IT'S BEEN A LONG YEAR: Power's Ollie Wines is looking forward to a break.
IT'S BEEN A LONG YEAR: Power's Ollie Wines is looking forward to a break. DAVID MARIUZ

Power star looking forward to a break

PORT Adelaide vice-captain Ollie Wines says his team is looking forward to a week's rest after the final-round clash with the Gold Coast Suns at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

Wines said the early bye after the trip to Shanghai had the Power looking forward to a rest before the finals campaign.

"This time of year my body needs it," Wines said.

"Our guys, and a lot of other clubs playing finals, need a week off. It's been a long season and with just the one bye it takes a lot out of you.

"We had it early, I think that was 15 weeks ago, so we're really forward to being able to recharge the batteries."

Port needs to beat Gold Coast, then rely on St Kilda beating Richmond to finish in the top four and secure a double finals chance.

Wines said if the Power won, players would come together on Sunday to watch the MCG game and the McGregor v Mayweather megafight.

Wines said he was confident Port was finding form at the right time of the year after a solid performance against last year's premiers at Ballarat last weekend.

He said power forward Charlie Dixon was reaping the rewards of better delivery from his teammates as the season progressed.

"We've taken a while for us to learn how to kick it to Dicko," Wines said.

"He doesn't like it kicked up on his head. He likes it out in front where he can have a jump and get his arms up.

"I think he took six or seven contested marks.

"He's kicking straight and something that goes unnoticed is his ground level pressure. You don't see that from a big man often."

Port has recalled Jasper Pittard, who has recovered form a calf injury, to replace the suspended Tom Jonas.

News Corp Australia


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