Port Adelaide Player Wines Cautious About Current Position

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There they are, fourth on the ladder, but according to their own player, they are not yet worthy of the rung.

We understand the non-aggrandising nature of the Australian psyche, but it could be construed as taking it a bit too far when Power star Ollie Wines was saying that the Power is not yet deserving.

True, their most recent win came against the woeful Brisbane Lions, but all the clubs this season that have experienced a collapse against lesser teams this year know that nothing should be taken for granted in a 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition that has routinely dealt upsets to the prevailing hierarchy.

This has been one of the tightest AFL seasons on record, proving that taking a lower side lightly if fraught with peril and stalwarts such as the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans are wallowing compared to 2016.

Port Adelaide has won seven times this season, all against teams 11th or lower on the ladder, so Wines does have a point, even if he needs more aging.

On the other side of the equation, the Power have acquitted themselves admirably against better sides, even in losing efforts. There was only 17 points separating them for their cross-city rivals, the Crows, and the Geelong Cats were fortunate to escape with a two-point win on their own ground.

A 10-point loss to the West Coast Eagles in round seven is the only genuine blemish on their season.

If they can take best advantage of their talent in their remaining 10 games and finish the home and away season in the top four, perhaps Wines will mellow and give himself and his teammates some credit for having put together a winning, if not exactly vintage, Port side that has all the earmarks of making some sort of noise in the finals.