Jarrod Berry eye gouge on Clayton Oliver, Brisbane Lions shock Melbourne to reach preliminary final, video highlights, scores, updates
Brisbane Lions star Jarrod Berry has been lauded for his performance in his side’s semi-final win, but could miss the preliminary final due to his role in a second-half scuffle.
Berry was put onto Brownlow Medal favourite Clayton Oliver in the second half and dominated as the Lions came from a 28-point deficit to run out 14. 8. (92) to 11. 13. (79) winners over Melbourne in front of a stunned MCG crowd.
The 24-year-old dominated the second half, collecting 22 of his 26 disposals in the period to go along with five clearances and six score involvements.
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It was a performance that left AFL greats Garry Lyon and Nathan Buckley in awe.
”The drama surrounding Clayton Oliver and Jarrod Berry is going to rage, make no mistake,” Lyon said on Fox Footy’s coverage.
“Jarrod Berry’s second half on Clayton Oliver, it was as good a performance as you’ll see. That is as good a second half as I’ve seen anyone play on a bloke who I think is one of the best players in the competition.”
“He got involved in stoppage and in clearance and beat Oliver at his own game, but then aerially impacted, as well,” Buckley added.
“It was a complete performance.”
The Lions will face minor premiers Geelong at the MCG in next week’s preliminary final, but could be without Berry, after he was involved in an apparent eye-gouging incident in the third quarter.
Berry and Oliver found themselves in a scuffle in the middle of the ground, and after the Demons star complained to the umpires about scratches around his eye area, replays showed the Lions star’s dubious act.
“That will dominate talk for the next week or so,” Lyon said of Berry’s tussle with Oliver.
“It’s not a great look. If they get through this, he’s going to be in a world of pain.”
“We saw that little incident and he will be in trouble for it,” Buckley added.
Berry downplayed the incident as ”a little scuffle” after the match.
“You don’t like doing that to good fellas, but it’s all a part of the contest,” he told Fox Footy of his contest with Oliver.
“Hopefully that’s what the fans love to see. Nothing purposeful, it was just a little scuffle in the centre of the MCG. It’s just a part of the contest and a mental battle.”
While Berry could miss next week’s clash, Brisbane is likely to be buoyed by the inclusions of Joe Daniher and Oscar McInerney, who missed due to personal reasons and injury respectively.
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