St Mary's

Phone
(08) 8927 9900
Home ground
Alawa Oval
Postal address
GPO Box 972, Darwin NT 0801
Divisions
TIO NTFL Men's Premier League
TIO NTFL Men's Division 1
TIO NTFL Under 12 Atkinson
TIO NTFL Under 12 Deslandes
TIO NTFL Under 14 Gundersen
TIO NTFL Under 14 Lewfatt
TIO NTFL Under 15 Girls
TIO NTFL Under 16 Hickman
TIO NTFL Under 18 Boys
TIO NTFL Under 18 Girls
TIO NTFL Women's Premier League
About

St Mary's Football Club was formed in 1952 when Ted Egan, together with the Reverend Father Aubrey Collins, sought to provide Tiwi Islanders who were working for the Armed Services in Darwin, the opportunity to play regular, organised football.

Since its inception, St Mary's has been at the forefront of breaking down racial and social barriers. At the time, with the exception of Wanderers Football Club, no other club from the Northern Territory Football League would allow ‘full blood’ Aboriginals to play in their teams. There were four other teams in the competition at the time (now the competition has eight).

St Mary's prides itself on its reputation of being the ‘family and community club’ and for developing local players who form the backbone of its teams. Indigenous Australians have always been an important component of the Club and have always been in the majority in all grades since formation. Through its sporting teams, St Mary's strives to live by its motto “Recte Ad Metem” (Aim for the Middle). In operation of the Club, the mantra is “From Little Saints, Big Saints Grow”, with many players having progressed to the highest levels of competition – notably the AFL.

The calibre of the committee, administration, coaches and players involved in the early years of St Mary's, and the values and standards that they set, has provided the foundation to what is now recognised to be one of the most successful senior football clubs in Australia.