Composed midfielder Georgia Patrkios has established herself as St Kilda’s best player in her first two AFLW seasons with her mix of ball-winning ability, evasiveness, speed, composure and reading of the play. Last week Patrikios was a convincing winners of St Kilda’s 2021 AFLW best and fairest, polling 80 votes to finish ahead of fellow midfielders Tyanna Smith and Cat Phillips on 49 and 39 votes respectively.
Patrikios had an outstanding junior career with the Calder Cannons and excelled playing for Vic Metro at the 2019 Under 18 National Championships to be named the carnival’s Most Valuable Player.
St Kilda were one of four expansion teams that joined the AFLW for the league’s fourth season in 2020. With the club’s first AFLW draft pick St Kilda selected Patrikios with pick 5 at the 2019 NAB AFLW draft. In a phenomenal debut season Patrikios won the AFLW Players’ Association Best First-Year Player Award, was named in the All-Australian squad of 40 players and was a joint winner of the Saints 2020 best and fairest, having a four way-tie with key forward Caitlin Greiser and midfielders Rosie Dillon and Olivia Vesely.
During the off-season Patrikios worked diligently to improve her running ability and strength which contributed to her disposals per game increasing by 52.3% from 15.7 disposals per game in 2020 to 23.9 disposals per game in 2021. In 2021 Patrikios ranked in the top 10 of the AFLW for disposals, metres gained, kicks, handballs and inside 50’s. Patrikios was named on the wing in the 2021 AFLW All-Australian team and finished 10th in the AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year Award.
Patriokios’ junior career with the Calder Cannons and Vic Metro as well as her best and fairest winning seasons with St Kilda in 2020 and 2021 is covered in detail below:
Georgia Patrikos was born on 30 March 2001, grew up in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and has a brother Perry who is one year older than her. Georgia and her mum Debi appeared on episode 4 of the ‘Canons Uncovered’ podcast on 9 May 2019. After being asked by Jarryd Barca “Where does your interest in footy stem from, take it back to how it all began?” Georgia responded “My brother obviously started playing Auskick back when he was about four or five years old and ever since then I looked up to him and just thought I want to do what he is doing and sort of followed him through the pathway of Auskick and then from there I was eager to still play once that finished. I went to West Coburg, then went through Pascoe Vale and got an invite to the Cannons.”
On her time playing football in the Essendon District Football League Patrkios commented “When I first got into the games and competing stage I was playing against the boys which was from under 10’s to under 14’s and then that stopped.” When asked “What was that like, obviously with no female pathway at that stage. Playing against the boys did you notice any comments at the club, anyone annoyed or things like that or were they pretty supportive?” Patrikios responded “Nah, they were pretty supportive, the boys got around me, if anything happened they would support me obviously, they would back me so everyone was pretty supportive about it.”
On the introduction of the AFLW and a pathway for young girls to play Australian Rules football Patrikios said “I just couldn’t believe it, like we were on camp watching the first ever game of Carlton and Collingwood that was at Ikon Park (on 3 February 2017) and I can just remember not just my face but everyone else’s when the first bounce went up, I got goosebumps, it is just an unreal feeling to know now that we have a pathway. There is somewhere for us girls to actually show our skill at the highest level, so yeah it is unreal.”
In the ‘Canons Uncovered’ podcast Georgia’s mum Debi was asked “What is it like actually raising a daughter with that massive keen interest in footy. Like I said obviously it was a male dominated sport until the AFLW really kicked in. Was it tough, did you have to keep her grounded a little bit?” Debi responded “It was all pretty natural I think because she started at such a young age it sort of all flowed. I never really had a fear for her, the boys always looked after her and the coaches, they always said (the boys) and the coaches they always said Georgia just let the boys get in there, get the ball, get it out, pass it on and you run with it, so she was a little bit spoilt in that way and that’s how she still plays now.” This strategy was extremely effective, enabling Patrikios to utilise her skills and hard-running for maximum impact which contributed to her winning the league best and fairest playing in the boys team in the under 10’s.
Junior career with the Calder Cannons
In March and April 2017 Partrikios played for the Calder Cannons in the inaugural TAC Cup Girls competition for girls 15 to 18 years old. Patrikios was one of the younger members of the Canons team, turning 16 years old during the 2017 season.
