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Miller, Zorko set to resume hostilities in 'personal' rivalry

Touk Miller clashes with Dayne Zorko after last year's round 22 match - AFL,Gold Coast Suns,Brisbane Lions,Dayne Zorko,Touk Miller
Touk Miller clashes with Dayne Zorko after last year's round 22 match

GOLD Coast midfielder Touk Miller has stoked the QClash fire, describing his growing rivalry with Brisbane skipper Dayne Zorko as "personal".

Miller tagged Zorko in two heated exchanges last season, taking the points on each occasion.

But things got really spicy after the siren in both matches.

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Following the round five encounter, in which Miller won the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best afield, Zorko snubbed the handshake offer extended by the young midfielder.

Then, after turning the tables with a Brisbane win in round 22, Zorko directed a verbal barrage at Miller.

The pair shook hands before Zorko bizarrely continued to follow Miller around the field with his hand extended.

"In the past two games I've had his measure, but no game is easy, the battle will be great and I look forward to it," Miller said of Saturday's rematch.

"And it is not just him, the whole team comes after me.

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"I'm sure that is what the fans want to see, there has been a lot of media hype about it.

"It makes for a longer wait in the lead-up to it too because there's talk about it and you are looking forward to it."

With the addition of Lachie Neale and former Sun Jarryd Lyons to Brisbane's midfield, Zorko has been spending more time at half-forward than last year.

Miller kept Zorko to just 10 and 17 disposals in the two matches and believes he has a mental edge over his opponent.

Zorko gave away six free kicks when they first met.

"He is a good player, but I reckon I got to him with my niggling, that game was close and he wasn't able to have an impact and that frustrated him," Miller said.

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"The second time he definitely changed his approach and took the game on a bit more and was less worried about me.

"Whatever way he plays it, I'll be ready for it. You can get to players in different ways.

"If you played on Gaz (Gary Ablett) and tried to niggle him it wouldn't be anything he hasn't heard before.

"But we get to each other and it ends up being personal.

"There is a bit of feeling there and it makes for good footy. I enjoy it."

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Miller said the fact both teams had a positive win-loss record (3-2) for the first time added a new element.

"I reckon if one of us was on top and the other on the bottom it would still be a great game," he said.

"But this time round we are both going well and that adds something for the fans too.

"I have really come to appreciate the rivalry the past few years and it is constantly growing, the passion in it and the niggle is exciting, I look forward to it."