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Brisbane Lions lynchpin Joe Daniher pulls out of do-or-die final for the birth of his first child 

Brisbane Lions pivot Joe Daniher stuns footy fans by withdrawing from Melbourne do-or-die final just hours before kick-off 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  • He has withdrawn from the club’s next do-or-die clash against Melbourne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 that the Lions star’s partner has gone into labour
  • Daniher sacrificed his place on the team to be with his partner for the birth

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The Brisbane Lions have been given a hammer blow in their AFL semi-final against the Melbourne Demons tonight, with superstar striker Joe Daniher being ruled out due to the birth of his first child.

Daniher’s partner is in labor and the attacker has sacrificed his place in the inevitable confrontation with the Dees so that he can stand by her side.

The Lions confirmed that Daniher, who scored the winning goal in the club’s knockout final against Richmond last week, had been left out for “family reasons”.

Joe Daniher of the Lions misses the club's semi-final against the Melbourne Demons

Joe Daniher of the Lions misses the club’s semi-final against the Melbourne Demons

According to the official team summary for tonight, Daniher has been banned from 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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