Patrikios went on to play three seasons in the league which in 2019 was renamed the NAB League Girls competition. The inaugural 2017 season consisted of five rounds and no finals, the competition was expanded to have nine rounds plus finals in 2018 and 2019.
The Calder Cannons were one of two teams along with the Murray Bushrangers that won all five home and away games in 2017, due to having a superior percentage of 412% compared to the Bushrangers 232% the Cannons won the inaugural premiership in 2017.
Patrikios was named on the interchange in the 2017 TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and three of her Cannons teammates were named in the starting 18 being joint league best and fairest winner Chloe Molloy – full forward, Madison Prespakis – ruck rover and Monique Conti – centre.
The Canons missed the finals in 2018 but with Patrikios as captain made the finals in 2019, being defeated by the Northern Knights in the Grand Final. Patrikios was selected in the Team of the Year in both seasons, being named on the interchange in 2018 and in the centre in 2019. A Calder Cannon was a winner of the league best and fairest in both seasons – in 2018 Madison Prespakis was a joint winner of the league best and fairest along with the Geelong Falcons Nina Morrison and in 2019 Madison’s younger sister Georgie (who is eligible for the 2021 AFLW Draft) won the award outright.
Representing Vic Metro at Under 18 National Championships
At the 2017 Under 18 National Championships Patrikios represented Vic Metro as a 16 year old, she went on to represent her state in three consecutive tournaments from 2017 to 2019. Patrikios improved each year and after being named in the extended All-Australian squad at the 2017 Under 18 Championships was selected in the All-Australian team in the next two years, being named on a wing in 2018 and in the midfield in 2019.
At the 2019 Under 18 National Championships Patrikios played four games for Vic Metro and averaged 13.0 kicks, 9.8 handballs, 2.8 marks, 4.5 tackles, 11.5 contested possessions, 11.5 uncontested possessions and 4.8 score involvements per game.
The profile of Patrikios in ‘AFLW Prospectus 2020’ said “She represented Vic Metro at the 2019 Under 18-Championships, dominating the carnival as she won the tournament MVP and was selected All-Australian. She won the most disposals per game of any player and ranked inside the top-four for Champion Data ranking points, contested possessions, uncontested possessions, groundball gets and intercept possessions.”1
On representing Vic Metro at multiple Under 18 National Championships Patrikios commented to the AFLW ‘Credit to the Girls’ podcast “Playing Nationals is unreal, you get to play with all the best girls and against all the best girls in the country so that was pretty cool.”
On being named the MVP for the 2019 tournament Patrikios commented to womens.afl “I didn’t really expect it to be honest. I was just sitting there looking around at the girls that I thought it was going to be and then I heard my name. I’m really honoured. To see girls like Maddie and Nina who won it the year before and then seeing where they’ve ended up, it’s pretty crazy to think that I’ve won that medal now, too. My confidence was a lot higher this year, compared to the last few years. Being a top-ager, just tried to set an example for the younger girls and just be a good role model for them, playing the best that I could for the team.”2
As a member of the AFLW Academy Patrikios trained at a couple of AFLW clubs, North Melbourne and Collingwood which was a valuable experience and enabled her to be better prepared when she joined an AFLW club in the future.
Late in the 2019 season Patrikios was able to play some VFLW football with Essendon and had no issues adjusting to the higher standard, being named in Essendon’s best players in all four games she played for the club, averaging 19 disposals and five tackles per game.
2020 AFLW season with St Kilda
In the 2018 and 2019 AFLW Drafts three of Patrikios’ Calder Cannons teammates had been selected in the top five. Molloy and Conti were selected with picks 3 and 4 respectively at the 2017 AFLW Draft and Prespakis was the number 3 pick in 2018.
The common consensus was that Patrikios was a member of a clear-cut top three Victorian players eligible for the 2019 AFLW draft along with Geelong Falcons captain Lucy McEvoy and Northern Knights captain Gabby Newton.
