Brisbane Lions lynchpin Joe Daniher stuns footy fans by pulling out of do-or-die final against Melbourne just hours before kickoff for the birth of his first child
- Daniher kicked the winning goal in their elimination final against Richmond
- He has withdrawn from the club’s next do-or-die clash against Melbourne
- The club has confirmed the Lions star’s partner has gone into labour
- Daniher has sacrificed his place in the team to be with his partner for the birth
Daniher’s partner is in labour and the star forward has sacrificed his place in the must-win clash against the Dees so he can be by her side.
The Lions star had travelled down with the team on Thursday for the clash, but returned to Brisbane on a flight from Melbourne at 10am today.
Daniher is ultra-protective over his personal life, with his social media accounts locked to only close friends and family.
The Lions confirmed that Daniher, who kicked the winning goal in the club’s elimination final against Richmond last week, had been omitted because of ‘family reasons’.
Joe Daniher of the Lions will miss the club’s semi-final against the Melbourne Demons
The official team sheet for tonight has Daniher ruled out of the final 22 for the clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for ‘personal reasons’.
The Lions have named Tom Fullarton as his replacement.
‘The Club supports Joe’s decision to be with his family at this time and respects their privacy,’ the Lions said in a statement.
Kai Lohmann has been named as the fourth emergency, alongside Ryan Lester, Rhys Mathieson and Jaxon Prior.
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