Port Adelaide’s Ollie Wines admitted to blended emotions after winning his club’s first AFL Brownlow Medal, asserting the award and their disastrous terminate to the season absorb him rattled.
In a pulsating count on Sunday night that change into one amongst the most tasty in Brownlow history, Wines polled 36 votes to attain three determined of Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli.
The Bulldogs star had led since round 12, nonetheless did no longer poll after round 19.
Wines, who entered the count because the slightest of favourites, hit the lead with one vote in round 22, and snared every other two votes in round 23 – in opposition to the Bulldogs – to true the medal.
It change into some shrimp comfort for the Energy after the Bulldogs humiliated them by 71 features two Saturday nights ago in the preliminary final.
The Bulldogs will play Melbourne next Saturday in the gargantuan final.
“I’m a chunk bit rattled, to be ethical, quiet,” Wines talked about on stage at Perth’s Optus Stadium, the gargantuan final venue.
“There are so noteworthy of enormous gamers that I quiet perceive up to at my age … and a form of them are obviously playing on Saturday in the supreme sport of the twelve months.
“I’m extraordinarily green with envy of them and I’d admire to be of their set.
“I know our boys – it is burning internal them as noteworthy as it is in me, and we are going to be support next twelve months better than ever.”
Port Adelaide president David Koch would possibly per chance well perhaps not true an exemption to obtain into Western Australia for the count, nonetheless he change into in a position to beat Wines’ folks in calling the star Port midfielder to present an emotional congratulations.
“I’m on ‘elevate out no longer disturb’ and by some skill Kochie’s name quiet came thru,” Wines talked about with a giggle.
“I fabricate no longer know if he is hacked Apple or something. I would possibly check with my folks rapidly.
“They’re support in Victoria, with my siblings in Melbourne as successfully. Those guys are my coronary heart and soul.”
Melbourne onballer Clayton Oliver change into third on 31 and Carlton younger gun Sam Walsh change into fourth on 30 – the first time four gamers absorb polled 30 or more in seasons the set the umpires awarded one role of three-2-1 votes.
Wines, 26, polled in 16 video games – a Brownlow sage and his tally of 36 equals Richmond star Dustin Martin’s sage total in 2017.
He also polled in 11 of the final 12 video games.
After round 18, with five video games left, the count change into all the arrangement down to 5 gamers – Bontempelli on 30, with Walsh and Wines on 27, Oliver on 26 and Parish with 24.
It change into concept that Oliver would possibly per chance well perhaps absorb too noteworthy competition from teammates and that proved the case, with Christian Petracca polling 23 and captain Max Gawn 16.
In contrast, Wines’ teammate Travis Boak finished 10th with 22 and no diversified Energy participant featured closely in the balloting.
Likewise, Bontempelli change into the supreme Bulldogs participant internal the terminate 20.
Wines is from the Murray River city of Echuca, as is Oliver, and he aged to name successfully-known AFL commentator Rex Hunt on 3AW talkback as a child.
He change into in the muse “timid” that Port took him with the No.7 purchase in the 2012 draft, asserting there had been just a few tears at his residence, nonetheless he thanked the Energy for turning him into the person he has develop into.
For the 2d twelve months, COVID-19 impacted closely on the award.
The Demons and Bulldogs had been at Optus Stadium, nonetheless watched the count in separate rooms away from the predominant characteristic.
There change into also a characteristic in Brisbane and diversified gamers in Melbourne and Sydney had been proven on video hyperlinks at some level of the count.
In his welcome speech, AFL chief govt Gillon McLachlan instructed every person to be vaccinated “so we can unite as one”.
Twenty years after Jim Stynes received the Brownlow, tribute change into paid to the late Melbourne enormous.
His kids Matisse and Tiernan announced Boak as this twelve months’s winner of the Jim Synes Community Award.
Fallen AFL star Ben Cousins, the 2005 Brownlow winner, attended his first count since the West Hover and Richmond participant retired in 2010.
BROWNLOW MEDAL TOP 10
1. Ollie Wines (PA) 36
2. Marcus Bontempelli (WB) 33
3. Clayton Oliver (Melb) 31
4. Sam Walsh (Carl) 30
5. Darcy Parish (Ess) 26
6. Jack Steele (StK) 26
7. Tom Mitchell (Haw) 25
8. Jarryd Lyons (Bris) 23
9. Christian Petracca (Melb) 23
10. Travis Boak (PA) 22