Chad Wingard

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Chad Wingard
Chad Wingard 2018.1.jpg
Wingard playing for Port Adelaide in June 2018
Personal information
Full name Chad Jordan Wingard
Date of birth (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Murray Bridge, Australia
Original team(s) Imperial (RMFL), Sturt (SANFL)
Draft No. 6, 2011 National Draft, Port Adelaide
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current club Port Adelaide
Number 20
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2012– Port Adelaide 137 (221)[1]
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2013 Indigenous All-Stars 1 (0)
2014– Australia 3 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 3, 2018.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights

Club

Representative

Honours

Amateur

Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Chad Jordan Wingard (born 29 July 1993) is a professional Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted to Port Adelaide with the sixth selection in the 2011 AFL Draft from the Sturt Football Club in the South Australian Football League (SANFL).[2]

Early life

Wingard was born in Murray Bridge, South Australia. His father Trevor is part of the Indigenous Australian Kaurna people and his mother Julie is Irish.[3][4] Julie works at an emergency accommodation centre.[5] Chad has an older brother and a younger brother, as well as five younger foster siblings.[6][7] At 16 and 60 kg, Wingard was a member of Murray Bridge's 2009 Imperial Football Club league team that won the River Murray Football League premiership.[8] In that game, he kicked five goals.[9]

"He came on 19 minutes into first quarter – kicking five goals, including three of most freakish you’d wish to see”

— Tony Fielke, Imperial Football Club A-grade coach.[8]

Wingard also played basketball as a kid, and was the captain of South Australia's under-16 basketball team.[10]

AFL career

Wingard made his debut for Port Adelaide in Round 1, 2012 against St Kilda. His breakout game came during Port Adelaide's round 22, 2012 loss to the Brisbane Lions where he received an AFL Rising Star nomination for his 27 disposal, 1 goal and 5 mark performance.

For season 2013, which was only his second season, he averaged 21.3 disposals a game and kicked 43 goals. He was named in the 2013 All-Australian team, making him the youngest player to make an All-Australian team since Mark Ricciuto in 1994.[11] Wingard's 2013 season also saw him win the Showdown Medal for his five-goal performance in round 19 against the Adelaide Crows where he was described after the match as "Port's most exciting player since Gavin Wanganeen."[12] At season's end, he was rewarded with the John Cahill Medal, making him the youngest player to win a best and fairest at Port Adelaide since Craig Bradley in 1982.[13]

Wingard's 2014 season saw his averages go down from 21 disposals per game to 16 per game, however he still managed to kick 43 goals in total. He won the Mark of the Year in round 12 against St Kilda by jumping high on the shoulders of Sean Dempster.[14]

Season 2015 is considered Wingard's greatest season to date. He booted a career high 53 goals to be the club's leading goal kicker of the season by kicking multiple goals in every game from rounds 8 to 22 as well as kicking at least one goal in every game until round 23. Wingard also averaged 19.2 disposals a game and was recognised with the All-Australian selection, a stunning achievement for a player having completed just his fourth year at AFL level.[15]

Career statistics

Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2012 Port Adelaide 20 19 9 10 108 129 237 36 46 0.47 0.53 5.68 6.79 12.47 1.89 2.42
2013 Port Adelaide 20 24 43 20 309 200 509 104 47 1.79 0.83 12.88 8.33 21.21 4.33 1.96
2014 Port Adelaide 20 24 43 31 243 147 390 94 74 1.79 1.29 10.13 6.13 16.25 3.92 3.08
2015 Port Adelaide 20 22 53 27 270 152 422 85 67 2.41 1.23 12.27 6.91 19.18 3.86 3.05
2016 Port Adelaide 20 18 38 24 181 97 278 52 39 2.11 1.33 10.06 5.39 15.44 2.89 2.17
Career 107 186 112 1111 725 1836 371 273 1.66 0.99 10.45 7.06 17.51 3.58 2.63

Honours and achievements

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2012
2013 8
2014 6
2015 6
2016 3
2017 4
Total 27

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Chad Wingard of the Port Adelaide Power Career AFL Stats". www.footywire.com. Retrieved 2016-05-30. 
  2. ^ Capel, Andrew (November 25, 2011). "Wingard a win for Port Adelaide". AdelaideNow.com.au. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Power the pick for Crows fan Chad". Adelaide Now. 24 Nov 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chad Wingard". AFL Players' Indigenous Map 2012. AFLPA. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Claire. "Fostering community of carers". Murray Valley Standard. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Caroline. "Chad Wingard, football's hottest young property and the fresh face of reconciliation". The Age. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  7. ^ "After storming the west, Port Adelaide fans join SS Victory march to the MCG". Herald Sun. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "Chad Wingard: Once in a generation player - InDaily". InDaily. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  9. ^ "River Murray 2009". countryfooty.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  10. ^ Capel, Andrew. "Stunning form the evidence of Wingard's wizardry". Herald Sun. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  11. ^ Huguenin, Michael (3 September 2013). "Top four dominate All-Australian squad". Archived from the original on 7 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Thring, Harry. "Monfries miracle hands Port thrilling win in final AAMI Showdown". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Wingard caps stellar season with first John Cahill Medal". Port Adelaide Football Club. Port Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "Port Adelaide duo Chad Wingard and Matt White win Mark and Goal of the Year at Brownlow presentation". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  15. ^ "Wingard and Gray named in All-Australian team for the second time - portadelaidefc.com.au". portadelaidefc.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 

External links

  • Chad Wingard's profile on the official website of the Port Adelaide Football Club
  • Chad Wingard's playing statistics from AFL Tables
  • Footywire statistics
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