Port Adelaide has struggled in the early stages of its blockbuster Thursday night clash with Melbourne, and their coach was definitely feeling the strain of a lacklustre first half.
The Demons dominated the opening two terms at Adelaide Oval to lead by 19 points at halftime, with the Power unable to get the game on their terms.
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While Port Adelaide fell behind on the field, the focus turned to a bizarre detail in the coach’s box.
Fans noticed Power coach Ken Hinkley was consuming a highly unusual combination of drinks while keeping a close eye on his team’s performance.
He was sipping a can of Coca Cola, while cans of Coke No Sugar and Red Bull sat on his desk.
Coaching a professional football team can be a stressful job at the best of times, but being triple-parked on caffeine beverages is an interesting way to calm the nerves.
Hinkley would certainly hope his side gets the hint and wakes up in the second half.
He clearly hasn’t been following the advice of football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo, who made global headlines last month when he placed a bottle of Coca Cola out of sight at a press conference at the Euro 2020 tournament.
Melbourne led 52 (8.4) to 33 (5.3) at the main break, on the back of huge first halves from midfielders Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver.
Petracca and livewire small forward Kysaiah Pickett each kicked two goals.
Originally published as Hilarious detail in AFL coach’s box