Ollie Wines played 17 games with the Pioneers in 2011 and 10 in 2012 due to AIS Academy and Victorian Country commitments.By Zach Hubber
Bendigo Pioneers coach David Newett said Ollie Wines’ presence at the club would be sorely missed.
In just his first year coaching the TAC Cup club, Newett said it was Wines’ professionalism to football which impressed him the most.
‘‘Ollie would travel far from Echuca or from school in Shepparton but would always train with good intensity,’’ he said.
‘‘He was a real leader in the way he went about training and epitomised what you want in any team player: great work ethic, great character and strong leadership.’’
Wines played 17 games with the Pioneers in 2011 and 10 in 2012 due to AIS Academy and Victorian Country commitments.
But that did not impede on the coaching and playing group voting him in as captain.
‘‘He was voted in around March and was a clear choice for captain,’’ Newett said.
‘‘Despite going to the AIS and despite being all-Australian and all the other accolades that came with that, he remained very level-headed and the boys really respected him for that.
‘‘He has the ability to have fun with his mates and then knows when the serious time to train is.’’
It was not only Wines’ character which stood out for the Bendigo coach, but his football ability.
Wines averaged 25 disposals, eight tackles and five marks a match for Bendigo in 2012.
‘‘His aerobic capacity is very good and he’s able to lift at the end of a game,’’ Newett said.
‘‘He works as hard at the end as he does at the start and his team-performance indicators testify that.
‘‘At the end Ollie’s high up in the tackle count and in the handball receives.
‘‘At times when needed he was able to lift the team with inspiring chases and the team stepped up as a result.
‘‘We certainly missed his presence when he wasn’t in the team.’’
Wines is highly touted as an inside midfielder who wins his own ball, but his ability to go forward is something the 18-year-old has developed, said Newett.
‘‘We certainly played him in that midfield role, but we’d rotate him as a forward one-out in the goal square,’’ he said.
‘‘He’s got good speed off the mark and proved his worth up forward when he kicked three goals for us in a match against Queensland.’’
Newett, a former development coach at North Melbourne and Richmond, said Wines reminded him of Sydney premiership veteran Jude Bolton.
‘‘Jude played in the midfield in his early years,’’ he said.
‘‘He’s durable, tough, hard, kicks goals and is a very team-orientated person like Ollie’’
He said a team on the rebuild should select Wines based on his ball-winning ability and character.
‘‘He’s definitely going to be a great asset at any club,’’ he said.
‘‘He has a strong desire to succeed and he can contribute highly to the culture of the organisation.
‘‘From the Pioneers’ perspective we’re very fortunate to have had Ollie and his parents be involved with our program.’’
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