By Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia
01:39 09 Sep 2023, updated 07:10 09 Sep 2023
- Port Adelaide’s pre-game mode of inspiration was left-field
- Face Brisbane Lions on Saturday night in AFL Qualifying Final
- Power coach Ken Hinkley said teamwork & common goals were key
Port Adelaide’s bizarre decision to be inspired by a controversial Hollywood movie about building an atomic bomb that ended the second World War has been lashed by footy fans online.
It follows star midfielder Ollie Wines being asked whether the Power had called on any motivational themes ahead of Saturday night’s Qualifying Final against Brisbane at the Gabba.
Wines’ response – the film Oppenheimer – raised plenty of eyebrows.
‘It’s a little bit about how much work goes into something,’ Wines told SEN Radio this week.
‘So many people have to come together and work hard for a number of years….[in terms of our team], this finals campaign isn’t just something that’s just been building this year — it’s probably been the last four years.
‘The general grasp of the movie is many people come together and work hard to reach a common goal, which hopefully for us is a premiership.’
Stunned footy fans couldn’t believe Port’s left-field method of inspiration.
‘They may want to go re-watch the film a few more times, because this is a dreadful take and incredibly insensitive to theme things around,’ one person wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
Another posted: ‘it sounds a bit dodgy to be taking inspiration from a biopic about the development of a nuclear weapon that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians.’
A third stated: ‘The Atomic Bomb!! Seriously??? Tore apart more than it brought together.’
Following an avalanche of criticism, Power coach Ken Hinkley said the collective focus was teamwork under pressure.
Hinkley also bristled at talk the film’s star J. Robert Oppenheimer was an inappropriate role model for his playing group.
‘Every club has some type of theme that they may use at this time of year,’ he told reporters before boarding a flight to Brisbane.
‘The key part about that, as I think Ollie explained incredibly well, is that it’s just a little story around how people had to come together over a long period of time to work really hard on one single thing to get an outcome.
‘We’ve been at this task [winning a flag] for a good period of time — four or five years.’
Hinkley later admitted he hadn’t seen the film himself.
Brisbane ($1.50) are favoured to topple Port Adelaide ($2.70) on home soil, with first bounce at 7.25pm – the winner moves through to the preliminary final.