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Z-Day for Zorko

Dayne Zorko will claim an undeniable place in AFL trivia history with his 100th game on Sunday.

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Zorko celebrates 100

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Zorko ahead of 100th game

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Player of the Round: Dayne Zorko

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Dayne
Zorko

Height
174 cm
DOB
09-02-1989
Weight
76 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2016
20
Career
101
Goals
2016
23
Career
101
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2123
Avg
106
DayneZorko

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Surfers Paradise (QLD)
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 7 2012
Recruited from: Broadbeach (QLD)
Brownlow Votes: 6

Introduction

A quick and gutsy midfielder, Dayne Zorko dominated the local Queensland competition for a number of years before getting his chance at an AFL career. He has since made an immediate impact at the elite level, displaying the pace, skill and determination to run through the middle, or even provide an effective small forward option.

Background

• Originally from Surfers Paradise, Zorko Captained Queensland's U18 side in 2007, but was overlooked at the AFL National Draft.

• He joined Broadbeach's senior QAFL side as an 18 year-old and made an immediate impact with the Cats by winning the Club's Best & Fairest award.

• He went on to win four successive Broadbeach Best & Fairest awards and Captain Queensland's U21 side - but repeatedly failed in his attempt to find his way onto an AFL list.

• But an outstanding season in the NEAFL, which culminated in him winning the 2011 Syd Guildford Trophy as the Football Record Player of the Year, put Zorko back on the AFL recruiters' radar.

• Arguably most significant was his brilliant four-goal performance in Queensland’s narrow loss to Western Australia which also netted him the Zane Taylor Medal as best afield.

• He also finished just one vote shy of securing the 2011 Grogan Medal - which incidentally, was his third top 10 finish in the competition's highest individual honour across the past four seasons.

• Zorko was eventually snapped up by the Gold Coast SUNS as a Queensland Priority Selection, before then being on-traded to the Brisbane Lions in exchange for Pick No.34 in the 2011 AFL National Draft.

Season By Season

Season By Season

• Zorko’s form in the back half of the season was exceptional, earning him his first Merrett-Murray Medal at the 2015 Club Champion awards night.

• The Queenslander racked up a game high 38 possessions against Adelaide, attributing a move further up the ground to getting the most out of his football.

• Across the season he averaged a career-best 22.95 disposals per game but wasn’t able to match his goal tally from 2013 (26), finishing the season with 18 goals.

Season by Season

• After the official AFl player ratings showed Dayne Zorko to be the most improved player in 2013, he signed a new deal with the Lions, keeping him at Brisbane until the end of 2016. 

• Zorko stepped up again in the 2014 season, playing some career best games while averaging 22.2 disposals.  

• In a disappointing loss to Fremantle in round 22, Zorko demonstrated his never give up attitude, raking up 38 disposals (15 kicks 23 hand balls), 7 marks and 5 tackles. 

• Following his outstanding season, Zorko placed 2nd in the Club’s Merrett-Murray medal with 134 votes just short of winner Tom Rockliff on 138.

• Fresh from a standout debut season, Zorko showed no signs of the 'second year blues' when he produced a standout NAB Cup campaign. Not only did he help guide the Lions to a breakthrough pre-season premiership, but he also nearly claimed the Michael Tuck Medal as the best on ground in the Grand Final triumph over Carlton (he was eventually edged out by teammate Daniel Rich). 

• He went on to play in all 22 of the Lions' senior matches in 2013 (one of only four players to do so) and kick the second most goals at the Club (26) - just two shy of Jonathan Brown. 

• Although his scoreboard impact was far greater in 2013, Zorko's average number of possessions, tackles and inside 50s dropped from his stellar debut season. 

• He still produced some big individual efforts, including a 29-disposal and three-goal performance against Melbourne in Round 5 at the Gabba. 

• His value to the team was rewarded when he finished equal 4th in the Club Champion award alongside Tom Rockliff - bettering his equal 7th position from his debut year.

• Zorko was also named in Queensland's Team of the Year for the second consecutive season.

• Zorko’s first ever AFL pre-season was hampered by a hip flexor injury which required the 23-year-old to travel to Perth for treatment, before pulling on the Lions colours for the first time in Round 5 for the Reserves.

• After two dominant displays in the NEAFL to build his match fitness, Zorko was rewarded with a senior berth against Collingwood in Round 7 – and the rest is history.

• After starting as the substitute against Collingwood, Zorko kicked his first goal against GWS in Round 8.

• But it was his performances in the next four weeks, where he averaged 21 possessions, laid 30 tackles and kicked five goals, that really made the AFL community sit up and take notice.

• Zorko went on to become a cult figure among fans, teammates and the media alike – with respected commentators Dennis Cometti and Brian Taylor dubbing him “Zorko the Magician” and “The Zork” within just a few games.

