P.O. Box 31, Mount Barker, South Australia 5251
Mount Barker Recreation Centre
Hills Football League (HFL) since 1967
Blue and white
There was no formal football competition in the Hills region when Mount Barker Football Club was formed in 1881, but there was no shortage of willing opponents either. During its first two decades of existence the club engaged in numerous matches, both home and away, against teams from all over the Hills, Mount Lofty and Torrens Valley areas and beyond. Matches were even contested against SAFA clubs like Norwood and Port Adelaide. From the very outset, Mount Barker’s official team colours were blue and white, although both the design of the jumper and the shade of blue have varied over the years.\n\nIn 1902 the Hills Football Association was formed, and Mount Barker was one of five foundation members. The team reached the premiership deciding match in its first season, but lost to Woodside. It went on to claim premierships in 1903 and 1905, but midway through the 1906 season the club elected to withdraw from the competition, alleging that Association officials had persistently exhibited bias against it. During the close season the matter was apparently resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, and in 1907 Mount Barker re-entered the competition, going on to achieve premiership success on another five occasions before transferring for a brief, unsuccessful stint in the South Australian Amateur Football League between 1930 and 1932.\n\nIn 1933 Mount Barker affiliated with the Mount Lofty Football Association and promptly went top, as it did again two years later. Resuming in the HFA in 1938 the club claimed another flag thanks to an 8 goal grand final win over Hahndorf.\n\nMount Barker’s most sustained period of success came between 1954 and 1966 when the club was a member of the Hills Football Association. During those thirteen years the seniors finished first on five occasions, runners-up four times, and third four times.\n\nIn 1967 the HCFA, HFA and Torrens Valley Football Association merged to form the three-tiered HFL, with Mount Barker one of eight clubs occupying a place in the top tier. The club wasted little time in setting out its stall, capturing successive flags in 1969 and 1970.\n\nAs an ever present member of the HFL, Mount Barker has an enviable record. Besides its seven A Grade flags from fourteen grand finals, the club has enjoyed considerable success at other levels. In 2009, however, the A Grade side endured a poor season by the standards they have become accustomed to, winning just 8 out of 18 matches to finish sixth (of ten teams).
John Devaney - Full Points Publications