Kane Cornes had the last laugh over Collingwood supporters and president Eddie McGuire after their team’s staggering loss to Geelong on Saturday night.
The Cats thumped the Magpies 15.10 (100) to 5.2 (32) as Scott Pendlebury and Co. mustered just one scoring shot in the first half — Collingwood’s worst effort in a final since 1960.
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Before the Pies’ brilliant one-point victory over West Coast in the opening week of the finals, Port Adelaide champion turned media personality Cornes said they were merely “making up the numbers” and had no chance of winning the flag.
His words came back to haunt him after Collingwood’s miraculous win in Perth, as star Jeremy Howe took aim on social media and McGuire sent Cornes cheeky texts.
The Magpie Army also had Cornes in their sights on social media but even after the win over the Eagles, the Power legend warned Collingwood supporters not to get too “cocky”.
His warning turned out to be on the mark and the 300-gamer returned fire at those angry fans and McGuire — who was watching on in the stands, ashen-faced as his beloved side suffered the ultimate humiliation.
“I think they were feeling very confident going into that game, no doubt about it with the commentary that they were going to do a lot of damage going forward,” Cornes said on the Sunday Footy Show.
“I did have a look at Eddie last night. You don’t need the scoreboard, all you need is Eddie’s face and that tells you the score. He was up and about last week, he was sending TJ (Nine presenter Tony Jones) and myself messages all through the week.
“Nothing from Eddie! Not one thing this week, not one message, not one tweet, nothing from these Collingwood clowns!”
McGuire watched the loss at the Gabba alongside his son and AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, and Sunday Footy Show host Tony Jones couldn’t resist poking fun at his Nine stablemate.
“I’m more worried about Joe, his (McGuire’s) son. Joe looks like he’s in absolute fear saying, ‘Are you OK, dad?’” Jones said.
DE GOEY NOT WORTH $1M A YEAR
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said after the match midfielder/forward Jordan De Goey is after a lucrative new deal, which is why he is yet to re-sign with the club.
De Goey and the Pies have yet to agree on financial terms and he remains uncontracted beyond 2020. Carlton is reportedly interested in the 24-year-old but while De Goey has been touted previously as a possible $1 million-a-season player, Cornes believes he’s worth far less.
“He’s nowhere near a million-dollar player,” Cornes said. “Firstly, because of his inaccuracy in front of goal and secondly, I think we speak far too much about a player who probably averages 1.8 goals a game.
“He’s a $600,000-$650,000 player for me.”
COACH EXPLAINS $7 MILLION MAN’S DROP-OFF
Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy hasn’t been able to find his best form in 2020 and was again off the pace — like most of his teammates — against Geelong.
An All-Australian in 2018 and 2019, the 26-year-old headed into this season as the competition’s best ruckman and signed monster seven-year deal in January worth a reported $1 million a year.
Buckley said the toll of living in the AFL hub for so long contributed to his star player’s drop-off.
“Brodes is a guy who loves the game and loves footy, but he also loves to get away from it, and when you’re in a hub it’s been a little difficult for him to do that,” Buckley said.
“He’s one of plenty of blokes across the competition that will have struggled at times through this and he’s not on his own. I want to make that clear. It’s not just Brodie Grundy.
“Brodie’s form hasn’t been as strong as his last two years, and whether it’s got to do with hub life or whether it’s got to do with what’s been imposed on us or whether it’s just a down year, we’ll find out in the next couple of weeks.
“Brodie has been huge for this footy club for a long time. He’s a massive character and he provides so much energy and what he needs to do is rest and refresh and come back and do what he’s always done.”