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Sport Port Adelaide Trolls AFL, Collingwood With Defiant ‘Prison Bar’ Post-Match Statement

21:15  08 may  2021
21:15  08 may  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

Eddie McGuire fires up over Port Adelaide 'prison bar' guernsey agreement

  Eddie McGuire fires up over Port Adelaide 'prison bar' guernsey agreement Eddie McGuire fires up over Port Adelaide 'prison bar' guernsey agreementKoch on Wednesday released a statement reiterating the club's wish to wear the jumper twice annually in Showdowns and putting pressure on the AFL to release any agreements precluding Port from wearing the strip.

They recorded a resounding 49-point win over the Adelaide Crows in Saturday’s Showdown and Port Adelaide also scored a moral victory in their war against the AFL and Collingwood during their post-match celebration.

The Power requested to wear their ‘prison bar’ guernsey for the Round 8 clash against the Crows but were denied by the AFL.

A public war of words between Port Adelaide president David Koch and ex-Collingwood president Eddie McGuire followed.

Prior to Saturday’s clash at the Adelaide Oval Koch vowed to continue the fight for the Power to wear their heritage strip, which bears a strong resemblance to Collingwood’s black-and-white stripes.

AFL rejects Port Adelaide request to wear 'prison bar' guernsey amid Collingwood opposition

  AFL rejects Port Adelaide request to wear 'prison bar' guernsey amid Collingwood opposition Port Adelaide has had their request to wear a black and white 'prison bars' guernsey denied by the AFL after Collingwood vehemently opposed the proposal. The Power were hoping to wear the guernsey - which celebrates the heritage of the Port Adelaide Magpies - during the round 8 Showdown against city rivals Adelaide - with its close resemblance to Collingwood's traditional black and white jersey causing angst when the topic has been brought up over the years.

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The Power ultimately abided by the AFL’s ruling and wore their teal, white and black jersey against the Crows.

But in a defiant gesture, they switched into the ‘prison bar’ guernseys before singing the song on Saturday night.

“No, it’s a show of respect for our heritage, for our past and for our great people that played in it, for our fans that turn up and represent this footy club,” coach Ken Hinkley said when asked if the guernsey switch was a signal to the AFL.

“We started and began as Port Adelaide and we still are, and part of that journey is this amazing jumper which the boys love and the club loves and every one of the people who support this footy club love it.

AFL rejects Port's prison bars jumper wish

  AFL rejects Port's prison bars jumper wish The AFL has rejected a request from Port Adelaide to wear their historical 'prison bars' jumper in the national competition.And Port chairman David Koch says the issue won't go away despite the AFL's "disappointing" ruling on Thursday.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the fact that we had to wait until the end of the game but we’ll recognise it as often as we have to.”

Port Adelaide star Travis Boak, who joined Hinkley at the post-match media conference in the controversial jumper, added: “This guernsey means so much to our community, to our footy club, to everyone who represents it, everyone who’s played in it, and everyone who’s been around the club and certainly the players as well.

“To sing the song in this guernsey is special and we were able to do that tonight and that was planned, that if we came off winning we’d sing it in this guernsey and show our fans that it means just as much to the players as it does to the community.”

From the Archives, 1997: Bulldogs lick wounds as Port steal home .
In their inaugural AFL campaign, the Power charged home to famously snare the points at Princes Park. The Dogs opened up with eight goals to one in the opening term but were kept to just four majors over the next three quarters as the Power won outside of Adelaide for the first time.The power of faith

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