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Meet Maggie Moloney, the ‘female Dally Messenger’ who starred in the first public women’s rugby league game in 1921

Maggie Moloney is not a household name today, but 101 years ago she was. 

Australia’s first female rugby league star, at only 15 years of age, was described as the ‘female Dally Messenger’ when she was the centre of one of Australia’s biggest news stories of 1921. 

In front of 30,000 people at the Sydney Showground the teenager from Redfern scored four tries as the Metropolitan Blues beat the Sydney Reds 21-11 in the world’s first public women’s rugby league match. 

Her career was short-lived as the women’s competition faced a level of administrative skulduggery faced by many women who wanted to play sport in the same…


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