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No more sledding for Dayne Zorko: Lions teammate reveals captain will focus on actions rather than words during AFL finals after his blemish left Melbourne star Harrison Petty in tears
- Harrison Petty was left on the pitch in tears after talking to Dayne Zorko
- Brisbane captain Zorko reportedly made a comment about Petty’s mother
- Zorko has since apologized for his behavior and admitted he crossed a line
- But Lachie Neale insists Zorko will only focus on footy from now on
- Lions will host Richmond in their Thursday Elimination Finals on Thursday
Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko will park the sleds and focus solely on footy during the AFL final, after his vile insult left Melbourne star Harrison Petty crying to tears last week.
Petty was visibly upset after Zorko reportedly slurred a member of the Melbourne star family during the Lions’ 115-57 demolition by the reigning Prime Ministers in the Gabba on Aug. 19.
According to the Herald Sunthe alleged Lions captain’s sled went along the lines of, “I hope your mother dies.”
Dayne Zorko reportedly made a vicious insult to Melbourne star Harrison Petty on Friday
Zorko then apologized, admitting he had crossed the line and team-mate Lachie Neale is confident the Lions skipper will get his word out on the pitch when Brisbane hosts Richmond in the elimination final on Thursday.
“You’ll see him channel that into winning the footy and sticking up for our guys in the way he plays, rather than all that stuff,” Neale told Fox Sports.
‘He is our captain, that will not change in September’ […] he will lead from the front as he usually does with great intention […] I expect he will put his head over the footy and win it for us and get to work.
“We will support him one hundred percent.”
Zorko reportedly made a slur on a member of Petty’s family and the couple spoke after the siren
Petty was left on the pitch in tears after a slur was reportedly thrown in his direction
Brisbane have won just one of their last six finals, losing 93-60 to eventual Prime Minister Melbourne in the qualifying final last season, before losing 79-78 at home to the Western Bulldogs in the semi-final.
But Neale, who bagged a third All-Australian nomination this week, insisted Brisbane had what it takes to set the record straight.
“You get what you deserve in this league and people are writing us off because of our performance,” he said.
“But we still have an inner conviction that we can still do real damage. We will embrace that underdog status.
Lachie Neale insists the Lions have everything it takes to beat their recent poor finals record
‘I know our final record isn’t great’ […] but we’ve had two very close losses and every team we’ve lost to have gone on to play in the grand final.
“I still feel like our best is capable of beating anyone.
“When we’re under the pump and a little sharp, that brings out the best in our team. We know we can respond when challenged.’