WINES ON TRACK FOR BROWNLOW
THE final results are in – Port Adelaide’s Ollie Wines will win this year’s Brownlow Medal.
That is the view of Champion Data’s Brownlow Tracker, which has correctly forecast five of the past six winners of the award.
The tracker has Wines on 30.5 votes, well clear of St Kilda captain Jack Steele (24.6 votes) and Western Bulldogs onballer Jack Macrae (24.5 votes).
Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli, who had been favourite with bookmaker TAB for much of the year, is tipped to finish fifth, while Melbourne skipper Max Gawn is expected to record a top-10 finish.
The predictions are calculated using not only each player’s individual statistics for a game but also the result of each match and the final winning margin.
A player’s Brownlow Medal polling history is also brought in to the final vote calculations.
Wines polled only 10 Brownlow Medal votes to finish equal-20th in last year’s count but has taken his game to another level this season.
The 26-year-old midfield bull started the season at Brownlow Medal odds of $81 with TAB, but was wound into a $2.75 favourite after what many considered to be another three-vote game against Western Bulldogs in round 23. Wines’ performances this year have seen him nominated by coach Ken Hinkley as a “pretty clear” next captain of the Power. He had served as co-captain for one season in 2019.