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Taberner building to a return: Lyon

Ross Lyon said it was a tough decision to leave Taberner out of the Fremantle lineup

4:24pm  Jul 27, 2018

Taberner well equipped in recovery

Injured forward Matt Taberner feels ready to navigate the road to recovery

4:48pm  May 9, 2018

Tabs an 'eyecatcher' in JLT2

Key forward Matt Taberner caught the eye of the AFL.com.au staff writers in JLT2

1:44pm  Mar 12, 2018

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Matt
Taberner

Height
199 cm
DOB
17-06-1993
Weight
97 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2018
9
Career
62
Goals
2018
10
Career
62
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
620
Avg
69
MattTaberner

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Myrtleford (VIC)
Recruited from: Murray Bushrangers (VIC)
Draft information: Rookie Draft 2012 - pick 11
Debut: Round 13, 2013 v North Melbourne
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: -

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2018 SUMMARY
Started the season brilliantly, including a four-goal haul against Essendon, before a foot injury against the Western Bulldogs saw the key forward miss three months. Taberner returned to kick four goals in the final four games of the season with his strong marking presence proving vital to Freo’s forward structure. Taberner averaged 2.2 contested marks per game, the highest average at the club.

Season by Season

Season by Season

The key forward moved in and out of the Fremantle side in 2017. Taberner averaged 2.8 contested marks per game from his eight appearances – the highest average in the AFL. Taberner’s season was highlighted by his four goals against Essendon in round 7 while he also starred for the Thunder in their premiership season.

Emerged as a potential key forward with another strong season, highlighted by a five-goal haul in round 12 against Brisbane.

Taberner showed that he has the makings 
of a key forward for Freo. Although he only played half the season in 2015,
 he developed nicely and will continue to do so in the coming season.

Emerged as a bright key forward prospect this season. The highlight
was a brilliant performance against Brisbane at the Gabba in round
22 that netted him a NAB Rising Star nomination.

The key forward enjoyed a solid first season at AFL level and was rewarded with a promotion onto the club’s senior list for 2014.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 9.8
    • Handballs 5.2
    • Disposals 15.0
    • Marks 5.3
    • Hit-Outs 4.4
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 1.1
    • AFL Fantasy 68.9

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Handballs 7 GWS Giants Rd 4
Disposals 20 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Marks 9 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Hit-outs 10 Essendon Rd 2
Tackles 2 Collingwood Rd 23
Goals 4 Essendon Rd 2
AFL Fantasy 90 Essendon Rd 2

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide L 110 - 60 14 6 20 9 5 0 2 1 1 0 90
2 Essendon W 106 - 90 10 6 16 4 10 0 2 2 4 0 90
3 Gold Coast Suns W 68 - 96 12 6 18 7 4 2 1 1 0 3 79
4 GWS Giants L 82 - 51 12 7 19 5 8 2 3 2 0 0 74
5 Western Bulldogs W 108 - 54 3 3 6 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 38
6 West Coast Eagles L 81 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Richmond L 110 - 33 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 St Kilda W 89 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Sydney Swans L 111 - 52 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 North Melbourne L 58 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Collingwood L 138 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows W 71 - 68 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Carlton W 46 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Brisbane Lions L 64 - 119 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne L 102 - 48 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Port Adelaide W 59 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 99 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn L 53 - 112 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles L 142 - 84 8 3 11 4 1 0 4 1 2 1 48
21 Carlton W 101 - 72 11 6 17 6 5 3 0 1 1 1 82
22 Geelong Cats L 158 - 25 8 5 13 2 2 2 1 2 0 1 50
23 Collingwood L 67 - 76 10 5 15 6 3 2 3 2 1 1 69
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 14 88 47 135 48 40 11 16 12 10 7 620

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 62
    • Kicks 7.0
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 11.0
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 1.5
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 55.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Port Adelaide Rd 1, 2018
Handballs 12 Adelaide Crows Rd 6, 2016
Disposals 22 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Marks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Hit-outs 12 Richmond Rd 8, 2017
Tackles 6 North Melbourne Rd 13, 2013
Goals 5 Brisbane Lions Rd 12, 2016
AFL Fantasy 110 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Fremantle 88 47 135 48 40 11 16 12 10 7 620
2017 Fremantle 65 27 92 43 30 8 19 20 11 6 511
2016 Fremantle 121 89 210 82 21 8 19 41 18 6 1037
2015 Fremantle 83 42 125 51 2 9 17 20 14 7 617
2014 Fremantle 61 31 92 40 1 6 8 25 7 6 496
2013 Fremantle 18 11 29 11 0 0 3 9 2 0 148

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

50 games: Round 11, 2017 v Collingwood 

Awards

Club Awards

Beacon Award
2014

Q & A

Nickname: Duck

Best set shot at your club? Cam McCarthy

My coach often says … We’re a no excuse footy club

Best advice you’ve received? When in trouble, double

Least-preferred teammate on road trips and why? Sean Darcy

Greatest footy moment before the AFL? U/16 Grand Final

Funniest teammate? Bradley Hill

Which teammates pick themselves in AFL Fantasy? Lachie Neale

If you could enter a teammate for My Kitchen Rules, who would it be and why? Alex Pearce, puts on a good spread

Favourite café AND what do you order? Little Lefroy’s – poached eggs

Guilty pleasure? Chocolate

Most inspiring movie? Rocky

Best concert attended? Austin City Limits

Passion outside of football? Study

Best trait? Work ethic

Favourite movie character? Brad Pitt

Grand Final – day, twilight or night? Twilight

Bounce – yes or no? Bounce

Favourite AFLW player? Sarah (Tex) Perkins

Most under rated AFL player? Stephen Hill

Team barracked or as a kid? Hawthorn

Three apps you cant live without? Comsec, Snapchat, Internet banking

Twitter or instagram? Instagram

Do you have any pets? No

Favourite holiday spot? Barcelona