Port Adelaide runner Chad Cornes has labelled the Power’s 86-point loss against North Melbourne on Saturday night “right up there” with the side’s infamous 2007 Grand Final thumping.
The Power could’ve sewn up a top eight spot with a win over the Kangaroos but instead produced a disappointing performance, with Ben Brown alone outscoring the entire Power line-up.
Despite losing by a bigger margin 12 years ago in the Grand Final, Cornes compared Saturday night's loss to that dark day in Port history.
“I hope we never see a loss as bad as the 07’ Grand Final but that one has to be right up there in terms of what was on the line, the way we had been playing in the lead-up to that and we pretty much would’ve secured a Grand Final spot,” he told SEN SA Breakfast.
“All the supporters will be angry and frustrated. We’ll try to work out this morning how you can produce that kind of result in such a big game.”
Cornes also admits that coach Ken Hinkly was quite fired up in the rooms after the game, delivering an old-school spray to his players.
“On the weekend, he was, rightly so, very frustrated and more just asking questions of the boys,” he said.
“How can you produce that? How do I explain that to the supporters? How do I explain that in my press conference? What’s going through your head to produce a performance like that?
“It was a bit more one of the old-school ones (addresses) where he goes through every player one by one and tells them where they’re at.”
The Power host Fremantle at Adelaide Oval on Sunday and must win if they’re any chance to secure a finals spot.
__Listen to Chad Cornes’ chat on SEN SA Breakfast in the player below. __