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Chris Tarrant

Chris Tarrant

1998-2006, 2011-2012
20
Other Guernsey Nos.
2

196 CFC Games Played

307 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
18 September 1980
Recruited From
Bendigo U18
Collingwood Debut
Round 3, 1998
Height:
193cm
Weight:
94kg

Biography

Originally from South Mildura, Tarrant moved to Bendigo in 1996 on an AFL scholarship.

In his younger days he was a top basketballer and made the state under-15 squad before making the decision to concentrate on football.

He was Collingwood’s first pick in the 1997 draft, but he had a slow start to the 1998 season when he injured a wrist during the pre-season campaign, but he broke through for his first senior game by the third round.

Late in the year he turned in a couple of impressive displays, notably in the final round against Sydney. Tarrant was aware that he was probably given more senior games than he deserved in 1998, but the experience stood him in good stead.

After suffering off-season pelvic problems he did not stake a claim for a regular spot in early 1999. Midway through the year, a match-winning four goal effort from centre half-forward against St Kilda caught the eye, as did screamers against Port Adelaide and North Melbourne.

Although Tarrant returned home to Mildura before the start of the 2000 season, there was no way known Collingwood was going to allow him to abandon his AFL career as they always saw him as one of the most exciting youngsters on its list.

Despite his delayed start to the season, Tarrant played several outstanding games for the Magpies and pulled down many spectacular marks. He had hamstring problems late in the year, but still managed 19 senior games for 28 goals.

Tarrant benefited by the arrival of Jarrod Molloy in the forward line in 2001 and he had a strong season at full-forward, topping the club’s goalkicking with 53.

Along the way he took a memorable pack mark against Melbourne at the MCG on the Queen’s Birthday which ranked amongst the truly great grabs.

A hip injury dogged him in 2002 and his inconsistency was a frustration, but he had a mighty 2003. In some games his pace and marking ability made him virtually unstoppable such as the clash with St Kilda when he took 17 marks and kicked six goals. Some opponents tried to stand in front of him to limit his leads, but it did not always work.

He was strongly influenced by Magpie assistant coach Terry Daniher who noted that Tarrant needed his space “but also liked reassurance and feedback”. Daniher likened him to Paul Van Der Haar for having a relaxed attitude off the field but a competitive and proud nature on the other side of the white line.

He showed his maturity in round seven against Adelaide when he kicked the winning goal after the siren. He seemed more comfortable with public attention but did admit: “I love playing footy, but I don’t like to get recognised too much walking down the street.”

Tarrant played in Collingwood’s Grand Final sides in 2002 and 2003 and was selected as an All-Australian in 2003 as well as running second in the best and fairest.

He injured a hamstring early in 2004 but shouldered the burden in attack with others injured or lacking form. As ever, he was prepared to cover a lot of ground.

Tarrant was patchy for the next two years and was unreliable in attack. In 2006 he also got into hot water for some off-field indiscretions.

At the end of the year he was traded to Fremantle in a deal that netted Collingwood Paul Medhurst and Ben Reid (the latter via the National Draft).

He was average in 2007 and slow to get going in 2008 but by mid June he started to fire.

At Collingwood he had been shielded from the media, refusing to do interviews, but he opened up eventually at Fremantle and commented in mid-2008 that football had never been the top priority in his life. He reflected that he had probably not kicked on since his boom year in 2003 but laughed off suggestions by former captain Nathan Buckley that he could have been as big a star as Lance Franklin.

In 2009 he was switched to defence and found a new lease of life, running fourth in the best and fairest and being unlucky not to win All-Australian selection.

He had Achilles then knee problems at the end of 2010, but it was common knowledge that he and his wife wanted to return to Victoria, and he achieved a trade back to his old club.

Tarrant capped off his career with two fine seasons in the Black and White jumper, trading in his old No. 20 for No. 2. He finished in the top 10 in the Copeland Trophy in 2011 and was one of Collingwood’s best in the Grand Final defeat when he had Geelong’s James Podsiadly covered before his former Magpie teammate went down with a dislocated shoulder.

