History – Women

Our History

Our club is steeped in history. We had players represent Australia before there were the Matildas. The St George Budapest women dominated the NSW league for a decade. Our colours represent our heritage. Our colours represent our love of the game and the progression of female football. Our colours are the colours of Budapest, so we wear the red and green with pride. We are St George FC. We are proud. We represent female football.

The recent World Cup put the women’s game in the spotlight, with Australia’s own Matildas arguably the nation’s most popular sporting team. The St George Budapest team dominated the NSW league with stars and future Hall of Famers such as Cindy Heydon, Julie Dolan, Kim Coates and Trixie Tagg to name a few.

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Championship WInners
2023 saw our first grade women’s side, led by Mark Greenfield, win the Championship after a fourth placed league finish. A defeat of undefeated premiers UNSW by 2-1 in the semi final, saw the Saints take on Hills United in the Grand Final and a dominant second half display saw our women hand out a 4-0 drubbing. St George will be looking forward to another high flying season in 2024.

Some past highlights

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Won Championship

Playing under the famous St George badge, the ladies ruled the roost. In one season, 1972, they scored 206 goals and conceded none as they stormed to the title. Below left, Trixie Tagg, a member of the Saints team, and later to become the first women’s coach of the Matildas in 1981.

Trixie Tagg (left) with Saints captain, Pat O'Connor.

Spotlight on Trixie Tagg

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From 1967 -1970 we were known as Sydney Prague Ladies. We then became St George Ladies from 1971 to 1977 and then Marconi Ladies from 1978 to 1980. That’s an astounding undefeated run of 12 years! Pat O’Connor as Captain and the late Joe O’Connor as coach. 
In 1981 we returned to the St George district. Juniors became Hurstville Saints, coached by Trixie and the Seniors, became Arncliffe Scots coached by Alan Lytton.

NSW
Trixie was selected as a NSW State Rep.at the National Championships. 

In 1974, 76, 77, 79 NSW were Champions and in 1978- Runners up to WA.

Highlight as a player:
Member of the 1975 Australian team which participated at Kong the first Women’s Asian Cup in Hong, placing 3rd. Nine of our players were the NSW 1974 Australian Champions.

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Matildas Coach

NZ Tour: 4 games, undefeated including 1 test Match which earned 8 Matildas their first cap. Cindy Heydon was Captain. Julie Dolan Vice Captain.

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NSW Under 16 coach

Los Angeles tour. Six matches 5 wins and 1 draw.
Kerry Dolan was Captain. Our Manageress was the late Win Dolan (mother of Julie n Kerry).

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Assistant NSW Coach

Assistant NSW Coach to Andy Clues,Tom Petrov, Oscar Gonzales and Leigh Wardell.
In 1988, helped Coach 200+ boys alongside Kevin Keegan, Rale Rasic, Dennis Hoggart and Bruce James at Arlington Oval.

Referee

3 years Referee in the Canterbury District. Appointed to mens and boys matches.

Schoolboys

20+ years schoolboys Coach or Manageress of Sydney North Region as well as Combined HS selector, and a few yrs as CHS Coach.

Administration

AWSA Board member 5 years 1977-1981 (3 years Registrar, 2 years Publicity Officer.) NSW WSA Vice President.

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