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Mypolonga Tennis Club

Tennis has always had an enthusiastic following in the Mypolonga area and initially several private courts were made available to local players before the public courts became available. In 1928, two bitumen courts were constructed, mainly by voluntary labour, on the lower level of the township, adjacent to Hannaford Terrace and the Irrigation Office. Messrs A.O Niets, H.E Daenke, Kruger, P.H Pickering, B.W Edson, A. Laidler, A. Wedd, Vogt Bros and Prosser Bros were among those responsible. The courts were flooded in 1931 and needed extensive repairs after the water receded. The Girls Mypo Gymnasium Club later donated funds towards the construction of a third court. The earliest ladies players included Misses J. Pickering, D. Vogt, E. Traeger, A. Kruger, B. Freeman, E. Vogt, C. McKerlie, R. McKerlie and B. Vogt.


The first recorded suggestion that the courts moved to their present location was made in 1952. The AGM minutes from 14 September 1953 noted that the Tennis Club should approach the Oval Committee regarding placing new tennis courts at the new oval. Work started on the new courts in 1955 and opened in 1956. A third court was opened in 1958 and a fourth court was proposed in 1959. The first suggestion of lights came in 1958 but was passed over in favour of a canteen! The erection of the first lights came in 1971, resurfacing of courts plus a new club house followed.


The 50th Jubilee was celebrated on 31 March 1979 with a presentation dinner and the unveiling of an honour board in the Combined Sports Club. In 1980 the courts were once again resurfaced and repainted. In 1985 a new shelter shed was erected at the other end of the courts, and were named the "Kev Starr Memorial" shelter, in memory of Kevin Starr, who had been associated with the club for over 30 years.


Part 2 of the history of the Mypolonga Tennis Club will added to this website shortly........


Life Members:


1936 Mrs PH Pickering

1955 Mr MO Prosser

1963 Mr WA Vogt

1963 Mr MH Matchoss

1967 Mrs BM Congdon (Vogt)

1971 Mrs BM Nolan

1971 Mr CL Jones

1971 Mr KE Starr

1979 Mrs MB Lewis

1983 AA Nuske

1991 GA Wachtel

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