AFL great Kane Cornes has let fly at veteran journalist Caroline Wilson and all the critics of the NRL after the code’s successful return to footy.
Wilson was one of many in the AFL community critical of the NRL’s early return to action on 28 May amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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“Kane, this date announcement is all about getting revenue back,” Wilson said back in April on Footy Classified.
“They don’t have a fixture, they don’t have venues. The AFL aren’t blueing with their broadcast, they’re not sacking their CEO.”
Despite a bitter war-of-words with Channel Nine and a dispute with the referees’ union, the NRL restarted on Thursday.
The return, orchestrated by ARL Chairman Peter V’landys, has so far been a huge success with nearly 1.3 million Aussies watching Thursday night’s game.
This prompted Cornes to not only praise the NRL’s efforts, but to Vol-Kane-O his Footy Classified colleague.
“I want to Vol-Kane-O Caroline Wilson,” he said on Channel 9’s Sunday Footy Show.
“I want to go back to April 27th on Footy Classified when she was highly critical of the NRL chairman Peter V’landys.”
"They're dominating the headlines and well done to them."@kanecornes has Vol-Kane-O'd his Footy Classified colleague Caroline Wilson and others for being critical of the NRL and Peter V'landys.#9AFLSFS | Watch @channel9 pic.twitter.com/RjFa03Ltrm— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) May 31, 2020
AFL behind other codes: Cornes
Cornes claims the AFL for the first time in a while are well behind the NRL when it comes to getting the game back on its two-feet.
“Unbelievable job the NRL have done, anyone critical of Peter V’landys, including Timmy Watson, Jeff Kennett have been highly critical [are wrong},” he said.
“This was back in a big way… I just think it has been outstanding and a lesson to the AFL. For the first time I think in Australian sport the AFL are somewhat behind the times, they’ve been beaten to the punch by Peter V’landys.
“He’s an absolute genius. Anyone who has been critical, put your hand up. It’s front page and back page, they’re dominating the headlines.
“I’m not having a crack at the AFL, I’m having a crack at the people who were critical and there were plenty of them. I’m having a crack at those people who now look silly about those comments they made a month ago.”
The AFL is set to return on 11 June.