Tony Ongarello

Tony Ongarello (born 22 December 1932) is a former Australian rules footballer of Italian heritage who played with Fitzroy in the VFL.

Tony Ongarello
Personal information
Date of birth (1932-12-22) 22 December 1932
Original team(s) Thornbury YCW
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1952–1960 Fitzroy 131 (247)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1960.
Career highlights
  • Fitzroy leading goalkicker 1952, 1956 & 1958
Sources: AFL Tables,

Ongarello is believed to be the last player in the VFL/AFL to have scored a goal from a place kick, scoring two goals from the kicks late in Fitzroy's narrow loss to Geelong in 1955 at Brunswick Street Oval; Ongarello reportedly switched to the place kicks after missing several consecutive set shots from punt kicks in the game.[1]

He appeared regularly on ABC television Australian rules football panels in Victoria in the 1960s and 1970s.


  1. de Bolfo, Tony (10 May 2012). "Placekick or drop punt? Den states his case". Carlton Football Club. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
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