Brian Taylor left 'flabbergasted' by Brisbane Lions act

Harry Sharp kicked his first AFL goal late in Brisbane's win over Carlton, but Brian Taylor was unhappy with the response from the Lions.

Harry Sharp celebrates his first AFL goal on the left, with Brian Taylor pictured on the right.
Brian Taylor was incredulous after the Brisbane Lions failed to get around rookie Harry Sharp after he kicked his first AFL goal. Pictures: Channel 7/Getty Images

The Brisbane Lions have been scorched by AFL commentator Brian Taylor, after rookie Harry Sharp's first goal in the league was met with no celebration from his teammates. The Lions surged to their sixth win of the season after dominating the third quarter against Carlton, but Taylor was left disappointed in the lack of camraderie from the Lions.

The Lions came away with a 26-point win over the Blues off the back of their dominant third quarter, which saw tempers flare briefly after Carlton defender Nic Newman hit Lachie Neale with an elbow to the chin. It did little to stop the Lions, who did enough to stifle a fourth-quarter comeback from Carlton and set up Sharp for his first AFL major.

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Typically, players get swamped by teammates after kicking their first AFL goal, and when Jarrod Lyons found Sharp wide open in the goal square it looked for all money that his teammates would come from around the ground after he kicked the sealer for the Lions. But Taylor and his fellow commentators were left bemused by the muted response from the Lions.

“Not many players have recognised it yet,” Taylor observed. “In fact it’s only two which is rather disappointing.

"Get around the young man. Three players have come up to him upon kicking his first goal, I think they have all forgotten.”

Fellow commentator James Brayshaw suggested that, with less than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Sharp's teammates were simply too gassed to get to that end of the ground. But Taylor wasn't buying it, saying he was 'flabbergasted' by the snub.

“Well I don’t put that down as an excuse JB. I am flabbergasted in the way they celebrate these things these days and elect to not look at that one,” he said.

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The Lions were led by new recruit Josh Dunkley's best performance yet for his new club, racking up 33 touches and limiting the influence of reigning Brownlow medallist Patrick Cripps. "I just want to say it's one of the great games I've ever seen," Brisbane coach Chris Fagan said of Dunkley.

"If you weigh it all up - he had 33 touches,13 tackles and kept Cripps to a quiet game. I would have settled for Cripps having a quiet game, to be honest with you, but Josh's influence on the contest was exceptional and his leadership since he's been at the club has been outstanding."

After starting the season 1-2, the Lions have won five-straight matches to put their premiership credentials on display and grab top position on the ladder. However, Collingwood, Melbourne and St Kilda will all overtake the Lions if they win their respective round-eight matches.

Superstar small forward Charlie Cameron booted four goals to make it 23 from his last five games, while the dynamic Zac Bailey joined him with a season-best four majors.

As the siren sounded for three-quarter time, a chorus of boos echoed around the stadium as Carlton trailed by 40 points. The Blues won the final quarter but the final score flattered them in a disappointing outing for coach Michael Voss against his former club.

Carlton players walk off the field after their loss to the Lions.
The Blues were booed by fans at three-quarter time on their way to a 26-point defeat at the hands of Brisbane. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

"The message was that good teams give you feedback and we got some feedback that we're short in a few area," he said. "What I've also acknowledged to the group is that I can't ask for more effort.

"What was inconsistent was execution, it just fluctuated far too much, some costly turnovers that getting scored against."

With AAP

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