Newcastle & District Tennis Association – NDTA
The Association’s inception. Tennis began on the Broadmeadow site back in 1908.
The creation of the Association formalised tennis in Newcastle and brought together clubs and players for local competitions.
The creation of the Junior Branch was a milestone in the Association’s history. It fostered the development of hundreds of junior players in the region and created opportunities for them to extend their tennis beyond the Newcastle district. The licensed club opened its doors for business, providing much needed funds for the Association to continue its work and a central recreation space for tennis players to meet and socialise.
New synthetic grass courts heralded a new era in tennis. Labour intensive gravel courts became a thing of the past, freeing up volunteers for other work including creating competition draws each week and carrying out maintenance at the District Park complex. Tennis was booming.
The tennis scene on and off the court began to change. Weekend shopping was in full swing, and the development of technology and resulting changes in job structures meant that fewer players committed to the traditional Saturday and Sunday afternoon competitions.
The operating model at District Park changed in 2000 to a commercial operation, marking a change in focus for the Association. This was a positive outcome that stabilised District Park Tennis Centre allowing the Association to once again start planning a new future. The current operator is Discover Sports Group.
Life Members of the Association
Life members are recognised for their long-term dedication and commitment to Newcastle and District Tennis Association and to the local tennis community. (* denotes deceased):
1924 Ashleigh Pulver* 1927 Ken Mathieson*
1948 Jim O’Ryan* 1950 Wal Rodgers*
1952 Rollo Davies* 1965 Joe White*
1966 Frank Tennant* 1967 Bill Gray*
1969 Stan Rutherford* 1969 Nev Thomas*
1970 Montie Chatfield* 1981 Doug Jones*
1982 Rob Henning* 1989 Bill Moroney*
1994 Norma Dawson* 1999 Frank Kitcher
2000 Ken Bendeich* 2001 Terry Musgrave
2012 Col Barwick 2017 Barry Presland
2021 Ellen Gordon*
President Secretary Treasurer
1914 1920 Records Incomplete
1921-26 K A Mathieson 1921-23 R Byrnes 1921-23 R Byrnes
1927-30 R Byrnes 1924-27 C B Lusk 1924-25 G F DeFlow
1931-49 W V Rodgers 1928-62 J A O’Ryan 1926 A V Hunt
1950-54 O R Davies 1963-70 S Rutherford 1927 A H Owens
1955-59 N D Shaw 1971-80 D Jones 1928 J T Gibson
1960-65 JT Wright 1981-92 T Musgrave 1929-33 J W Lovell
1966-70 N M Thomas Executive Officer 1934-37 A Boa
1971-74 S Rutherford 1987-92 F Coull 1938-40 H Lucas
1975-81 R W Henning 1992-93 G Allen 1941-47 P Wyatt
1982-94 F Kitcher 1993-94 K Wray 1948-79 W R Gray
1994 P Taylor 1994-95 G Kentish 1980-88 B L Penfold
1994-95 B Williams 1995-96 P Bendeich 1989-94 P J Bendeich
1995-99 L Darcy 1996-97 R Murray 1994-95 P Moore
1999-02 W Riley 2000 S Anderson 1995-96 K Gray
2002-03 T Rossi 2001-02 P Chapman 1996-97 C Barwick
2003-04 W Riley 2002-04 R Murray 1997-99 R Murray
2004-20 E Gordon 2004- B Presland 1999-00 D Cassel
2021- I Tennant 2000-20 C Barwick
2021- D Woods