St Matthew’s Tennis Courts were built in 1975 at the back of the school yard, when a group of enthusiastic players moved into the area and were keen to pursue their love of tennis. The Parish Priest, who happened to be a very keen sportsman in his own right, helped the cause along considerably.
The courts were officially opened on the 27th of July 1975 and competition commenced in 1976, the same year our first junior team was entered in the NSTA junior competition.
In 1977, our first club coach was appointed (John Hammond) – fees were $22 per term. In April 1977, our mid-week ladies team brought home our first pennant, easily winning the grand final.
The clubrooms were erected in 1978, and in March of that year, our first senior team won the grand final in Saturday afternoon competition.
There was plenty of socialising in the early days of the club, where Sunday afternoon round-robins were followed by a BBQ for the entire family! Progressive dinners were another very popular pass-time. 1989 was a major milestone for the club with the erection of lights which allowed teams to enter night competitions. In 1995, the courts were totally rebuilt and extended.
In 1995 Broadmeadows Council had given us permission to use the multi marked netball / tennis courts at Moomba Park.
In 1997, funding was approved to upgrade the two plexi-pave netball/tennis courts at the council-owned facility at Moomba Park. We had been given permission to use this facility in 1995 by Broadmeadows Council. The area was extended to facilitate 3 synthetic courts with lights. The work on the courts commenced in mid-2001 and completed in July. In February 2002, a large pergola was built by our members in front of the club rooms, which set the area off nicely. The fact that it is so close to Merri Creek with lots of surrounding trees and shrubs, gives the venue a real country feel.
In December 2006, work started to add a toilet block to our clubrooms. The Council obtained an SRV grant for this work with Moreland City Council paying the balance. There was renovations done to the kitchen at the same time.
In early 2007 we decided to go ahead with a much needed extension to the clubrooms. Work commenced on the 2nd of April and was completed on the 26th of June. This work was paid for totally by the club. The pergola was also extended. A security window shutter was installed to cover the large sliding door.
In May 2009, after speaking with council and a number of other people, Shirley applied for a Community Infrastructure Grant put out by the Federal Government for a further 3 tennis courts. In August 2009 we received the grant. A quote from John Barton for courts was submitted with the grant. The club volunteered to put $20,000 towards the project. After many delays with plans, permits, an Aboriginal Assessment and Landslide Assessment, all of which cost us more than $20,000, everything was ready to get under way but the rain just kept coming. The courts were commenced late in December 2010 and completed in April 2011. Around this time we changed our name to Moomba Park Tennis Club
The size of the clubrooms was doubled in 2012 thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Moreland City Council, with the remainder paid by the club. In 2014, a partnership grant was obtained from Moreland City Council for $40,000 to re-carpet courts 1, 2 & 3. The club again paid the remainder of the costs. Work commenced in November 2014.
In 2016 we started looking into getting a new pergola. This was finalized at the end of 2016.
In 2017 we are looking at getting led lights on courts 1, 2 an 3 and have applied for a Capital Works grant to put this latest venture into action.
How to find us
Moomba Park Reserve 276 McBryde St Fawkner Victoria 3060