Injuries hampered his final season, but he still managed to feature in the 2012 finals series when he was again one of his side’s most reliable players.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1998-2006, 2011-2012 196 307 13 52%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1998 11 3 6 39 22 11 61 20

1998 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Western Bulldogs L 1 5 2 3 7 20 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 0 20 View match >
Round 5 Essendon W 1 1 20 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 1 2 1 2 20 View match >
Round 7 Sydney L 6 5 6 20 View match >
Round 14 Brisbane L 2 2 4 20 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 0 20 View match >
Round 19 Richmond L 1 3 1 4 20 View match >
Round 20 Essendon L 1 1 7 3 10 20 View match >
Round 21 Carlton L 2 6 5 1 11 20 View match >
Round 22 Sydney L 3 10 6 16 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1999 13 15 8 107 80 17 187 20

1999 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Carlton L 1 0 6 5 0 11 20 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 1 1 15 11 2 26 20 View match >
Round 7 Brisbane L 0 1 9 7 1 16 20 View match >
Round 8 Fremantle W 0 1 11 3 2 14 20 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 0 0 4 2 0 6 20 View match >
Round 12 Adelaide L 1 0 4 6 0 10 20 View match >
Round 13 St Kilda W 4 1 11 4 2 15 20 View match >
Round 14 Port Adelaide L 2 2 8 9 2 17 20 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 1 0 5 10 2 15 20 View match >
Round 19 Richmond W 2 2 8 3 1 11 20 View match >
Round 20 Essendon L 0 0 9 7 4 16 20 View match >
Round 21 North Melbourne L 2 0 7 7 1 14 20 View match >
Round 22 Brisbane L 1 0 10 6 0 16 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2000 19 28 13 172 83 20 255 20

2000 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Adelaide W 0 0 7 5 3 12 20 View match >
Round 3 Carlton W 0 0 4 6 3 10 20 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 4 1 11 10 1 21 20 View match >
Round 5 Western Bulldogs W 0 2 8 1 0 9 20 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 1 2 10 4 0 14 20 View match >
Round 7 Essendon L 2 0 8 0 1 8 20 View match >
Round 8 Fremantle L 0 0 2 4 0 6 20 View match >
Round 9 Brisbane L 3 0 15 9 0 24 20 View match >
Round 10 Richmond L 1 2 18 8 1 26 20 View match >
Round 11 West Coast L 2 1 12 8 2 20 20 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 2 0 7 3 3 10 20 View match >
Round 13 Port Adelaide L 0 1 10 3 1 13 20 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne L 4 0 9 5 0 14 20 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 1 0 11 1 0 12 20 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn L 3 1 11 5 1 16 20 View match >
Round 17 Adelaide L 0 1 5 3 1 8 20 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 1 1 4 3 2 7 20 View match >
Round 21 North Melbourne W 2 1 11 2 0 13 20 View match >
Round 22 Essendon L 2 0 9 3 1 12 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2001 22 53 29 214 44 25 258 20

2001 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn L 2 1 17 1 0 18 20 View match >
Round 2 Fremantle W 1 2 17 1 0 18 20 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 5 1 11 1 1 12 20 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 0 1 4 0 0 4 20 View match >
Round 5 Essendon L 5 1 12 1 2 13 20 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 1 0 8 4 0 12 20 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 5 2 13 2 4 15 20 View match >
Round 8 Port Adelaide W 5 2 12 0 3 12 20 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 2 1 4 0 0 4 20 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 3 2 9 1 0 10 20 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 2 1 8 2 2 10 20 View match >
Round 12 West Coast W 3 2 12 2 0 14 20 View match >
Round 13 Adelaide W 2 1 5 3 4 8 20 View match >
Round 14 Geelong L 3 4 13 1 2 14 20 View match >
Round 15 Brisbane L 0 0 11 2 0 13 20 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn L 1 0 12 2 2 14 20 View match >
Round 17 Fremantle W 5 0 12 1 1 13 20 View match >
Round 18 Richmond L 0 2 5 3 1 8 20 View match >
Round 19 Western Bulldogs W 1 2 9 5 1 14 20 View match >
Round 20 Essendon L 3 1 6 3 1 9 20 View match >
Round 21 Carlton L 1 3 6 3 1 9 20 View match >
Round 22 North Melbourne W 3 0 8 6 0 14 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2002 20 38 31 159 68 29 227 20

