All being well, the latest addition to Richmond’s playing group, Robbie Tarrant, will have more than doubled the number of games he’s played at the MCG by the end of next season.
Tarrant, who joined the Tigers from North Melbourne in a trade deal last Friday, has played only 11 times at the ‘G’ in his 174-game AFL career.
To highlight Tarrant’s lack of MCG experience, he’s even made more appearances at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium – 13 games overall there.
The top-class, veteran key defender undoubtedly will relish the opportunity of so frequently stepping out on to the hallowed turf of Richmond’s home ground, especially in blockbuster clashes in front of the Tiger Army.
Another interesting fact about Tarrant’s time at the game’s highest level is that he spent a couple of seasons as a key forward.
In 2012-13, Tarrant formed part of a tall three-pronged attack at the Kangaroos with Drew Petrie and Lachlan Hansen.
He made a fairly decent fist of it, too, kicking 23 goals (in 16 games) in 2012 and 16 goals in 2013 (13 games).
In Round 15 of the 2013 season, he scored an equal AFL career-high four goals against Richmond at Marvel Stadium.
Here are some other facts about Robbie Tarrant . . .
- He was born in Mildura.
- He is the younger brother of former Collingwood star forward Chris Tarrant.
- He originally played for South Mildura in the Sunraysia League (part of Richmond’s old country recruiting zone).
- Before being drafted by North Melbourne, he worked as a bank teller at the Bendigo Bank in Bendigo and played TAC Cup under-18s football with Bendigo Pioneers.
- He was drafted by the Kangaroos with their first pick (No. 15 overall) in the 2007 AFL national draft.
- He had three shoulder reconstructions in his first two years at North and did not play senior football throughout that time.
- He made his AFL debut in Round 15, 2010 v Sydney at the SCG.
- He broke a thumb in his second game, which was against Richmond at the MCG, and missed the rest of the season.
- He won North Melbourne’s Best and Fairest award in 2016.
- He averages 14.6 disposals, 5.3 marks. 3.3 rebound-50s, 216.6 metres gained and 4.5 one-percenters per game in his AFL career.
- The most disposals he has had in a match is 28 v Geelong, Round 2, 2017, Marvel Stadium.
- The most marks he has taken in a match is 16 v Hawthorn, Round 5, 2018, Marvel Stadium.
- The most rebound-50s he has had in a match is 12 v Essendon, Round 17, 2019, Marvel Stadium.
- The most metres gained he has had in a match is 560 v Geelong, Round 21, 2019, GMHBA Stadium.