Chad Wingard

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Chad Wingard
Chad Wingard 24 May 2015.png
Wingard warming up before a
game at Adelaide Oval in 2015
Personal information
Full name Chad Jordan Wingard
Date of birth (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Original team(s) Imperial (RMFL), 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)
2012–present Port Adelaide 87 (146)[1]
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Indigenous All-Stars
1 (0)
1 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 21, 2015 season.
Career highlights

Chad Jordan Wingard (born 29 July 1993) is an 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[edit]

Wingard was born in Murray Bridge, South Australia. His father, Trevor, is part of the Indigenous Australian Kaurna people and his mother is Irish.[3][4][5] 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.[6] In that game he kicked five goals.[7]

"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]

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."[9] 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.[10] 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # 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 20 51 25 251 143 394 81 59 2.55 1.25 12.55 7.15 19.70 4.05 2.95
Career 87 146 86 911 619 1530 315 226 1.68 0.99 10.47 7.11 17.59 3.62 2.60
Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2013 8
2014 6
Total 14
Green / Bold = Won


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