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Fremantle list update

The Fremantle Dockers have confirmed the first changes to the club’s playing list following the 2017 season

4:11pm  Oct 6, 2017

Clarke signs on

Ruckman to remain at the club in 2017

2:04pm  Nov 8, 2016

Basketball nearly the calling

Being selected for Victoria's state football team decided which sport Zac Clarke would pursue

5:33pm  Aug 12, 2016

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Burning question: karaoke

4:22pm  Apr 5, 2018

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2:59pm  Mar 23, 2018

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203 cm
85 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Surrey Park (VIC)
Recruited from: Oakleigh (VIC)
Draft information: National Draft 2008 - pick 37
Debut: Round 13, 2009 v Collingwood
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 1

A string of recent injuries has seen Clarke unable to recapture his best form. The 26-year-old has the potential to develop into a dangerous ruck/forward and earned a one-year contract extension at the end of the 2016 season.

Zac had an interrupted pre-season due to a knee injury and is expected to be eased back into the WAFL during the year.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Juggling ruck duties with Jonathon Griffin the absence of Sandilands, Clarke showed some return to form, earning a one-year contact extension at the end of the season.

Clarke spent time in the AFL side and with Peel Thunder in 2015, continuing to develop his role as a key ruckman and handy tall forward.

Clarke performed very well as a backup to Aaron Sandilands in 2014 and is more than capable of leading the ruck himself if required.

Clarke had a terrific season since returning to the side in round 8. He has become a ruckman capable of leading the side, but his partnership with Aaron Sandilands was a major x-factor for Fremantle.

After playing the first 10 rounds in 2012, Zac Clarke appeared sporadically for the rest of the season. He was mainly played as a forward but also backed up Aaron Sandilands and Jon Griffin in the ruck. Clarke was excellent in the round 4 win over St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, kicking a mercurial goal at an important stage of the thiRnd term. He also played in Freo’s second final but was quiet. Clarke has been inconsistent at best in his career to date, but he turns 23 next year and is approaching a stage of his career when many developing talls sprout into quality players.

Clarke was a revelation in 2011, seizing his opportunity and showing Fremantle fans that the future of the club’s ruck division is in good hands when Aaron Sandilands hangs up the size 18s. The 21-year-old played his first game of the year in round 11 and didn’t miss a match for the rest of the season. He showed he was adept at finding the ball and using it well for a big man, averaging almost 14 disposals per game and finishing second overall at Freo for disposal effiency (80.8%). Clarke, who had 172 hitouts in his 13 appearances, was even used as a midfielder at the stoppages throughout the season. He exploded into prominence on the Friday night footy stage against St Kilda in round 20 when he took a mark of the year contender and gained a Rising Star nomination.

Clarke played his first 2010 game for Fremantle as a forward in the round 12 match against St Kilda, where he struggled to make an impact against the tight-marking Saints defence. He played mainly for East Perth in the WAFL this year, where he has been allowed to develop. After starting the season as a ruckman, Zac was given more time as a key forward by the Royals as the season progressed.  He has shown improvement as the season has progressed and will be expected to push for spot in Fremantle's side in 2011.


By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 101
    • Kicks 5.0
    • Handballs 6.6
    • Disposals 11.6
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 13.6
    • Tackles 3.1
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 66.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Western Bulldogs Rd 7, 2015
Handballs 13 Melbourne Rd 21, 2013
Disposals 24 North Melbourne Rd 22, 2011
Marks 12 North Melbourne Rd 22, 2011
Hit-outs 43 Port Adelaide Rd 13, 2016
Tackles 10 West Coast Eagles Rd 18, 2011
Goals 3 Port Adelaide Rd 8, 2014
AFL Fantasy 129 North Melbourne Rd 22, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


50 games: Round 22, 2013 v Port Adelaide

100 games: Round 21, 2016 v Adelaide

Q & A

Nickname: Clakkas

AFL club supported as a kid: Richmond

Best moment in junior footy: Winning under 16s Grand Final

Before a game I always: Strap my ankles and listen to music

As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered: Good team mate

The player from another club you most like to watch: Michael Barlow

All-time favourite player: Matthew Richardson

Etihad Stadium roof – open or shut: Depends on the weather

What do you like to do on your days off: Go to the beach with my dog and play basketball

How do you amuse yourself on a plane flight during the footy season: Play chess against Ballas and get easy wins

Which singer/band would you like to see perform at the AFL Grand Final: Anyone but Meatloaf

Who is the king of selfies at your club: Alex Pearce, Nat Fyfe, Hayden Crozier, Tom Sheridan

If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: James Packer

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Private jet

Favourite city in the world to visit: London

What’s next on your travel bucket list: South America

Childhood hero: Batman

Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Very relaxed and fun

What is your worst trait: Too many to name

Least preferred household chore: Making the bed 

The three most admired people you would like to meet: Barack Obama, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods

Your most treasured possession: Photo album of my family

Favourite professional sporting team: Don't have one

Favourite sporting hero: Scott Pippen and Tom Brady

Favourite food: Chicken risotto

Favourite movie and movie star: Coach Carter, Denzel Washington and Leonardo Dicaprio

Favourite TV show: Peaky Blinders

Three things you would like to do after your footy career: Travel, get married and find a job