On her feelings and the support she received in the lead up to the 2019 AFLW Draft Patrikios commented “There’s a bit of everything, a bit of nerves, a bit of excitement. I just try not to read into it too much. I’ve sort of done all I can now for the draft, and the Combine was just doing my best and that’s all I can really do. But I’m not stressed too much, I try to limit how much I think about it and just get on with day-to-day life. I have Maddy Prespakis, who has gone through it all so she’s someone who I can rely on to talk me through it or give me advice. And then I have my brother and he’s real cool, calm and collected, so he puts things in perspective for me and he’s always there if I need a chat. Mum and Dad, they’re always there, too.”3
The Western Bulldogs selected Newton with pick 1 and Carlton choose McEvoy with pick 2. St Kilda had selection 5 which was the third selection in the Victorian metro region and were delighted to pick Patrikios. At time of being drafted Patrikios was 18 years old and 170 centimetres tall.
On the 26 February 2020 edition of Channel 9 TV show ‘Women’s Footy’ St Kilda AFLW coach Peta Searle commented “We were ecstatic to pick her (Patrikios) up at draft pick number five, I mean given what we needed in our club if we had number one I would have been picking her so it was a bonus for us.
During 2018 and 2019 the Southern Saints built a game-plan and familiarity amongst the playing group in the VFLW that could be implemented by head coach Peta Searle for the club’s inaugural AFLW season in 2020. St Kilda’s 30 player list for the 2020 season included 15 players with previous AFLW experience, many of the players in this category represented the Southern Saints in the VFLW during 2019 whilst another seven players without AFLW experience including Caitlin Greiser and Olivia Vesely were recruited from the Southern Saints. Only seven players on the Saints 2020 list had more than seven games AFLW experience – Kate McCarthy (23 games), Cat Phillips (20), Nat Exon (19), Tilly Lucas-Rodd (18), Jessica Sedunary (15), Melissa Kuys (15) and Kate Shierlaw (10).
Patrikios was one of 11 Saints players that made their AFLW debut in the club’s first ever AFLW game on Sunday 9 February at RSEA Park in Moorabbin against the Western Bulldogs who were coached by Nathan Burke who played 323 AFL games for the Saints and won the club’s best and fairest three times. Georgia wore number 21 for the Saints, the same number that she wore late in her junior career. About 50 of Georgia’s family and friends attended her debut AFLW game and congregated on the outer wing. At 18 years and 316 days of age Patrikios was St Kilda’s second youngest player, being 35 days older than Molly McDonald. St Kilda’s two youngest players combined for St Kilda’s first ever goal in the AFLW with Patrikios providing the assist, kicking the ball to McDonald who took the mark, played on and kicked a left foot goal on the run from 25 metres out. Patrikios had a game-high 18 disposals comprised of a team-high 14 kicks and four handballs, was composed throughout the game, read the play well, showed great evasiveness, laid five tackles and was one of the two Round 1 Rising Star nominees along with Carlton’s number 2 pick McEvoy.
St Kilda were heavy underdogs for their Round 3 Friday night game at RSEA Park against Melbourne who were one of the premiership favourites. Patrikios had an equal team-high 10 kicks, five handballs, laid four tackles and was influential in the last quarter with her ability to read the play, side-step and use the ball well to help the Saints defeat Melbourne by five points and record their first AFLW victory in front of a passionate home crowd.
On the 26 February 2020 edition of Channel 9 TV Show ‘Women’s Footy’ Western Bulldogs captain Ellie Blackburn commented on Patrikios to Searle “She can slow the game down, she is almost like Scott Pendlebury playing. I don’t know what your instructions have been to her to play but it is almost as if she is just playing off natural instinct and doing what she feels is right out there.” Searle responded “Our instructions is pretty similar, we do a lot of education during the week and then game day just go and have fun and bring your strengths and we’ll back that every day, with all of our players, yeah just take the structure out of it and enjoy it.”
In 2020 Patrikios played all six AFLW games for St Kilda and averaged 10.8 kicks, 4.8 handballs, 1.8 marks, 2.7 inside 50’s and 3.3 tackles per game. Patrikios led the Saints for disposals, kicks, clearances and metres gained, ranked sixth for tackles and eighth for handballs. Patrikios was very consistent throughout 2020, having a season high 18 disposals three times – Round 1 against the Western Bulldogs, Round 2 against Adelaide and Round 5 against Carlton, and was only held to less than 14 disposals once, having 11 disposals against Fremantle in Round 4.
