Port Adelaide's Ollie Wines breaks silence over troubling heart scare

Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines says he is back to feeling '100 percent' after being sent to hospital for tests on a heart irregularity. Pic: Ch7/Getty
Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines says he is back to feeling '100 percent' after being sent to hospital for tests on a heart irregularity. Pic: Ch7/Getty

Port Adelaide's Brownlow medallist Ollie Wines says he's feeling "100 per cent fine" after a heart scare last week that left the AFL world holding its collective breath.

The 27-year-old said he felt nauseous and dizzy during the historic loss against Melbourne at Adelaide Oval, before being subbed out of the game at half time.

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The gun midfielder was promptly taken to hospital, sparking serious concern from fans watching the worrying scenes unfold.

Port on Friday confirmed the 27-year-old was undergoing tests in hospital, with the cause of the heart irregularity hoped to be determined in coming days.

Wines has since been diagnosed with heart irregularity but says the issue has cleared.

The 27-year-old will, however, undergo further tests during the week as an added precaution.

Speaking to reporters on Monday after his release from hospital, Wines hosed down concerns about his health but revealed that he will sit out next Sunday's game against Carlton.

"I'm 100 per cent back to normal," he said.

"There were a few little issues but they've been rectified now.

"I'll miss this week (against Carlton) at this stage.

"There are some more tests to look into this week just to get a bit of an idea of a timeframe but hopefully not (miss) too much footy."

Wines admitted the nature of his problems during Thursday night's game were initially concerning.

"It was during the game, and then after the game ... they rushed me off (to hospital) when they saw something was wrong.

"But the (hospital) staff, the cardiologist and nurses there, were so reassuring and really put my mind at ease."

Wines' poor health capped off a horror night for Port where they fell to 0-4 this season after recording their first goalless first-half in club history.

He has played 185 games for Port since debuting in 2013 and was awarded the AFL's highest individual honour last season, polling three more votes than Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli.

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Wines' absence for the MCG clash against the Blues is another blow for Port, who are the only winless club after four rounds.

Attackers Charlie Dixon (ankle) and Orazio Fantasia (knee) are yet to play this season and will be sidelined at least another month.

All Australian backman Aliir Aliir is recovering from ankle surgery and expected to miss another fortnight.

Under-pressure Power coach Ken Hinkley remained defiant after the club's historic loss against the Demons last round.

Seen here, Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley looks on during an AFL match in 2022.
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley remains defiant after his side's winless start to the 2022 season. Pic: Getty

The Power will need avoid offensive performances like the one they produced against the Demons as they were held to their first goalless half since entering the AFL in 1997.

Port will also have to defy history if they're to make this year's finals, with only one team finishing in the top eight since 2000, after starting the season 0-4.

Hinkley says there's no reason to suggest why his side can't become the second to achieve the feat this century.

"Why not? We haven't had everything the way we've (liked to) have, but it's a long season," Hinkley said after the Power's 32-point loss to Melbourne.

"I get that people question my belief, but I'm strong in it - I think we can absolutely move forward and improve quickly."

with AAP

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