Luke Darcy at centre of commentary controversy in Brisbane win over Carlton

Viewers outside of Melbourne were not thrilled with the commentary.

Luke Darcy smiles and Carlton players devastated.
Luke Darcy (pictured left) was accused of hyping up Carlton in commentary for Channel 7 in the Blues' loss to the Lions. (Getty Images)

Channel 7 commentator Luke Darcy has irked some neutral AFL fans after being accused of hyping up Carlton during commentary amid the Lions' remarkable comeback win. The Blues kicked the preliminary final's opening five goals to shock the Gabba faithful in the first quarter but managed just four more in an 11.13 (79) to 9.9 (63) Lions win.

Collingwood await the Lions at the MCG next Saturday in a battle of the regular season's top two teams. However, viewers watching the Channel 7 broadcast became incensed after accusing commentator Darcy of 'barracking' for the Melbourne-based club.

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While the Lions didn't start well, they were by far the better team across the final two quarters having outplayed and outmuscled the Melbourne-based team. But viewers felt commentators Darcy and Hamish McLachlan were watching a different game as they tried to ramp up the contest.

Former West Coast star Will Schofield was particularly critical of the commentary team. "I’m all for a bit of bias… but the call I’m watching on TV is desperate for a Carlton win. Genuinely sound disappointed when Brisbane do something good," he wrote. Fans also agreed with Schofield and called out the Channel 7 team.

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Lions coach Chris Fagan was just as shellshocked as the Gabba crowd with Carlton's initial onslaught, before praising his team's resilience to bounce back. "It's a good feeling, I've never seen the (dressing) rooms like that ... just a lot of happiness in the room," he said after snapping a run of three preliminary finals losses in the last four years.

"We'll have to settle it down pretty quickly, but enjoy that moment. They're hard things to get to, as we know, and it was looking a little bit dicey at quarter-time."

Lachie Neale celebrates.
Lachie Neale (pictured) helped the Lions turn around their AFL Preliminary Final to set-up a clash with Collingwood in the final. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images) (Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Collingwood await the Lions at the MCG next Saturday in a battle of the regular season's top two teams. It will be Brisbane's first grand final since 2004 as they aim to break a 20-year flag drought, their 2003 triumph the final chapter of a three-peat that included two wins against the Magpies.

Their Saturday evening triumph ended the Blues' brave run - from 15th in round 13 with just four wins - under coach Michael Voss, the captain of Brisbane's triple-premiership winners.

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