Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko broke the line last week and in next week’s must-win finals in Richmond, team-mate Lachie Neale says he will remove the sling from the powerhouse.
Zorko was forced to issue a public apology to Melbourne’s Harrison Petty this week after the game that left the Demons defender in tears last week.
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But fresh from securing his third All-Australian gong this week, Neale is among the favorites to secure another Brownlow Medal, and Zocro says Zocro will have a more in-zone focus when the Lions take on the Tigers next Thursday.
“You’re going to see him win the football and stand up the way he plays for our guys,” Neale said on Friday.
“He’s our captain, he won’t change until September… he’ll lead from the front with great purpose as always… I expect him to keep his head above his feet and win us over.” work.
“We’ll give it back 100 percent.”
The Lions have fallen out of premiership contention with many pundits on the back of the final round, a 58-point loss to home premiers Melbourne and a recent finals record.
That record, which includes one win and two straight exits from Brisbane’s last five finals appearances, is “not good,” Neale admitted. But in the year Confidence is high in a team that beat Richmond in the 2020 final.
“You get what you deserve in this competition and people are writing to us because of our performances,” he said.
But we still have an innate belief that we will do some real damage. We accept that level of inferiority.
“I know our finals record isn’t great…but we’ve had two losses and every team we’ve lost to has made the grand final. I still feel like our best can beat anybody.”
“It brings out the best in our team when we’re under the pump and down a little bit. We know we’re going to respond when we’re challenged.”
Kalam ah che, who didn’t. [played since being concussed in Round 21, trained with Brisbane‘s VFL side on Friday and will likely play a half of their final on Saturday against Southport to push his case for an AFL finals return.