David Zaharakis

David Zaharakis
Personal information
Full name David Zaharakis
Date of birth 21 February 1990 (1990-02-21) (age 21)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team Northern Knights
Draft 2008: Pick 23 (Essendon)
Height/Weight 182 cm / 72 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 11
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Essendon 53 (57)
1 Playing statistics to end of the 2011 season .
Career highlights
  • W.S. Crichton Medal 2011

David Zaharakis (born 21 February 1990) is an Australian rules footballer for Essendon in the Australian Football League who is of Greek heritage.



Zaharakis was selected by Essendon, the team he supported all his life,[1] with their second (23rd overall) pick in the 2008 AFL Draft. He had previously been playing with the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup and was captain in 2008. He finished Year 12 in the same year at Marcellin College where he also won the Terrance Cleary Memorial Sporting Award for sportsmanship and sporting excellence.[2]

Zaharakis was awarded Essendon's number 11 guernsey which was previously worn by Damien Peverill and has been his number throughout most of his junior career.[3] Zaharakis kicked his first goal for Essendon in the final seconds of the 2009 Anzac Day match to beat Collingwood by five points.[4]

He played 10 games in his debut season and 20 in 2010. His 2011 season has been his most consistent and impressive season to date. He capped off the year by winning his first Crichton Medal as Essendon's best & fairest player.[5]

Zaharakis played his junior football with Eltham Junior Football Club. He is also a soccer fan and supports Melbourne Victory and Manchester United. Zaharakis is also a talented basketballer, earning Australian Marist V honours in 2007.[citation needed]

Career highlights




  • All-Australian U18
  • Co-Captain of Vic Metro U18
  • Vic Metro U18
  • Captain of Northern Knights U18

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jobe Watson
Essendon Best and Fairest Winner
Succeeded by


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