OFA SEEKS LANDMARK FOOTBALL TITLE

Follow Ongerup Football Association’s attempt to win this season’s Division 2 Landmark Country Championship on the weekend of July 9 & 10, 2016, when ‘My Retro Media’ covers its games uninterrupted kick-for-kick. OFA plays the Regional All-Stars at 11am on the Saturday and Eastern Districts that afternoon at 4 o’clock. Both these qualifying matches will be played at East Fremantle Oval (ATOM Stadium) and the call is expected to start around 15 minutes before each game. If successful in making the grand final, you can also listen to the live broadcast from Leederville Oval (Medibank Stadium) from around noon on the Sunday.

BACK IN THE SADDLE

‘My Retro Media’ cranks up its 2016 live broadcasts with the Great Southern Football League versus Ongerup Football Association night game at Sounness Park (Mount Barker) on Friday June 17. This match is the first in Western Australia of the new Landmark Country Football Championships’ format launched this season. Round 1 games will be played across the State before competition continues and concludes in Perth on the weekend of July 9 & 10. MRM will also cover all OFA games in Perth and its four finals as well. Joining me in commentary from 6.45pm for the forthcoming GSFL v OFA clash will be GSFL Director Adrian Marshall. We hope to have your company…

NO OFA BROADCAST THIS WEEKEND

A live broadcast of the Round 14 game-of-the-day in the Ongerup Football Association will not happen this Saturday as I have a commitment of higher priority. Tim Green, Tate Barrett and myself will be back to call Jerramungup versus Newdegate in Round 15, the last qualifying round, on Saturday August 22 from 2 o’clock

JERRY VERSUS MAGPIES

Borden Magpies, following last Saturday’s first win of the season against Lake Grace / Pingrup at home, travel to Jerramungup this weekend to do battle with the second-placed Eagles. Although the win / loss record between these two teams is very lop-sided this season, Jerramungup (2nd 10/2) has experienced bottom side Borden (1/11) has performed more competitive against the reigning premier than anyone expected. Twelve-year-old apprentice commentator Tate Barrett will call this game along side me from 2 o’clock this Saturday via this website or at Great Southern Radio 1422AM.

POSSIBLY A GRAND FINAL REHEARSAL THIS SATURDAY

Despite another team being sandwiched inbetween top side Gnowangerup (10/1) and third-placed Newdegate (8/3), a likely Ongerup Football Association grand final rehearsal will be played at Gnowangerup this Saturday, August 1, in the Round 12 game-of-the-day. The home team’s sole loss in 2015 occurred against Newdegate during the second series. Spot two on the OFA ladder currently belongs to Jerramungup (9/2), the reigning premier and winner of six of the past seven flags. There is no doubt that, in the mind of most people involved in the Association, the crown will be won by any one of the three top sides. And those not attached to Jerry Eagles, will probably be hoping for a Gnowangerup versus Newdegate grand final. The Bulldogs won its only OFA title in 1996 (by one point against Borden) and Newdegate, winner of four OFA premierships, has the longest current title drought – spanning back to 1991. Newdegate has beaten Jerramungup only once, by four points in last season’s second semi-final, over the past decade and seem to match up better against Gnowangerup. The question of which team of the latter two will go into the forthcoming finals with a 2/1 ratio over its opponent will be answered on Saturday…it promises to be a close encounter. Gnowangerup won Round 2 this season by 13 points and the Lions Round 7 by 21 points. Listen in from 2pm via ‘My Retro Media’ or Radio Great Southern 1422am this Saturday.

BOXWOOD BOMBERS HAVE HUGE TASK AHEAD

Fifth-placed Boxwood Hill Bombers (3/7) hosts top side Gnowangerup Bulldogs (9/1) in this Saturday’s ‘My Retro Media’ broadcast game of the Ongerup Football Association from 2pm. The round signifies the start of the third and last qualifying Series for the Association this season.

BATTLE OF THE BOMBERS

My Retro Media’s live broadcast this Saturday, July 18, will be the ‘Battle-of-the-Bombers’ in Round 10 of the Ongerup Football Association Naidoc Round when Boxwood Hill Bombers (4th 3/6) host Lake Grace / Pingrup Bombers (5th 2/7) for outright fourth spot on the ladder. Boxwood won by 24pts in the first series. Co-commentator Tim Green and myself will call the action from 2pm. In the other OFA games, Newdegate Lions (2nd 7/2) faces Jerramungup Eagles (3rd 7/2) at home and the two clubs at either end of the ladder, Gnowangerup Bulldogs (top 8/1) and winless Borden Magpies, play each other at the former’s home ground.

OFA GAMES LIVE-STREAMED AT THE LANDMARK COUNTRY FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tim Green and myself, Gary Bartholomeusz, will call each Ongerup Football Association match at the Landmark Country Football Championships in Perth and, as a special treat, a guest caller from both the opposing leagues has been invited the join us. The Hills and Onshore Cup associations have withdrawn from the championships in recent days, leaving just three leagues – Central Wheatbelt, North Midlands and the OFA. The three will play each other twice in a round-robin format to determine the 2015 Division 3 titleholder. Following are the four broadcast times…

THURSDAY JULY 9 : STEEL BLUE OVAL, BASSENDEAN
Game 1 (11.45am) OFA v Central Wheatbelt
Game 2 (2.45pm) OFA v North Midlands

FRIDAY JULY 10 : HBF ARENA, JOONDALUP
Game 3 (11.45am) OFA v Central Wheatbelt
Game 4 (1.15pm) OFA v North Midlands

SUNDAY JULY 12 : MEDIBANK STADIUM, LEEDERVILLE
GRAND FINAL (9.45am)

Log onto ‘My Retro Media’ to hear an uninterrupted kick-by-kick description each game

TOP TWO TEAMS TO TANGLE

Ongerup Football Association’s top two teams will meet this Saturday, July 4, at Jerramungup to sort out which side will hold the outright lead on the ladder. Both have a 7/1 record. Challenger Gnowangerup Bulldogs lead the ladder by 35% and beat the Eagles on its home turf by 32 points in the first series. However, Jerramungup, winners of six of the past seven premierships, including last season, keep defying the odds by overcoming strong opposition to record close wins in season 2015. There is no doubt its goalscoring potential is not as prominent as in recent seasons but the Eagles keep beating very competitive opponents. Based on performance in the first eight games this season, Gnowangerup will start favourites this time and it promises to be worth the watch! ‘My Retro Media’ will start its call at 2pm.