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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Wingard sizzles in stunning Hawks debut win


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Star Hawthorn recruit Chad Wingard has showed why the Hawks were so keen to acquire him in a trade with an outstanding performance on debut.

Wingard had just 10 disposals but showcased why he is one of the most dangerous forwards in the league with three goals in the Hawks' 13. 9. (87) to 10. 11. (71) win at the MCG.

Wingard was ably assisted by Luke Breust who finished with five goals, while Jaeger O'Meara and Ricky Henderson tallied 32 and 29 disposals, respectively.

Following his victorious debut for the Hawks, Wingard explained the reasons behind his move from Port Adelaide.

Chad Wingard

"It was something I needed to do," he told Seven.

"Personally off the field and on the field it's just something to challenge myself again. Nothing beats playing at the 'G as your home games.

"The crowd really got us across the line as well as the boys playing selfless footy which obviously helps."

After a four-goal-to-one opening term for the Kangaroos, the side failed to capitalise on its advantage, particularly in the third quarter where it kicked an inaccurate 1.5, to fall to 0-3 on the season.

Luke Breust

Shaun Higgins (35 disposals) and Ben Cunnington (33) were important for the Roos, but too many of Brad Scott's players went missing late.

North were patient with their movement in the first quarter, content to deny the opposition the ball then launch quickfire attacks that netted them four goals to lead by 19 points at the first break.

Nine Hawks had just one disposal in the first term, but their work rate lifted.

Wingard's first touch for his new club was a turnover, then he gave away a 50m penalty, but he redeemed himself with his first goal that sparked a fight back.

Shaun Higgins

Breust received treatment for a corked hip early in the second quarter but returned to boot back-to-back goals to slash the Roos' lead to nine points at halftime.

The contest hadn't reached any great heights as a spectacle in the first half and it didn't improve after the restart, but that suited the Hawks who continued to grind away at North's lead.

It came as no surprise when Breust put his side in front again with his third.

Cunnington continued to fly the flag for North, helping them finish the quarter strongly to trail by one point heading into the final term.

But with two goals each to Breust and Wingard, Hawthorn bounced out to a 27-point lead before easing to the line to improve to a 2-1 record.

- With AAP

Star Hawthorn recruit Chad Wingard has showed why the Hawks were so keen to acquire him in a trade with an outstanding performance on debut.

Wingard had just 10 disposals but showcased why he is one of the most dangerous forwards in the league with three goals in the Hawks' 13. 9. (87) to 10. 11. (71) win at the MCG.

Wingard was ably assisted by Luke Breust who finished with five goals, while Jaeger O'Meara and Ricky Henderson tallied 32 and 29 disposals, respectively.

Following his victorious debut for the Hawks, Wingard explained the reasons behind his move from Port Adelaide.

Chad Wingard

"It was something I needed to do," he told Seven.

"Personally off the field and on the field it's just something to challenge myself again. Nothing beats playing at the 'G as your home games.

"The crowd really got us across the line as well as the boys playing selfless footy which obviously helps."

After a four-goal-to-one opening term for the Kangaroos, the side failed to capitalise on its advantage, particularly in the third quarter where it kicked an inaccurate 1.5, to fall to 0-3 on the season.

Luke Breust

Shaun Higgins (35 disposals) and Ben Cunnington (33) were important for the Roos, but too many of Brad Scott's players went missing late.

North were patient with their movement in the first quarter, content to deny the opposition the ball then launch quickfire attacks that netted them four goals to lead by 19 points at the first break.

Nine Hawks had just one disposal in the first term, but their work rate lifted.

Wingard's first touch for his new club was a turnover, then he gave away a 50m penalty, but he redeemed himself with his first goal that sparked a fight back.

Shaun Higgins

Breust received treatment for a corked hip early in the second quarter but returned to boot back-to-back goals to slash the Roos' lead to nine points at halftime.

The contest hadn't reached any great heights as a spectacle in the first half and it didn't improve after the restart, but that suited the Hawks who continued to grind away at North's lead.

It came as no surprise when Breust put his side in front again with his third.

Cunnington continued to fly the flag for North, helping them finish the quarter strongly to trail by one point heading into the final term.

But with two goals each to Breust and Wingard, Hawthorn bounced out to a 27-point lead before easing to the line to improve to a 2-1 record.

- With AAP

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