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Cowandilla is a suburb in Adelaide, South Australia, in the City of West Torrens. It is located a few kilometres west of the CBD, close to Adelaide Airport. Sir Donald Bradman Drive crosses the middle of the suburb.Its name is derived from the Kaurna name Kawandilla (Kawantilla), meaning "in the north". Kauwanta is the Kaurna word for north, and the suffix -illa means "in". However it does not reflect a place known by the Kaurna as Kawandilla (whose location is somewhat vague and possibly non-existent); when the village was established in the present location of the suburb in 1840, the developers gave it this name because they thought it meant something to do with "water" (the word kauwi) (hence also "Kauwantilla"). The whole of Greater Adelaide lies on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.
Cowandilla is home to the renowned Western Youth Centre (established in 1956) which provides a well maintained Oval, Tennis Courts and large clubhouse to a number of local sporting teams in sports such cricket, soccer, tennis and table tennis. The Centre is home to the well supported Western Youth Centre Cricket Club, which was established in 1961 and fields teams in both senior and junior grades.Cricket in Cowandilla is fitting as it is where cricket under lights was birthed in 1930 by returned serviceman and tram dispatcher Alf Stone at his Cowandilla home during the depression. Up to 50 youths were attending his property every night to play under light globes. The Western Youth Centre Tennis Club also uses the well maintained tennis courts alongside the Oval.
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