Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Anthony Ongarello

Known as
Tony Ongarello

22 December 1932

18 July 2022 (aged 89)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 119d
Last game: 27y 270d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 31, 5

Tony Ongarello

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,184th player to appear, 1,633rd most games played, 273rd most goals kickedFitzroy: 673rd player to appear, 66th most games played, 13th most goals kicked

Fitzroy's Tony Ongarello is probably best remembered as being the last footballer in V/AFL history to register a goal using a place kick. Never the most reliable kick for goal, he allegedly switched from punt to place kicks after missing some easy shots for goal with the former during a match against Geelong in 1955. Despite his wayward kicking he played for most of his 131 game league career between 1952 and 1960 as a full forward, kicking 247 goals in total. He was Fitzroy’s top goal kicker on three occasions with 53 goals in 1958 his best tally.

After retiring as a player Tony Ongarello appeared regularly on ABC television football panels in Victoria during the 1960s and 1970s.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.