Zach MERRETT

#7   Essendon

Age: 22yr 2mth Games: 82 Born: Oct 03, 1995
Height: 180cm Weight: 80kg Position:

2017 Digest:   With stars back in the mix he should be even more dangerous but can expect more heat from opponents.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Haw Ball-magnet in midfield and looks set to take his game to another level this season. Unbelievable first half and end with 37 touches. 9
2 Bris Pure speed was enough to break open the match in second quarter when Bombers raced seven goals clear. Tired late. 8
3 Carl Slowish start then warmed to task despite Curnow’s shadow; Six clearances and four tackles. 7
4 Adel Class midfielder who never stopped trying, laid seven tackles and won five clearances. 7
5 Coll Worked into the game after a slowish start but by the end was knocking up winning kicks. 8
6 Melb Ball use was uncharacteristically poor in midfield. Won the ball well though, but couldn’t get much going. 6
7 Frem Had 19 touches in the first half and nine in the second. His influence dropped because of a tag. 7
8 Geel Kept the wheels rolling with 33 disposals, 12 tackles and 11 contested possessions another strong effort. 8
9 WCE Continues to rack up the touches, even with Redden assigned to him early. Set the tone. 8
10 Rich Shadowed by Lambert at times and when tag on struggled. When allowed off the leash he grabbed plenty of ball 6
11 GWS Good ball winner again, but not as damaging as he can be. Plenty of footy backward of centre. 7
12 Port Knocked up winning the ball in midfield. Did most of his work as a first-receiver, but used ball expertly. 8
13 Bye.
14 Syd Found the Sherrin well again and got better as the game wore on. The most clearances for the Bombers. 8
15 Bris Very quiet first half, but then lifted in the third quarter. 5
16 Coll Despite Greenwood shadow (and elbow to head that startled him) his ball use and creativity was first class. 8
17 StK Prolific first half and couldn't be halted by Saints. Finished with 37 disposals. 9
18 NM Lifted in the last quarter when North threatened an upset. 33 disposals and nine clearances. 7
19 WB Struggled early opposed to Libba and ball use was off. Worked into game slowly, but not his best. 5
20 Carl Won a heap of the sherrin but so many times he wants to go sideways – might win a boot scooting comp. Go forward young man. 6
21 Suspended.
22 GCS Down on his prolific numbers on his return, with Miller keeping a close eye on him. 6
23 Frem Superb in midfield with 31 possessions, but it was the four goals that were the highlight. 9
EF Syd Claimed his share of footy (21 disposals) but many of them were chipping passes that didn’t penetrate. 5

2016 Season

1 GCS Outstanding work ethic and found plenty of the ball. 8
2 Melb Huge performance centred around prolific work-rate, five inside-50s, eight tackles and three clearances. 8
3 Port Five inside-50s and eight tackles due reward for an energetic display. 7
4 Geel Monster game. Eight inside-50s, eight tackles, one goal and three clearances. 8
5 Coll Ran hard all day across the midfield, but wasn’t damaging. 4
6 Carl Always drives hard and ended with six inside-50s and six tackles. Doesn’t play bad games. 7
7 Syd Played with a lot of confidence across the midfield – eight tackles and four clearances. 6
8 NM Monster effort highlight by eight tackles, 18 contested possessions and five clearances. 8
9 StK Continues to relish added responsibility this year and is approaching top level midfield status. 7
10 Rich Not as prolific as he has been but managed nine tackles, four inside-50s and two clearances. 6
11 Frem Relentless with his hard work and had 37 touches. 7
12 Haw Got away to great start, but had turnovers. Dons’ best midfielder. 7
13 GWS Huge effort helped keep team in the game. Eight inside-50s, three clearances and eight tackles. 8
15 WCE Continued his quality season and won important contests. 7
16 StK Clear-cut Dons’ best and kept winning touches and clearances. 8
17 Rich Continued fine season in midfield and used it well mostly. A shoo-in to win Crichton Medal. 7
18 Bris One of Bombers’ best again in midfield and ball use generally good. A bit off-color late. 7
19 Adel Six clearances, eight inside-50s and 11 contested possessions. 7
20 Geel Battled hard for five clearances, four inside-50s and four tackles. Handy without starring. 6
21 GCS Unusually sloppy at times by foot but continued to find the ball to play a vital role. 7
22 WB Bombers’ best and continued to be a prolific ball-winner. Has had a super season. 8
23 Carl Big game. His precision by foot separated him from the rest. 8

2015 Season

1 Syd Handy contributions at times. 5
2 Haw Played with maturity and was one of a few Bombers to stand up to Hawks charge. 7
3 Carl Gets under guard and did so again to collect some handy disposals. 6
4 Coll Steadily racked up 20 touches but he didn’t hurt the Pies at all. 5
5 StK Useful game on wing. 6
6 Frem An impressive display. Creative and kicked a goal from 23 touches. 6
7 NM Ran through the middle and worked his butt off despite modest stats. 5
8 Bris In the thick of it all day and prepared to tackle hard at every opportunity. 6
9 Rich Showed plenty. Ran hard and creative around the ground. 7
10 Geel Among better Bombers with five inside-50s and four clearances. 6
11 WCE One of the better players. Presented and tackled with intensity. 7
13 Haw Huge effort. Found space and used ball well when he got it. Developing well. 7
14 StK Not the worst but outnumbered. 4
15 Melb Another solid day from the improving youngster. Eight tackles. 7
16 NM 13 contested possessions and a hard worker all night around ground. 7
17 Port On Boak early. Worked hard and tackled strongly winning a lot of ball. 6
18 WB Six inside-50s, a goal and played with a positive mindset. Handy effort. 7
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2014 Season

1 NM Sub came on in third quarter and had big nine touches in last term. 3
2 Haw Sub. On third term to replace Ryder but didn’t impact like coach would have liked. 1
3 VFL Had a purple patch late to get the Bombers back in the game. Good. -
4 VFL Classy with ball in hand and had a real impact. -
5 VFL Struggled a bit to get into the game. Not his best. -
6 Coll Sub. Goal in final term and did a few good things after coming on in third term. 3
7 WB His tackling was a highlight and set the tone for the team. 5
8 Bris Not a big factor. 3
9 Syd Had some good moments and caught the eye with his lacing left boot. 5
11 Rich Copped a heavy hit from Chaplin but bounced back to kick two goals. Impressive. 7
12 GWS Matched on Frost initially and had reasonable share of the ball. 6
13 Melb Kicked a goal and was OK around the packs. 5
14 Adel The sub. Did well after coming on in the third term. 3
15 Geel Sub. Quickly amassed seven disposals and set Colyer up for a goal. 2
16 Port Produced three clearances and six inside-50s. 7
17 Coll Brilliant dribbling goal at start of second half and had a heap of the ball. 7
18 WB Huge game for an 18-year-old. Four inside-50s and some great run and spread. 7
19 Syd Played as negating forward on Shaw. 5
20 Rich Quiet first half then lifted, particularly in third term. One goal, two goal assists. 5
21 WCE Sub came on early in third term to add pace. 2
22 GCS Goes from strength to strength: 10 tackles, four inside-50s and a goal. 7
23 Carl Another classy display from the youngster. Clever in traffic. 6
EF NM Handy game to complete a good season. 5
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