Brownlow medalist Ollie Wines takes on cross-town rivals Adelaide Crows ahead of Showdown
Brownlow medalist Ollie Wines launched a fiery attack on his Adelaide city rivals, lighting the fuse before his harbor side hosted Saturday night’s Showdown.
The clash will serve as a farewell match for Robbie Gray, one of the Power’s greatest ever players, but Wines added yet another layer on Thursday when he called the Crows entitled and questioned their ” DNA”.
“There are some things in this football club that I don’t like and I’m sure there are some things in our football club that they don’t like,” he told 7NEWS. .
“I think that’s just the DNA of the club and what it is, the sense of entitlement that it kind of has.
“I’m proud of my football club and we’re going to do everything we can to bring them down.”
Despite Wines’ disgust, the Crows still hold Showdown bragging rights at the moment, after a late Jordan Dawson goal in front of a feverish crowd handed the Power a third-round defeat. It was part of Port’s five-game losing streak to start the season.
“There’s definitely a lot at stake, they broke our hearts this year with that kick after the siren to beat us,” Wines said.
“It’s a mini-final, we’re not both playing finals, so it’s really our season that’s at stake.”
Gray announced his retirement earlier this week, ending a 270-game career that includes five Showdown medals.
Neither side has been in the final for weeks, but a win on Saturday night would mean the Crows would end the year with four straight wins, while Port Adelaide crushed a miserable Essendon side on Sunday afternoon.
At least one Power player will come out of the team that beat the Bombers, with Gray locked in to return for his final game after missing the previous week.