Kane Cornes has launched a tirade at the Adelaide Crows after Jack Gunston moment in heavy Hawthorn loss

Kane Cornes was in top form on Sunday, this time railing against the Adelaide Football Club.

In a crucial clash with Hawthorn on Saturday, they needed to win to realistically stay in the final, but the Crows barely fired a shot and lost 16.11 (107) to 12.8 (80) at the MCG.

But it wasn’t so much the performance that Cornes had a problem with, although that was part of it. The 300-cap Port Adelaide player couldn’t believe what the Crows did after the loss.

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Veteran Hawks player Jack Gunston had just played his 250th game in the AFL, representing three clubs.

The 32-year-old began his career with Adelaide in 2010 and spent just two seasons with the Crows before enjoying a hugely successful time with the Hawks and one season with the Lions before returning to Hawthorn this year.

Still, the Crows decided to line up Gunston and cheer him on from the field, and the 41-year-old Cornes was speechless.

“For Adelaide, yesterday’s worst performance of the season ended any chance of reaching the finals this year,” he began on the Channel 9 broadcast. Sunday Football Show.

“It was a pathetic performance, to be honest. So what do you do after the game after you put in a performance like that?

“Let’s form a guard of honour for a player who left the club after two years and went on to play three championships in a row at Hawthorn and cheer him on for his 250th game.”

Cornes was then quick to comment on the struggles of the Crows, who have finished 18th, 15th, 14th and 10th in four full seasons under coach Matthew Nicks and are currently ranked 14th despite being considered favourites to reach the finals.

“I think Matthew Nicks in Adelaide is a really nice guy, but I think he’s too nice,” Cornes said.

“I think Jordan Dawson is a really nice, lovely guy. I mean, if your daughter brought him home for dinner and he was her boyfriend, you’d be pretty happy, I guess.

“The same goes for Matthew Nicks. The Adelaide Football Club has a lot of nice things to offer.

“I couldn’t believe it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s game 250, a good milestone for Jack Gunston, but it’s not a guard of honor worthy.

“Your season is over, you’ve lost ten games in a row at the MCG, you’re not playing finals and you’re lining up for a player who left after two seasons to win three championships at another club.

“It was unbelievable, I couldn’t believe it.”

When asked by panelist Tony Jones what he would have done in that situation, Cornes replied, “I got up off the floor.”

“It was a shocking performance, their most disappointing of the year. They’re not playing in finals now, so get going and think about how you can turn things around.

“If I were Taylor Walker, if I were Jordan Dawson, I would ask myself, ‘Why are we lining up for 250?’

“Two hundred and fifty is not a milestone that we celebrate for another club.

“How do you think the Crows fans will react to this – Gunston being drafted into the club and leaving after two years – that the Crows fans are at home and saying, ‘This is the performance we put in.’

“Now we’re lining up for a guy who left after two years and played in three flags at Hawthorn.

“I couldn’t believe it. Why are we so nice?”

Former Bulldogs and Richmond forward Nathan Brown said: “I agree with you on that point. I often disagree with you, but I agree with you on this point.”

Many football fans on social media, including some Crows supporters, echoed Cornes’ outspoken sentiments.

“As an Adelaide fan I was disgusted that we did this,” wrote one person on X.

“It’s embarrassing. Embarrassing of Adelaide,” commented another.

“I never agreed with Kane… until now. The 2018 pre-season was a disaster, now we are so far from having some bastard, this rebuilding is now our history and will continue forever.”

Of course, there were some who disagreed with the South Australian club honouring a player who, in addition to three championships, also has an All Australian Jumper, a Hawks Best and Fairest title and three goalscoring titles.

“Wow, Kane has some bad views sometimes but this has to be one of the worst. Now that’s called showing respect for a great performance. Who cares what team it is?” wrote one.

“Save your words, folks. If being a decent human being doesn’t make sense to someone, there’s no point in explaining it to them,” suggested another.

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