Jack Ziebell (born 28 February 1991) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Ziebell received a nomination for the 2009 AFL Rising Star award in round 7 of the 2009 season. He has served as North Melbourne captain since the 2017 season.
Ziebell playing for North Melbourne in 2017
|Full name||Jack Ziebell|
|Nickname(s)||Ziebs, Zebus, JZ|
|Date of birth||28 February 1991|
|Place of birth||Wodonga, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 9, 2008 national draft|
Round 1, 2009, North Melbourne|
vs. Melbourne, at the MCG
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|Current club||North Melbourne|
|2009–||North Melbourne||210 (162)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2018 season.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Ziebell played for the Murray Bushrangers alongside fellow draftee Steele Sidebottom, and was an important part of the Bushrangers premiership win in 2008, averaging 18 possessions, two goals and six marks a match. Ziebell represented Vic Country at the 2008 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and gained All-Australian Honours after averaging 17 disposals per match.
Ziebell made his debut in 2009, his first season at the club, and had an instant impact. He produced consistently impressive performances over the first two months and was rewarded with the Round 7 NAB Rising Star nomination for his 23 disposal and 1 goal game against Port Adelaide. North Melbourne coach, Dean Laidley, singled him out in the post-match press conference and declared him a "leader" and a "superstar [in the making]". Ziebell was regarded as one of the favourites for the 2009 NAB Rising Star award at the time which is awarded to the best rookie at the end of the season.
However, Ziebell suffered from minor injuries for the next few weeks and his contributions were restricted. His season took an unfortunate turn when he broke his leg against the Adelaide Crows in round 12. He missed the remainder of the 2009 season, after playing just 10 games. However, due to the injury restricting him from playing, Ziebell has retained eligibility for the Rising Star award in 2010, again making him one of the early favourites.
Late in the 2011 season, Ziebell was suspended for three matches for rough conduct on St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt. This hit was however featured on the AFL's official advertising campaign for the 2012 AFL season.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievementsEdit
- Fox Sports (2008). Thirty of the best prospects prepare for this Saturday's AFL draft. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
- McFarlane, Glenn (23 November 2008). "Wodonga teenager Jack Ziebell comes good on pact". Herald Sun. Australia.
- "Laidley a rap for Ziebell". Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
- Herald Sun: North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell taken to hospital with suspected broken leg
- The rising stars set to shine in 2010, The Roar, Retrieved on 25 March 2010.
- "Ziebell named captain". NMFC.com.au. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "Jack Ziebell". AFL Tables. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
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