Chad Wingard

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Chad Wingard
Personal information
Full name Chad Jordan Wingard
Date of birth (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Original team Sturt (SANFL)
Draft No. 6, 2011 National Draft, Port Adelaide
Height/Weight 181cm / 82kg
Position(s) Midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current club Port Adelaide
Number 20
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011
2012–
Sturt
Port Adelaide
6 (3)
67 (95)[1]
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2014 Australia 1 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Chad Wingard (born 29 July 1993) is an Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Wingard's father Trevor is part of the Indigenous Australian Kaurna people, and his mother is Irish.[2][3][4] Wingard 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).[5]

Early life[edit]

At 16 and only 60 kg Chad Wingard was a member of Murray Bridge's 2009 Imperial Football Club league team that won the River Murray Football League premiership.[6] In that game he kicked 5 goals.[7]

In 2010 and 2011 Chad Wingard played for the South Australian Under 18 state teams, captaining the side the second time around.

AFL career[edit]

Wingard made his debut for Port Adelaide in Round 1, 2012 against St Kilda. In Round 2 against Essendon, he was subbed out of the game with an eye injury but was fine to play the next week. In Round 5 against Adelaide, in the first quarter he received two heavy knocks to the shoulder. His shoulder was strapped and he played the rest of the game but missed the next two weeks. He also missed round 20 against Hawthorn because of a glute injury.

Wingard proved a valuable player in round 22, despite Port Adelaide's loss to the Brisbane Lions, receiving an AFL Rising Star nomination for his 27 disposal, 1 goal and 5 mark performance.

In round 19, 2013, Wingard won the Showdown Medal for his five goal performance. He was described after the match as "Port's most exciting player since Gavin Wanganeen."[8] In only his second season, he averaged 21.3 disposals a game and kicked 43 goals in 2013 and was named in the 2013 All-Australian team, making him the youngest player to make an All-Australian team since Mark Ricciuto in 1994.[9] His 2013 season also saw him 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 started the 2014 season brightly, kicking four goals and showing great effort in beating two players to a loose ball to assist captain Travis Boak in the first-ever game at the new Adelaide Oval in round 2, 2014. His efforts greatly helped in guiding the Power to a 55-point win over their local rivals during Showdown XXXVI against Adelaide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.footywire.com/afl/footy/pc-port-adelaide-power--chad-wingard
  2. ^ "Power the pick for Crows fan Chad". Adelaide Now. 24 Nov 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gavin Wanganeen bonds with Chad Wingard". Adelaide Now. 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chad Wingard". AFL Players' Indigenous Map 2012. AFLPA. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Capel, Andrew (November 25, 2011). "Wingard a win for Port Adelaide". AdelaideNow.com.au. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  6. ^ http://indaily.com.au/sport/2014/06/11/chad-wingard-generation-player/
  7. ^ http://countryfooty.com.au/RiverMurray2009.htm
  8. ^ Thring, Harry. "Monfries miracle hands Port thrilling win in final AAMI Showdown". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Huguenin, Michael (3 September 2013). "Top four dominate All-Australian squad". 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Kane Cornes
Port Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
2013
Succeeded by
Robbie Gray