Zorko’s leadership questioned after costly strike

Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko has been criticised by club legend Jonathan Brown after he was reported in a pivotal moment in his team’s loss against Melbourne.

Zorko was once again among his side’s best players, but was reported for striking Melbourne forward Tom McDonald after he swung an elbow at McDonald’s head in the third quarter.

The incident occurred with the Lions in possession with the ball and holding a 15-point lead, before his strike caused a free-kick reversal which led to a Demons goal shortly after.

Zorko had given away the most free kicks in the AFL through the first 11 rounds, and Brown said the Lions captain needed to take a leaf out of legendary triple-premiership skipper Michael Voss’ book.

“It’s not great leadership is it?” Brown told Fox Footy.

“We’ve lauded Dayne Zorko for his captaincy, but he has given away the most free kicks in the competition this year.

“You’ve got to understand moments. I played under one of the great captains in the history of the game, Michael Voss, who understood exactly the moment of a game and what was required at that time. He would never make a mistake like that, he would often do an inspirational thing.

“That’s what Dayne needs to be aware of, especially as they start to get towards the pointy end of the ladder and the pointy end of the season. You’ve got to be better than that and set an example for his younger teammates, no doubt about it.”

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