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David
Zaharakis

Midfielder

Height
180 cm
DOB
21-02-1990
Weight
79 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2018
17
Career
187
Goals
2018
7
Career
119
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1647
Avg
97
DavidZaharakis

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior clubs: Eltham/Marcellin College
Recruited from: Northern Knights
Draft history: Pick No.23, 2008 national draft
Debut: Round 2, 2009 
Brownlow votes: 39

Player Sponsors

Anna Rankin - Anna Rankin & Oliver Haddrell

David Parasol - CT Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

Peter Gavos

Carla Bergen - Zakattack

Essendon’s most experienced player with 187 games to his name from his 10 seasons at the club, prior to the 2019 season.

Zaharakis is a clean on-baller with good speed and decision-making who has defied the normal trend to repeatedly improve with age.

The durable midfielder is as consistent as any player at The Hangar, averaging 26 disposals and five marks in 2018 on either side of a disappointing mid-season shoulder injury.

Having once again completed extra off-season high-altitude training in Colorado, Zaharakis is primed for another strong season leading the way in the middle.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 17
    • Kicks 14.1
    • Handballs 11.5
    • Disposals 25.6
    • Marks 5.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.6
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 96.9

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 27 GWS Giants Rd 10
Handballs 18 Collingwood Rd 5
Disposals 35 Adelaide Crows Rd 1
Marks 8 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Fremantle Rd 2
Goals 2 Port Adelaide Rd 23
AFL Fantasy 143 GWS Giants Rd 10

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 99 - 87 22 13 35 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 117
2 Fremantle L 106 - 90 14 10 24 2 0 3 1 9 0 0 104
3 Western Bulldogs L 104 - 83 13 13 26 4 0 2 0 3 0 0 91
4 Port Adelaide W 106 - 84 12 16 28 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 91
5 Collingwood L 101 - 52 16 18 34 6 0 0 1 2 0 2 109
6 Melbourne L 72 - 108 12 16 28 3 0 0 1 7 1 0 108
7 Hawthorn L 67 - 90 13 12 25 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 83
8 Carlton L 91 - 78 15 10 25 7 0 0 1 6 1 0 113
9 Geelong Cats W 84 - 50 18 15 33 8 0 1 0 6 0 0 133
10 GWS Giants W 60 - 95 27 6 33 7 0 1 0 5 1 2 143
11 Richmond L 43 - 114 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
12 Brisbane Lions W 62 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 West Coast Eagles W 52 - 80 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 North Melbourne W 125 - 108 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Collingwood L 62 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns W 51 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Fremantle W 99 - 70 14 11 25 6 0 1 0 2 1 1 98
19 Sydney Swans W 109 - 66 14 8 22 2 0 2 0 6 1 0 96
20 Hawthorn L 107 - 103 9 12 21 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 62
21 St Kilda W 122 - 79 10 8 18 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 68
22 Richmond L 81 - 73 14 16 30 6 0 1 1 4 0 1 107
23 Port Adelaide W 89 - 111 14 11 25 7 0 3 0 3 2 0 112
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 10 240 195 435 85 0 16 10 62 7 6 1647

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 187
    • Kicks 12.3
    • Handballs 9.6
    • Disposals 21.9
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.7
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 86.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 27 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2018
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 143 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Essendon 240 195 435 85 0 16 10 62 7 6 1647
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

Awards

Club Awards

2011 Crichton Medal

AFL Awards

2013 Anzac Day Medal

2012 AFLPA 22under22 team

2009 Rising Star nominee

Milestones

Milestone Games

Milestone Versus Round Venue Result
AFL debut Fremantle Rd 2, 2009 Marvel Stadium W 38
Finals debut Carlton EF, 2011 MCG L 62
50th game Western Bulldogs Rd 21, 2011 Marvel Stadium W 49
100th game Adelaide Rd 14, 2014 Marvel Stadium W 9
150th game Carlton Rd 3, 2017 MCG L 15