Port Adelaide’s post-match rider exchange was a thing of beauty
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After learning the club weren’t able to wear their famous heirloom sweater twice a year in Showdowns, Port Adelaide transformed into their famous rider to sing the club song after their 49-point victory over the Crows .
If there had ever been a statement from a club or franchise that essentially told all of the league’s honchos where to go, then Port Adelaide’s decision to change into a prison rider after Showdown for singing the club song was the right one.
As you can imagine, the move was greeted by some who loved it (including me, and even my stepdad, who supports the Ravens) and others who completely condemned it.
Perhaps the biggest thing to come out of Port’s “statement” was that the AFL was okay with what the club did. No “please explain” from the club was needed and that says a lot.
Now I can’t speak for all the Port Adelaide fans but it was fantastic. The fact that the whole club have bought into the idea and that it is player-focused (led by Tom Jonas and other senior players) shows how much this means not only to the fans, but to the players as well. .
The fact that this situation continues is a bit laughable. It’s not like the club are asking that he be our main jumper of the season. All they ask is where is it going in two games a year.
It is certainly not an unreasonable request.
What the Saturday night stunt shows us is that the club as a whole won’t be giving up on this problem anytime soon and it almost feels like in the long run it will be better than Port Adelaide and the AFL agree on something.
Funny thing to me is we’ve barely heard from Collingwood publicly on this matter, rather from their ex-president Eddie McGuire, who is now just a glorified member of the organization.
Why he still has so much power over the AFL is baffling to me and probably to many others.
The only thing I’ll say about it and echo Kane Cornes sentiment on The Sunday Footy Show: it’s time to put it behind us now.
We’ve made our statement, we’ve put the jail bar jumper after the game, but now is the time to put it all on the back burner and focus on the huge challenge the West Bulldogs present to us.
Seeing the entire playgroup don the jail bar jumper to sing the song is probably the best Port Adelaide moment I’ve seen since the 2004 victory as prime minister.
You can see how much this means for the players and doing it after they’ve pushed aside their bitter rivals, just added the icing on what was, overall, a decent night for Ken Hinkley and his team.
To essentially give the AFL the middle finger, Collingwood and Eddie McGuire were seen as a risky move and faced some backlash, but it was worth showing that we as a club weren’t giving up. not that anytime soon.
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