Season by Season
Primed for a big 2014, Ziebell was injured early in the Round 2 encounter against the Western Bulldogs. With his shoulder causing obvious discomfort, the midfielder still managed to finish the game but missed the following three weeks.
After returning to the side, Ziebell collected at least 23 disposals in four consecutive matches. However the injury bug would rear its ugly head again a few weeks later against Brisbane in Round 15.
A knee problem ruled the number seven out for two matches and he returned as the substitute in Round 18 against Carlton. However it was shortly after the split round where Ziebell suddenly became an added threat down forward.
While he had spent plenty of time in the forward 50 before, it started to pay off in Round 20 against the GWS Giants. Two goals in a 75-point victory sparked something, and Ziebell ended up kicking 11 goals in his last seven games for the year.
Ziebell then underwent post-season shoulder surgery and will return to the track just after Christmas.
Mid-season, from Darren Crocker
“Ziebs has been really solid and really consistent with the way he’s gone about his football so far this year.
“He’s tough in the clinches. If there was an area to work on – he’s a technically good kick. But we’ve been working on getting the most value out of his possessions.
“It’s about getting him to not go for too much when kicking. He can try to go for something that’s a little too tough sometimes.”
End of season review
The number 7's second half of 2013 endeared him to fans even more. His acts of courage and timely goals lifted North in numerous games.
A 27-possession, 4 goal haul against Collingwood in the final round was the perfect end to a season of great improvement for the vice-captain.
In his comeback game, Ziebell turned in arguably the best match of his career. 27 disposals and 4 goals led North past Geelong for the team's best win in a long while and gave the playing group self belief.
Playing sore through the middle of the season, Ziebell was finding form when he was hit with a four match suspension against Carlton in Round 16. It caused uproar around football circles yet ultimately Ziebell spent part of the next month in Utah working on his fitness.
The benefits of the trip were evident in the last few weeks of the season. When others were wilting under a West Coast onslaught in the Elimination Final, Ziebell stood up with a quality 30-possession performance.
Finally Ziebell was able to complete a season unimpeded by injury and it showed in the second half of the year.
After criticism for a slow start, Ziebell worked his way into form and exploded for a remarkable 41-possession game in Round 17 against the Bulldogs - a career high.
His first suspension of his career came in Round 23 against St Kilda after he collected Nick Riewoldt high with a bump. It meant his start to 2012 was delayed until Round 3.
After his 2009 was ended prematurely with a broken leg against Adelaide, Ziebell took some time to find his feet again in his second season.
His tackling pressure took a step up with five of his 14 games bettering anything he offered in his debut season.
Just as he was starting to hit his straps, Ziebell suffered yet another broken leg against Geelong in Round 14, ending his second year in the same fashion as his first.