23 Zakery Pretty

Height
185cm
Weight
80kg
Current Team
Eastern Ranges
Birthday
July 27, 2001

THE Eastern Ranges’ ball magnet has a case to be the biggest improver of 2019 in the NAB League, bursting onto the scene after a big pre-season and joining Mitch Mellis and Lachlan Stapleton as key ball winners in the Ranges’ midfield. He is a clearance machine, averaging 5.6 per game to go with his 4.1 tackles. The role of extractor ensured he fit the Ranges midfield trio to a t, flicking out deft handballs to his outside runners and showing a terrific understanding with them. He was also as consistent as anyone throughout the NAB League season, falling below 20 disposals just twice across 17 games and finishing with an average of 25.2 having gotten up to 37 in Round 5. Pretty now has to iron out his kicking (47.1 per cent efficiency) and add more of an outside game to become a more complete midfield prospect, and his current rate of improvement suggests he is capable of doing just that with a chance at the next level.

STRENGTHS: Endurance, accumulation, clearances, consistency, clean hands
IMPROVEMENTS: Kicking, scoreboard impact

DRAFT CENTRAL’S INTERVIEW WITH ZAK PRETTY AT THE 2019 STATE DRAFT COMBINE:

NAB League Boys

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2018Eastern Ranges925346161950712033.08.311.32.00.01.70.040
2019Eastern Ranges1532764293621821369110650173179.016.225.22.10.14.10.293
Total-1623014634223423274111351193208.115.123.22.10.13.70.2133

Results

(Grand Final)
Ikon Park

(Preliminary Finals)
Ikon Park

(Qualifying Final)
MARS Stadium

(Round 17)
Avalon Airport Oval

(Round 16)
Shepley Oval

(Round 14)
Box Hill City Oval

(Round 12)
UTAS Stadium (Launceston)

(Round 13)
Norm Minns Oval

(Round 11)
Box Hill City Oval

(Round 10)
MARS Stadium

(Round 9)
Box Hill City Oval

(Round 7)
RSEA Park

(Round 6)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 5)
Trevor Barker Oval

(Round 3)
Preston City Oval

(Round 2)
Trevor Barker Oval

(Round 1)
RSEA Park

(WC Round)
Ikon Park

(Round 16)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 13)
Box Hill City Oval