Zorko now comfy with ‘ elite’ tag

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

DAYNE Zorko says he is start­ing to feel like he be­longs in the AFL’s elite bracket af­ter an­other ex­tra­or­di­nary game in a los­ing Bris­bane side.

Zorko col­lected 36 dis­pos­als, kicked four goals, won 10 clear­ances and laid 12 tack­les as the Lions were smashed by 85 points by Gee­long on Satur­day night at the Gabba.

It was the fifth- best in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance recorded by the AFL’s player rat­ings sys­tem and the sec­ond- best in a beaten team since 2010. And it con­tin­ues a break­through sea­son for the 28- year- old, who has won Bris­bane’s past two club best- and- fairest awards but has taken his game to a stun­ning new level this year.

Asked if he felt like he was in the same ech­e­lon as AFL su­per­stars like Pa­trick Danger­field and Joel Sel­wood, Beams said: “A lit­tle bit.”

“I had an in­ter­view with a guy at the mid­way point of the year and he said, ‘ how do you think you’re trav­el­ling?’ I said I prob­a­bly wasn’t in that elite ( bracket) but I was def­i­nitely as­pir­ing to be up there.

“I’ve still got plenty of growth ar­eas – my game’s not per­fect by any means. As you start to play more games and you’re in the sys­tem for a lit­tle bit longer, you kind of know what you’re able to per­form or bring out ev­ery week.”

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