The 26-year-old midfield beast is having a career season for Port Adelaide and has yet to have his colours lowered in 2021.
Finally, after two interrupted preseason campaigns in 2019 and 2020, Ollie Wines is back to his absolute best in the heart of Port Adelaide's midfield. The raging bull has been at his physical best this season, perhaps emphasizing what a full off-season of work can produce.
Looking at Ollie’s stats this season and you begin to see just exactly how ridiculous his form has been so far. His disposal counts of, 30, 38, 26, 27, 32, 36, 37, 24 and 32 are on another level. On the face of it, those numbers are good by anyone’s standards but when you look at his averages this season compared to his career, that tells its own story.
In the six stats listed on Port Adelaide’s official website, Wines is either elite or above average in all but two of them. Ollie is rated as elite for disposals and handballs, above average for kicks and total clearances, while rated as average for marks and tackles.
Ollie Wines’ 2021 averages
- 31 disposals
- 5 clearances
- 4 four tackles
- 18 handballs
- 4 tackles
His 37 disposal game against the Brisbane Lions was perhaps his best game to date. 18 pressure acts, 13 contested possessions, nine score involvements, 451 metres gained (joint third), and four clearances (ranked fifth) as he was a shining light in a poor night for his side.
It is no secret that Wines has relished being free of the captain title that he gave to Tom Jonas at the start of 2020. He finally looks fully fit and free to go about his football and it is showing. His contested work around stoppages is nearly unrivalled, his work ethic and willingness to get to contest after contest is a testament to his aerobic endurance.
Although his disposal efficiency can leave a bit to be desired, it is his ability to get the contested ball and dish out to his teammates that make him a genuine star of the competition.
His season overall has been immense, while others have been up and down, Ollie has stayed at a high level, gathering touches at will and forcing his physicality onto the opposition. If Port is to make a proper tilt at the 2021 premiership then Wines is going to have to be front and centre to all of it.
An absolute brute in the middle, Port’s No.16 has been doing as he pleases in what has been a career year so far, even though it is only nine games in. He is on track to smash all of his career averages at his current pace with his disposal count going over 30 six times, with three going over 35.
His contested and clearance work has been a sight to behold this season. Just twice has Wines been under 13 contested possessions and just once has he been under four clearances for a game (highest 8).
The football community knew how good Wines was when he was drafted, but after a few injury-hit seasons there was talk that Carlton tried to lure him away. Thankfully, he stayed at Alberton, and now look at what he is producing.
Like a fine wine, Ollie continues to get better with each passing week and if Port Adelaide make finals and manages to get that coveted premiership, the boy from Echuca has more than played his part.