Round 4 AFL Wrap

Brisbane Lions midfielder Dayne Zorko continued his powerhouse start to the 2017 AFL Toyota season with his fourth consecutive ‘century’ in Champion Data ranking points.

Zorko is in elite company after the first month of the season as one of only eight players to have topped triple figures each week.

He had 26 possessions (11 contested), six marks, six clearances, eight tackles and two goals in the Lions’ heavy loss to Richmond at the Gabba on Sunday for a season-high 118 Champion Data points.

Others with four ‘tons’ have been Carlton’s Marc Murphy, Western Bulldogs’ Marcus Bontempelli, Geelong’s Joel Selwood, Collingwood’s Taylor Adams, Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver, Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe and Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff.

Zorko, with a total of 453 Champion Data ranking points, leads the Queensland rankings overall from Brisbane’s Dayne Beams (410), St.Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt (363), Port Adelaide’s Charlie Dixon (333), St.Kilda’s Tom Hickey (315), Fremantle’s Lee Spurr (314), Brisbane’s Harris Andrews (312) and North Melbourne’s Braydon Preuss (302).

Riewoldt has played only three games.

Zorko was one of three Queenslanders to top 100 Champion Data ranking points in Round 4.

Gold Coast’s Jarrod Harbrow, a late starter this season due to injury, made it two centuries from two games when he had 23 disposals, five marks and five one-percenters in the Suns’ big win over Carlton. He earned 101 Champion Data points.

And Melbourne’s Jake Spencer in his first game since 2015, earned 100 Champion Data points for 13 disposals (10 contested), four marks, 15 hit-outs, three clearances, seven one-percenters and two goals.

It was the first time in his 37-game career Spencer has been a multiple goal-kicker.

Riewoldt earned 97 Champion Data points for 22 disposals, 12 marks, five tackles and a goal in St.Kilda’s strong win over Collingwood.

Hickey had 11 disposals, five marks and 24 hit-outs for St.Kilda, David Armitage 17 disposals, seven marks and five tackles, and Sam Gilbert 14 disposals.

Josh Smith had 17 disposals, seven marks and five tackles for Collingwood and Jesse White six disposals and one goal.

Gold Coast youngster Jack Bowes kicked his first AFL goal to go with 14 disposals and a personal-best 74 Champion Data points against Carlton, while Alex Sexton had 18 disposals and Jesse Joyce 15 disposals.

In the Lions side, Dayne Beams earned 90 Champion Data points for 25 disposals and two goals, Tom Bell had 12 disposals, five tackles and a goal, Andrews 14 disposals and eight one-percenters, and Eric Hipwood four disposals and two goals.

Claye Beams, playing his first game since Round 13 last year, had 17 disposals and eight marks.

Preuss had 11 disposals, four marks and 17 hit-outs for North against the Bulldogs,. and Dixon 12 disposals (6 contested) six marks and a goal for Port against the GWS Giants.

Sam Reid continued his valuable role for the Giants with 13 disposals, five tackles and two goals.

Lachie Weller had 27 possessions in Fremantle’s last-gasp win over Melbourne, missing his career-best by one, while Spurr had 18 disposals.

Aliir Aliir had 9 disposals and 12 one-percenters for Sydney against West Coast, and Zac Smith eight disposals, 41 hit-outs. three clearances and six one-percenters for Geelong against Hawthorn.

By Peter Blucher






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