Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko has emulated the feat of former Lions skipper Michael Voss by becoming a five-time club champion.
Zorko polled 340 votes in winning the Merrett-Murray Medal by four votes from runner-up
In one of the closest counts in club history, there were only eight votes between the top three, with Jarryd Lyons finishing third on 332.
Zorko – whose season included career high numbers for kicks per game and top five AFL rankings for inside fifties, goal assists, score involvements and pressure acts – received his latest Merrett-Murray Medal from Brisbane Bears legend Roger Merrett, Lions chairman Andrew Wellington and coach Chris Fagan at the club’s awards ceremony on Sunday might at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Fagan and his five assistant senior coaches allocated votes based on the player’s overall performance, deliverance on all team criteria and execution of the team trademark.
There was no restriction on the number of players who could receive votes, with each coach having graded and allocated a maximum of four votes to a player.
The maximum votes a player could receive in each match was 24.
Midfielder Zorko’s silverware haul also included the players’ player of year award, which was presented to him by last year’s winner of the same gong, Harris Andrews.
The award for the Lions’ best player of their finals campaign, which ended with a heart-breaking one-point loss to the Western Bulldogs on September 4, went to forward Charlie Cameron.
Other winners were Linc McCarthy (trademark player), Oscar McInerney (most professional player), Keidean Coleman (rookie of the year) and Connor Ballenden (reserves best and fairest).
Merrett-Murray Medal Top 10: Dayne Zorko 340, Hugh McCluggage 336, Jarryd Lyons 332, Brandon Starcevich 290, Daniel Rich 285, Harris Andrews 281, Oscar McInerney 274, Zac Bailey 273, Charlie Cameron 266, Linc McCarthy 254.