'Something not right': Kane Cornes slams 'serious' Adelaide breach

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Kane Cornes, pictured here slamming the Adelaide Crows.
Kane Cornes has slammed the Crows yet again. Image: Channel Nine/Getty

Kane Cornes has led the attack on the Adelaide Crows after they were caught breaching virus restrictions in the Barossa Valley.

On Friday the club admitted breaking AFL coronavirus protocols and have apologised for a group of players training en masse.

The Crows expect AFL sanctions after the group of players and assistant coach Ben Hart, who were meant to be self-isolating in the Barossa Valley, trained together on Thursday.

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South Australia Police are also investigating whether the Crows broke state rules which ban gatherings of more than 10 people.

Sixteen Crows players and assistant coach Hart are at a golf resort in the Barossa Valley to serve a 14-day quarantine period after returning to SA from interstate.

Two groups of eight players trained together on Thursday but the Crows deny they deliberately set out to circumvent AFL protocols which forbid training in groups larger than two players.

Kane Cornes slams Adelaide’s culture

According to Port Adelaide great Cornes, the ‘serious’ breach continues a concerning trend for the rival club.

“This is a serious breach of basically what everyone is doing and what everyone is expected to do,” Cornes said on SEN SA Breakfast on Friday.

“What I’m more upset about from the Adelaide Football Club is why do these things keep happening?

“If you’re looking at a time frame of events dating back to the end of 2017, it’s been a shocking run for the Adelaide Football Club and I’ll go through them.

“In 2017 you lose the Grand Final. The fallout from that was ugly and let’s cast our minds back there was players turning on each other, Jake Lever left to Melbourne, the club weren’t happy with that.

“The next season the camp and the truth never really came out about the camp and the club denied all questions and allegations about the camp for about 12 months until it actually came out with some actual details.

“They had a review of the football club, an external review, where they called in Jason Dunstall and Matthew Pavlich to look at everything that is happening with the football club and hand down their report.

Matthew Nicks, pictured here with his Adelaide Crows players during a pre-season game earlier in 2020.
Matthew Nicks with his Adelaide Crows players during a pre-season game. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“On the back of that review, they sacked their coach. They sacked their head of football. They sacked their senior assistant coach. Their captain stood down. They traded out 10 players to other clubs, the biggest list turnover Adelaide has perhaps ever seen.”

Cornes pointed to a string of recent incidents to illustrate his point.

“Then this season they have a drink driving situation with Tyson Stengle who took two days to tell the club about it and the club took a further six days to tell the media about it and they had to deal with the fallout from that,” he said.

“That was what? Two weeks ago? And now they are involved in another controversy that is dominating the AFL news cycle this morning – a breach of AFL training rules and state self-isolation rules.

“There are too many things adding up at Adelaide over a three-year period where you think this is just a once off.

“When you add up, and I’ve got eight instances in a three-year period, something is not right with the culture of the Adelaide Football Club. It can’t be.

“Good clubs don’t have this many controversies continue to bob up in a three-year period.”

AFL greats condemn Adelaide breach

Fellow AFL greats Tim Watson and Garry Lyon also took aim at the Crows on Friday.

“You’re placing yourself before governments around the country, saying ‘we are good enough to be able to handle this if you allow us some leniency and give some exceptions to our players that we’re asking that. We are going hand in heart asking us to be treated differently from the rest of the population’,” Lyon said on SEN Breakfast.

“At the first hurdle we get this stupid response from the Adelaide boys.”

Watson said the controversy now makes it harder for the AFL to justify restarting the suspended season.

“The AFL would’ve had to be angry. We know there are sensitive negotiations… both WA club CEOs went to the government pleading about them to relax the fly in, fly out regulations,” he said.

“On top of that, they’re going ‘yeah we are responsible’… and then in the middle of that this breaks. This could not have come at a worse time for the game.

“The whole idea of putting 16 players together… the temptation was always going to be there, was it not? At some point they are going to join up and be in the same area and proximity.”

with AAP