Patrikios polled seven votes at the 2020 AFLW league best and fairest to finish equal seventh overall and rank first at St Kilda. Patrikios received league best and fairest votes in four of her six games and was the first player to poll an AFLW vote and be best afield for the Saints, polling one vote in Round 1 against the Western Bulldogs and three votes in the Round 3 win against Melbourne. Patrikios was the only first year player to finish in the top 10 of the league best and fairest and was one of three players from the Calder Cannons 2017 under 18’s team to finish in the top 10 with Richmond midfielder Monique Conti also polling seven votes to finish equal seventh with Patrikios, Carlton midfielder Madison Prespakis polled 15 votes to win the award by three votes.
For the first time the AFL Players’ Association named a 22under22 team in 2020, Patrikios was named on the wing and was joined in the team by Saints team-mate Greiser who was named on the full-forward line.
Patrikios was a convincing winner of the AFLW Players’ Association’s Best First-Year Player Award, polling 173 votes to finish ahead of Carlton’s Grace Egan (89 votes) and Brisbane’s Catherine Svarc (26). On her 2020 AFLW season with St Kilda Patrikios commented “The belief and faith from (Saints coach) Peta (Searle) to put me on the ball as much as possible and give me that exposure to the best in the competition helped me grow at a quicker rate. As each game went I got a bit more confident with not only how I play but with my teammates. We bonded really well. As a new team coming in a lot of us girls came from different states and different clubs. To come together like we did and win against Melbourne was pretty special. We had a really tight-knit group so that’s one of the reasons we started performing.”4
Three St Kilda players were nominated for the 2020 AFLW Rising Star Award with Patrikios being joined in this category by key forward Greiser and midfielder Vesely. Patrikios finished equal third in the 2020 AFLW Rising Star Award with Gold Coast forward Kalinda Howarth on 24 votes. Western Bulldogs defender Isabel Huntington won the Rising Star Award with 33 votes, ahead of Patrikios’ St Kilda teammate Greiser (30 votes) who was the leagues leading goalkicker with 10 goals.
An article was published on Caitlin Greiser on the Milestones and Misses website in April 2020 to celebrate her being the AFLW’s leading goalkicker in 2020. A link to the Greiser article is below:
In her debut AFLW season Patrikios was named in the initial 40 player All-Australian squad but wasn’t named in the final 22 player team. The only other Saint in the squad Greiser was named in the forward line of the All-Australian team.
St Kilda’s 2020 AFLW best and fairest was postponed until late August and was held virtually over Zoom due to social distancing measures in place as a result of COVID-19. Partrikios polled votes in all six games to amass a total of 37 votes and be one of four joint-winners of St Kilda’s first ever AFLW best and fairest along with full-forward Greiser and midfielders Vesely and Dillon. Amazingly all four players were in their debut AFLW season and three of the four winners were under 21 years of age at the start of the season.
2021 and beyond in the AFLW with St Kilda
On 20 August 2020 the St Kilda Football Club announced that two of their young stars Patrikios and Greiser had each signed two-year contract extensions with the club. St Kilda’s Head of Women’s Football Jamie Cox commented “It’s a great sign for the Club to have Caitlin and Georgia recommit to the Saints for another two years. They demonstrated that they are both young players of immense talent and potential, and having them re-sign with the red, white and black is important for what we are trying to build at the Saints. From the six games they each played in their debut season, it’s evident how much pleasure and joy they bring to footy fans. Like all of our girls, we are proud to have them in our colours and excited to see what comes next.”5
Patrikios and Greiser both work part-time in the Community Programs at the St Kilda Football Club. As part of their role Patrikios and Greiser co-ordinate football clinics.
In 30 degree heat on 19 November, 2020 the Saints AFLW team ran a two kilometre time-trial and Patrikios was one of the big improvers from the previous year. On the work she had put in during the off-season and her improvement Patrikios commented to saints.com.au “One of my main goals was definitely to improve on my running. Seeing we had a lot of time away from the club, it was the perfect opportunity to be able to get myself as fit as possible. I felt towards the end of last season I was getting really tired throughout games, but hopefully this year with the amount of running I’ve done it’ll become a lot easier. Last year I came in and wanted to prove myself to everyone, but this year I just tried my best, so I was in a completely different headspace and had a different train of thought as to what I did last year. The conditions were obviously very difficult last Thursday, but to get 45 seconds (off last year’s time) was huge for me.”6
After the 2021 AFLW season ended Patrikios told ‘The Boundary AFLW Podcast’ “During the off-season last year Peta Searle gave me a bit of a challenge, she wanted me to work on my defensive pressure and tackling and Nat’s (Exon) obviously one of the best at it so she is someone I definitely turn to for advice and how to get better I guess, she is one that I gravitated towards once the (2020) season finished.”
