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Fine Wines ages to 100

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July 14, 2017

Adelaide Power's Ollie Wines looks to hand ball past Hawthorn's Luke Hodge last season. Wines will play his 100th AFL game tomorrow. Image: AAP

Most players dream of it and few achieve it, but tomorrow Ollie Wines will play his 100th AFL game when Port Adelaide hosts North Melbourne.

Wines, 22, will be the first 2012 top 10 draft pick to play 100 games, emphasising the consistent and stellar start to his career.

The tough midfielder was taken at pick seven in 2012 and has impressed since making his debut in round one 2013.

However, Port would not be blamed for thinking Wines’ tenure at the club could have been short-lived.

Upon getting drafted, Wines’ father Tony told the club the Echuca export would head back to Victoria after two years.

‘‘My Dad was in all sorts and said to (Port coach) Kenny (Hinkley), ‘He’ll only be there for two years anyway’,’’ Wines said.

‘‘To look back on that now and see how far I’ve come, how much I’ve fallen in love with the club, not just me, but also my family, and to make it to 100 games... it’s something I never thought would happen.’’

Wines has missed just nine games in five seasons — all in 2015 with wrist and shoulder injuries — and has averaged 24 disposals, five clearances and five tackles while kicking 47 goals.

Port vice-captain Wines, who is almost certain to be the club’s next skipper, took a conservative approach when talking about moving back home or interstate.

‘‘I see guys move interstate these days for money, for home sickness, but the risk outweighs the reward — the grass isn’t always greener on the other side,’’ he said.

Wines, powerfully built at 190cm and 97kg, said he was keen to kick more goals to take his game to the next level.

‘‘I’d love to hit the scoreboard a bit more,’’ Wines said.

The Power has six players from the Goulburn Valley region on its list, making Wines’ life a little easier at Alberton.

Wines was drafted alongside Katamatite’s Tom Clurey, while Shepparton Swans product Jarman Impey joined the club in the 2013 draft.

Aidyn Johnson (Moama), Joe Atley (Rochester) and Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) also arrived at the Power to fulfil their dreams of playing in the AFL.

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