Player Watch #11: David Zaharakis

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For a bloke more known for his flashiness and front running ability this bloke has been bloody fantastic this past fortnight. All round grinding game doing the hard yards and defensive things for the team. Did not waste a possession last night. Bloody brilliant to watch
I agree with all of this except the did not waste a possession bit. There were a few average kicks


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I said we could never win a flag with Zaka and his inability to defend. I was wrong. He has lead the way amongst the senior players in playing the style / brand they want to play. No more running past for cheap stats or stupid handball receives just 100% work rate both ways. The premium midfielder we have been searching for.
 

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I said we could never win a flag with Zaka and his inability to defend. I was wrong. He has lead the way amongst the senior players in playing the style / brand they want to play. No more running past for cheap stats or stupid handball receives just 100% work rate both ways. The premium midfielder we have been searching for.
Well you were kinda right, we wouldn’t with him down hill skiing, he just proved you wrong by showing he can defend well.
 

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Zaka and Bags have some of the best attitudes at the club. Team players and great trainers who make the kind of contribution you can build a team around
 

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He's been great since his return. Hopefully the standards the club have set over the past couple of months mean what we're seeing now is permanent. He's always been able to find the pill and use it but too often, when the going got tough, Zaka would go missing. Like everyone in the team at present, it seems he's got an appetite for the hard work which is fantastic.
 

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Well you were kinda right, we wouldn’t with him down hill skiing, he just proved you wrong by showing he can defend well.
Nah you have to put your hand up when you get it wrong. Has lead from the front and has been even better since he came back.
 

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Remember when Zaharakis got a week off for a tummy punch? What happened to that crack down?
Probably the same as what happened to the crack down on tripping and Fletcher, or the crack down on staging with Jetta and Green, or the crack down on....well you’re get the point and probably the point you were making anyway.
 

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Another typical Zaka season. Gets found wanting when the heat is on. Plays about 4-6 really good games where everyone thinks he's turned it around.

4 wins and 1 loss without him this year. Don't think he's that critical to the make up of our midfield. Unfortunately until we have better options we'll just need to construct a side that can mask the flaws.

Like Myers he struggles when there is a lot of heat and pressure around the contest.
 
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Not really. He got plenty of the ball but his influence was minimal.

Zaka’s not a whipping boy.
Disagree. He and Bellchambers out of the middle was what got us going in the last quarter.

Also got the second most contested possessions for our team on the night, which kinda interferes with the 'he's a soft-cok' narrative going on.
 

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Was leading the B&F before getting injured.

I'm guessing a few in here were surprised by that?
Heppell made the comment on the night that he thought that had Nankervis not smashed him into the turf when we played Richmond that he might have won it. He was going well and his value to our side is at times underrated.
 
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Heppell made the comment on the night that he thought that had Nankervis not smashed him into the turf when we played Richmond that he might have won it. He was going well and his value to our side is at times underrated.
Won't usually hear a good word said about him in a loss, as most revert to the 'down hill skier', 'soft', 'ineffective' mantra which has been ingrained over years.

Very interesting to see though that he was regarded as our best during our rough start to the year....
 
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