In 1884 near Tantanoola a Bengal tiger was rumoured to have escaped from a travelling circus. Although the rumours were never substantiated, an enduring link between town and animal was forged. Tantanoola’s football team has never worn the black and yellow jumpers typically associated with the tiger, but it sports the Tiger emblem nevertheless.
The Tantanoola Football Club was formed in 1894, just ten years after the alleged escapade of the tiger, and played organised challenge matches against teams such as Millicent, Compton and Suttontown.
Tantanoola was a member of the Millicent Football Association in the early 1900s and combined with the Murrimbum Football Club in 1910 to form the Murrimbum Rovers Football Club, which only survived for one season.
In 1920 Tantanoola became a member of the Drainage Areas Football Association and in 1926 entered the South East Association B Grade competition. Tantanoola then went on to become a foundation member of the Mid South East Football League in 1936.
Tantanoola Oval, Telfers Road, Tantanoola
Tantanoola is a town in South Australia, located 425 km southeast of Adelaide. The name is derived from the aboriginal word tentunola, which means boxwood/brushwood hill or camp. Tantanoola was originally named ‘Lucieton’ by Governor Jervois after his daughter Lucy Caroline, on 10 July 1879. It was changed by Governor Robinson to ‘Tantanoola’ on 4 October 1888. Tantanoola is known for the Tantanoola Tiger, a phantom cat which supposedly stalked the area during the late 19th century.
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