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Merrett making progress

Vice-captain Zach Merrett is making steady progress from an ankle injury suffered last month.

7:26pm  Feb 11, 2019

Leadership group unveiled

The Bombers have finalised a five-man leadership group for 2019.

4:50pm  Jan 23, 2019

Merrett suffers setback

Midfielder Zach Merrett sustained an ankle injury during training on Friday morning.

2:38pm  Jan 18, 2019

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Zach
Merrett

Midfielder

Height
180 cm
DOB
03-10-1995
Weight
80 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2018
22
Career
103
Goals
2018
5
Career
36
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2232
Avg
102
ZachMerrett

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior clubs: Cobden Football Club, Melbourne Grammar
Recruited from: Sandringham Dragons
Draft history: Pick No.26, 2013 national draft
Debut: Round 1, 2014
Brownlow votes: 45

Player Sponsors

David Parasol - CT Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

Jenny and John Dixon - Hometown Handyman

James and Jackie Smith - JLJ Canberra Bombers 

Alan Burton - Windy Hill Venue

Player Bio

Player Bio

Incredibly important young Bomber who has become one of the side’s greatest leaders in his five years at the club.

Merrett finished 2018 in style, averaging 30.4 disposals, 11.8 contested possessions and 5.3 clearances from rounds nine to 23 to display typical drive and persistence after a difficult start to the season.

Merrett has a dangerous mix of speed, aggression and skill that sets a great example for his peers and has seen him rise into the top echelon of the league’s midfielders.

The ball magnet was an All Australian in 2017 and the momentum he gathered in 2018 suggests he is ready to put in another brilliant season, particularly with extra support from the club’s versatile rotation of midfielders.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 12.8
    • Handballs 14.0
    • Disposals 26.8
    • Marks 3.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 6.0
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 101.5

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Hawthorn Rd 20
Handballs 25 North Melbourne Rd 15
Disposals 41 Hawthorn Rd 20
Marks 7 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Melbourne Rd 6
Goals 1 Sydney Swans Rd 19
AFL Fantasy 138 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 99 - 87 3 4 7 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 23
2 Fremantle L 106 - 90 10 11 21 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 78
3 Western Bulldogs L 104 - 83 10 3 13 3 0 2 2 3 1 1 60
4 Port Adelaide W 106 - 84 18 11 29 5 0 1 1 8 0 0 121
5 Collingwood L 101 - 52 14 19 33 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 109
6 Melbourne L 72 - 108 15 14 29 2 0 2 0 10 0 0 121
7 Hawthorn L 67 - 90 12 5 17 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 64
8 Carlton L 91 - 78 9 7 16 1 0 1 1 8 1 1 81
9 Geelong Cats W 84 - 50 16 16 32 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 108
10 GWS Giants W 60 - 95 11 13 24 3 0 1 1 8 0 0 98
11 Richmond L 43 - 114 13 12 25 4 0 1 0 5 1 0 102
12 Brisbane Lions W 62 - 84 13 16 29 7 0 2 0 8 0 0 126
14 West Coast Eagles W 52 - 80 14 16 30 3 0 3 0 4 0 1 103
15 North Melbourne W 125 - 108 7 25 32 2 0 1 2 7 1 0 106
16 Collingwood L 62 - 78 13 20 33 4 0 1 0 8 0 0 124
17 Gold Coast Suns W 51 - 95 19 18 37 7 0 2 2 7 0 0 138
18 Fremantle W 99 - 70 15 13 28 2 0 5 1 8 0 1 112
19 Sydney Swans W 109 - 66 10 14 24 2 0 4 1 7 1 0 99
20 Hawthorn L 107 - 103 20 21 41 5 0 3 1 4 0 1 134
21 St Kilda W 122 - 79 15 21 36 4 0 0 0 5 0 0 119
22 Richmond L 81 - 73 11 14 25 6 0 3 2 4 0 1 93
23 Port Adelaide W 89 - 111 13 16 29 3 0 1 0 8 0 0 113
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 10 281 309 590 69 0 41 14 132 5 7 2232

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 103
    • Kicks 13.3
    • Handballs 11.9
    • Disposals 25.2
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.5
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 99.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Brisbane Lions Rd 2, 2017
Handballs 25 North Melbourne Rd 15, 2018
Disposals 41 Hawthorn Rd 20, 2018
Marks 10 Collingwood Rd 5, 2017
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 12 Geelong Cats Rd 8, 2017
Goals 4 Fremantle Rd 23, 2017
AFL Fantasy 152 Richmond Rd 17, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Essendon 281 309 590 69 0 41 14 132 5 7 2232
2017 Essendon 382 277 659 95 0 37 9 122 9 8 2545
2016 Essendon 349 308 657 110 0 31 10 136 7 7 2587
2015 Essendon 186 195 381 60 0 21 10 98 4 4 1539
2014 Essendon 170 134 304 67 0 18 4 79 11 2 1369

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

2016 Crichton Medallist

2018 Crichton Medal third place

2017 Bill Hutchison Community Award

2016 Best Defensive Player

2016 John Kilby Best Clubman Award

2015 Lindsay Griffiths Rising Star Award

AFL Awards

2017 All-Australian

2017 International Rules Series

2014 Rising Star nominee

AFLPA 22under22 team (2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Milestones

Milestone Games

Milestone Versus Round Venue Result
AFL debut North Melbourne Rd 1, 2014 Marvel Stadium W 39
Finals debut North Melbourne EF, 2014 MCG

L 12

50th game Greater Western Sydney Rd 13, 2016 Marvel Stadium L 27
100th game Hawthorn Rd 20, 2018 MCG L 4