Top Lion loving his International Rules
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.’’