- Rebound 50's: 4
- One percenters: 4
- Time on Ground: 100%
- Disposals: 12
- Rebound 50's: 5
- One percenters: 3
- Time on Ground: 93%
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
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