Port Adelaide had it easy against a very poor Saints outfit in their nine goal win, with one player being the catalyst for the result.
Port Adelaide had their fair share of winners on the ground Sunday night in their 54 point win over St. Kilda. Several players could have been named as best on and Ollie Wines was rightfully (in my mind) awarded the Peter Badcoe medal.
How good has Ollie’s season been this year? Seriously, he has perhaps been Port’s best player over the first six games, and against the Saints, Wines went full beast mode. He is known for his in and under style, his physicality, and his ability to win the contested ball and Ollie took that to another level on Sunday. He was an absolute monster in the middle as Port belted the Saints in every area.
After last season in which he was a slow starter before eventually making his way back to the Wines we all know and love. This year he has started like he has been shot out of a cannon. Being that midfield beast that other players can rely on to get the ball out first and give everything he has to the cause.
On Sunday night, Ollie was a sight to behold as he went about his business with aplomb. His stats were just incredible too. Looking at his tallies from round 1, Wines has had 30, 38, 26 (loss to Eagles), 27, 32, and 36 disposals. There is a real argument to be made that he is in career-best form and for me he is.
Wines stats v St. Kilda
- 36 disposals
- 13 contested possessions
- 19 pressure acts
- 7 inside 50s
- 6 score involvements
- 8 clearances (6 from the centre, next best was 2)
- 2 goal assists
Being made joint captain with Tom Jonas in 2019 didn’t work the way we all wanted but since he left the post and allowed Jonas to lead the side, Ollie has gone from strength to strength. It is not a blight on his ability as a footballer as some are just suited to being a captain while others are not. But the difference since he relinquished his title as co-captain has been stark.
He has been Port’s best two or three players in every game and given that he is still only 26, we have plenty of great years ahead with Ollie being that midfield bull that we love to see.
Port has had a great start to the year, sitting third with a 5-1 record with their only loss to West Coast in Round 3. Ollie Wines has been one of the driving forces behind Port Adelaide’s success early on this year.
Wines is proving to be back being the player he was when he entered the AFL, an absolute monster. Given how he has started the year he could very well end up in Brownlow medal contention come seasons end. As long as he stays away from skiing that is.