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Zacka Rising

This year is proving to be a defining one for midfielder David Zaharakis.

12:12pm  Jun 3, 2016

No Surprises

David Zaharakis’ fast start to the season has come as no surprise to Coach John Worsfold.

8:00pm  Apr 18, 2016

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3:00pm  Mar 30, 2016

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David
Zaharakis

Height
182 cm
DOB
21-02-1990
Weight
78 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2016
20
Career
146
Goals
2016
5
Career
101
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1877
Avg
94
DavidZaharakis

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Eltham/Marcellin College
Clubs: 
Debut: 2009
Recruited from: Northern U18
Brownlow Votes: 4

Player Sponsors

Benefactor:

CT Soloutions Australia Pty Ltd

Supporter:

Zakattack

Peter Gavos

David Zaharakis didn't have the season he would have hoped for. Elevated to the leadership group at the beginning of the year, the midfielder was struck down with a number of different injuries, hurting his ability to build consistency throughout the season. The speedy midfielder began to find some form towards the end of the season particularly against the Gold Coast Suns in Round 21 where he gathered 25 disposals, took six marks and laid six tackles. Zaharakis will be hoping for an injury free 2016 and a return to his absolute best. 

Season By Season

Season By Season

A quad injury on the eve of the NAB Cup sidelined the midfielder for the pre-season competition and it took him time to find his groove. He gathered pace after a few early games and won the Anzac Day Medal for a brilliant four-goal, 34-disposal game against Collingwood. He continued at the same level and was adding his pace and class to the midfield before he copped a heavy knock in his back and suffered a cracked bone, which restricted his run and drive in the latter stages of the year. 

Season By Season

After a slower start to the season than he expected, Zaharakis burst into action in the middle of 2014 with a career-best form patch. He gathered more than 30 disposals in four consecutive
weeks, including a four-goal effort against Melbourne. Zaharakis’ sure skills, pace and goal-sense add a vital element to the club’s midfield. 

He will be a long-term Bomber after agreeing to a contract extension through to the end of 2017.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 13.5
    • Handballs 11.6
    • Disposals 25.0
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.8
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 93.9

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Sydney Swans Rd 7
Handballs 21 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
Disposals 40 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
Marks 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 22
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Western Bulldogs Rd 22
Goals 2 Sydney Swans Rd 7
AFL Fantasy 136 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Gold Coast Suns L 121 - 60 21 12 33 5 0 1 0 2 2 2 125
2 Melbourne W 80 - 67 20 14 34 7 0 0 1 5 0 0 126
3 Port Adelaide L 112 - 51 16 11 27 4 0 2 0 7 0 0 112
4 Geelong Cats L 42 - 72 17 17 34 7 0 0 4 3 1 0 112
5 Collingwood L 142 - 73 13 11 24 2 0 2 1 4 0 0 82
6 Carlton L 72 - 57 15 9 24 3 0 1 1 7 0 0 98
7 Sydney Swans L 135 - 54 22 11 33 2 0 2 0 3 2 2 122
8 North Melbourne L 60 - 74 6 6 12 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 57
9 St Kilda L 109 - 63 17 14 31 4 0 0 0 3 0 1 104
10 Richmond L 67 - 105 13 17 30 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 103
11 Fremantle L 126 - 47 3 8 11 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 26
12 Hawthorn L 43 - 151 15 18 33 3 0 1 1 5 0 0 108
13 GWS Giants L 90 - 117 11 14 25 2 0 4 0 5 0 0 91
15 West Coast Eagles L 130 - 52 11 4 15 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 50
16 St Kilda L 98 - 109 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond L 102 - 83 11 4 15 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 67
18 Brisbane Lions L 91 - 128 7 6 13 2 0 1 0 7 0 1 69
19 Adelaide Crows L 143 - 61 8 10 18 2 0 1 1 4 0 0 64
20 Geelong Cats L 100 - 34 12 5 17 6 0 2 0 6 0 0 90
21 Gold Coast Suns W 75 - 69 19 21 40 4 0 1 0 6 0 0 136
22 Western Bulldogs L 53 - 93 12 19 31 8 0 0 1 10 0 0 135
23 Carlton W 22 - 18 2 2 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 21
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 19 269 231 500 69 0 20 13 96 5 6 1877

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 146
    • Kicks 11.8
    • Handballs 9.1
    • Disposals 20.9
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 83.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Melbourne Rd 13, 2014
Handballs 21 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21, 2016
Disposals 40 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21, 2016
Marks 13 Richmond Rd 11, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Western Bulldogs Rd 22, 2016
Goals 4 Melbourne Rd 13, 2014
AFL Fantasy 136 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Essendon 269 231 500 69 0 20 13 96 5 6 1877
2015 Essendon 149 151 300 59 0 6 14 63 9 3 1199
2014 Essendon 332 228 560 108 0 12 13 85 14 14 2187
2013 Essendon 266 209 475 73 0 6 13 62 9 17 1721
2012 Essendon 171 119 290 43 0 10 9 42 7 8 1081
2011 Essendon 277 195 472 103 0 14 20 88 31 17 2039
2010 Essendon 178 141 319 93 0 12 8 52 19 18 1423
2009 Essendon 87 50 137 47 0 2 4 25 7 8 642

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

Milestones

Milestone Games:

Milestone versus round venue result
 AFL Debut  Fremantle rd 2, 2009  Etihad Stadium W 38 
 Finals Debut  Carlton EF, 2011  MCG  L 62 
 50th Game  Western Bulldogs rd 21, 2011   Etihad Stadium W 49 
100th Game Adelaide rd 14, 2014 Etihad Stadium W 9

AFL Games:

110

Awards

AFL AWARDS

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee:  2009

W.S Crichton Medal: 2011 

ANZAC Day Medallist: 2013

Q&A

Sportsperson (other than AFL) you love to watch the most: Lebron James

Coach’s favourite saying: 

Coach’s pet: Michael Hurley

Favourite Footy Commentator:
Bruce McAvaney

Whose autograph did you get as a kid? Matthew Lloyd

Describe your perfect day off: 
Lying on the beach with my mates.

Who inspires you?
People who speak with passion

Best advice received: You have time to rest when you’re dead.

What scares you the most?
Kyle Reimers

If you weren’t a footballer what would you be? NBA basketballer

First job held:
AFL footballer

Person you would most like to meet: Michael Jordan