SuperCoach 2019 – Player reviews: Dayne Zorko

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The Lions captain provides an interesting conundrum: his ability to find the football vs his inability to break a tag. There is no doubt that Zorko can go big, but there are a few other things that means he doesn’t do it as consistently as we SuperCoaches would like.


He has no issue getting his hands on the ball and driving it forward. Zorko was in the top 5 at the Lions for average metres gained and averaged five Inside 50s per game – which is ranked elite. Champion Data released a stat late last season that showed he was the only midfielder to average 20+ disposals and a goal per game. That’s good, that’s really good.

He’s a tackling machine averaging 7.2 for the year, only dropping below five tackles four times in 2018. When he doesn’t have the ball, he’ll go and get it.


His disposal efficiency ain’t that great. His career average sits 68% which is what it was last season. We need our midfielders distributing the pill as cleanly as possible and he doesn’t always do that. Teams figured out last year that the key to shutting down Brisbane was shutting down Zorko. With less time to dispose of the pill, his already shaky disposal efficiency is taking a further hit.


He’s got a bit of white line fever does Dayne. He lets those taggers get under his skin. Showcased by a light post-match wrestling display with Touk Miller. The MRO will be watching closely here. I’d hate for you to pick him and he goes and punches somebody in the gob. If he doesn’t find a way to deal with opposition taggers then he will be a no go proposition. He doesn’t have the big bustling height like Fyfe or Cripps which makes it so easy to shut him down if the tagger is bigger than him. Standing at 175cm, there’s not many in the competition that are shorter than him.

With Dayne Beams buggering off back to the Pies, Brisbane don’t have many other midfielders that can be truly damaging yet. Only the arrival of Lachie Neale takes the heat off but sides may possibly stick to what has worked before and target Zorko.


We all know Dayne Zorko is better than what he produced last season, evidenced by his average of 110 (2017) and 109 (2016). To make a recommendation here, I’d say if you’re interested in him, put him on your watchlist and make him an upgrade target. Monitor how he goes with being tagged and then assess if he’s worth a place in your team. You’ll know pretty quickly because he faces arguably one of the competitions best taggers, Ben Jacobs, in round two at Marvel Stadium.

What do we reckon, community? A genuine fallen premium or a mid priced trap?


Rick Grimes · 03/02/2019 at 18:17

I think he'll cop the tag most weeks and for that reason, it's a no for me. Lyons might be the guy that gets loose. Was good at GC when clearly their best, he won't get the same attention you'd think.

Duffer · 03/02/2019 at 23:15

I mean, he averaged 107 since round 7 last year. He's struggled with tags but not exactly issues with disposal like a treloar previously where his stats are good but his scoring is bad. With Neale arriving there's some doubt over how good he'll be but he certainly seems like 100-110 material.

Franky · 04/02/2019 at 15:15

Treloar's disposal is also at 68% FYI

PizzaSafety · 04/02/2019 at 21:48

Like you said The issue is definitely the tag and he hasn't really learned to shake it. Because Neale is more difficult to tag they will probably continue to go to Zorko.

I don't think you should worry too much about the 68% efficiency because he's actually not a very accurate handballer, his kicking is at 65% which is actually pretty good, especially for a guy who spends decent time on the inside of the contest. That's better than Kelly, Dusty, Titch, Danger, Pendles, Neale, Sidebottom, Sloane, Merrett, Bont, Fyfe, Cogs, Cripps and Crouch. It's because his kicking is that good and aggressive and he elects to kick so much that he is able to put up big numbers without getting many disposals. He's ranked equal 20th amongst midfielders for effective kicks per game despite being ranked 83rd for disposals per game. If you want those numbers head to afl stats pro.

    JR_Damo · 04/02/2019 at 23:41

    Thanks for the feedback, and thanks for taking the time to read it.

    TMitch · 06/02/2019 at 11:43

    Zorko is an outside mid

      TMitch · 06/02/2019 at 11:47

      Among midfielders
      55th for contested possessions
      58th Ground ball gets
      79th for center clearances

      He needs someone to get the ball to him and any increase in his SC output is entirely dependent on that

        PizzaSafety · 07/02/2019 at 03:32

        Still gets decent cp% he doesn’t find much ball, so the disposal efficiency comes from relatively decent cp numbers. My point was he’s not a winger or defender kicking without a great deal of pressure, he’s averaged 5 and a half clearances before so he’s not simply an outside mid, no players who regularly line up in the square really are. He may have been 55th for contested possessions but he was 209th for uncontested possessions. Zorko is no inside beast or anything but he’s a small and relatively balanced mid. And no worries Damo

    Jonesy · 06/02/2019 at 11:58

    AFL stats pro is virtually useless for comparing SC potential/performance in the pre-season. It compares season to date or entire career statistics.
    Due to this a player like Ben Brown currently rates higher than Roughead, Gunston, Darling, Wingard and several other SC soldiers for goals p/game.

    Well done Damo your analysis was relevant for supercoach

      PizzaSafety · 07/02/2019 at 03:47

      You’re just using it incorrectly if you think it’s useless. You can find all the stats year by year by going on their player profile. Looking up recent disposal efficiency, intercept marks and effective kicks from the most recent season is also good supplemental information for more obvious stats. You don’t use it compare players you use it look at changes in intercept possessions and score involvements and efficiency year to year to try to see where players declined in those areas, improved in those areas or can improve. You add that to the readily available stats and there you go, you have good analysis. In any case Damos stats were from last year and I was pointing out that last year he wasn’t that bad of a kick.

Thommo · 05/02/2019 at 07:39

I have no doubt he will get better at handling the tag each week. He is a very classy unit, nice pod, and maybe worth a punt because of ability to go big. Yep on the watchlist at this point.

NoLanguage · 06/02/2019 at 06:42

Neale YES Zorko NO

TMitch · 06/02/2019 at 11:20

Will he be a top 15 Mid?

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