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11:50am May 18, 2017

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Robbie Tarrant says North Melbourne's playing group is determined to play finals in 2017.

10:18am Dec 12, 2016

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Robbie
Tarrant

Height
196 cm
DOB
25-04-1989
Weight
97 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2017
10
Career
94
Goals
2017
1
Career
42
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
738
Avg
74
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

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

Defensive Coach, Brad Green

“To not know a hell of a lot about Robbie before I came here, and then to see his effort and output he puts on the training track, and then the actual talent that he’s got.

“It was all about getting his body right and consistency through training. Then that manoeuvred into game day and he just got better and better as the season went on.

“He played on all the best players and the majority of the time he beat them and that’s all you can ask.

“Now the challenge for Robbie is to do it again and repeat 2016 in 2017. Down the track I see great potential with his leadership, to hopefully one day get in the leadership group.”

2015

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

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 10.6
    • Handballs 7.5
    • Disposals 18.1
    • Marks 5.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.4
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 73.8

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Handballs 11 GWS Giants Rd 3
Disposals 28 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Marks 9 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Western Bulldogs Rd 4
Goals 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 108 Geelong Cats Rd 2

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 93 - 136 8 7 15 3 0 1 2 2 1 0 56
2 Geelong Cats L 112 - 111 19 9 28 9 0 4 2 2 0 0 108
3 GWS Giants L 67 - 109 12 11 23 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 85
4 Western Bulldogs L 86 - 89 8 6 14 5 0 2 3 10 0 0 84
5 Fremantle L 67 - 62 8 9 17 2 0 3 3 3 0 0 54
6 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 10 7 17 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 65
7 Adelaide Crows W 145 - 86 11 6 17 8 0 1 1 2 0 0 75
8 Sydney Swans L 78 - 120 10 10 20 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 70
9 Melbourne W 90 - 104 10 5 15 3 0 3 0 3 0 0 64
10 Carlton W 96 - 113 10 5 15 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 77
11 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
13 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 6 106 75 181 54 0 14 16 34 1 0 738

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 94
    • Kicks 8.5
    • Handballs 5.0
    • Disposals 13.5
    • Marks 4.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 58.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Geelong Cats Rd 2, 2017
Handballs 13 Hawthorn Rd 13, 2016
Disposals 28 Geelong Cats Rd 2, 2017
Marks 14 Western Bulldogs Rd 22, 2015
Hit-outs 3 Carlton Rd 9, 2016
Tackles 10 Western Bulldogs Rd 4, 2017
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
2017 North Melbourne 106 75 181 54 0 14 16 34 1 0 738
2016 North Melbourne 246 128 374 145 8 25 24 43 0 1 1563
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