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Zach
Merrett

Midfielder

Height
180 cm
DOB
03-10-1995
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2019
22
Career
125
Goals
2019
8
Career
44
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2381
Avg
108
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

 

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JLJ Canberra Bombers

McPherson Window Cleaning

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 22
    • Kicks 14.8
    • Handballs 13.7
    • Disposals 28.5
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.3
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 108.2

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Western Bulldogs Rd 21
Handballs 24 Fremantle Rd 9
Disposals 39 North Melbourne Rd 5
Marks 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 21
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Fremantle Rd 22
Goals 2 Fremantle Rd 22
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 L 69 - 73 15 15 30 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 108
7 Geelong Cats L 86 - 54 13 16 29 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 104
8 Sydney Swans L 77 - 72 18 10 28 5 0 4 0 9 1 1 136
9 Fremantle W 60 - 53 11 24 35 6 0 2 0 6 0 0 125
10 Richmond L 73 - 50 17 13 30 3 0 0 1 8 0 2 117
11 Carlton W 74 - 33 13 9 22 4 0 3 1 8 0 1 102
13 Hawthorn W 96 - 77 13 15 28 3 0 3 0 3 1 0 99
14 West Coast Eagles L 106 - 71 15 15 30 2 0 2 1 6 0 1 105
15 GWS Giants W 77 - 71 17 11 28 6 0 2 0 2 0 1 102
16 Sydney Swans W 76 - 66 9 9 18 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 57
17 North Melbourne W 86 - 81 11 23 34 3 0 2 0 6 0 0 114
18 Adelaide Crows W 75 - 96 20 11 31 5 0 2 0 3 2 3 126
19 Gold Coast Suns W 96 - 106 15 12 27 4 0 0 1 5 0 0 98
20 Port Adelaide L 67 - 126 17 14 31 5 0 3 1 4 1 0 116
21 Western Bulldogs L 33 - 137 24 9 33 8 0 3 0 6 0 0 141
22 Fremantle W 55 - 87 16 7 23 4 0 1 1 10 2 0 124
23 Collingwood L 76 - 65 16 10 26 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 92
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 10 325 302 627 89 0 39 10 117 8 10 2381

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 125
    • Kicks 13.5
    • Handballs 12.2
    • Disposals 25.7
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.5
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 101.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Western Bulldogs Rd 21, 2019
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 325 302 627 89 0 39 10 117 8 10 2381
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