Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes has questioned last night’s Mark of the Year verdict.
Carlton’s Sam Walsh claimed the honours with a courageous grab taken during his side’s Round 7 clash against Port Adelaide.
The young gun ran back with the flight to soar over a big pack and clunk a tough contested mark.
However, Cornes does not believe it was Mark of the Year standard. The Port Adelaide great declared it is a routine mark for Jeremy Howe and others were more worthy of winning the award.
Speaking on SEN this morning, the 300-gamer admitted it was a fantastic grab but said he was surprised with the result.
“I’m fired up about the Mark of the Year. Jeremy Howe takes that Sam Walsh Mark of the Year 15 times a year,” he said.
“That is a great mark, a courageous mark, an exceptional mark for a wingman to take … but that is not the Mark of the Year.
“That had to be a Bobby Hill, Jeremy McGovern took a great one, Charlie Cameron took a great one, Easton Wood took a nice high flying mark.
“I think it’s the worst Mark of the Year we’ve ever had. Fischer McAsey took a more courageous mark going back with the flight.
“Nothing against Walsh, it surprised me that mark, but if you’re going to give Mark of the Year to a courageous mark, it has to be exceptional. It has to be Nick Riewoldt or Jonathan Brown.
“It can’t just be your regulation back into a pack and taking a pretty straightforward mark that Jeremy Howe takes every week.”
Carlton star Sam Walsh took home the 2020 @rebelsport Mark of the Year with this absolute ripper!
— AFL (@AFL) October 18, 2020