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A sidestep developed playing rugby league is helping GIANTS star Zac Williams prosper in the AFL.

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Zac
Williams

Height
185 cm
DOB
20-09-1994
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2019
9
Career
87
Goals
2019
1
Career
21
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
717
Avg
80
ZacWilliams

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Narrandera (NSW)
Debut: 2013
Recruited From: Narrandera/NSW-ACT U18
Brownlow Votes: 8
Community Ambassador: Belconnen Magpies & Southern NSW (Narrandera, Coolamon, Turvey Park, Howlong, Eastlakes MCU)

Player Partner

Hume Club

Social Media

Follow Zac on Instagram
@zaccy_williams29

Player Bio

Local NSW product Zac Williams was selected by the GIANTS with pick 55 in the 2012 NAB AFL Rookie Draft. The athletic half-back from Narrandera in southern NSW was the first GIANTS Academy graduate to play senior AFL when he made his debut in round five, 2013. A passion project for inaugural coach Kevin Sheedy, Williams was chosen to be on stage to help induct Sheedy as a Legend in 2018. Williams went from strength-to-strength and firmly established himself as a key member of the GIANTS' backline with his run and carry from defence. A pre-season achilles injury looked to ruin his 2018 season but he came back to play in both of the club’s finals, starring in his return game against the Swans.‚Äč A proud Aboriginal man, Williams is part of the club's RAP committee

After a brilliant 2017 season, the small defender was sorely missed last year when he ruptured his achilles over summer and missed the entire home and away season. Williams incredibly made it back to play in both of the GIANTS’ finals and was one of the team’s best after he averaged 21 possessions across half-back and looked like he hadn’t missed any time at all. Lachie Whitfield’s emergence in his absence could see Williams push into the midfield more this year, or he might even be used in conjunction with the club champion as a defender and on the wing.

The exciting defender continued to develop last year and improved his consistency, giving the GIANTS plenty of run from the back half. Williams averaged 22.2 possessions in his 23 games, which was a personal best, and after spending time in the midfield in 2017, could be looking to work his way up the ground more permanently this season. Loves to take the game on when he has the ball in his hands and creates plenty of scoring opportunities with his speed and run and carry. The first GIANTS Academy draftee to make his senior debut is one of the rookie system’s best success stories.

Was forced to work his way into the senior side through the NEAFL last year, but after being picked for the GIANTS' round three clash with the Sydney Swans, didn't miss another game for the season. Williams delivered consistently on the promise he showed in 2015, his run and attacking play off half-back sensational, as was his work on the wing and through the midfield at various stages. Gave the GIANTS enormous drive from the back-half and well and truly established himself in the club's best 22.

Had to wait until round six for his first senior game in 2015 and then headed back to the NEAFL after spending three successive weeks as the sub. But after earning another recall in round 12, Williams didn't look back. Averaged almost 20 possessions a game in his final nine games and provided brilliant support for fellow attacking defender Heath Shaw. The former GIANTS Academy product thrilled fans with his willingness to take the game on with the ball in his hands. Williams could be a star by the end of the year if his game continues to evolve.

One of the surprise packets of the GIANTS’ 2013 campaign, Williams found the going tougher early in his second year at the club. Struggling for consistency, he played only two AFL games in the opening 15 rounds. The small defender bounced back well late in the season, playing six of the final eight games.

Picked up late in last year’s rookie draft, 2013 was supposed to be a development year for the youngster from Narrandera in country NSW. Instead, Williams’ terrific form in the NEAFL led to his AFL debut in round five against Gold Coast and he made 11 senior appearances, including six in succession late in the year.

A quick, tough midfielder, Williams can also play at half-back or in a back pocket and represented NSW/ACT in 2012. Still raw, the teenager from Narrandera in country NSW also spent time in the NEAFL and has a bright future.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 17.2
    • Handballs 5.6
    • Disposals 22.8
    • Marks 5.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.8
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 79.7

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 St Kilda Rd 7
Handballs 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 2
Disposals 30 St Kilda Rd 7
Marks 8 St Kilda Rd 7
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 2 Essendon Rd 1
Goals 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 2
AFL Fantasy 112 St Kilda Rd 7

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 112 - 40 11 7 18 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 67
2 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 52 14 11 25 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 89
3 Richmond W 125 - 76 20 5 25 7 0 0 3 0 0 0 82
4 Geelong Cats W 75 - 79 12 4 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 53
5 Fremantle L 82 - 106 21 6 27 8 0 0 1 1 0 1 101
6 Sydney Swans W 79 - 120 24 6 30 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 87
7 St Kilda W 114 - 70 25 5 30 8 0 2 1 1 0 0 112
8 Hawthorn L 71 - 38 19 3 22 7 0 1 2 1 0 0 83
9 Carlton W 138 - 45 9 3 12 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 43
10 Melbourne W 68 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
13 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 3 155 50 205 47 0 3 9 7 1 1 717

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 87
    • Kicks 11.7
    • Handballs 7.4
    • Disposals 19.1
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 73.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 St Kilda Rd 7, 2019
Handballs 15 Western Bulldogs Rd 9, 2016
Disposals 31 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2016
Marks 10 Sydney Swans Rd 12, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 West Coast Eagles SF, 2017
Goals 3 Essendon Rd 11, 2017
AFL Fantasy 131 Essendon Rd 11, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 GWS Giants 155 50 205 47 0 3 9 7 1 1 717
2018 GWS Giants 33 9 42 11 0 1 2 7 0 0 173
2017 GWS Giants 302 208 510 75 0 14 19 88 7 8 1906
2016 GWS Giants 289 167 456 96 0 17 14 67 4 4 1760
2015 GWS Giants 104 83 187 51 0 3 5 31 5 3 776
2014 GWS Giants 63 52 115 28 0 2 6 21 2 3 460
2013 GWS Giants 71 78 149 28 0 6 4 33 2 1 592

Legend

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AFL Fantasy points

History

Draft History

2013 Rookie Draft GIANTS Academy selection (GIANTS) No.55; 2013 NAB AFL Draft rookie elevation (GIANTS) selection No.95

Player Honours

AFL AWARDS

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2013