Ongerup emerge with hard-fought win at colts carnival

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Ongerup's Mitch O'Neill gets his kick away.
Camera IconOngerup's Mitch O'Neill gets his kick away. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Ongerup Football Association have emerged with one win at the Great Southern Colts Carnival after losing their fifth and sixth play-off with Goldfields on Sunday in Lake Grace.

A strong start from Ongerup had them ahead of neighbouring rivals Great Southern Storm early in their first game of the carnival on Saturday but they eventually fell by 99 points.

Ongerup bounced back strongly in their second fixture, powering past Eastern Districts to secure an impressive 21-point win.

Ongerup's Fletcher Kent drives his side forward.
Camera IconOngerup's Fletcher Kent drives his side forward.

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Trailing by 19 points at half-time, Ongerup clicked in the second half led by William Cook, ball magnet Hayden Richter and the tenacious Mitch O’Neill as they made light work of the deficit.

Shaun Hodgson was the major goal kicker in the 10.13 (73) to 8.4 (52) while Tate Barrett was also an important contributor as Ongerup limited their opponents to just three points in the last half.

That win set up a clash with Goldfields, but apart from the second term Ongerup were outclassed as they went down by 82 points.

Ongerup’s Bailey Mcglinn.
Camera IconOngerup’s Bailey Mcglinn.

Ongerup kicked their only two goals in the second quarter but they already trailed by more than 30 points at quarter-time and were playing catch-up.

Zhane Robertson was outstanding in the back half, taking a stack of contested marks to repel the constant Goldfields attack and he was well supported by O’Neill and Cook through the middle of the ground in the 2.2 (14) to 14.12 (96) loss.

In their opener against the Storm, Ongerup got the jump kicking the first two goals and they threw out plenty of challenges in the first half to trail by 29 points at the main break.

Ongerup's huddle at a quarter time break.
Camera IconOngerup's huddle at a quarter time break.

O’Neill and Cook kick-started their strong individual carnivals with great displays against Storm and Leighton Smith also stood out as Ongerup went down 5.3 (33) to 21.6 (132).

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