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Dawson’s love for his teammates

Winning the 2017 Best Clubman Award at Saturday night’s Doig Medal is an accolade Zac Dawson will cherish

6:42pm  Oct 12, 2017

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

Retirees share special bond

Retiring Fremantle players Zac Dawson and Garrick Ibbotson will sign-off after Sunday’s WAFL Grand Final

12:52pm  Sep 21, 2017

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197 cm
94 kg

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: -

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Dawson played all but four games in 2016 as he helped support an injury-plagued defence. His height remains an asset down back and the 31-year-old will welcome more competition for spots after Fremantle added new faces from the Trade and Draft periods.

Zac had an interrupted pre-season due to injury. He’s now with the main group and looking good. He’s been working with our tall, younger defenders, passing on experience and has been very good working with them.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Played a crucial role down back and shored up Fremantle’s injury-plagued defence, missing just four games in 2016.

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.


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 166
    • Kicks 3.4
    • Handballs 6.6
    • Disposals 10.0
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.5
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 38.0

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


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

100 AFL games: Round 5, 2013 v Richmond

150 AFL games: Round 4, 2016 v North Melbourne


Club Awards

Best Clubman

Player of the Finals

Programmed Recruit of the Year


Q & A

Nickname: Daws

AFL club supported as a kid: Hawthorn

Best moment in junior footy: Winning premierships in under 10s, 11s, 12s and 14s

Before a game I always: Listen to nice music

As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered: Ruthless

The player from another club you most like to watch: Cyril Rioli

All-time favourite player: Robert Di Pierdomenico

Etihad Stadium roof – open or shut: Shut

What do you like to do on your days off: Spending time with my family

How do you amuse yourself on a plane flight during the footy season: Study and watch movies

Which singer/band would you like to see perform at the AFL Grand Final: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Who is the king of selfies at your club: Hayden Crozier

If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Any quarterback in the NFL

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Mansion for my family and parents

Favourite city in the world to visit: Miami

What’s next on your travel bucket list: Europe

Childhood hero: Fireman Sam

Your wife would describe you as: Caring

What is your worst trait: Forgetful

Least preferred household chore: Mopping the floors

The three most admired people you would like to meet: Barack Obama

Your most treasured possession: Photos of my daughter

Favourite professional sporting team: Oakland Raiders

Favourite sporting hero: John Barker

Favourite food: Roast

Favourite movie and movie star: Dumb and Dumber and Denzel Washington

Favourite TV show: The Walking Dead

Three things you would like to do after your footy career: Sleep, spend time with the family and earn plenty of money