Tarni White’s courage couldn’t be questioned in her first year at the elite level, and neither could her talent or importance to the side.
Snapped up by St Kilda with pick No. 30 in the 2019 Women’s Draft, the Coorparoo recruit burst from the blocks as a reliable rebounding defender with plenty of grit and courage.
While a devastating ACL injury – her second in as many years – in Round 4 halted the promising Saint’s progress, the young Queenslander showed plenty to confirm her fierce determination and first-class skillset.
White’s commitment to fulfilling her childhood dream never wavered despite her lengthy setback, with the No. 29 persevering through multiple lockdowns due to COVID-19, the challenge of living interstate and an onerous recovery to eventually earn selection for the Saints' 2021 season opener .
A nomination for the NAB Rising Star was the cherry on top of a sensational return, which came complete with 20 touches and seven marks.
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