2002 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 1 1 10 5 4 15 20 View match >
Round 2 West Coast W 2 3 10 8 1 18 20 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 5 2 10 2 1 12 20 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 8 5 2 13 20 View match >
Round 8 Brisbane W 5 3 15 3 3 18 20 View match >
Round 9 Port Adelaide L 0 0 8 6 1 14 20 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 4 1 8 3 4 11 20 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 7 1 11 3 2 14 20 View match >
Round 12 Fremantle L 1 1 3 3 3 6 20 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 2 1 6 1 2 7 20 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 1 2 7 4 2 11 20 View match >
Round 17 West Coast L 0 2 7 2 0 9 20 View match >
Round 18 Carlton W 3 3 11 2 1 13 20 View match >
Round 19 Hawthorn L 0 0 1 3 0 4 20 View match >
Round 20 Essendon L 0 1 6 2 1 8 20 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda W 2 2 7 3 1 10 20 View match >
Round 22 Western Bulldogs L 4 1 7 3 0 10 20 View match >
Qualifying Final Port Adelaide W 0 3 6 5 0 11 20 View match >
Preliminary Final Adelaide W 0 1 8 3 0 11 20 View match >
Grand Final Brisbane L 0 2 10 2 1 12 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2003 25 54 44 301 74 38 375 20

2003 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 0 1 6 0 1 6 20 View match >
Round 2 Carlton W 3 4 18 4 2 22 20 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 4 2 19 0 1 19 20 View match >
Round 4 Brisbane L 3 2 16 3 0 19 20 View match >
Round 5 Essendon L 0 2 13 6 1 19 20 View match >
Round 6 Sydney L 5 3 14 1 1 15 20 View match >
Round 7 Adelaide W 4 1 7 5 2 12 20 View match >
Round 8 West Coast L 1 4 12 2 0 14 20 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 6 0 18 4 0 22 20 View match >
Round 10 Port Adelaide L 0 3 8 5 1 13 20 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 3 2 17 1 5 18 20 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn L 0 0 4 1 0 5 20 View match >
Round 13 Western Bulldogs W 3 2 16 2 2 18 20 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 4 1 8 2 0 10 20 View match >
Round 15 Fremantle W 1 3 14 4 5 18 20 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 2 0 12 2 0 14 20 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 3 2 14 2 0 16 20 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 1 2 12 1 0 13 20 View match >
Round 19 Brisbane L 2 1 3 2 1 5 20 View match >
Round 20 Adelaide W 0 3 8 4 1 12 20 View match >
Round 21 Sydney W 1 2 13 5 6 18 20 View match >
Round 22 Essendon W 1 1 15 7 3 22 20 View match >
Qualifying Final Brisbane W 3 1 13 4 3 17 20 View match >
Preliminary Final Port Adelaide W 3 0 12 4 3 16 20 View match >
Grand Final Brisbane L 1 2 9 3 0 12 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2004 14 36 30 144 37 17 181 20

2004 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 1 2 7 4 1 11 20 View match >
Round 2 Western Bulldogs W 3 5 14 5 1 19 20 View match >
Round 3 Brisbane L 1 0 2 0 0 2 20 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 2 0 6 2 0 8 20 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda L 4 2 10 2 1 12 20 View match >
Round 9 Adelaide W 5 2 12 4 2 16 20 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 3 3 12 4 2 16 20 View match >
Round 11 West Coast W 4 0 10 0 1 10 20 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 3 2 9 2 2 11 20 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 2 2 10 4 3 14 20 View match >
Round 19 Fremantle W 1 3 11 2 1 13 20 View match >
Round 20 Essendon L 2 2 16 2 0 18 20 View match >
Round 21 Port Adelaide L 0 4 10 3 3 13 20 View match >
Round 22 Carlton L 5 3 15 3 0 18 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2005 17 36 27 133 49 28 182 20

2005 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs L 1 2 6 3 0 9 20 View match >
Round 2 Adelaide L 1 3 7 4 2 11 20 View match >
Round 3 Carlton W 5 0 8 2 2 10 20 View match >
Round 4 North Melbourne L 4 2 8 3 2 11 20 View match >
Round 5 Essendon L 2 2 8 1 2 9 20 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda L 2 0 7 4 5 11 20 View match >
Round 7 Fremantle L 2 2 6 2 1 8 20 View match >
Round 9 West Coast W 3 0 7 1 0 8 20 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 3 1 8 2 3 10 20 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 2 4 14 3 2 17 20 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne L 2 1 8 3 0 11 20 View match >
Round 13 Sydney L 2 3 9 1 2 10 20 View match >
Round 14 Port Adelaide W 1 0 7 4 3 11 20 View match >
Round 15 Brisbane L 0 3 9 0 0 9 20 View match >
Round 16 Essendon L 1 2 6 6 1 12 20 View match >
Round 17 St Kilda L 2 1 8 7 2 15 20 View match >
Round 18 Fremantle L 3 1 7 3 1 10 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2006 20 36 31 195 84 39 279 20

