Dayne Zorko kicks OUTRAGEOUS goal of the season contender from the boundary line as injury-plagued Lions beat Adelaide by 36 points to go top of AFL ladder
- Dayne Zorko kicked a goal from near the boundary line without breaking stride
- Brisbane captain booted two majors as the Lions beat Adelaide 102-66
- Lions improved to 8-1 for the season with the win and moved top of the ladder
- But reigning premiers Melbourne could reclaim top spot tomorrow
Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko kicked a contender for goal of the season in the Lions’ 102-66 win against Adelaide on Saturday night.
With the Lions leading by 38 in the fourth quarter at the Adelaide Oval, Zorko received a handball from Jarrod Berry inside the 50 metres line and close to the boundary line.
The 33-year-old kicked the ball almost without breaking stride, somehow managing to keep his balance before going out of bounds.
Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko kicked a contender for goal of the season in the Lions’ 102-66 win against the Crows at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday
His effort was rewarded as the Sherrin rolled across the square and in between the posts under the watchful eye of Brisbane forward Charlie Cameron, who opted not to get involved.
Cameron, Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale (35 disposals, one goal, seven clearances) and Zac Bailey (three goals, 19 touches) were instrumental as the Lions took top spot on the ladder ahead of Sunday’s games.
Zorko, who added 26 possessions to his two goals, Hugh McCluggage (22 disposals), Jarryd Lyons (24, eight clearances) and Daniel Rich (26) were other standouts in the Lions’ eighth win from nine matches this season.
Adelaide forward Shane McAdam booted three goals and Ned McHenry kicked two.
The Lions improved to 8-1 for the season and momentarily climbed to the top of the AFL ladder
Acting Crows captain Ben Keays (27 disposals, 10 clearances), Jordan Dawson (24 touches), Jackson Hately (27, one goal) and Rory Laird (32 possessions, 10 tackles) battled gamely.
But Adelaide remain in the mire in 14th spot with three wins after being flattened by a powerful Brisbane surge.
The Lions slipped 15 points down when McAdam slotted his third goal in the 23rd minute of the second stanza.
But Brisbane emphatically responded to the challenge: they kicked the next eight goals of the game – and 11 of the next dozen.
Charlie Cameron kicked four goals as Brisbane secured a 36-point win over the Crows
While Lachie Neale finished with 35 disposals, one goal and seven clearances
After Adelaide’s Taylor Walker scored the game’s first major, the Lions went on a run of four consecutive goals including two from ex-Crow Cameron.
Brisbane held a 5.2 to 3.3 quarter-time lead before the tide turned Adelaide’s way in the second term.
The Crows kicked four unanswered goals – two each to McHenry and McAdam – to take a 15 point lead.
McHenry’s first came amid controversy: he snapped a goal after picking up a ball which had clearly gone out of bounds within metres of the boundary umpire, who inexplicably failed to whistle.
Shane McAdam booted three goals for the Crows but it wasn’t enough to beat Brisbane
The Crows led by three points at halftime, 7.6 to 7.3, but were overwhelmed by a Brisbane blitz in the third quarter.
In a barnstorming 25 minutes, Brisbane booted six goals to none with Cameron, who left the Crows after the 2017 season, adding two more and missing another set shot.
Brisbane’s burst created a 28-point buffer at three quarter-time and the Lions then cruised to victory in a tame last term by adding three goals goals to one against the flagging Crows, who mustered just two majors in the entire second half.