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Power champion scores another gong

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Brownlow medallist Ollie Wines has capped his stellar season with another gong – taking home his first Port Adelaide best and fairest award.

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Wines, who two weeks ago became the Power’s first-ever Brownlow medallist, won the John Cahill medal at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Thursday night.

The 26-year-old polled 229 club champion votes, well clear of next-best Travis Boak (167 votes) and recruit Aliir Aliir (164 votes).

Wines took the voting lead in Round 5 and never let go.

Elsewhere, Karl Amon took out the club’s most improved award after a fourth-placed best and fairest finish, while Mitch Georgiades was named best player under-21.

Chairman David Koch told the function that the fallout from Port Adelaide’s preliminary final flop has been brutal.

Koch says there’s no way of “cushioning the devastation” at the bitter end to their season.

The Western Bulldogs trounced Port by 71 points – the second consecutive season the Power have lost a home preliminary final.

“The heartbreaking six-point loss to Richmond last year, to the thumping loss in the hands of the Bulldogs this year – it burns in all of our guts,” Koch said.

“We offer no excuses for our performance … we were smacked in the face and reminded in the preliminary final of just where we are in the harshest possible way.

“The club will review every part of our season and the preliminary performance, believe me, and ensure that we learn from it – as hard as that will be.”

-with AAP

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