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Fun to watch, fun to play

Zach Merrett says the Bombers’ scintillating ball movement is just as fun to play as it is to watch.

9:21pm  Apr 19, 2019

Woosha defends Merrett

John Worsfold says Zach Merrett wasn't alone in having a poor game against the Giants.

11:30am  Mar 26, 2019

Loss no cause for concern

Essendon star Zach Merrett says there is no cause for concern after the Bombers fell 28 points short of Geelong in the JLT Community Series on Thursday.

3:47pm  Mar 8, 2019

Latest Player Video

BTV: Rd 5 | Merrett post-game

8:05am  Apr 20, 2019

ICYMI | Merrett on AFL 360

5:32pm  Apr 17, 2019

BTV: JLT 2 | Merrett post-game

4:07pm  Mar 8, 2019

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Zach
Merrett

Midfielder

Height
180 cm
DOB
03-10-1995
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2019
5
Career
108
Goals
2019
1
Career
37
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
515
Avg
103
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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 13.0
    • Handballs 15.8
    • Disposals 28.8
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.8
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 103.0

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 North Melbourne Rd 5
Handballs 21 North Melbourne Rd 5
Disposals 39 North Melbourne Rd 5
Marks 4 North Melbourne Rd 5
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 North Melbourne Rd 5
Goals 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 143 North Melbourne Rd 5

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 112 - 40 5 11 16 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 50
2 St Kilda L 65 - 76 15 13 28 3 0 2 0 4 0 1 99
3 Melbourne W 112 - 130 12 14 26 1 0 3 1 7 0 0 95
4 Brisbane Lions W 112 - 65 15 20 35 4 0 1 0 6 1 0 128
5 North Melbourne W 58 - 116 18 21 39 4 0 2 1 9 0 0 143
6 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
14 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
17 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 2 65 79 144 13 0 9 3 29 1 1 515

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 108
    • Kicks 13.3
    • Handballs 12.1
    • Disposals 25.3
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.5
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 99.9

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
2019 Essendon 65 79 144 13 0 9 3 29 1 1 515
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