Brisbane debutant Darcy Wilmot gave one of the most iconic post-match interviews of all time as he animatedly described the dying seconds of his side’s dramatic elimination final victory.
Lions Joe Daniher scored a superb goal with a minute to go to give Brisbane two points in their clash with Richmond.
Speaking after the game, Willmott described those furious final moments to Fox Footy’s Alastair Lynch, who scored a spectacular goal early in his first AFL game.
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And as Wilmot began his story, Lynch couldn’t keep the smile off his face.
“That was not true,” he said.
“I remember when Joey (Daniher) scored the goal and we were trying to say to everyone: ‘We have to get the move out.’
“I’m shouting from the bench: ‘Shut it down, surgery!’
“And then there was 30 seconds left and it was the double switch and we were like: ‘We’re going to win this!’
“There is no such thing!”
Described by captain Dyne Zorko as “the perfect kid”, the third AFL player to reach the finals in more than 30 years, Wilmot has shown he has the ability to play on the big stage.
“This is the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life. The crowd made it that much better, which is unreal,” Wilmot said.
“I took the energy out of the crowd. Teammates said be you.
“All I could think about[after scoring the first goal]was shouting as loud as I could – hopefully other people could hear me. The crowd was unreal!
“I heard someone say, give to the people, let them know. So I was like, ‘Okay Simon.’
Fox Footy’s David King says Wilmot deserves to book his semi-final spot next week against the loser of the Melbourne/Sydney clash – despite being a Medi sub.
“You can’t drop him!” he said.
“I think it’s a good sub. He showed a little bit of a spark tonight – I wouldn’t have put that down (Thursday’s performance).
Fox Footy’s Jason Dunstall praised Wilmot’s honesty in front of the camera.
“How good is the joy of youth?” he said.
“That’s unbridled enthusiasm and passion for the game and that’s the raw emotion you hear straight from a player after a game.
“There’s no filter there – he just speaks what’s on his mind.
“You go into rooms and people at home can get it from a player and you say, ‘This is fantastic.’
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan was full of praise for Wilmot after the game.
I thought, “Oh well, even if we lose tonight… we got a player.”
“For him to make his debut and go out and play and have some good times, that speaks volumes for him.
“Hopefully he will be a Brisbane Lions player for a long, long time.”
The Lions will have Camille Rayner and Noah Duff back from their semi-final suspensions, while Jarryd Lyons will need to prove he is fit to play.
Ruckman Oscar McInerney will be ruled out under the AFL’s concussion protocols after the final tackle after 90 seconds of play.