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David
Zaharakis

Height
180 cm
DOB
21-02-1990
Weight
75 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2017
23
Career
170
Goals
2017
11
Career
112
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2299
Avg
100
DavidZaharakis

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Eltham/Marcellin College
Debut: 2009
Recruited from: Northern U18, pick 23 2008

Player Sponsors

Benefactor:

CT Soloutions Australia Pty Ltd

Supporter:

Zakattack

Peter Gavos

An Essendon supporter as he was growing up, David Zaharakis burst on to the AFL scene with a match winning goal against Collingwood on Anzac Day in 2009.

He is a highly skilled midfielder with a strong aerobic capacity.

Zaharakis won the Crichton Medal in 2011 and produced some of the best form of his career in the first half 2016. A blistering opening seven weeks of the season saw the 26-year-old average more than 31 possessions per game.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 23
    • Kicks 14.0
    • Handballs 11.6
    • Disposals 25.7
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.7
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 100.0

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22
Handballs 21 Carlton Rd 20
Disposals 38 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22
Marks 9 Melbourne Rd 6
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 11 Sydney Swans W1
Goals 2 St Kilda Rd 17
AFL Fantasy 137 West Coast Eagles Rd 9

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn W 116 - 91 11 7 18 5 0 0 0 5 1 0 88
2 Brisbane Lions W 84 - 111 10 10 20 4 0 0 0 3 2 0 86
3 Carlton L 57 - 42 7 6 13 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 62
4 Adelaide Crows L 153 - 88 15 15 30 8 0 0 2 3 1 0 111
5 Collingwood W 100 - 82 12 5 17 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 72
6 Melbourne L 74 - 112 17 0 17 9 0 0 1 3 0 1 88
7 Fremantle L 116 - 79 9 5 14 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 62
8 Geelong Cats W 110 - 93 16 15 31 7 0 1 0 5 0 0 120
9 West Coast Eagles W 125 - 64 22 9 31 8 0 0 0 7 0 1 137
10 Richmond L 81 - 66 19 16 35 5 0 0 1 6 1 0 131
11 GWS Giants L 117 - 101 10 11 21 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 66
12 Port Adelaide W 131 - 61 10 16 26 2 0 0 0 11 0 1 113
14 Sydney Swans L 86 - 85 16 12 28 6 0 1 0 2 1 0 105
15 Brisbane Lions L 82 - 90 12 5 17 4 0 0 2 3 0 2 66
16 Collingwood W 80 - 117 18 20 38 2 0 2 0 3 1 1 121
17 St Kilda W 57 - 118 15 17 32 3 0 0 0 5 2 0 120
18 North Melbourne W 132 - 105 16 11 27 2 0 0 0 4 1 2 100
19 Western Bulldogs L 127 - 97 15 17 32 5 0 1 2 4 1 1 112
20 Carlton W 84 - 76 12 21 33 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 96
21 Adelaide Crows L 80 - 123 14 12 26 3 0 1 1 8 0 1 106
22 Gold Coast Suns W 57 - 90 23 15 38 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 130
23 Fremantle W 107 - 92 14 11 25 6 0 1 2 6 0 0 101
W1 Sydney Swans L 121 - 56 10 11 21 4 0 2 2 11 0 2 106
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 11 323 267 590 107 0 9 14 107 11 14 2299

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 170
    • Kicks 12.1
    • Handballs 9.4
    • Disposals 21.6
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.7
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 85.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22, 2017
Handballs 21 Carlton Rd 20, 2017
Disposals 40 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21, 2016
Marks 13 Richmond Rd 11, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 11 Sydney Swans W1, 2017
Goals 4 Melbourne Rd 13, 2014
AFL Fantasy 137 West Coast Eagles Rd 9, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Essendon 323 267 590 107 0 9 14 107 11 14 2299
2016 Essendon 281 241 522 75 0 21 13 99 5 6 1964
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

Awards

AWARDS

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee:  2009

W.S Crichton Medal: 2011 

ANZAC Day Medallist: 2013