Wines wins Ports first ever Brownlow
By Jevan Collins
Last night in the river room at Optus Stadium history was made when Ollie Wines became the first-ever Port Adelaide player to win the Brownlow medal.
Like every year before the Brownlow count, it’s the WAGS time to shine on the red carpet which they did in the main foyer, but it was a different story for our two grand final teams Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs as they were taken to a separate room at Optus Stadium.
At the Brownlow, there’s always a few weird choices of fashion but the biggest on the night belonged to Melbourne Christian Petracca as he was rocking a pair of air force ones but enough about the fashion.
For the first couple of rounds, Clayton Oliver was leading the pack but it was short-lived as Marcus Bontempelli came home with a wet sail and Oliver’s teammates in Petracca and Gawn started to take votes off him, Ollie wines was steady all night with polling votes, but he did all his work at the end of the season in the last 12 rounds.
Going into round 23 Ollie wines was ahead by 1 vote on 34 to the Bontempelli 33 and the Bulldogs played the Power on that Friday night just to add a bit of tension and in that game, both had a goal, but one had 33 disposals and the other had 15, the power eventually running over the top of the dogs by 2 points.
It would be ollie wines who would come out on top as he polled 2 votes in that game to Bontempelli no votes to become the 2021 Brownlow medalist and be the first recipient from Port Adelaide, in Wines acceptance speech he said that “this medal is a team award” and he also thanked his Mum and Dad as when he was drafted to Port Adelaide his mum said that “Melbourne were missing out on a future Brownlow medalist” and she was right he also thanked his best mate at the club Tom Clurey “Who came but didn’t poll a vote”
History was also made as Wines equaled the record for the greatest number of votes with 36 set but Dustin Martin in 2017 and the top 3 for the first time ever polled 30 plus votes, Clayton Oliver broke the record for the most vote for a Melbourne player with 31 breaking the late Jim Stynes record. Elsewhere Caleb Serong won the goal of the year for his snap on the boundary in western derby 53 and Shai Bolton won the mark of the year with his karate kick mark against Geelong.