Senior Dayne Zorko (2011-) (Captain)

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The Ghost Who Walks
Sep 20, 2004
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Dayne Zorko takes home his Fifth Merrett-Murray Medal

Dayne Zorko has cemented his position as an all-time great of Queensland football by joining Lions Legend Michael Voss as a five-time club champion.

The skipper could argue his fifth Merrett-Murray medal was the most cherished of the lot as it came in a season where he steered the Lions to the third consecutive top four finish at the end of the 2021 home and away season.

Zorko polled 340 votes for a standout season in which he recorded career high numbers for kicks per game while maintaining his lofty standards as one of the AFL’s best pressure players.

It was how he used the ball that really defined his superb performances, as he finished the season ranked in the top five in the AFL for inside fifties, goal assists, score involvements as well as pressure acts.

And just to add another bit of silverware to the haul he was also honoured with the covered Players Player of the Year Award.

In front of 540 guests at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Zorko received the award from Brisbane Bears legend Roger Merrett, Lions chairman Andrew Wellington and Senior Coach Chris Fagan.

The medal’s other namesake, Fitzroy Team of the Century Captain Kevin Murray, was unable to attend due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
 

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The Ghost Who Walks
Sep 20, 2004
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Brisbane Lions
Year of the Great Dayne

If there was any lingering doubt about his lofty status as a Maroon grown legend, Dayne Zorko cemented his position as one of the All Time greats of Queensland footy in 2021.

The skipper claimed his fifth Merrett-Murray medal as Club champion for an inspiring season which ranked statistically alongside the best of his 10-year career.

Since taking over the captaincy, the born and bred Queenslander has led the Lions to three consecutive top four finishes at the end of the home and away season, a record that is second only to premiership skipper Michael Voss among Lions captains.

His 550 disposals for the season were a career best as were the 23 goal assists, which ranked five across the entire competition.

He was just as effective without the footy, ranking in the top 6 in the AFL for tackles and pressure acts.

His 35 possession, two goal masterclass against GWS in Rd 11 would rank among the finer individual performances of his career, however it was his ability to spark his side when they needed a lift that was the most impressive feature of his year.

After a loss to Melbourne in Rd 12, Zorko was the architect behind the thrashing of powerhouse Geelong in the Lions next outing.

And again, after a disappointing loss to Hawthorn in Launceston in Rd 20, it was the skipper who inspired the three-game winning streak that secured the Club a tip four finish.

He was best on ground against Fremantle and backed it up with starring performances against Collingwood and West Coast.

At 32, Zorko is showing no signs of slowing down and remains one of the premier players in the AFL.

Standout Performance: Zorks Turns Back the Clock in Perth

In one of his most dominant performances of the season, our Skipper turned back the clock against Fremantle in Round 21.

Putting on an absolute clinic, racking up 34 disposals, Zorko was the vital cog driving the Lions to their 64-point victory.

A staple of his game since being drafted, Zorks laid 10 tackles and kicked a goal to add icing to the cake.

Honourable mentions include his 35 disposal, 2 goal masterclass against GWS in Round 11 as well as his 34 disposal, 9 mark display against the Suns in Round 9.



Season Averages

Disposals - 24.1 (Above-Average)

Kicks - 16.8 (Elite)

Marks - 5.3 (Elite)

Tackles - 6.1 (Elite)

Total Clearances - 4.5 (Above-Average)
 

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