Chad Wingard
Chad Wingard 2019.1.jpg
Wingard playing for Hawthorn in April 2019
Personal information
Full name Chad Jordan Wingard
Nickname(s) Chooka[1]
Date of birth (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 29)
Place of birth Murray Bridge, Australia
Original team(s) Imperial (RMFL), Sturt (SANFL)
Draft No. 6, 2011 national draft
Debut Round 1, 2012, Port Adelaide
vs. St Kilda, at AAMI Stadium
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder / forward
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 20
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2012–2018 Port Adelaide 147 (232)
2019– Hawthorn 057 0(59)
Total 204 (291)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2013 Indigenous All-Stars 1 (0)
2014–2017 Australia 3 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2022 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Chad Jordan Wingard (born 29 July 1993) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Hawthorn 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. He went to Unity College Murray bridge. 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 playing for Port Adelaide in April 2018
Wingard playing for Port Adelaide in April 2018

Wingard made his debut for Port Adelaide in round 19, 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 drop 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]

At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Wingard sought a trade from Port Adelaide. He eventually requested a trade to Hawthorn, and was traded on 17 October.[16]

Hawthorn

Hawthorn traded their first round pick and promising youngster Ryan Burton for Wingard.[16] During the preseason Wingard developed a calf complaint that forced him to miss all the warm up games and the first two games of the 2019 season. He made his debut for his new club against North Melbourne and kicked three goals to help win the match.[17]

Statistics

Updated to the end of the 2022 season.[18]

Legend
  G  
Goals
  K  
Kicks
  D  
Disposals 
  T  
Tackles
  B  
Behinds 
  H  
Handballs 
  M  
Marks
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game) Votes
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
2012 Port Adelaide 20 19 9 10 108 129 237 36 46 0.5 0.5 5.7 6.8 12.5 1.9 2.4 0
2013 Port Adelaide 20 24 43 20 309 200 509 104 47 1.8 0.8 12.9 8.3 21.2 4.3 2.0 8
2014 Port Adelaide 20 24 43 31 243 147 390 94 74 1.8 1.3 10.1 6.1 16.3 3.9 3.1 6
2015 Port Adelaide 20 22 53 27 270 152 422 85 67 2.4 1.2 12.3 6.9 19.2 3.9 3.1 6
2016 Port Adelaide 20 18 38 24 181 97 278 52 39 2.1 1.3 10.1 5.4 15.4 2.9 2.2 3
2017 Port Adelaide 20 19 24 25 262 159 421 82 63 1.3 1.3 13.8 8.4 22.2 4.3 3.3 4
2018 Port Adelaide 20 21 22 21 252 185 437 58 70 1.0 1.0 12.0 8.8 20.8 2.8 3.3 4
2019 Hawthorn 20 14 12 9 147 112 259 45 60 0.9 0.6 10.5 8.0 18.5 3.2 4.3 4
2020[a] Hawthorn 20 17 18 11 145 106 251 49 61 1.1 0.6 8.5 6.2 14.8 2.9 3.6 6
2021 Hawthorn 20 16 12 11 199 158 357 58 61 0.8 0.7 12.4 9.9 22.3 3.6 3.8 8
2022 Hawthorn 20 10 17 6 78 45 123 21 22 1.7 0.6 7.8 4.5 12.3 2.1 2.2
Career 204 291 195 2194 1490 3684 684 610 1.4 1.0 10.8 7.3 18.1 3.4 3.0 49

Notes

  1. ^ The 2020 season was played with 17 home-and-away matches per team (down from 22) and 16-minute quarters with time on (down from 20-minute quarters with time on) due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honours and achievements

Individual

References

  1. ^ Staff writers (17 March 2019). "Weird footy nicknames: So why do they call Gov 'Brackets'?". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  2. ^ Capel, Andrew (25 November 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 November 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 31 October 2015.
  9. ^ "River Murray 2009". countryfooty.com.au. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  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 31 October 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Pick No.5 helps seal Chad-Burton trade". afl.com.au. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  17. ^ Cherny, Daniel (7 April 2019). "Wingard lights up the 'G as Hawks overcome North". The Age.
  18. ^ "AFL Tables - Chad Wingard - Stats - Statistics". afltables.com.