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Tim
Taranto

Height
187 cm
DOB
28-01-1998
Weight
87 kg
Debut
2017
Games
2019
26
Career
63
Goals
2019
11
Career
24
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2896
Avg
111
TimTaranto

PLAYER BIO

AT A GLANCE

Junior Clubs: Parkdale (Vic)
Debut: 2017
Recruited From: St Kevin's (Vic)/Mordialloc Braeside (Vic)/Sandringham U18
Brownlow Votes:
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Community Ambassador: Hawkesbury Saints

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PLAYER BIO

Tim Taranto joined the GIANTS with pick two in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft. He elevated himself among the best junior talents with his smarts around goal and an innate ability to find the footy. Taranto is incredibly athletic, running a level 15.9 beep test, but matching that with footy sense. Tough and competitive, and a great overhead mark around the ground, Taranto made his debut in round one, 2017 after an impressive JLT Series. Taranto won a Rising Star nomination in his first season and has become a mainstay of the GIANTS’ midfield in just two seasons.

After spending 2017 across half-forward, Taranto played more time as a midfielder and wingman in 2018 and delivered on the promise he showed in his debut season. Taranto averaged 20.8 disposals and 6.1 tackles in his 23 games and finished equal third at the GIANTS in contested possessions and fourth for clearances. Played some important roles floating forward but kicked 6.14 – and his kicking remains the youngster’s only concern. With the departures of Dylan Shiel and Tom Scully, Taranto’s midfield time will grow again this year, and along with Jacob Hopper, he’ll be a crucial part of the on-ball division.

The GIANTS’ top pick at the 2016 NAB AFL Draft had an immediate impact in his first year and showed his toughness in the JLT Community Series when he bounced back to his feet after being crunched by star Swan Lance Franklin. Made his debut in round one and played 12 of the first 14 games before a serious ankle injury. Such was the GIANTS’ faith in Taranto, he was recalled for the club’s last two finals and averaged 16 possessions and 3.5 tackles in those games. He spent most of last year playing across half-forward, but should get more mid eld time this season to show off his cool head and excellent hands in close.

The GIANTS' top pick impressed club recruiters with his ability to stand up in big games last year and he is certain to feature at senior level this season. Taranto will initially make his way as a forward who can take a grab, but will eventually move into the midfield, where his big body and elite endurance make him an ideal package.

STATS

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 26
    • Kicks 16.6
    • Handballs 11.2
    • Disposals 27.7
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 6.3
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 111.4

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 26 Carlton Rd 9
Handballs 18 Adelaide Crows Rd 12
Disposals 38 Carlton Rd 9
Marks 12 Carlton Rd 9
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 14 Collingwood Rd 18
Goals 2 Richmond Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 156 North Melbourne Rd 13

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 112 - 40 21 9 30 3 0 1 2 10 2 0 137
2 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 52 12 7 19 3 0 0 1 5 0 1 77
3 Richmond W 125 - 76 17 13 30 1 0 2 0 6 2 0 118
4 Geelong Cats W 75 - 79 15 13 28 4 0 0 1 9 0 0 116
5 Fremantle L 82 - 106 11 11 22 3 0 0 2 6 0 2 84
6 Sydney Swans W 79 - 120 21 9 30 5 0 0 3 10 1 0 133
7 St Kilda W 114 - 70 19 9 28 5 0 2 2 3 1 1 105
8 Hawthorn L 71 - 38 11 13 24 8 0 0 1 4 0 0 96
9 Carlton W 138 - 45 26 12 38 12 0 0 2 4 1 1 155
10 Melbourne W 68 - 94 14 18 32 6 0 0 0 8 0 2 130
11 Gold Coast Suns W 126 - 43 14 10 24 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 75
12 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 61 18 18 36 5 0 0 0 7 1 0 139
13 North Melbourne W 68 - 91 21 9 30 9 0 2 0 10 1 0 156
15 Essendon L 77 - 71 14 5 19 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 86
16 Brisbane Lions L 74 - 94 17 5 22 2 0 1 1 7 0 0 93
17 Richmond L 94 - 67 19 17 36 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 117
18 Collingwood W 122 - 75 16 16 32 5 0 1 2 14 0 1 147
19 Port Adelaide W 55 - 56 18 13 31 2 0 3 0 5 0 0 109
20 Sydney Swans W 83 - 81 13 12 25 5 0 2 4 4 0 0 84
21 Hawthorn L 29 - 85 20 5 25 5 0 3 1 6 0 1 110
22 Western Bulldogs L 65 - 126 13 15 28 4 0 0 0 6 0 2 107
23 Gold Coast Suns W 55 - 127 14 17 31 4 0 1 4 5 1 1 104
FW1 Western Bulldogs W 113 - 55 19 9 28 7 0 0 1 5 0 0 113
SF Brisbane Lions W 80 - 83 11 6 17 2 0 0 2 5 0 1 66
PF Collingwood W 52 - 56 23 3 26 5 0 2 0 6 1 0 122
GF Richmond L 114 - 25 14 16 30 5 0 3 1 7 0 0 117
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 10 431 290 721 121 0 24 33 164 11 13 2896

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 63
    • Kicks 12.8
    • Handballs 9.7
    • Disposals 22.5
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.7
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 92.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 26 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
Handballs 18 Adelaide Crows Rd 12, 2019
Disposals 38 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
Marks 12 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 14 Collingwood Rd 18, 2019
Goals 2 Richmond Rd 3, 2019
AFL Fantasy 156 North Melbourne Rd 13, 2019

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 GWS Giants 431 290 721 121 0 24 33 164 11 13 2896
2018 GWS Giants 271 208 479 83 0 22 17 140 6 14 2059
2017 GWS Giants 105 110 215 31 0 4 7 54 7 4 873

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

HISTORY

DRAFT HISTORY

2016 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (GIANTS) No. 2 overall. 

PLAYER HONOURS

AFL AWARDS

NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee 2017

CLUB AWARDS

GIANTS Rising Star 2017

GIANTS Standards Defensive Award 2018