Cats baked over Wacky Wednesday
PORT Adelaide champion Kane Cornes believes Geelong's 'Wacky Wednesday' celebrations weren't a "good look" for the club, claiming many of the witty costumes players wore would've been organised during the team's finals campaign.
The Cats held their annual post-season celebrations at the Lord of the Isles tavern on Wednesday, with players dressing up and immersing themselves of the spirit of the day.
There were plenty of costume highlights throughout the day, with Patrick Dangerfield dressing as a Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player, while Esava Ratugolea, Brandan Parfitt and Scott Selwood came as Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump respectively.
Geelong has developed a grand reputation for its jovial post-season celebrations over the past decade.
But considering how the Cats were bundled out of the AFL finals series by Melbourne last weekend, Cornes said Wednesday's antics were bad optics.
"Geelong get away with it because I reckon they're better at doing it than anyone else. But I've got this feeling inside of me," Cornes told SEN Breakfast.
"You've won three out of your last 12 finals. Now, some of those outfits that they had … must have been planned last week. So are you thinking about a big final against Melbourne, where you were embarrassed, you were bullied, you were smashed? Or, are you thinking somewhere in the back of your mind about Wacky Wednesday?
"I guarantee you those outfits weren't organised on Monday or Tuesday. They were organised a couple of weeks ago and I don't think it's a good look."
Cornes did add, though, that Geelong should have a "leave pass".
"Matthew Scarlett and Corey Enright and these guys have been doing it better than anyone for a long time so they're basically carrying on the legacy," he said.
"Only really St Kilda did it this year, but everyone else seemed to shut up shop which is good."
During the celebrations, Cats champion Dangerfield said Wacky Wednesday was all about getting together as a group, particularly after list changes were announced the day before.
"You could look at it as a celebration but it's not that," Dangerfield said.
"We're disappointed with how we played (against Melbourne). What it is is an opportunity to get together as a group that'll never be together again, and that's the reality of it.
"It happens every season. There's been some wonderful people that have been a part of our team that won't be a part going forward, so today's an opportunity to get together and have a few beers and tell a few stories … I wouldn't put it (down) as a celebration of the season."