Top Lion lov­ing his In­ter­na­tional Rules

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMILTON

IT took Dayne Zorko just one op­por­tu­nity to don the green and gold to be­come devo­tee of In­ter­na­tional Rules.

The zippy mid­fielder capped off the best year of his ca­reer by star­ring for Aus­tralia in their 10- point win over Ire­land in the sea­son opener in Ade­laide at the week­end.

Zorko claimed his third Lions’ club cham­pion award and his first All Aus­tralian blazer this year but in­sists earn­ing se­lec­tion for the hy­brid se­ries against the Ir­ish meant more than a few end of sea­son gig­gles to the play­ers.

“I loved it. We all spoke about how great it was to be in­volved in and how en­joy­able it was to play af­ter the game,’’ Zorko said.

“To play with the elite play­ers, you don’t get to do that ev­ery day.

“I re­ally like the con­cept of it and we spoke to the Ir­ish af­ter the game, and even though they were dis­ap­pointed to have lost, and they were re­ally dis­ap­pointed, they also en­joyed the oc­ca­sion.’’

Zorko ad­mits he had never paid close at­ten­tion to the se­ries be­fore earn­ing the call- up but was now to­tally hooked and des­per­ate to re­tain his form for the next cou­ple of sea­sons to hold his place for the next se­ries in two years.

“To be hon­est I hadn’t re­ally fol­lowed it,” he said.

“But I am a mas­sive ad­vo­cate for it now.

“If we could ex­tend it, I reckon all the boys in this team would love to play more of it.’’

TRUE BLUE: Dayne Zorko play­ing for Aus­tralia at Ade­laide Oval.

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