Kane Cornes says Roo’s comments are behind the Crows’ deplorable efforts.
Kane Cornes says Roo’s comments are behind the Crows’ deplorable efforts.

Damning theory behind Crows disaster

THE Adelaide Crows have quickly become the AFL laughingstock with the club tumbling from bad to downright horrific in 2020.

Since the AFL restarted the Crows have been humiliated in both games, losing by a combined 128 points to archrival Port Adelaide and perennial cellar-dweller Gold Coast.

The hits have come in thick and fast off the field as well for the battling club with director Mark Ricciuto drawing severe backlash after detailing reasons behind a player exodus.

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Speaking on his Triple M radio show Roo & Ditts, the club legend attempted to defend the club's inability to hold onto star players.

But his comments drew heavy backlash across the AFL community and on Monday night former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes again highlighted his words and the damning effect they're having on the playing group.

Hugh Greenwood left the Crows at the end of the 2019 season and joined the Suns, playing a key role in the weekend's one-sided victory.

"Hugh Greenwood, that was as much our call. He's 28 this year and not going to be playing in our next premiership side," Ricciuto said.

Greenwood was instrumental for the Suns on Sunday.
Greenwood was instrumental for the Suns on Sunday.

It was those words that Cornes took issue with and floated a theory as to why the group has been so despondent week in, week out.

"If that's the precedent from Mark Ricciuto, if you're 28 years of age - he's basically saying you can't win a flag at the Adelaide Football Club," Cornes said.

"You are wondering why there is a lack of effort from the Adelaide Football Club, particularly the elder players, it is because they believe their club doesn't think they'll win a flag.

"If I'm Brad Crouch (27 years old), Brodie Smith (28), Paul Seedsman (28), Daniel Talia (29), Tom Lynch (30), Taylor Walker (30), Rory Sloane (30) and Bryce Gibbs (31), I now know that my football club thinks I cannot win a flag because I'm 28.

"Perhaps that's why you are seeing the effort they're giving on the field because what's the motivation for them to rock up and play if their club and their most famous name does not think they can win a flag?"

Former skipper Walker said the lack of effort from the playing group is hurting, but said it wasn't about effort, instead putting it down to intent.

"Currently what we're dishing up is nowhere near AFL standard and it's hurting," Walker said.

"It's killing us to see what we're dishing up. I'm big that I never, ever question peoples effort, I think it's purely based around our intent to do things. I think they're totally different things and clearly at the moment we're nowhere near the level of what we expect as a football club."

COVID-19 REIGNITES GRAND FINAL DEBATE

Where the 2020 AFL grand fFinal should be played has become the hottest topic of conversation following recent spikes in coronavirus cases in Victoria.

The latest spikes have led many to call for the AFL to not only place Victorian teams into hubs, but has renewed calls for the grand final to be shifted away from the MCG.

Premiership stars Kane Cornes and Matthew Lloyd believe the spectacle of the biggest game of the season needs to have as many fans to thrive, pointing to Perth's Optus Stadium as the best place to play the contest.

The Grand Final could look very different this year.
The Grand Final could look very different this year.

"It's a tiresome debate but if there is a full stadium at the Optus Stadium for the grand final, it has to be played there," Kane Cornes said on Channel 9's Footy Classified.

"The possibility of crowds in Victoria is very minimal compared to what it was two weeks ago. We know they're opening it up for the end of July, 60,000 at Optus. We have seen on the TV how bad the spectacle is without crowds. We've seen how good it is at the showdown with 2,000. I'd much rather see 60,000 at the grand final and the players deserve it.

Matthew Lloyd added: "I'm with Kane. I'd rather see 60,000 full at Optus than 20,000 or 30,000 at the MCG in the 100,000-seat stadium. That's not a great spectacle."

Melbourne Demons legend Garry Lyon also backed in Optus Stadium as the place where the Grand Final should be held.

"Under normal circumstances I'm a massive supporter of that (grand final played at the MCG)," Lyon said

"But if Western Australia can have a 60,000-capacity stadium and we (Victoria) can't … a less than full MCG versus a chock-a-block Optus Stadium in Perth, move it for a year.

"That's just the easiest thing to do for me.

"They'll stack it out. If they have the grand final over in Perth, irrespective of who it is, the Giants could play the Lions and I reckon they'd jam it full. No-brainer, sell out."


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