Fickle fans miss out as Port powers home
AUSSIE RULES: Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines believes it was "probably fair enough” that home fans were heading for the exits before the Powers incredible comeback win against St Kilda
And he admits that the decision not to call Saints defender Jake Carlisle's panicked kick out of defence in the dying seconds as deliberately going out of bounds was a "blessing in disguise”.
The Power escaped with a two-point win against St Kilda after two goals in the final minute; one from Aaron Young and another produced through some Paddy Ryder and Robbie Gray magic with seconds left.
But when the home side was down by 10 points with 90 seconds to play - in wet and windy conditions, no less - the Fox Footy broadcast showed many fans leaving the ground.
"It's probably fair enough,” Wines said on Fox Sports News' AFL Today.
We'd love them to stay, but thanks for them getting there in the weather. They braved the wind and the rain in the first place.”
"They missed out on a good ending so I'm sure they'll be kicking themselves but we still love them.”
The Ryder-to-Gray match-winner only was only made possible by a decision that surprised many observers.
Carlisle booted the ball out of the Saints' defence and found the boundary just outside the 50m arc with around 20 seconds left in the game. But unlike similar situations earlier in the year, it wasn't called deliberate.
Wines believes Carlisle was trying to send the ball out of bounds -but in the end was happy that the call wasn't made.
"I think that's the only thing he was going for. There wasn't much out there,” Wines said.
"In hindsight if it was deliberate we probably wouldn't have won the game, they would have gotten their numbers behind the ball and it would have been hard to score.
"It was a little bit of a blessing in disguise to be able to get a stoppage and have Robbie go to work.”
Ryder's tap from the ensuing throw-in went over the back and Gray roved it perfectly. After a handful of steps, he kicked truly from 50.
Wines said he was thrilled to be on the right side of a close result for once this season. The Power were 0-4 in games decided by less than three goals heading into Saturday.
"We've probably been on the other end of those performances this year where we've had close losses,” Wines said.
"So it was just good to be on the other end of those emotions after the siren.”