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Young forward Matt Taberner says he’s paying close attention to detail to improve his game

4:25pm  May 2, 2016

Season Review: Matt Taberner

Matthew Taberner continues to grow up forward kicking 14 goals in 15 games

1:36pm  Nov 3, 2015

The master's apprentice

When young forward Matt Taberner lines up next to Matthew Pavlich in Fremantle’s forward line he pinches himself

4:32pm  May 22, 2015

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Matt
Taberner

Height
198 cm
DOB
17-06-1993
Weight
95 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2016
8
Career
36
Goals
2016
7
Career
30
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
469
Avg
59
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: -

OUTLOOK
Taberner looked promising up forward in 2015 for Fremantle, kicking 14 goals from his 15 games. He has the potential to become a formidable tall forward.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (Mark Stone)
His application to his football has really lifted
to another level in the past year and he’s worked tirelessly on all facets of his game. Is showing real signs of improvement in his marking on the
lead and has continued to work on his
contested marking.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 8
    • Kicks 6.6
    • Handballs 6.1
    • Disposals 12.8
    • Marks 4.8
    • Hit-Outs 1.3
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 58.6

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Carlton Rd 5
Handballs 12 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Disposals 19 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Marks 8 Carlton Rd 5
Hit-outs 5 St Kilda Rd 10
Tackles 4 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Goals 2 St Kilda Rd 10
AFL Fantasy 86 Carlton Rd 5

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs L 103 - 38 4 4 8 4 0 0 2 1 1 1 37
2 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 126 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 West Coast Eagles L 92 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 North Melbourne L 132 - 101 7 6 13 2 4 1 3 3 0 0 47
5 Carlton L 68 - 72 10 8 18 8 1 0 1 3 1 0 86
6 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 64 7 12 19 7 0 0 2 4 1 1 83
7 GWS Giants L 77 - 95 3 4 7 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 34
8 Hawthorn L 116 - 75 8 5 13 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 61
9 Richmond L 45 - 83 5 6 11 2 0 1 1 3 1 0 49
10 St Kilda L 101 - 67 9 4 13 5 5 0 0 1 2 1 72
11 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 10 53 49 102 38 10 4 11 18 7 3 469

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 36
    • Kicks 6.0
    • Handballs 3.7
    • Disposals 9.7
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 48.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Handballs 12 Adelaide Crows Rd 6, 2016
Disposals 22 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Marks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Hit-outs 5 St Kilda Rd 10, 2016
Tackles 6 North Melbourne Rd 13, 2013
Goals 3 West Coast Eagles Rd 3, 2015
AFL Fantasy 110 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Fremantle 53 49 102 38 10 4 11 18 7 3 469
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

Awards

Club Awards

Best First Year Player (Beacon Award)
2014

Q & A

Nickname: Tabs, obviously from the last name

Best holiday: I went on a recent trip to Europe and spent some time in London where I was fortunate enough to watch the Rugby Union World Cup

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: Something to do with sport, maybe coaching

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Gotta risk it to get the biscuit.

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Wayne Carey, I idolised him growing up,  he was a great centre half forward

Morning or evening person, why: Definitely evening person, I struggle in the mornings and need a coffee to get me going

Favourite time slot to play in, why: Saturday arvo. Usually better conditions, nice and dry and it’s nice when the sun is out

Favourite footy journalist:Don’t really have one

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Brian Taylor 

Worst injury: I've been pretty fortunate so far, maybe an achilles or hip flexor

How many text messages do you send a day: Not many and I don’t reply too often. Maybe five or six.

Three phone apps you can’t live without: CommBank, NFL and Snapchat

Favourite twitter account you follow: Hayden Crozier

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: Don’t have one

Best concert you’ve been to: Amsterdam Music Festival

Where did you holiday after last season: I spent a bit of time in Europe with the boys, and spent a fair bit of time in Barcelona and London

Favourite sport other than football: English Premier League and the NFL

What sport would you like to compete in, at the 2016 Olympics: Pole Vault

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: I try to

Favourite restaurant: Little Lefroys in Fremantle

Do you believe in UFO’s: No

What three items would you take on a desert island: Alex Silvagni, he’s an outdoorsman so he’d be a great resource, I'd also take some water and a bit of food

Any special hobbies or interests: I enjoy snowboarding but it’s pretty tough to do over here. I did that quite a bit throughout high school

Three famous people you would like to meet: Alex Ferguson, JJ Watt and Roger Federer

What do you have that is of great value to you but no one else: Signed Arsenal FA Cup winning jersey