Brian Taylor’s admission about AFL grand final amid Collingwood commentary debate
AFL followers are as soon as once more questioning whether or not Brian Taylor ought to be allowed to commentate Collingwood video games, and what Channel 7 will do if the Magpies make the grand final. The previous Collingwood participant and skilled commentator discovered himself on the centre of offended fan backlash after the Magpies’ qualifying final victory over the Melbourne Demons on the MCG on Thursday evening.
The Pies booked their spot within the preliminary final after holding off the fast-finishing Dees to finish a 9.6 (60) to 7.11 (53) victory in entrance of greater than 92,000 followers. Collingwood’s win was considerably overshadowed by Brayden Maynard’s brutal hit on Angus Brayshaw that knocked the Demons participant out and finally ended his match within the first quarter. Maynard jumped within the air to try to smother Brayshaw’s kick, earlier than tucking his shoulder and bracing himself for contact with Brayshaw, who he collected within the head.
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Many consultants have described it as an accident and argued that there wasn’t extra Maynard might do, with the Pies participant entitled to guard himself from colliding together with his opponent. Maynard will now be sweating on the match evaluation officer’s evaluation of the incident, with the consensus being that he’ll both be let off or face a multi-game suspension.
Demons followers and plenty of neutrals have been already seething over the incident and loads of their frustration additionally turned to the commentary being offered by BT and others on Channel 7’s protection. The skilled AFL broadcaster has beforehand been accused of bias relating to commentating Collingwood video games and Thursday evening’s match was no exception.
Taylor revealed earlier within the week that he was nonetheless not sure about the make-up of Channel Seven’s commentary group for this 12 months’s AFL grand final. “I believe it’s greater than particular person, it’s a group that will get chosen somewhat than a person,” Taylor revealed in his ‘Lifetime of Brian’ podcast this week.
“It has been predominantly the Friday evening group (that calls the grand final) over time that I’ve been at Seven. I don’t know what the historical past has been previous to that. I can actually inform you proper now as I stand right here three or 4 weeks earlier than the grand final, I don’t know if I’m doing the grand final.
“It’ll be a call that can be made by the community as to which group ought to be doing the grand final as a result of chemistry is of extremely significance.” Primarily based on the backlash from Thursday evening’s match, loads of followers can be hoping BT is just not a part of the grand final commentary group, particularly if the Magpies find yourself going all the best way to the large dance.
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The veteran caller was maybe unfairly criticised for enjoying down the Maynard incident as a ‘footy act’ and an accident – a view shared by his fellow commentators, fellow pundits, former gamers and followers. Nonetheless, many viewers have been left unimpressed by BT’s commentary at varied levels all through the sport.
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Whereas Collingwood’s gutsy win earned them an important week off, Pies followers can be ready and watching in earnest to see how the Maynard saga performs out. Addressing the sport’s greatest flash level after the final siren, the Collingwood defender mentioned the contact with Brayshaw was an accident and under no circumstances intentional.
He advised Channel 7: “I do not need to say an excessive amount of, however it’s a footy act. I got here ahead, I jumped to smother the ball and yeah, sadly I simply obtained him on the best way down. So I do not know. We’ll have to attend and see what occurs.
“But it surely’s all love. I completely love that man to bits. So yeah, it is shattering what occurred.” Maynard was seen expressing his concern for Brayshaw whereas he was on the bottom, after which once more as he was being taken from the sector.
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin revealed after the sport that Brayshaw was “shattered” and will not play in subsequent week’s semi-final towards the winner of Carlton’s conflict with Sydney. “He is upset,” the Demons coach mentioned.
“He is clearly had a historical past with concussion a very long time in the past so he is clearly coping with some emotion there. However he desires to play finals footy. He’ll be lacking for just a few weeks and it is disappointing.” The 27-year-old Brayshaw has worn head-gear ever since struggling 4 concussions within the house of 12 months, which noticed him take an prolonged break from the sport in 2017.
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