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Chad Wingard
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Wingard playing for Hawthorn in April 2019
Personal information
Full name Chad Jordan Wingard
Nickname(s) Chooka
Date of birth 29 July 1993 (1993-07-29) (age 28)
Place of birth Murray Bridge, Australia
Original team Imperial (RMFL), Sturt (SANFL)
Draft No. 6, 2011 National Draft
Debut Round 1, 2012, Port Adelaide
v. St Kilda, at AAMI Stadium
Position(s) Midfielder/forward
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 20
Career highlights
  • 2× All-Australian team: 2013, 2015
  • John Cahill Medal: 2013
  • 2× Port Adelaide leading goalkicker: 2015, 2016
  • Gavin Wanganeen Medal: 2012
  • Showdown Medal: R19, 2013
  • 3× 22 Under 22 team: 2013–2015
  • South Australia U18s captain: 2011
  • Mark of the Year: 2014
  • AFL Rising Star nominee: 2012

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). He is not related to Liberal politician and former journalist Corey Wingard.

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. Julie works at an emergency accommodation centre. Chad has an older brother and a younger brother, as well as five younger foster siblings. 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. In that game, he kicked five goals.

"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.

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

AFL career

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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. 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." 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hawthorn

Hawthorn traded their first round pick and promising youngster Ryan Burton for Wingard. 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.

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of round 15, 2021.
AFL playing statistics
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 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 11 7 8 117 98 215 38 38 0.6 0.7 10.6 8.9 19.5 3.5 3.5
Career 189 269 186 2034 1385 3419 643 565 1.4 1.0 10.8 7.3 18.1 3.4 3.0 41

Notes

Honours and achievements

Individual

  • 2× All-Australian team: 2013, 2015
  • John Cahill Medal: 2013
  • 2× Port Adelaide Leading Club Goalkicker: 2015, 2016
  • Showdown Medal: R19, 2013
  • AFL Rising Star nominee: 2012
  • 2× Australian international rules football team: 2014, 2017
  • Indigenous All-Stars team: 2013
  • 3× 22 Under 22 team: 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Under 18 All-Australian team: 2011
  • South Australia Under 18s captain: 2011
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