PORT ADELAIDE midfielder Ollie Wines has finished as a joint runner-up in the 2021 AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year Award after a year in which he was awarded his first All-Australian blazer.
Wines had a busy night on Thursday when he was first named in the All-Australian centre line, as well as finishing second in the AFLCA award alongside Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli.
He finished with 101 votes, equal with Bontempelli and 13 behind the eventual winner Clayton Oliver from Melbourne.
Oliver averaged 31 disposals this season, is ranked first in the league for contested possessions with 17.7, and fourth for clearances with 7.5.
The prolific midfielder polled coaches votes in 17 of the 23 matches this season to finish with 114 votes, earning maximum coaches votes in three rounds. The most notable ten came in the Demons’ come from behind win in Round 23 which cemented this award and the Dees as minor premiers.
The last Port Adelaide player to win the award was Robbie Gray in 2014, while Premiership skipper Warren Tredrea also claimed the award in 2004.
Travis Boak was the replicated Wines’ runner-up finish in 2020.
Overall leader board
114 votes - Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
101 votes – Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs), Ollie Wines (Port Adelaide)
100 votes - Jack Steele (St Kilda)
97 votes –Touk Miller (Gold Coast)
92 votes - Sam Walsh (Carlton)
91 votes - Zach Merrett (Essendon)
86 votes – Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
81 votes – Darcy Parish (Essendon)
74 votes - Rory Laird (Adelaide)
70 votes - Nic Naitanui (West Coast)
69 votes - David Mundy (Fremantle)
66 votes - Jarryd Lyons (Brisbane), Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane)
63 votes - Max Gawn (Melbourne)
62 votes – Dayne Zorko (Brisbane)
61 votes - Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn)
60 votes – Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs)