Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is sick of the prison bar guernsey saga.
Debate on whether the Power should be allowed to don the heritage kit for Showdown matches has raged for several months, with former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire determined to ensure the Pies are the only AFL club wearing black and white stripes.
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The heritage jumper has slowly developed into one of sport’s most petty feuds, with Port Adelaide president David Koch and ex-Magpies powerbroker McGuire regularly exchanging heated words in public.
The Power produced an act of elite-level trolling earlier this month, changing into the forbidden jumper after defeating cross-town rivals the Adelaide Crows.
And following Port’s thrilling one-point victory over Collingwood on Sunday, a reporter inevitably asked Hinkley whether there was any temptation to once again celebrate the win in the prison bars guernsey.
But Hinkley wasted no time shutting the topic down.
Debate rages on the heritage jumper.Source:Getty Images
“Please, don’t go there,” a prickly Hinkley said. “It frustrates me a little bit that people take it there.
“That’s a heritage jumper that we’d like to wear in Adelaide only. We respect the Collingwood Football Club and what they are and who they are.
“We have an opportunity once … the AFL put a Heritage Round, we think that’s an important part of our heritage.
“That’s where I reckon it should stay, and we shouldn’t talk about it again. We should let the people come together and decide on how that works.”
Adding to the drama, Collingwood’s cheer squad unveiled a super petty banner on the weekend, delivering a not-so-subtle message ahead of the Round 10 clash at the MCG.
The banner read: “Is black & white ours? Without a doubt, yes. Stick to wearing teal and wrecking INXS.”
The Magpies had the better of Port Adelaide for most of Sunday’s contest, but wasted opportunities inside forward 50 meant they were unable to pull away on the scoreboard.
Hinkley labelled it a “scrappy, hard fought” win after his side stormed home with four final-quarter goals to overturn a 13-point margin and clinch the four points.
“It wasn’t a great game, there was a clear style that Collingwood wanted to hold onto the ball on us and keep the ball off us,” Hinkley said.
“We stuck at it and we won, and that’s going to make up our season.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to put a season together and there will be some poor performances, not very often you get a poor performance and you get a win out of it.
“We’re fifth on the ladder and we get a bit of a break on some of the other teams in the comp.
“At the end of the season, we’re not going to sit back and go, ‘Gee, you played bad against Collingwood at the MCG’.
“That’s somewhat disrespectful to the opposition because they’ve had enough stuff thrown at them.
“There’s no messing around, we didn’t play our best footy.
“We’re going to have to get better, and if we don’t get better, we won’t contend when it matters.”
Collingwood let the victory slip through their fingers.Source:News Corp Australia
Port Adelaide is fifth on the AFL ladder having registered seven wins in the opening 10 rounds.
The Power will next face the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon, with the first bounce scheduled for 4.40pm AEST.
— with NCA NewsWire
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