AFL News 2022: David Koch unloads from prison bar, Port Adelaide, Collingwood

Port Adelaide president David Koch went nuclear after his club was once again denied the opportunity to wear the famous prison bars.

Koch became angry after it was revealed that the club’s request to wear a prison bar guernsey for the Round 23 match against Adelaide had been denied.

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The authorities have notoriously been stripped of wearing their black and white stripes in 2021 and warned they could be stripped of competitive points if they go against the will of the AFL.

Instead, they produced an act of elite trolling in the dressing rooms after the game, when the club changed their jumpers to the club’s controversial black and white Guernsey stripes.

The heritage jumper has been at the center of one of the most petty feuds in football and he has been back in the spotlight since Koch’s latest spray when he turned down offers the club had been told back in March that their request would be denied.

“This is the biggest batch of rats I’ve ever heard,” Koch told FIVEaa radio.

“Actually, two weeks ago, Collingwood president Jeff Brown called me out of the blue and said, ‘Kochi, look buddy, we take your request very seriously, we understand how important this is to your members, we understand the story is…i have been gathering opinions in both melbourne and south australia and i’m putting this on my board (last week) and i don’t want to reassure you, but i’m calmly sure we can have some good news for you.’

“So, just two weeks ago, the president of the Collingwood Football Club called me out of the blue and said this.”

Koch said Collingwood took advantage of them as the ugly saga drags on into another season.

“Remember Collingwood always said, ‘We have black and white in the AFL/VFL. These are our colors” – as if you could own two colors. Don’t make me start with that,” he said.

“Over the weekend, Collingwood VFL played the Southport Sharks in the VFL, which are black and white. So why don’t we play in our traditional Guernsey prison bar, Showdown in Adelaide, that’s all. Not against Collingwood. Not until the end of the year. I don’t think it’s unreasonable.

“I can’t help feeling like we were beaten for being nice and a little misled by the club and for the conversations I had with the president.

“It just shows, dare I say it, the pettiness of everything that is out of control. I don’t know if this is a case of the big Victorian clubs saying again, ‘Hey, you just hold your ground, you Interstate clubs, South Australian clubs. We run this contest, you do as we say.”

Port Adelaide entered the AFL in 1997 with an agreement that the prison bars could only be worn during the Legacy Round. The league no longer has a dedicated Legacy Round where clubs hold their own celebrations each year.

“Yes, the agreement was signed when we entered the AFL – this is 30 years ago. Times have changed and clubs are celebrating their heritage,” Koch said.

“Why can’t we make Showdown a celebration of our heritage?

“I’m angry because we did the right thing, we just talked quietly about it, and I can’t help feeling that this good nature was played out.

“Look at how virtually every AFL club is allowed to play in their historic Guernsey this year… but we are not allowed to do the same.”

Originally published as David Koch exploded after being denied the opportunity to wear a prison jumper in Port Adelaide…again