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Channel 7 star bites back in commentary spat

ADELAIDE skipper Taylor Walker copped heavy criticism from all angles after a less than flattering performance during round four.

His lowly output was highlighted by one play in particular where he seemed to take his eye off the ball as he looked for contact that never eventuated.

One media personality has never been shy of having his say about the Crows marquee forward and continued his barrage following the game.

Former Port Adelaide player Kane Cornes - since his move into the media side of the game - has continued to divide opinions with his comments and his latest one surrounding Walker did the same.

Cornes slammed Walker's inability to be able to stand up like a captain should when his side needed him the most.

"Walker was hardly sighted in the first half of the upset defeat at the hands of Collingwood on Friday night," Cornes wrote in story for The Advertiser.

"His lack of presence and mediocre effort at ground level in the second quarter was obvious and not conducive to a captain's game."

This isn't the first time Cornes has taken aim at Walker's leadership as he stated prior to the season getting underway he believed a teammate should have been handed the role.

"My criticism over Tex's captaincy is that he gets caught up in too much off the ball stuff," Cornes told SEN's Time On with Sam McCure.

"Rory Sloane leads by example. When the footy is there to be won, he puts his head over it.

"I'm not saying Taylor Walker is not courageous, but in terms of the way Rory Sloane leads on the field, he's a better leader."

His harsh words following the round five showing clearly made their way into the eardrums of Walker who responded in brilliant fashion on Friday night as he led his side to a resounding victory.

He kicked four goals, took seven marks and had 16 touches in Adelaide's win over Sydney and said he didn't care what his critics thought about him.

"Let's be honest a few of those people with their opinions you put your head on the pillow at night and have a pretty big giggle at those comments," Walker told Triple M's The Saturday Rub.

"The guys that were pretty vocal this week did not worry me one little bit."

Asked if he was talking about Cornes, Walker didn't name names but didn't deny anything either.

"You guys can cross your "i's" and cross your "t's", you know who we're talking about," he said.

Cornes and Walker have a rich history of butting heads with none standing out more so than their icy exchange when the Crows forward was being interviewed on the Sunday Footy Show last year.

Walker: Not a big fan of players that come out of the game and don't have a positive spin on the game because we all love the game of footy.

Cornes: I think you're angling for a media position at the end of your career, Tex. It'll be reasonably boring if you're all just positive and is it fair to say you don't necessarily see the positive things that are said about you and your club, and you just focus on negative things which all players do when they're playing?

Walker: Yeah I always look at the positive things, pretty glass half full, Kane. So (I) like to keep it that way.

When asked by Footy Show panellist Nathan Brown if there was any chance of a reconciliation between the two, Walker didn't give an answer, leading Billy Brownless to emphatically declare: "That's a no!"

Pushed if he'd consider catching up with Cornes for a coffee, Walker said: "Coffee inside a boxing ring or something is it?"

The praise for Walker following the bounce back effort, while not as heavy as the criticism, came in from many pundits.

Former North Melbourne premiership player Wayne Carey was one who threw his support behind the Crows skipper in his commentary for Channel 7 on Friday night, but Cornes wasn't buying what he was selling.

Cornes believed the message being conveyed from Carey was fed through to him and wasn't an opinion he thought.

 

Carey responded stating he only voices his own opinions and delivered a bit of a whack to Cornes in the process.

"I don't get seduced by anyone in the media, and/or friends," Carey said on The Saturday Rub.

"Right now, his vendetta against Tex Walker is not looking very favourable on him, because he got made to look like a fool last night, because Tex Walker played an absolutely brilliant captain's game.

"He came into the game injured and stood up like a good captain does.

"I actually love the fact that Kane Cornes speaks his mind, but on this particular topic ... he's a bit of a shock jock.

"Being a shock jock in this industry, as a former player, has a limited time."



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