As usual, the spotlight hasn’t cooled on the midweek headlines around the AFL.
The top story Tuesday was Chris Tarrant’s announcement to retire. The Collingwood forward turned defender, turned forward once more, will call it quits at the end of the season after an injury riddled 2012- he’s managed just seven games this season.
Tarrant began his career at the Magpies and became an All-Australian forward at the club. His production had begun to decline when the Pies flipped him to Fremantle in a big dollar deal where it got a little worse, but he reinvented his career as a tall defender and helped the Dockers make a big finals push in 2010.
He returned to the Magpies and played in their 2011 Grand Final loss before once again finding success in front of goals this season as a forward option next to Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes.
Tarrant has played 263 (Collingwood 191, Fremantle 72) and has kicked 366 goals.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is adamant that Saturday’s late withdrawal of Jon Griffin to superstar ruck Aaron Sandilands was 100% legitimate and that he doesn’t have a case to answer to Richmond coach Damien Hardwick or the AFL.
A lot of people were dirty at the Docker’s coach, claiming it was a cheap tactic after the giant Sandilands was declared fit earlier that week after over two months on the side lines with a turf toe injury.
Lyon was noticeably angry when pressure by WA talk show host Karl Langdon, but stuck to his story that Griffin had suffered a groin injury and was unable to go.
“You want to get a new source because he’s full of hot air and beating his own chest when’s got no idea,” Lyon said on station 882 6PR.
“The only way Aaron Sandilands was going to play was Matthew Pavlich was in serious doubt and Aaron would have played, or clearly what occurred which was a new injury.
“Clearly he (the source) is wrong and you’re wrong.
Fremantle slid into the eight with their big home win against the Tigers and have a battle this week to retain it when they go against North Melbourne.
North should benefit from the return of Daniel Wells who suffered a calf injury two weeks ago.