DON'T expect another 'Ramsgate' at the Mercure Resort, but do expect tensions to be running high on the Gold Coast.
As both Port Adelaide and Adelaide prepare to venture to the luxury Gold Coast golf course to start their quarantined preparations for the resumption of the 2020 season, not everyone is happy about the arch rivals being forced into the same accommodation.
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Port Adelaide and Adelaide players famously brawled outside the Ramsgate Hotel the day after the 11th Showdown in 2002.
Power chairman David Koch revealed on Monday morning that the club had requested a different hotel to the Crows, saying "we just don't like you" and "you're not our type of people".
It was a claim backed up by coach Ken Hinkley, who later in the afternoon supported Koch's call to put Port Adelaide alongside one of the Western Australian teams – either West Coast or Fremantle – who are staying in a separate resort on the Gold Coast.
"We are arch enemies," Hinkley said.
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"It doesn't make a lot of sense to put them together.
"We have these great matches – these great grudge matches – and we're going to go into a place and be all buddies? I'm not sure about that. It just doesn't quite feel right in Adelaide.
"Hopefully we're not there for any longer than the six or seven weeks, but we don't know that. We can deal with it for a bit, but there's a tipping point."
However, the accommodation didn't seem to bother Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks, who said the Crows had no issue being housed with their fierce local rivals.
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"We cross the white line, then she's on," Nicks said.
"But I know a lot of our South Australian guys, they know each other really well. Sharing a hotel with Port Adelaide, I have no issue. I know a lot of them well.
"If we play at that neutral venue … well, different story."