Justin praised for self­less act

Geelong Advertiser - - FOOTY FIX - ALEX OATES

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.’’

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