Echuca – Victoria
A hard-bodied midfielder from the Bendigo Pioneers who stands at 187 centimetres, Wines was selected by Port Adelaide with pick 7 in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft. Upon his drafting, Wines was anticipated to add grunt and a touch of class to the Port Adelaide midfield. To date, he has done exactly that.
In 2012, Wines had an impressive Under 18 Championships with Vic Country and went on to be named in the All-Australian team. Wines was awarded the NAB AFL Rising Star Nomination for his impressive debut against Melbourne in Round 1 at the MCG. In 2013 Wines played every game of his debut year and placed second in the NAB Rising Star award, behind Jeager O’Meara. In his short career at the Power he has become one of the key members of the team. 2014 saw Ollie play all games again, stringing together 52 consecutive games over two seasons. His ability and presence as a midfielder grew stronger, averaging 24 disposals a game whilst also kicking 14 majors for the season.
Sadly Ollie faced some injury setback during his 2015 campaign, including a fractured wrist at the beginning of the season as well as a shoulder injury that cut his year short. During these 13 games, Wines claimed three best-on-ground performances with his bull-like football in the midfield. Ollie returned to full-fitness in 2016, again demonstrating further advancement in his midfield role. He was recognised by his peers as an emerging leader and was awarded a place amongst the league’s best under 22 team for a second time.
2017 was Ollie’s best year to date as he not only achieved his highest playing statistics, he also captained Port Adelaide for a game in the absence of Travis Boak. At only 22 years of age, Wines lead Port Adelaide and has been recognised as one of the league’s greatest young players as well as leaders. 2017 saw him average over 27 disposals and 5 tackles a game. 2018 will see Wines, 23 years of age, hold the title of vice-captain for Port Adelaide and will look to continue to lead from the front from the midfield.