2006 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Adelaide L 0 1 4 4 1 8 20 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 1 3 14 5 1 19 20 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 6 0 13 5 6 18 20 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 0 4 11 5 3 16 20 View match >
Round 5 Port Adelaide W 4 0 9 2 1 11 20 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 1 1 6 5 3 11 20 View match >
Round 7 West Coast L 0 0 9 5 1 14 20 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 3 1 11 4 1 15 20 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 4 1 10 1 3 11 20 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 2 2 8 4 4 12 20 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 1 13 3 1 16 20 View match >
Round 13 Richmond L 0 1 9 7 2 16 20 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda L 0 1 3 2 2 5 20 View match >
Round 15 Fremantle L 3 2 11 4 2 15 20 View match >
Round 16 West Coast W 4 2 14 5 1 19 20 View match >
Round 17 Hawthorn W 1 5 10 4 1 14 20 View match >
Round 18 Adelaide L 0 0 9 5 2 14 20 View match >
Round 19 Essendon L 1 1 7 3 1 10 20 View match >
Round 22 North Melbourne W 3 1 11 7 0 18 20 View match >
Elimination Final Western Bulldogs L 3 4 13 4 3 17 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2011 23 2 1 103 120 26 223 2

2011 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Port Adelaide W 0 0 5 9 1 14 2 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 0 0 6 8 0 14 2 View match >
Round 3 Carlton W 0 0 2 3 2 5 2 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 0 0 4 3 1 7 2 View match >
Round 5 Essendon W 0 0 4 8 4 12 2 View match >
Round 8 Geelong L 0 0 3 5 0 8 2 View match >
Round 9 Adelaide W 2 0 10 8 1 18 2 View match >
Round 10 West Coast W 0 0 2 4 0 6 2 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 0 0 7 5 0 12 2 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 0 0 4 6 2 10 2 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 0 0 4 4 1 8 2 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 0 2 6 1 8 2 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne W 0 0 10 6 2 16 2 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 0 0 3 3 1 6 2 View match >
Round 18 Gold Coast Suns W 0 0 5 5 0 10 2 View match >
Round 19 Essendon W 0 0 5 5 0 10 2 View match >
Round 20 Port Adelaide W 0 0 7 7 2 14 2 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda W 0 0 2 4 2 6 2 View match >
Round 22 Brisbane W 0 0 2 2 1 4 2 View match >
Round 24 Geelong L 0 0 3 2 2 5 2 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast W 0 0 4 7 2 11 2 View match >
Preliminary Final Hawthorn W 0 0 6 6 0 12 2 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 1 3 4 1 7 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
2012 12 6 5 80 40 24 120 2

2012 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Richmond W 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 0 0 9 2 3 11 2 View match >
Round 16 Geelong W 2 2 9 2 2 11 2 View match >
Round 17 Hawthorn L 1 0 6 3 2 9 2 View match >
Round 18 GWS Giants W 1 2 8 7 1 15 2 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 0 1 5 4 0 9 2 View match >
Round 21 North Melbourne L 1 0 5 5 3 10 2 View match >
Round 22 West Coast L 0 0 10 4 3 14 2 View match >
Round 23 Essendon W 0 0 6 4 0 10 2 View match >
Qualifying Final Hawthorn L 0 0 2 1 3 3 2 View match >
Semi Final West Coast W 0 0 7 4 3 11 2 View match >
Preliminary Final Sydney L 1 0 12 4 4 16 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 196 307 225 1647 701 274 2348
Avg/Game   1.57 1.15 8.40 3.58 1.40 11.98
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

987

Draft
1997 National AFL Draft by Collingwood
Total AFL Games
268
Total AFL Goals
367
CFC Debut
Round 3, 1998
CFC Last Game
Preliminary Final, 2012
Recruited From
Bendigo U18
Full Name
Chris Tarrant

Awards

  • Mark of the Year
    2003
  • Anzac Day medal
    2001
  • All Australian
    2003
  • Life Members
    2012
  • x5
    Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    2003
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