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Geraldton welcomes Matt

Matt Taberner hadn’t been to WA before joining Freo, so the AFL Community Camp has been an eye-opener

5:50pm  Feb 18, 2015

Taberner bulks up, keeps the run

Forward Matt Taberner says Monday's training session was a tough, but very positive one

4:51pm  Feb 9, 2015

Top 10 moments of 2014: Number 10

Freo gained its first Rising Star nomination in three years

11:07am  Sep 30, 2014

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Taberner bulks up

3:09pm  Feb 9, 2015

The Rising stars of 2014

2:52pm  Sep 2, 2014

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Matt
Taberner

Height
197 cm
DOB
17-06-1993
Weight
89 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2014
9
Career
13
Goals
2014
7
Career
9
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
496
Avg
55
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: -

Season by Season

Outlook: Taberner broke into the team late in 2014 and offered a strong target in attack. He has enjoyed a strong pre-season and should be prominent up forward this season.

What the coach says (Peter Sumich): Having a really good pre-season as a young tall forward. He’s put on four or five kilos and he’s looking much stronger. We know he can run, but we’re working more on his technique to make sure he doesn’t get pushed around in the marking contest.

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

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 6.8
    • Handballs 3.4
    • Disposals 10.2
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 55.1

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 22
Handballs 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 22
Disposals 22 Brisbane Lions Rd 22
Marks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 22
Hit-outs 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 15
Tackles 5 West Coast Eagles Rd 15
Goals 2 Port Adelaide Rd 23
AFL Fantasy 110 Brisbane Lions Rd 22

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 46 - 116 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Gold Coast Suns W 87 - 39 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Hawthorn L 137 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Essendon W 113 - 60 4 2 6 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 50
5 Sydney Swans L 92 - 75 3 1 4 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 19
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 West Coast Eagles W 54 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Port Adelaide L 94 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats W 96 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Western Bulldogs W 51 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows W 90 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Richmond W 85 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions W 105 - 22 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles W 88 - 81 12 1 13 7 1 0 0 5 0 0 80
16 Melbourne W 34 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants W 136 - 60 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 St Kilda L 118 - 60 7 4 11 4 0 3 2 2 1 1 53
19 Carlton W 83 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Geelong Cats L 81 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn W 110 - 91 7 8 15 6 0 1 0 1 1 0 66
22 Brisbane Lions W 48 - 106 14 8 22 10 0 1 1 4 1 2 110
23 Port Adelaide W 105 - 97 9 5 14 7 0 1 1 1 2 1 73
FW1 Sydney Swans L 93 - 69 3 2 5 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 26
SF Port Adelaide L 83 - 105 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 19
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 8 61 31 92 40 1 6 8 25 7 6 496

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 6.1
    • Handballs 3.2
    • Disposals 9.3
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 49.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Handballs 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Disposals 22 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Marks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Hit-outs 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 15, 2014
Tackles 6 North Melbourne Rd 13, 2013
Goals 2 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2014
AFL Fantasy 110 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Fremantle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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

Beacon Award
2014

Q&A

One word to describe you: Space cadet

Favourite player to watch growing up: Nick Riewoldt

Who has had the most influence on your career: Football coaches

Toughest individual opponent: Harry Taylor  

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Me, I think I already have 

Thriftiest player at your club: Hayden Crozier and Craig Moller

The next big thing at your club: Alex Pearce 

The smartest thing you have been told: You’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: On the couch playing FIFA

Do you have any strange phobias: I only eat food made in Australia 

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Breaking Bad 

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Hey Arnold

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Film critic

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Smoothie with yoghurt

Your last meal would be: Protein Bar

Your favourite holiday destination: Bali

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Brad Pitt 

What are your three essential items: Wallet, keys and moisturiser

Most useless thing you have bought: Slice and dicer for vegetables, I haven’t taken it out of the box

Best subject at school: Math 

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: A soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona