OLLIE Wines is hoping some recent wet weather wins will hold Port Adelaide in good stead for their clash with the Western Bulldogs at an arctic Ballarat on Saturday.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting 9 degrees in Ballarat for the Saturday afternoon clash at Mars Stadium where Port will be trying to secure a top four finish.
“The conditions I hope will suit us,’’ Wines said on FIVEaa on Friday.
“We’ve played some wet games in the past month and the Bulldogs are probably used to playing under the roof of Etihad (Stadium).
“We think we can get a real advantage there, but it will be interesting to see.“I think the Bulldogs have a strong supporter base there so I dare say they’ll have the majority of the crowd.’’
Wines said the it would shaped as an exciting opportunity for young 198cm forward Todd Marshall who has been in strong form for the Magpies, kicking three goals in a win against South Adelaide and then five in Port’s big victory against West Adelaide last Saturday with a season tally of 23.10 from 16 games.
“He’s a really exciting prospect,’’ Wines said.
“He’s had to work hard for his spot, he had a really good game in the SANFL last week which deserved a call up for his (AFL) debut.
“It’s going to be exciting to see Toddy down there (forward) with Charlie Dixon hopefully running amok.’’