Still here

November 6 2018

It has been some time but I’ve really missed writing about the Melbourne Tigers.

SEABL is all but dead but the Tigers have a competition to participate in for 2019 which is good because Saturday nights without the Tigers in top competition would not be great fun.

It sucks that the Pioneers aren’t part of the new competition, they are a great side and the Tigers had some great games against them, we almost beat them in the final round for 2018.

Today is this site’s birthday at least according to the bill it is, it has been standing for four years and started back in the days Tigers fans were full of sadness after the NBL era was over but the club recovered and fans were rewarded with the Women making Finals and the Men made life difficult for their competition.

So it is a couple of months before we see some basketball action, hope time really goes by quickly.

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Semi Finals Tigers

August 4 2018

The Tigers Women are in the Semi Finals and tonight they take on the Nunawading Spectres.

Nunawading have had great success against the Tigers but the Tigers did beat them only a few weeks ago to make it an even battle at least in the eyes or machines of the bookies.

The Women’s success this year should build fan confidence in the Melbourne Tigers, people love success and this year the Tigers have been successful and have seen the club go from a club with a famous name to a club that can cause trouble to sides.

Isn’t it amazing that just four years ago we had no SEABL teams and our Tigers were playing in BigV largely unnoticed to the casual fan and our spin off NBL Tigers became Melbourne United.

It’s hard work at times convincing fellow Tigers fans that the Men and Women who play for the club in SEABL are worthy of the same level of support that fans gave the NBL club over 30 years of competition.

They are totally worth it and things can only go up from here, the Men were just a few points away from finals this year and if the Men and Women can retain their lists and perhaps add another player or two then 2019 could be a season of double success.

Regardless of the result tonight, our second taste of finals should be enjoyed because we have earned the right to be semi finalists.

The stakes are high

July 6 2018

This weekend will be the Tigers most important weekend since rejoining SEABL in 2016.

A string of losses caused by fading out in the last five minutes of a game have sent the Men’s team from being comfortable in the Top 8 to now being on the outside looking in.

Last Saturday’s loss against the Supercats was devastating particularly after opening up a 10 point lead with five minutes to go, the loss was so upsetting it still hurts.

The Men seeming have four weaknesses, the last minute of each quarter, the last five minutes of the last quarter, turnovers and securing rebounds.

The team does have a wide range of scorers but if one players goes cold in scoring and nobody takes his place in keeping the scoreboard ticking over, it is all over.

Turnovers have been deadly for the Tigers, the Tigers can play fast but if the timing is slightly off the ball will end up in the hands of the opposition.

Rebounding is important, despite having Deng on the team, the team is still struggling to get the rebounds needed especially on offence.

Snagging more rebounds could offset some of the turnovers and keep the scoring going for the Tigers (or preventing the opposition from scoring more).

The Men have to win this weekends games to stay in the hunt for Finals, now that fans have the taste of success they want more and this year has to be the year.

The Women’s team have been in erratic form but early performances have kept them in the Top 8.

They got the Tornadoes and then the Rangers, Dandenong should be weakened thanks to an Opals camp picking players from most of the opposition to come.

The Tigers have three main scoring options in Rebecca Cole, Monique Conti and Louella Tomlinson and when they on a roll they can score 20 points or more each but they need the others to score too especially if the opposition halts one of the three.

A clean sweep weekend can give the side a little space before trying to beat Nunawading for the first time, meet Dandenong again and finish against the Sparks.

July 20 could be a very tense night for Tigers fans, both teams will be playing in two different locations and both games are overlapping so expect the possibility of some very nervous Tigers fans.

But wins this weekend and perhaps the next two weekends can prevent such a tightrope from happening, time will tell and everything is in the Tigers hands.

Tigers Men beat 2017 record

June 16 2018

Last night was a big night as first the Tigers Women notched up their seventh win to equal their 2017 performance.

By now fans will have noticed the Tigers have a scoring trio in Rebecca Cole, Monique Conti and Louella Tomlinson.

Geraldine McCorkell now has an average of 4 points  but can reach double figures as seen in last nights effort of ten points, four rebounds and two assists.

