Ollie Wines has won the Brownlow Medal after edging out a host of midfield opponents in a pulsating speed that will dash down within the history books.
The Port Adelaide star battled astronomical finalists Marcus Bontempelli and Clayton Oliver as smartly as Sam Walsh and Darcy Parish for far of Sunday night’s count.
Wines came out on top with a chronicle-equalling 36 votes from a chronicle-high 16 video games to leave Bontempelli (33), Oliver (31) and Walsh (30) in his wake.
It’s the first time since the 3-2-1 machine became offered to the Brownlow Medal that extra than two gamers gain polled 30 or extra within the identical count.
Wines is Port Adelaide’s first winner, an fulfillment earned after an All Australian season that helped his aspect to second on the ladder and a preliminary closing.
The 26-year-customary’s future at the South Australian membership has no longer been assured in most up-to-date seasons, having been dropped and moved aside as co-captain in 2019.
Rumours of a trade to Victoria were build to bed by a contract extension slack last year and adopted by his simplest season but under coach Ken Hinkley.
“I’m a little bit of bit rattled to be honest, composed,” Wines said after he became declared the 2021 Brownlow medallist.
“There are such a whole lot of nice gamers that I composed look up to at my age.
“They’ve had neat seasons and rather a few them are taking half in on Saturday within the largest game of the year, and I’m extraordinarily inexperienced with envy of them.
“I would deal with to be of their position, but as you said, it wasn’t to be this year. I do know we are able to rebound and dash once more subsequent year.”
Wines paid tribute to Port Adelaide, whose decision to draft the “home-oriented” Victorian teenager with the No.7 soak up the 2012 draft introduced about tears at the family home.
“It’s extra than an particular person award, it’s a group award,” he said.
“From our taking half in team to our coaches to our football workers, upstairs in our constructing, to our administration workers, everyone, your work on and off the discipline certainly doesn’t dash overlooked.
“Everyone is so integral to winning the premiership we are as hungry as ever to rating.”
Wines additionally recognised his accomplice’s contribution to the Brownlow.
“Liv, it is possible you’ll well presumably be doubtlessly the reason for my success this year, so thanks,” he said.
Port Adelaide president David Koch interrupted Wines’ photo shoot to gain an very honest accurate time the feat on a video name from South Australia.
Wines’ victory came after one vote in round 22 and two votes in round 23 sent him prior to Bontempelli, who had led from round 12 but did no longer poll a single vote within the closing three rounds.
In the period in-between, Walsh matched Carlton’s chronicle of 30 votes, shared by Chris Judd and Greg Williams, in honest accurate his third AFL season.
“It became a itsy-bitsy little bit of a loopy night, little bit of nerves, but I knew these guys at the top cease had honest accurate years and Ollie is a deserving winner,” the 21-year-customary Walsh said.
“Very consistent throughout his year and a extraordinarily tough participant, so tall congratulations to him.”
In numerous locations, Fremantle outmoded David Mundy grew to develop into the oldest participant to poll no longer decrease than 20 votes after the 36-year-customary ended the night with a occupation-high 20.
Wines’ 33-year-customary teammate Travis Boak recorded 25 to develop into the oldest participant to poll reach that label.
Sunday night’s count took location at Perth’s Optus Stadium, which is ready to host subsequent Saturday’s astronomical closing, with varied gamers tuning in from across the country.
In his welcome speech, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan told everyone to be vaccinated “so we can united as one” – a message greeted with heat applause within the fundamental function room.
Twenty years after Jim Stynes won the Brownlow, tribute became paid to the Melbourne nice.
His youngsters Matisse and Tiernan offered Port Adelaide outmoded Travis Boak as this year’s winner of the Jim Synes Neighborhood Award.
Additionally on Sunday night, Fremantle’s Caleb Serong won goal of the year and Richmond star Shai Bolton became awarded label of the year.
Brownlow Medal votes
- Ollie Wines, 36
- Marcus Bontempelli, 33
- Clayton Oliver, 31
- Sam Walsh, 30
- Darcy Parish, 26
- Jack Steele, 26
- Travis Boak, 25
- Tom Mitchell, 25
- Jarryd Lyons, 23
- Christian Petracca, 23
– with AAP