Port Adelaide super Kane Horns targeted the attitudes of several key Geelong figures ahead of their shock loss to Adelaide Crows in the first round.
Entering the game as a wild favorite, Chris Scott’s side were second-best on the pitch as Adelaide took a 12-point victory, with the margin increasing by more than 30 points at any given time.
Following the mind-blowing loss, Cornes showed comments from Scott as well as club captain Joel Selwood and star man Patrick Dangerfield as examples of Geelong’s poor attitude in the pre-season.
“Adelaide had a pre-halftime spin in a 30 degree heat at the Adelaide Oval, and they stood up and won because their attitude was better than yours,” he told Nine’s AFL Sunday Soccer Show.
“I hope it’s a lesson for Scott, Dangerfield and Selwood, the club’s most influential people, to stick to the rules and adopt the right attitude.
“That attitude filters through the group. Subconsciously or whatever, you’ve seen Adelaide’s attitude.
“I don’t know what percentage you put on it, but your key numbers are complaining about the length of the game.”
The three Selwoods, Dangerfields and Scott had voiced concerns over the AFL’s return to traditional 20-minute quarterbacks before the first round.
“I’m a little worried this year about what that looks like for the players,” Selwood told SEN.
“I’m also a little worried about what that looks like for the fans as we might have to deal with the players at times.
“With 22 games and taking four extra minutes per quarter, it’s going to be a bit of a stretch.”
“It’s a big request to go from shortened games to what we’ve been through this weekend,” Dangerfield said after meeting the Cats in the preseason.
“It was like a very long time on your feet.”