Ongerup miss division two final by percentage

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Ongerup’s James Dewar shrugs a tackle.
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Ongerup Football Association have fallen agonisingly short of reaching the division two grand final of the Landmark Country Football Championships in Perth.

Percentage decided who played Great Northern in the grand final with Mortlock’s 119.44 superior to Ongerup’s 110.89.

Friday’s two results proved decisive in the end, as Ongerup drew with Mortlock and then suffered a tense one-point loss to eventual champions Great Northern.

Ongerup ruckman Jeremy Walker at full stretch.
Camera IconOngerup ruckman Jeremy Walker at full stretch. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Having already qualified for the grand final, Great Northern lost to Mortlock by 35 points on Saturday at David Grays Arena in Mandurah and that left three teams fighting for the final place.

Ongerup played Eastern Districts in the last division two regular match and they trailed by eight points at half time with Eastern Districts adding the first goal of the second half.

A strong fightback from Ongerup kept their hopes of a finals berth alive as goals to Jacob Conti, Michael Swarbrick and then Arron Russell on the siren earned them a 12-point win.

Ongerup’s Isaac Baum.
Camera IconOngerup’s Isaac Baum. Credit: Cameron Newbold

The margin was not enough to overhaul Mortlock’s percentage as Ongerup bowed out with one win, one draw and one loss.

Midfielder Luke Bairstow was superb for Ongerup and duly won the Bud Byfield Trophy as the best and fairest player across the division two competition.

Bairstow and impressive ruckman Jeremy Walker both received jumpers as members of the 2019 Landmark Country All Stars.

Ongerup’s Michael Swarbrick.
Camera IconOngerup’s Michael Swarbrick. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Ongerup announced that their captain Bairstow was their fairest and best player at the carnival.

In their first match Ongerup came from 14 points down at half time to finish 4.4 (28) apiece with Mortlock with Isaac Baum, Regan Smith, Beau Vaux and Bairstow named in the best.

Ongerup trailed by 18 points at half-time against Great Northern before kicking three goals in the second to lose 5.9 (39) to 6.4 (40) as Hayden Richter kicked two goals and teammates Bairstow, Russell and Walker all played strong games.

Russell booted three goals in the win over Eastern Districts with Regan Smith, Thomas Bertola and Walker among their best.

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