Port Adelaide midfielder Tom Rockliff has denied he is guilty of ‘whinging’, following the strong comments made by Melbourne great Garry Lyon.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s On the Couch, Lyon criticised the behaviour of Rockliff, Charlie Dixon and Chad Wingard, saying that they regularly complain about umpiring decisions and questioned their attack on the football.
Rockliff says instinctively calling for a holding the ball decision once a tackle has been laid has been ingrained in him from a young age and that it doesn't necessarily make him a whinger.
“It’s the first time I’ve heard his comments and his beliefs,” he told SEN Mornings.
“I don’t think we’re a bunch of whingers or anything like that, I think we’re a passionate group that want to win.
“I think I’ve always done that throughout my career, always sort of calling for holding the ball, I don’t think that’s something new in my game.
“I wouldn’t say Charlie Dixon or Chad Wingard are whingers either. For us, we know if we go out there and perform well and win games of footy, then people aren’t going to comment on things like that.”
Power premiership player Kane Cornes says Lyon’s comments were “unfair”.
“I don’t really see any more whinging than other sides,” Cornes said.
“I thought it was unfair to say put your head over the footy. Yes, Port Adelaide’s skill level can let you down, but never have I seen a player shirk the issue.”
Port Adelaide take on the Western Bulldogs at Mars Stadium on Sunday from 3:20pm AEST.