Power blast Crows over AFL guernsey
Power blast Crows over AFL guernsey

Port Adelaide have blasted local arch-rivals Adelaide over a plan to wear a replica South Australian guernsey for their round-two AFL clash at Adelaide Oval.

The Power say the idea is divisive and the state jumper should always be sacrosanct.

But the Crows say they will wear the commemorative guernsey in their first AFL game at Adelaide Oval to mark 150 years of SA football.

The match will be the first time a 'Showdown' match has been played at Adelaide Oval rather than AAMI Stadium, which is no longer an AFL venue.

"This is about our deep respect and admiration for South Australian football and all those who have been involved," said Crows chief executive Steven Trigg.

But the announcement drew a sharp rebuke from Port Adelaide.

"Our clubs current and former SA-born players are disappointed by the Crows decision," the Power said in a statement.

"The Crows have stated they are wearing the guernsey to celebrate SA football.

"Port Adelaide finds this reasoning peculiar given that wearing it in a Showdown will actually divide the state.

"This guernsey is a symbol of SA football unification, not division."

The West Australian

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