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Dayne Zorko reflects on the year

In his first year as Captain Dayne Zorko’s Lions achieved a lot, including their first Finals appearance since 2009.

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Dayne
Zorko

Height
175 cm
DOB
09-02-1989
Weight
78 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2019
24
Career
168
Goals
2019
23
Career
184
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2501
Avg
104
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 played 21 games in 2017 and kicked 35 goals. 

• Averaged just over 25 disposals per match.

• Collected 36 disposals and kicked four goals in a huge performance against Geelong in Round 16. 

• His stunning season was rewarded with the Merrett-Murray Medal at the Lions’ Club Champion award for the third consecutive year, while he also gained All-Australian selection for the first time. 

Season by Season

• Zorko played 20 games in 2016 and celebrated his 100th match in Round 22 - he averaged 23.6 disposals this season, including a season high 33 touches against Sydney.

• He kicked four goals in the Lions’ big loss to Collingwood in Round 8, and played one of the best halves seen by a Brisbane Lions player in recent seasons against Carlton in Round 21. 

 • Zorko was the architect of the Lions’ four-point win with a superb individual display. He finished with 27 touches, three goals, 12 inside 50s, five scoring assists and 12 contested possessions.

• Dayne Zorko’s terrific season was rewarded with the Merrett-Murray Medal at the Lions’ Club Champion awards - the second time he won the Club's Fairest and Best award, after being one of four Merrett-Murray medallists in 2015.

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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 24
    • Kicks 16.8
    • Handballs 5.5
    • Disposals 22.3
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 6.7
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 104.2

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 St Kilda Rd 14
Handballs 8 Geelong Cats Rd 22
Disposals 31 Melbourne Rd 15
Marks 8 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 12 Adelaide Crows Rd 9
Goals 3 Port Adelaide Rd 17
AFL Fantasy 143 Melbourne Rd 15

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles W 102 - 58 15 5 20 2 0 3 3 8 1 1 94
2 North Melbourne W 87 - 107 13 6 19 3 0 3 2 3 0 2 71
3 Port Adelaide W 107 - 90 17 8 25 3 0 0 0 6 0 2 102
4 Essendon L 112 - 65 18 4 22 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 92
5 Collingwood L 61 - 123 11 6 17 3 0 3 2 10 0 1 92
6 Gold Coast Suns W 62 - 111 10 5 15 2 0 0 1 8 0 0 75
7 Sydney Swans W 103 - 81 22 7 29 3 0 3 2 11 1 0 136
8 Western Bulldogs L 92 - 76 20 8 28 7 0 0 1 7 2 0 134
9 Adelaide Crows W 93 - 92 16 4 20 3 0 1 1 12 1 1 118
10 Fremantle L 73 - 72 18 3 21 6 0 1 1 4 1 1 99
11 Hawthorn W 85 - 66 10 8 18 2 0 3 2 6 1 1 80
12 Carlton L 78 - 63 10 4 14 2 0 1 1 8 1 0 80
14 St Kilda W 59 - 115 24 4 28 6 0 0 0 4 1 0 120
15 Melbourne W 107 - 74 23 8 31 7 0 0 1 5 3 2 143
16 GWS Giants W 74 - 94 19 7 26 6 0 1 1 8 0 2 121
17 Port Adelaide W 49 - 97 21 3 24 0 0 0 2 5 3 1 102
18 North Melbourne W 87 - 75 18 4 22 3 0 6 1 7 0 1 103
19 Hawthorn W 60 - 87 20 5 25 5 0 0 1 6 2 0 118
20 Western Bulldogs W 98 - 80 10 1 11 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 53
21 Gold Coast Suns W 144 - 53 17 8 25 8 0 2 1 7 2 0 130
22 Geelong Cats W 75 - 74 15 8 23 1 0 3 1 6 1 0 94
23 Richmond L 82 - 55 21 6 27 5 0 3 2 9 2 0 135
FW1 Richmond L 65 - 112 16 5 21 3 0 2 1 8 0 3 101
SF GWS Giants L 80 - 83 20 5 25 5 0 2 2 5 1 1 108
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 8 404 132 536 94 0 39 31 160 23 19 2501

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 168
    • Kicks 13.3
    • Handballs 8.2
    • Disposals 21.5
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 6.0
    • Goals 1.1
    • AFL Fantasy 95.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 26 Western Bulldogs Rd 5, 2017
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 9, 2019
Goals 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 8, 2018
AFL Fantasy 181 Geelong Cats Rd 16, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Brisbane Lions 404 132 536 94 0 39 31 160 23 19 2501
2018 Brisbane Lions 302 155 457 54 0 43 37 159 26 18 2120
2017 Brisbane Lions 341 185 526 79 0 38 29 147 34 27 2400
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
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Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
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G
Goals
B
Behinds
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AFL Fantasy points

Awards

Club Awards

All Australian
2017

Merrett-Murray Medal - Club Champion
2015, 2016, 2017

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
2013

Lions Second Leading Goal-Kicker
2013

Equal 4th Lions Club Champion
2013

Lions Rookie of the Year
2012


 

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