Against the Western Bulldogs in Round 1, 2021 at RSEA Park on 29 January Patrikios played a pivotal role in the nine point victory, having a game-high 24 disposals comprised of an equal game-high (along with Ellie Blackburn) 17 kicks and seven handballs, took four marks, laid four tackles and kicked the first goal of her AFLW career. After taking a mark Patrikios received a 50 metre penalty for being pushed and then kicked a set-shot goal from 25 metres out.
Western Bulldogs captain Blackburn and Patrikios were clearly the best two players on the field. Patrikios received the maximum 10 votes in the AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year Award ahead of Blackburn with eight votes, however in the AFLW league best and fairest the umpires awarded Blackburn 3 votes and Patrikios 2 votes.
For the second game in a row Patrikios set a St Kilda club record for most disposals in an AFLW game in Round 2 against North Melbourne at Arden Street, having a game-high 27 disposals comprised of a game-high 16 kicks and 11 handballs. Patrikios also laid six tackles, took three marks and polled an equal game-high eight coaches votes along with North Melbourne midfield duo Emma Kearney and Jasmine Garner.
Areas of the game Patrikios had worked on during the of-season were her defensive pressure and tackling, this came to the fore in Round 7 against GWS at RSEA Park in heavy rain with Patrikios laying a career-high 10 tackles – surpassing her previous best of six tackles in a game. Patrikios was also effective offensively, having a team-high 27 disposals comprised of 20 kicks and seven handballs to have 12 more disposals than the second ranked Saint – Cat Phillips. Patrikios polled two votes in the league best and fairest with GWS midfielder Alyce Parker receiving the three votes for a 28 disposal, six mark game.
In Round 8 against Collingwood at Victoria Park Patrikios played a brilliant game, having a team-high 29 disposals comprised of 19 kicks and 10 handballs, six tackles, nine clearances and 529 metres gained.
Appearing as a guest on the 25 March episode of the ‘EDFL Tonight podcast’ Patrikios commented on being stronger in her second AFLW season, saying “I was gymming a lot more, lifting heavier weights, so yeah I do feel a lot stronger and I feel I can hold my own a lot better against the bigger bodies, I played against Maddy Prespakis and I felt like I could hold my own a lot better than what I did in the previous year, so yeah I did feel a big difference with my body from year one to year two.”
St Kilda finished their 2021 season in style in Round 9 on 28 March against fellow expansion team the West Coast Eagles in an away game at Mineral Resources Park, setting new records for the club’s highest score and greatest winning margin, defeating the Eagles 11 goals, 10 behinds, 76 to West Coast three goals, two behinds, 20 points. Patrikios set a new club record for most disposals in a game with 30, comprised of 11 kicks and a game-high 19 handballs. Patrikios also took three marks and kicked a skilful goal with a right foot snap from the forward pocket in the last quarter. First year St Kilda midfielder Tyanna Smith had 24 disposals and kicked a goal. The coaches couldn’t split Patrikios and Smith with each player receiving nine votes, the umpires gave Smith 3 votes and Patrikios 2 votes in the AFLW best and fairest.
During the 2021 AFLW home and away season St Kilda had three wins and six losses to finish 11th on the ladder. Three players that finished in the top 10 of St Kilda’s 2020 best and fairest didn’t play a game in 2021 with Olivia Vesely and Nicola Xenos missing the entire season due to calf and knee injuries respectively whilst Clara Fitzpatrick was unable to return from Ireland due to the impact of COVID-19.
In the AFL Players’ Association 2021 AFLW 22under22 team Patrikios was selected in the centre to be the only St Kilda player in the team. Saints team-mates Tyanna Smith, Tarni White and Claudia Whitfort were selected in the squad but didn’t make the final team. Patrikios was on of the Saints three nominees for the AFL Players’ Association Most Valuable Player Award along with Smith and defender Hannah Priest.
