Martin runs amok as Zorko falls flat

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

RICH­MOND copied the GWS blue­print and tagged Dayne Zorko out of the game for the sec­ond time this year.

Prized Tiger re­cruit Dion Pres­tia had pro­duced a medi­ocre first sea­son at Punt Road un­til pro­duc­ing his best per­for­mance in the 31- point vic­tory at Eti­had Sta­dium.

It is a pity Bris­bane did not have an ef­fec­tive plan for Dustin Martin who ran amok, surely pock­et­ing an­other three Brown­low votes af­ter col­lect­ing 40 pos­ses­sions, kick­ing two goals and win­ning 14 clear­ances in the 16.16 ( 112) to 12.9 ( 81) win.

But he may face MRP scru­tiny af­ter col­lect­ing an­tag­o­nis­tic Lion Nick Robert­son with a swing­ing left to the head.

Pres­tia, the for­mer Sun, ran with Zorko, Bris­bane’s most po­tent of­fen­sive weapon and the clear leader of their club cham­pi­onship to date.

A week af­ter Zorko pro­duced one of the best in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances of the sea­son against Gee­long, he was re­stricted to just 11 touches.

Zorko’s ef­fort against the Cats was the third high­est rank­ing game by of- Tigers’ fi­cial statis­ti­cians Cham­pion Data of the sea­son.

It was also only the sec­ond time a player had gath­ered 35 or more pos­ses­sions, had dou­ble- fig­ure tack­les and clear­ances and kicked four goals.

The Tigers clearly saw him as the ma­jor threat and chal­lenged Pres­tia to make a dif­fer­ence.

GWS mid­fielder Sam Reid tagged Zorko in Rd 14, re­strict­ing him to just five pos­ses­sions and the worst game of his ca­reer.

Nick Robert­son was also re­ported for a head­butt

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

WRAPPED UP: Stan­nis Agita of the Her­mit Park Tigers is tack­led by Bull­dogs player Rim Kris.

Dustin Martin of the Tigers.

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