Port Power star Ollie Wines SLAMS the Adelaide Crows’ ‘sense of entitlement’ and says he doesn’t like what’s in the club’s DNA as he lights a fuse in the game Showdown
- Wines hammered the club culture of the Adelaide Crows in a scathing rebuke
- It comes as both teams play in the Showdown derby on Saturday night
- Port legend Chad Cornes also opened up about his ‘hatred’ of the Crows
Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines had a sensational crack at the Crows ahead of this weekend’s Showdown, blasting ‘the club’s DNA’ and its ‘sense of entitlement’.
Medalist Brownlow wasn’t firing any punches when asked about the relationship between the Crosstown rivals, which appears to be as frosty as ever.
It comes as Power coach Chad Cornes said he ‘hated them as a footy club’, while defender Darcy Byrne-Jones simply put it: ‘I don’t really like them. their club.”
This sets the stage for a fiery last-round clash that isn’t just for Showdown honours, could potentially decide which club finishes higher on the ladder.
Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines toasts the crowd after winning the Brownlow Medal last year
“I won’t get too personal… (but) there are some things about this football club (Adelaide) that I don’t like. I think it’s just the DNA of the club and what it’s all about. ‘acts,’ Wines told 7News.
‘A sense of entitlement (so); but I am really proud of my football club and we will do everything we can to bring them down.
Wines’ comments come as Adelaide’s culture faces the toughest criticism in the team’s history.
Club favorite Eddie Betts has leveled some startling accusations against the club in his autobiography, ‘The Boy From Boomerang Crescent’.
Eddie Betts recently opened up about some of his backstage experiences with the Adelaide Crows
He said the Crows hierarchy silenced him when he wanted to reveal a disgusting racist letter he received from a fan ahead of the league’s Aboriginal tour.
Betts also revealed that he raised concerns about a club training camp, which led to him being fired from the management group.
Then-captain Taylor Walker was handed a big suspension last year for using a racial slur against another player in a SANFL game, after two disappointing seasons that saw the Crows finish last and 15th respectively. .
Crows players celebrate their victory in an epic third-round showdown, which they won after the mermaid
Of course, none of that will matter to the Crows on Saturday night, when the two rivals face off in front of huge crowds at the Adelaide Oval.
Wines will be one of Power’s key players as they seek to send club legend Robbie Gray on a high after the 270-man player announced his retirement earlier this week.
Tom Lynch (left) goes at it with Power star Charlie Dixon (centre) during the 2016 showdown
Of course, the Showdown featured plenty of malicious matchups.
Famously, Premier Crows player and current board member Mark Ricciuto threw Power midfielder Josh Carr onto a car bonnet outside an Adelaide pub the day after Port beat Adelaide in a Showdown.
The very first Showdown in 1997, when Port joined the competition, was also fiery.
Crows full-back Rod Jameson was sent off the pitch for a bizarre scuffle that appeared to be uncoordinated, when you’d need a lot of hands to count the number of scuffles that have taken place over the years.
All eyes will be on Wines to see how many Crows players push and shove with the Power star just before the opening rebound.