• Rarely has a first-year player been so influential, with coach Michael Voss describing him as “a player that lifts the rest of the team”.

• He played a total of 16 games in 2012, with an average 20 disposals, an average 6 tackles (second only to Jack Redden at the Club), and a total of 16 goals for the year.

• Zorko’s achievement was so great that when it came time to award the Rookie of the Year award at the annual Club Champion Dinner, the match committee sought board approval so that Zorko (who, under the original rules was too young to win the award at age 23), could claim the award that he so thoroughly deserved.

• He also finished the year with a remarkable 6 Brownlow Votes – the Club’s equal second with Simon Black and Jack Redden.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 15.0
    • Handballs 8.6
    • Disposals 23.6
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 6.4
    • Goals 1.2
    • AFL Fantasy 106.2

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 Sydney Swans Rd 6
Handballs 13 Essendon Rd 18
Disposals 33 Sydney Swans Rd 6
Marks 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 13
Hit-outs 1 Sydney Swans Rd 6
Tackles 12 Adelaide Crows Rd 20
Goals 4 Collingwood Rd 8
AFL Fantasy 148 Sydney Swans Rd 6

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 166 - 102 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 83 - 117 18 6 24 5 0 2 2 5 2 1 110
3 Geelong Cats L 125 - 56 13 12 25 2 0 2 2 6 0 0 89
4 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 15 7 22 3 0 3 3 10 1 1 109
5 Western Bulldogs L 120 - 67 13 8 21 6 0 2 0 5 2 0 107
6 Sydney Swans L 94 - 97 25 8 33 6 1 2 0 7 1 2 148
7 Port Adelaide L 136 - 59 15 7 22 0 0 2 0 9 2 1 110
8 Collingwood L 65 - 143 13 6 19 6 0 4 1 7 4 0 122
9 Melbourne L 131 - 68 14 8 22 2 0 1 0 5 1 0 91
10 Hawthorn L 87 - 135 13 10 23 2 0 2 3 9 2 0 106
11 Carlton L 102 - 64 16 9 25 4 0 1 1 6 0 4 104
12 Fremantle L 64 - 147 18 8 26 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 100
13 West Coast Eagles L 82 - 131 19 12 31 11 0 0 0 8 0 1 147
14 Richmond L 117 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Gold Coast Suns L 139 - 113 8 11 19 1 0 3 0 8 1 0 90
17 GWS Giants L 67 - 146 21 7 28 6 0 3 0 6 1 3 131
18 Essendon W 91 - 128 15 13 28 4 0 1 2 6 0 0 102
19 Port Adelaide L 79 - 173 8 8 16 2 0 2 1 7 2 0 85
20 Adelaide Crows L 177 - 39 5 9 14 1 0 1 1 12 0 0 82
21 Carlton W 99 - 95 21 6 27 7 0 1 2 4 3 0 125
22 Geelong Cats L 69 - 129 10 6 16 6 0 2 1 1 0 2 65
23 St Kilda L 161 - 103 20 10 30 3 0 0 4 4 1 1 100
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 19 300 171 471 83 1 34 23 128 23 16 2123

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 101
    • Kicks 11.7
    • Handballs 9.0
    • Disposals 20.7
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 5.4
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 90.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 Sydney Swans Rd 6, 2016
Handballs 23 Fremantle Rd 22, 2014
Disposals 38 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2015
Marks 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 13, 2016
Hit-outs 2 Richmond Rd 5, 2014
Tackles 12 Adelaide Crows Rd 20, 2016
Goals 4 Collingwood Rd 8, 2016
AFL Fantasy 148 Sydney Swans Rd 6, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Brisbane Lions 300 171 471 83 1 34 23 128 23 16 2123
2015 Brisbane Lions 300 205 505 98 0 29 35 85 18 11 1987
2014 Brisbane Lions 222 244 466 59 2 25 32 115 18 16 1846
2013 Brisbane Lions 193 139 332 57 2 24 27 117 26 27 1624
2012 Brisbane Lions 168 146 314 74 2 18 15 103 16 14 1515

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

AFL Brisbane Lions: 16 games, 16 goals

Awards

Club Awards

Lions Rookie of the Year
2012

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
2013

Lions Second Leading Goal-Kicker
2013

Equal 4th Lions Club Champion
2013

Other Awards

Queensland U18 Captain
2007

Broadbeach Best and Fairest
2008-2011

Queensland U21 Captain
2009

Queensland State Representative
2010, 2011

Broadbeach Captain
2010-2011

NEAFL Team of the Year
2011

Runner-Up Grogan Medal
2011

Zane Taylor Medal
2011

Syd Guildford Trophy
2011

Queensland Team of the Year
2012, 2013