Port Adelaide chairman David Koch is absent from Sunrise the morning after the Brownlow Medal 


Port Adelaide club president and lifelong fan David ‘Kochie’ Koch had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Sunday night.

The Sunrise host, 65, watched from home as one of his club’s star players, Ollie Wines, won the first Brownlow Medal in Port Adelaide’s history. 

On Monday, when Kochie was absent from the show’s desk his colleagues suggested perhaps the TV host had enjoyed a few too many drinks during the AFL’s night of nights. 

Absent: Port Adelaide club president and lifelong fan David ‘Kochie’ Koch (pictured) had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Sunday night after his team’s star won the prestigious Brownlow Medal

‘Could [have] a slight headache this morning,’ joked sports presenter Mark Beretta.

Kochie’s co-stars then suggested the TV veteran might even still be celebrating the Power’s big night. 

Channel 7 told Daily Mail Australia there was a completely innocent explanation for the presenter’s absence however.

According to a spokesperson, Koch had ‘planned leave this week which coincides with school holidays,’ and was making the most of ‘a chance to spend time with some of his grandchildren (within COVID guidelines).’

Speculation: When Kochie failed to turn up to work the next day, his colleagues suggested perhaps the TV host had enjoyed a few too many drinks

Speculation: When Kochie failed to turn up to work the next day, his colleagues suggested perhaps the TV host had enjoyed a few too many drinks

LOL: 'Could [have] a slight headache this morning,' joked sports presenter Mark Beretta (pictured)

LOL: ‘Could [have] a slight headache this morning,’ joked sports presenter Mark Beretta (pictured)

Ollie Wines won the Brownlow Medal on Sunday night and he immediately got a call from his biggest fan. 

Kochie FaceTimed Ollie while he was on the red carpet getting his photo taken and doing media interviews while wearing his medal. 

In a video shared to Twitter by the official AFL page, despite being in the middle of his moment of celebration, the 26-year-old picked up the phone to the Sunrise star, with cheers erupting from the phone. 

Ring ring! Ollie Wines (pictured) won the Brownlow Medal on Sunday night and he immediately got a call from his biggest fan

Ring ring! Ollie Wines (pictured) won the Brownlow Medal on Sunday night and he immediately got a call from his biggest fan

‘Kochie, you’re on camera with Channel Seven,’ Ollie said when answering. 

‘I can not believe it. You spoke so well. We are incredibly proud of you!’ Kochie replied excitedly. 

‘The first Port Adelaide Brownlow Medallist. Bloody hell,’ he added, before telling Ollie he’s spoken to his mother.

Calling: Kochie FaceTimed Ollie while he was on the red carpet getting his photo taken and doing media interviews while wearing his medal

Calling: Kochie FaceTimed Ollie while he was on the red carpet getting his photo taken and doing media interviews while wearing his medal

Thrills: 'Kochie, you're on camera with Channel Seven,' Ollie said when answering. 'I can not believe it. You spoke so well. We are incredibly proud of you!' Kochie replied excitedly

Thrills: ‘Kochie, you’re on camera with Channel Seven,’ Ollie said when answering. ‘I can not believe it. You spoke so well. We are incredibly proud of you!’ Kochie replied excitedly

‘So proud of you!’ Kochie said, with Ollie saying upon hanging up, ‘He was ok with it then’. 

The Port Adelaide star had won the most competitive Brownlow medal in history, taking home the prize on Sunday night at the Perth ceremony. 

He was congratulated by his gorgeous partner, Olivia May, who gave him a kiss when the announcement was made. 

Winner: The Port Adelaide star had won the most competitive Brownlow medal in history, taking home the prize on Sunday night at the Perth ceremony

Winner: The Port Adelaide star had won the most competitive Brownlow medal in history, taking home the prize on Sunday night at the Perth ceremony

Aww: The 26-year-old was congratulated by his gorgeous partner, Olivia May (left), who gave him a kiss when the announcement was made

Aww: The 26-year-old was congratulated by his gorgeous partner, Olivia May (left), who gave him a kiss when the announcement was made

The footballer had claimed his first medal with a staggering 36 votes ahead of Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli.

In the highest scoring top 5 in the award’s history, Wines stormed home to win his first medal just ahead of Bontempelli, Clayton Oliver and Sam Walsh.

He becomes the first-ever Port Adelaide player to win the Brownlow medal. 

Happy: Posing with his medal, the footballer kissed and bit down on the metal, beaming and clearly chuffed

Happy: Posing with his medal, the footballer kissed and bit down on the metal, beaming and clearly chuffed

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