Reflecting on her 2021 season Patrikios told ‘The Boundary AFLW podcast’ in early April “Coming into it I just wanted to continue on my form from last year and just have as much impact as I could for my team and I guess we’re a bit younger in that midfield group, so trying to come in and motivate that group and then just drive that through the rest of the team. I think I did OK, just hoping to keep building in the future.”
Patrikios played all nine AFLW games for St Kilda in 2021, averaging 14.4 kicks, 9.4 handballs, 2.6 marks, 3.2 inside 50’s, 360.1 metres gained and 4.9 tackles per game. Patrikios led the Saints for disposals, kicks, handballs, clearances, score involvements and metres gained, ranked second for contested possessions, equal second for rebound 50’s and fourth for tackles.
The work Patrikios did to improve in the off-season contributed to her disposals per game increasing by 52.3% from 15.7 disposals per game in 2020 to 23.9 disposals per game in 2021. In all nine games in 2021 Patrikios had more than 17 disposals including at least 24 disposals six times, in the process breaking St Kilda’s club record for most disposals in an AFLW game four times, Rounds 1, 2, 8 and 9. Patrikios polled votes in the AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year Award in seven of her nine games to poll 44 votes and finish 10th overall, being the youngest player to finish in the top 10.
Patrikios was named on the wing of the 2021 AFLW All-Australian team and was one of six players selected in the team for the first time along with Collingwood duo Brittany Bonnici and Ruby Schleicher, Fremantle defender Janelle Cutherbertson, Carlton ruck Breann Moody and Richmond forward Katie Brennan. Patrikios ranked equal first in the AFLW for disposals per game, third for metres gained, sixth for kicks, seventh for handballs, and equal ninth for inside 50’s. At 20 years of age Patrikios was the youngest player selected in the 2021 AFLW All-Australian team, being six and a half months younger than GWS midfielder Alyce Parker who was selected in the team for the second year in a row and also won the GWS Giants best and fairest for the second year in succession.
Below is a link to an article published on Milestones and Misses on 30 April, 2021 comprehensively covering Alyce Parker’s career to celebrate her winning the GWS Giants best and fairest for the second time:
At St Kilda’s 2021 best and fairest on Thursday 6 May 20 year-old Patrikios won the major award as well as the ‘Rebel Young Leader Award’ and the fan-voted ‘Dare Sainter of the Year Award.’ Patrikios was a run awy winner of the Saints 2021 best and fairest, polling 80 votes to finish ahead of 18-year old midfielder Tyanna Smith on 49 votes with co-captain Cat Phillips third on 39 votes. The top five was completed by co-captain Rhi Watt on 37 votes and joint voice-captain Tilly Lucas-Rodd on 34 votes.
MC of St Kilda’s 2021 best and fairest Sarah Olle asked Patrikios “It has been such a big two years for you, only a second year player, where do you see yourself going throughout your career?” Patrikios responded “Yeah, that’s a great question, I just want to try to make an impact for my team. I don’t think for me it is really an individual focus, I wanna have some success, especially with this group, really looking to push into finals and hopefully win a flag sometime soon. So for me it is not really focussing on myself but as a group I want to get somewhere.”
On the importance of her St Kilda team-mates and family to her football success Patrikios said “Well the girls have been there for me obviously since I came to the club, were all so welcoming, made the transition from Under 18’s to senior women’s footy really, really easy. My family have obviously from the start of my footy career taken me to training sessions, supported me along the way, travelled with me, they came to Adelaide, came to Perth, so they have really been there for me and I can’t thank them enough.”
After a brilliant debut 2020 AFLW season Georgia Patrikios took her game to even greater heights in 2021 and was phenomenal for the St Kilda Football Club during the 2021 AFLW season with her ball-winning, composure, hard-running, evasiveness, consistency, tackling and speed to be a very deserving winner of the Saints 2021 best and fairest award.
Article and photographs by Dean Andrews
Twitter – @DeanAndrews7777
1 Champion Data, AFLW Prospectus – the essential number-cruncher for season 2020, 3rd Edition, page 153
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