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Barabba Tennis

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Type of organisation: Sporting

Street name: Woods Rd.
Town or locality: Barabba

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Tennis was played on a dirt court in the Barabba Recreation Reserve prior to World War I but there are no records or evidence of matches being played against other teams.
The photographs of players with the women wearing long neck-to-knee frocks and large hats and the men in white shirts with ties, waistcoats and dark trousers are the claim to the early tennis matches.
In 1922 due to the efforts of Miss Amelia White, who was school teacher at the Barabba School, a tennis club was formed and tennis was again played at Barabba on the dirt court. Later an asphalt court was constructed and matches were played against other teams.
In 1929  Mr Marshall from Balaklava was engaged to construct a second court and coated it with bitumen. A tennis association was formed with the memebership comprising of Alma, Hamley Bridge, Stockport, Barabba and Mallala and the teams from each area participating in competitive matches.
The years 1932-33 and 1933-34 were good years for the Barabba Tennis Club with the club team winning the association premiership in those two years. Then the club went into recess owing to the shortage of players. Some members had shifted away and no more tennis was played until after World War II.
In the mid 1950's  another school teacher, Mr Sid McRostie, approached several of the young people in the district and tennis was recommenced.


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Memories of Barabba Tennis

The invitation to the celebrations on September 18th 1983 read as follows: Dear Friends, The Barabba Tennis Club invites you to join in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of its inauguration and the 35th anniversary of the opening of the new courts. On Sunday September 18th 1983, we are holding a reunion of past and present members at the Barabba Tennis Courts. A barbeque lunch, afternoon tea, tennis, stalls, and the opportunity to chat with old friends are just some of the activities that you can enjoy. To help with catering arrangements please rreturn the tear off sheet or contact Mrs Helen Gregory.

Pamela Clarke President Barabba Tennis Club "Advertised in the Owen Post and the Junction News"

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