Justin praised for selfless act
JUSTIN Tarr knew his body wouldn’t stand up to the rigours of a senior grand final.
And with that in mind, Tarr made the selfless decision to withdraw from Saturday’s clash against Inverleigh.
“We had a bit of a text chat on Wednesday and I asked ‘how did you pull up?’ Bell Post Hill coach Brad Martin explained.
“And he started delving into it a bit further, and I said ‘no, I’ll give you a buzz, mate, unless you can catch up’.
“We had a good chat and he said he was 80 (per cent). We needed a tall who was going to play through the ruck. “He said he wouldn’t be able to do that.”
Tarr fell on his sword, handing a game to youngster Liam Meyrich.
But in typical style, Tarr didn’t wallow in self pity. Instead, he led the Panthers to a premiership in the reserves before playing a significant part for the senior team off the field. “He’s a clubman, he knew,” Martin said of Tarr.
“And I spoke to Trav Fursland a few weeks ago and they know there’s a young crew hungry that wants to come through.
“I think we had three 20year-olds out there today, which is pretty rare.’’