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Friday, 19 April 2019

Port skipper reveals 'dirty' plan that undid Eagles


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Port Adelaide skipper Ollie Wines has revealed that the club wanted to play a "dirty" brand of football to negate West Coast's intercept markers after a shock win in Perth.

After a last-gasp defeat at the hands of an undermanned Richmond side in Round 4, the Power led from wire to wire against the reigning premiers to eventually run out 13. 17. (95) to 8. 5. (53) winners at Optus Stadium.

West Coast, and particularly star defender Jeremy McGovern, have been renowned for their ability to launch attacks off their half-back flank following interceptions, and following the win Wines explained how the Power executed their game plan to a tee.

"We wanted to play a bit of dirty footy," he said.

Port Adelaide

"West Coast have got terrific intercept markers they love it in the air. You probably saw a pretty dirty game with the ball on the ground a lot. We wanted to win that hard, dirty footy and I thought we were able to do it.

"We were able to win it off the ground and get it out the back and you saw our quick, exciting forwards get onto it."

Port Adelaide's first-year players also continued their outstanding start to the season, playing a major role in the surprising result.

Willem Drew popped up with 20 disposals and five tackles, while Zak Butters (19 disposals), Connor Rozee (13 disposals, one goal) and Xavier Duursma (12 disposals) also impressed.

Wines turned in his best performance of the year, amassing 35 disposals including, 13 of them contested, but praised the side's youngsters for their performances.

Ollie Wines

"The club made some bold moves in the off-season to get them in and to see them now and to see what they're doing (is great)," Wines told Fox Footy.

"They were pretty disappointed a few of them after their performance, it's just a testament to them as people and as players that they hold high standards for themselves.

"They're doing this in their fifth game. It's going to be exciting to see what they do over the next few years."

The Eagles, usually dangerous at home, were unable to score effectively all night, with speedy young forward Jack Petrucelle the only major threat all night with five out of the Eagles' eight goals.

West Coast has been nigh on unbeatable in Perth with star forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling in the side of late, but both were well-held with Kennedy kicking a solitary goal while Darling went scoreless and managed just three kicks.

Port Adelaide skipper Ollie Wines has revealed that the club wanted to play a "dirty" brand of football to negate West Coast's intercept markers after a shock win in Perth.

After a last-gasp defeat at the hands of an undermanned Richmond side in Round 4, the Power led from wire to wire against the reigning premiers to eventually run out 13. 17. (95) to 8. 5. (53) winners at Optus Stadium.

West Coast, and particularly star defender Jeremy McGovern, have been renowned for their ability to launch attacks off their half-back flank following interceptions, and following the win Wines explained how the Power executed their game plan to a tee.

"We wanted to play a bit of dirty footy," he said.

Port Adelaide

"West Coast have got terrific intercept markers they love it in the air. You probably saw a pretty dirty game with the ball on the ground a lot. We wanted to win that hard, dirty footy and I thought we were able to do it.

"We were able to win it off the ground and get it out the back and you saw our quick, exciting forwards get onto it."

Port Adelaide's first-year players also continued their outstanding start to the season, playing a major role in the surprising result.

Willem Drew popped up with 20 disposals and five tackles, while Zak Butters (19 disposals), Connor Rozee (13 disposals, one goal) and Xavier Duursma (12 disposals) also impressed.

Wines turned in his best performance of the year, amassing 35 disposals including, 13 of them contested, but praised the side's youngsters for their performances.

Ollie Wines

"The club made some bold moves in the off-season to get them in and to see them now and to see what they're doing (is great)," Wines told Fox Footy.

"They were pretty disappointed a few of them after their performance, it's just a testament to them as people and as players that they hold high standards for themselves.

"They're doing this in their fifth game. It's going to be exciting to see what they do over the next few years."

The Eagles, usually dangerous at home, were unable to score effectively all night, with speedy young forward Jack Petrucelle the only major threat all night with five out of the Eagles' eight goals.

West Coast has been nigh on unbeatable in Perth with star forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling in the side of late, but both were well-held with Kennedy kicking a solitary goal while Darling went scoreless and managed just three kicks.

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