North Melbourne’s Best Forward Raises His Hand up: Robbie Tarrant, the Best Key Defender?
North Melbourne was having doubts last Sunday afternoon if it has the defence it needed to topple down its’ opponent team. Robbie Tarrant, the 196 cm. former forward and now North Melbourne’s defence is considered to be the best player Brad Scott had been on the look out for to match the opponent’s strong forward. […]
North Melbourne was having doubts last Sunday afternoon if it has the defence it needed to topple down its’ opponent team. Robbie Tarrant, the 196 cm. former forward and now North Melbourne’s defence is considered to be the best player Brad Scott had been on the look out for to match the opponent’s strong forward.
Last Sunday at Simond’s Stadium, Tarrant exhibited a laudable execution to beat the might of Geelong star, Tom Hawkins.
26 year old Tarrant managed to glue Hawkins to just one goal enough for him to be named as one of Roo’s best players in a 16-point win. Reports said that Tarrant was quoted as saying that Brad Scott was the one who made the recommendation for him to be moved to the defence as he exerts all efforts to maintain his foothold in North Melbourne’s developing side.
He further stated that: “We sat down in my exit review at the end of last year and Brad threw it to me about what I thought about playing there and I haven’t really looked back.” Tarrant was asked if he would want to play as the defence and he didn’t have second thought of grabbing the great opportunity.
The best backman didn’t just display a defensive strategy in toppling down the Cats, Tarrant was also able to get 23 disposals owing to a good rebound and take in whooping nine marks inline with his strong support to his teammates Michael Firrito and Scott Thomson.
Brad Scott gave compliments to Robbie Tarrant for guarding Tom Hawkins.
Scott stated in reports: “We have had trouble with Hawkins in the past so I think Robbie Tarrant, if he can get some continuity in his footy, is going to be a valuable player for us. The team needed a big strong key defender; he is a fantastic athlete he just needed to get some continuity to be able to show what he can do.”
Robbie Tarrant possesses an indomitable 31-game career and his astounding play has been observed and hailed since he started in round 15, 2010. He missed the latter part of the last season when he had to undergo a surgery because of a tibia stress fracture in March which was initially diagnosed as a nerve-related injury in the year 2013 which sidelined him for 9 games.
After his surgery came his first two seasons and was draft picked at No. 15 in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft after suffering from serious shoulder injuries.
Tarrant further mentioned in reports: “It’s great to be back out with the boys. You forget what the winning feeling is like and you get a bit jealous sometimes when the boys are going really well. It’s really hard. People don’t realise how hard it is. Injuries are part of the toll. At the same time you’ve got to support the boys and get around them and the best thing about the footy club is that the team is more important than the individual.”