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Dawson cleared of rough conduct

Freo defender available for St Kilda clash on Saturday

4:39pm  May 23, 2016

Kicking the focus

Zac Dawson says he’s well prepared for the 2016 season after struggling with injuries during last year’s campaign

2:15pm  Jan 4, 2016

Dawson becomes a dad

Fremantle defender Zac Dawson has become a father during the pre-season

6:46pm  Dec 10, 2015

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Zac
Dawson

Height
197 cm
DOB
22-02-1986
Weight
92 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2016
9
Career
155
Goals
2016
0
Career
7
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
306
Avg
34
ZacDawson

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Doutta Stars (VIC)
Recruited from: Calder Cannons (VIC)
Draft information: National Draft 2003 - pick 41 (Hawthorn), Rookie Draft 2008 - pick 13 (St Kilda), Pre-Season Draft 2011 - pick 10 (Fremantle) 
AFL debut: Round 21, 2005, Hawthorn v Richmond
AFL clubs: Hawthorn, St Kilda, Fremantle 
Career Brownlow votes: -

OUTLOOK
Didn’t play until round 18 in 2015 and only managed five games for the season due to injury and suspension. He will look to step up and compete as he anchors a new look Fremantle backline without Luke McPharlin.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (Michael Prior)
Had a really great summer, and put in a lot of work after an interrupted pre-season last year. He continues to provide a good example for the younger players at the club in terms of his work ethic and commitment to the game.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Injury kept Dawson sidelined for much of 2015 but he was a useful inclusion later in the year. Will for look for more game time in 2016.

Dawson has been a reliable defender for a number of years now and he stood up well in the absence of Luke McPharlin. He surprisingly took out the round 23 Mark of the Year nomination for a grab against Port.

Dawson was his reliable self in the hearty of defence in 2013, including in the latter half of the year when Luke McPharlin was out injured. Played strongly on the second tall forward or resting ruckman when McPharlin was in the side.

Zac Dawson played his first game for the club in round 1 against Geelong and made an instant impact with a bone-jarring bump on Mathew Stokes late in the game that played a pivotal part in Freo’s win.

Tough and reliable, the former Saint was a key member of a Freo defence that conceded the second fewest points in the competition behind only premiers Sydney.

He usually got the opposition’s second tall forward and was rarely beaten.

Dawson’s intimate knowledge of Ross Lyon’s game plan from his days at St Kilda was another bonus to Fremantle.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 3.0
    • Handballs 6.0
    • Disposals 9.0
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 1.2
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 34.0

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 5 Carlton Rd 5
Handballs 11 Western Bulldogs Rd 1
Disposals 15 Western Bulldogs Rd 1
Marks 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 1
Hit-outs 4 St Kilda Rd 10
Tackles 3 North Melbourne Rd 4
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 67 Western Bulldogs Rd 1

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs L 103 - 38 4 11 15 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 67
2 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 126 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 10
3 West Coast Eagles L 92 - 59 5 8 13 6 0 1 2 1 0 0 48
4 North Melbourne L 132 - 101 2 6 8 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 37
5 Carlton L 68 - 72 5 4 9 3 2 0 3 2 0 0 33
6 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 64 1 7 8 2 1 0 2 1 0 0 22
7 GWS Giants L 77 - 95 1 6 7 2 4 1 1 1 0 0 27
8 Hawthorn L 116 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Richmond L 45 - 83 3 6 9 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 23
10 St Kilda L 101 - 67 4 4 8 3 4 1 1 2 0 0 39
11 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 10 27 54 81 29 11 6 13 13 0 0 306

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 155
    • Kicks 3.5
    • Handballs 6.6
    • Disposals 10.2
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 38.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Melbourne Rd 10, 2009
Handballs 15 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2014
Disposals 19 Melbourne Rd 10, 2009
Marks 11 Collingwood FW1, 2009
Hit-outs 6 Collingwood Rd 7, 2013
Tackles 5 Port Adelaide SF, 2014
Goals 1 Adelaide Crows Rd 12, 2014
AFL Fantasy 89 Melbourne Rd 10, 2009

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Fremantle 27 54 81 29 11 6 13 13 0 0 306
2015 Fremantle 10 35 45 13 1 3 7 6 0 0 146
2014 Fremantle 60 162 222 77 15 11 28 26 1 0 787
2013 Fremantle 60 158 218 72 15 10 34 40 0 0 795
2012 Fremantle 60 107 167 50 3 6 15 21 2 2 606
2011 St Kilda 61 153 214 80 16 7 25 25 1 1 784
2010 St Kilda 99 122 221 89 0 14 22 22 1 3 853
2009 St Kilda 127 157 284 136 5 11 22 39 2 1 1222
2008 Hawthorn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Hawthorn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Hawthorn 35 68 103 37 1 6 15 24 0 0 410
2005 Hawthorn 8 12 20 5 0 1 4 4 0 0 68

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

Milestones

50 AFL games: Round 14, 2010 v Melbourne (St Kilda)

100 AFL games: Round 5, 2013 v Richmond

Awards

Club Awards

Player of the Finals
2014

Programmed Recruit of the Year

2012

Q & A

Your nickname: Daws

One word to describe you: Intuitive

Favourite player to watch growing up: Dermott Bereton

Who has had the most influence on your career: Parents and Ross Lyon

Toughest individual opponent: Anthony Rocca

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Matt Taberner

Thriftiest player at your club: Tommy Sheridan

The next big thing at your club: Michael Apeness

The smartest thing you have been told: Don’t eat cheese before noon

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: Las Vegas

Do you have any strange phobias: The feel of chalk dusters

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Suits and Game of Thrones

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Captain Planet

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Accountant

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Cereal

Your last meal would be: Pork Chops

Your favourite holiday destination: Maldives

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Kosmo Kramer

What are your three essential items: Phone, wallet and sunglasses

Most useless thing you have bought: A pogo stick

Best subject at school: Calculus

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl