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Zac Williams: From Little Things, Big Things Grow

On Saturday night Zac Williams will become the GIANTS Academy’s first player to reach 100 AFL games for the club.

12:14pm  Sep 12, 2019

Zippy Zac Happy in Midfield or Off Half-back

Zac Williams was happy to tell anyone and everyone in the GIANTS' victorious room after Saturday's stunning win over Collingwood.

12:50pm  Jul 24, 2019

The Secret Behind the Sidestep

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

2:42pm  Jun 8, 2017

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Zac
Williams

Height
185 cm
DOB
20-09-1994
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2019
22
Career
100
Goals
2019
4
Career
24
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2018
Avg
92
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.​ 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 22
    • Kicks 17.4
    • Handballs 6.3
    • Disposals 23.7
    • Marks 5.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 91.7

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 St Kilda Rd 7
Handballs 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 2
Disposals 32 Sydney Swans Rd 20
Marks 10 Sydney Swans Rd 20
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Collingwood Rd 18
Goals 1 Brisbane Lions SF
AFL Fantasy 142 Sydney Swans Rd 20

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 W 126 - 43 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 61 13 7 20 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 77
13 North Melbourne W 68 - 91 21 7 28 6 0 1 0 3 1 0 114
15 Essendon L 77 - 71 21 8 29 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 104
16 Brisbane Lions L 74 - 94 21 7 28 7 0 0 0 4 1 0 120
17 Richmond L 94 - 67 11 9 20 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 71
18 Collingwood W 122 - 75 20 6 26 4 0 1 1 10 0 0 122
19 Port Adelaide W 55 - 56 14 9 23 6 0 1 0 3 0 1 92
20 Sydney Swans W 83 - 81 22 10 32 10 0 1 0 6 0 1 142
21 Hawthorn L 29 - 85 23 3 26 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 102
22 Western Bulldogs L 65 - 126 21 6 27 4 0 1 2 5 0 0 102
23 Gold Coast Suns W 55 - 127 16 5 21 4 0 3 2 6 0 0 91
FW1 Western Bulldogs W 113 - 55 11 9 20 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 70
SF Brisbane Lions W 80 - 83 14 3 17 5 0 1 0 6 1 0 94
PF Collingwood W 20 - 24 16 3 19 6 0 1 2 2 0 0 75
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 9 383 139 522 113 0 14 15 64 4 3 2018

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 100
    • Kicks 12.5
    • Handballs 7.4
    • Disposals 19.8
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.1
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 76.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 St Kilda Rd 7, 2019
Handballs 15 Western Bulldogs Rd 9, 2016
Disposals 32 Sydney Swans Rd 20, 2019
Marks 10 Sydney Swans Rd 20, 2019
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Collingwood Rd 18, 2019
Goals 3 Essendon Rd 11, 2017
AFL Fantasy 142 Sydney Swans Rd 20, 2019

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 GWS Giants 383 139 522 113 0 14 15 64 4 3 2018
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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FF
Frees For
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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