Magpies legend Mick McGuane says Brownlow winner Ollie Wines deserves to be 'under serious heat'

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Magpies legend Mick McGuane says reigning Brownlow winner Ollie Wines deserves to be ‘under serious heat’ for bad form in Port Adelaide’s dismal start to the 2022 season

  • Port Adelaide have had a shocking start to the 2022 season with two losses 
  • They face rivals Adelaide Crows tonight in Friday night footy
  • Collingwood champion Mick McGuane has fired a rocket at Ollie Wines
  • He said the Brownlow medallist needs to lift for Port to improve 

 He may be the reigning Brownlow Medallist, but Magpies legend Mick McGuane says that Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines needs to lift ahead of the all-Adelaide derby tonight.

Writing for his column at the Adelaide Advertiser, McGuane said Wines deserved to feel the pressure of Port Adelaide’s 0-2 start to the 2022 season.

McGuane pointed to the improved form of the Gold Coast Suns in 2022 and said Wines needed to lift to the level of their star midfielder Touk Miller.  

Wines was a standout in the AFL in 2021 but has not brought the same form to Port Adelaide in the 2021 campaign.

Wines was a standout in the AFL in 2021 but has not brought the same form to Port Adelaide in the 2021 campaign.

 ‘Yes, I know Wines won the Brownlow Medal last year,’ McGuane said in his column.

‘But just for a moment, let’s compare him to Gold Coast’s Touk Miller, who plays a similar role.

‘This year, Miller is averaging marginally more disposals than Wines [33.5 to 32.5], but almost twice as many contested possessions [17 to 9.5], significantly more metres gained ([789m to 477m] and more than double the clearances [8.5 to 3.5].

‘Miller has also had 14 inside 50s, with the Suns retaining 66 per cent of them.

‘Wines has had 10 inside-50s, with a 40 per cent retention rate.

‘As much as Wines is finding the ball, Hinkley would be challenging him to be better with his ball use, particularly going inside-50.

‘Hitting up a forward when on the run is what separates the best from the rest.’

It is crunch time for Port Adelaide who play their cross-town rivals the Adelaide Crows tonight in an important local derby for the winless clubs.

It is crunch time for Port Adelaide who play their cross-town rivals the Adelaide Crows tonight in an important local derby for the winless clubs. 

Port Adelaide will be looking to get their first win on the board in their clash with the Crows at Adelaide Oval tonight. 

The Crows are also winless and will be looking for a win against their bitter local rival. 

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