Quadzilla. Lock him in.
Truth be told, that’s all I feel I need to write on Ollie Wines for Supercoach this year. I am a huge, huge fan of the way this man goes about his football. He is a contested ball beast, a tackling monster and as strong as an ox.
He was ready to explode last year. He really was. He’d scored 311 points in 5 halves of footy before he went down in round three against North Melbourne. He missed a month with hip problems, and wasn’t himself when he came back.
He fought to get himself fit after the bye, and despite average, injury affected scores, Wines belted out a 145 against Collingwood in round 15, before injuring himself in the next game against Adelaide.
He then injured himself for good two weeks later against St Kilda, dislocating his shoulder and ruling him out for the rest of the season.
It was a rough year for Ollie in a year he was primed to take it to the next level.
Will this year be his year?
|2016 Prices:||$535K SC, $473K AF, $7,400K CoachKings|
|Games last season:||11|
|Average last season:||97 SC, 93 AF, 92 CoachKings|
|100+ SC Games last season:||7|
|Sub 80 SC games last season:||3 (all injury affected)|
|SCPrice range last season:||467-539K|
|Missed games last season:||Too many (11)|
Yes. Yes it will.
On top of scoring tons in 7 of his ten non-injury impacted games, Ollie Wines scored 12 tons in his second year of football.
Over the past few years, Wines has averaged 24 disposals. Half of those disposals are contested, and he gets amongst stoppages, averaging nearly six clearances and five tackles last year. This means his disposal efficiency isn’t as high, but if he boosts that even a little bit, woah boy, look out.
I’ve sold myself writing that paragraph. He has become the engine room of the Port midfield and dominates that spot. It’s his. He has had another pre-season under his belt, is bigger, fitter, stronger.
That means in each Coach Kings game Port are on for, you fixate on Ollie Wines, and you select him. If you don’t select him, you look at him again and think very, very hard about what you’re doing. Then you select him.
His price is tantalising, at 525,000 in Supercoach, and is discounted in Coach Kings at [7.?] He’s durable, won’t be tagged, young and a monster. JUST PICK HIM.
So – what’s my verdict, I hear you wondering?
The case for:
- In case you haven’t been listening to anything I’ve said, the kid is a jet
- Contested ball king – gets in and under to get hard ball gets, clearances, tackles and points
- Fit and durable. He didn’t miss a game in his first two years
- Not going to get tagged
- Absolute gun
The case against:
- Shoulder injuries to contested ball players are rarely good things. If he shirks the contest because of that in the NAB then beware
- Port have a much better run this year, but your perception of where they are as a team might influence any decision to overlook him
- No Paddy Ryder feeding the ball down his throat didn’t stop him in 2014, but it might hamper him. Lobbe isn’t the tapman Ryder is.
Stay away at all costs. He’s mine. The less people who have him, the better POD he’ll be for me. He will rip 2016 a new one, and I for one will be keeping my hands and feet inside the Ollie Wines cart at all times, because I’m on board the Rollercoaster That Never Goes Down.
Also note – the man with the magnificent Quads will be available for selection in the CoachKings Round 1 Port Adelaide v St Kilda contest for Adelaide venues. Almost impossible to overlook him at his middle of the road $7,400 pricetag.