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Port deserves greater respect: Tredrea

By Daniel Brettig 19/05/2008 06:20:54 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide captain Warren Tredrea, victim of a considerable backlash to his "bow" last year, says his club deserves more respect than was shown by Hawthorn forward Mark Williams.

The Power have developed the nasty habit of giving up a lead this season, twice doing so when leading by more than six goals.

On Saturday in Launceston they were well clear of AFL ladder leaders Hawthorn at halftime only to fade at the finish.

However Tredrea said that his club did not deserve to be tarred with the "chokers" brush that was liberally applied by Williams during the final moments of Saturday's match.

"One person probably didn't respect Port Adelaide that day," Tredrea said.

"Whether he does or doesn't respect us is up to him, but we're all about showing respect.

"I think our form and history over the journey proves we deserve to be respected."

Asked about his indulgent bow during the 2007 preliminary final win over North Melbourne, which came back to haunt Port as they were crunched in the grand final that followed, Tredrea said it had not been a gesture designed to demean his opponents, as Williams' had been.

"In AFL football these days, if you do those things, you get questioned," he said.

"In the preliminary final last year I bowed to the crowd because we had a big turnout and we were up and going into the grand final.

"It wasn't an offensive act, but that seemed to get airtime - it doesn't surprise me that someone trying to dig up the past on a club gets in trouble."

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