All nine Tigers scored points in the game which will be pleasing for everybody.

After the win it was the Men’s turn to play and they were in trouble as with the team already without DKD the Tigers struggled to find a scoring answer from the starters and were kept in the game thanks to Maxwell Viitala scoring.

The Tigers then came alive in the second half with Tom Wilson and Jimmy Todd able to score more freely to get the Tigers in front at 3QT by five points.

Maxwell Viitala after his good first half popped up again in the fourth to keep the scores coming with Billy Hughes shooting consecutive threes to ensure the Tigers would win by 16 points.

Deng Acouth fouled out with just under four minutes to go after scoring 12 points and 22 rebounds and he apparently he threw a chair after coming off the court but there was no tech foul or ejection to suggest it was a big moment.

All Tigers played their part in the game and if they continue to spread the contributions around instead of relying on one or two sources the league will find themselves facing a formidable team.

One spectator did report that a Chargers fan yelled out to Deng to go back to his own country, a comment that was not supported by Chargers fans, the team and stadium officials.

So the first half of the Tigers visit to Tasmania has been a complete success, hopefully tonight will be the same but the bookies aren’t confident giving both Tigers sides $2.10 odds.

We’ll see what tonight brings.

Thoughts on the Tigers

May 23 2018

The start of the season was rough for the Tigers, the Men lost three in a row including losing to Kilsyth by over 50 points in a game that was horrible to watch.

But despite that massive loss there was a feeling that things were going to turn around and they sure did, six wins in a row puts the Tigers in 6th position on the ladder with a 6-3 record.

The Women are also doing well at 5-4, they have had a good season so far and have been competitive in all their games with most losses being under 10 points.

The 5-4 record also puts the Tigers in sixth position and it is nice to see the Tigers in a finals position anytime during the season.

Both teams have players that are considered stars but both sides also have players who can easily pop up and score 10 or so points and collect multiple rebounds and assists making it tougher for opposition teams to control the game.

One example is Billy Hughes, he came off the bench against Diamond Valley and got 20+ points and he also bagged some handy points against Frankston.

Pick and Roll predicted that the Tigers Men would only score four wins for the season, it is pleasing to say the current 6-3 record has blown that prediction to kingdom come no matter how the rest of the year plays out.

Can one or both sides make the finals? Yes they can and that is because we have two teams enjoying stability and they are working towards success.

It won’t be easy because competition for the Top 8 spots is fierce at the moment but if the team continues to be stable and work together, things can happen.

These are good times Tigers fans, we are seeing games being won, we are seeing people attend matches and we are seeing new merchandise too!

Saturday night from 5pm is Tigers vs Sandringham in Sandringham, it is going to be another good two games, next home games is on June 2 from 5:30pm so if you are thinking about seeing a Tigers game then is a good time to go Oakleigh Rec Centre.

The mixed weekend

April 23 2018

Saturday was a mixed bag of results for the Tigers.

The Tigers Women’s SEABL team were expected to at least in the bookies eyes lose to their Kilsyth opponents, the bookies were offering $10.50 odds and this writer happily put his betting account’s last $2.60 on the Tigers to win.

Tigers fans who either went out to Kilsyth and there were some judging by the cheers got to see the Tigers at their very best.

The team had plenty of contributors and the game was all but secure at half time with the Tigers keeping pace with Kilsyth in the second half to ensure victory.

Those who watched the live stream were amused when Courtney Gaze and Peri Kalka were repeatedly called the other persons name in the online broadcast, it is believed that their similar hairstyles caused the confusion.

Overall the Tigers are now rolling after dropping their first game to Nunawading with it now certain that only poor shooting and foul trouble could dent the sides chances of success throughout the rest of the season.

The Men came onto the court next and to be honest it was horrible to watch as the Tigers fell apart after quarter time and were even held to just two points in the third quarter.

In total honesty, the Tigers were up against it as they were playing against a team filled with NBL experience with six players either in the NBL, had been in the NBL or are going to the NBL in 2018/19.

Tom Wilson couldn’t get space and efforts to break through meant he lost control of the ball a half dozen times and you could see how frustrated he was during the game.

Kilsyth managed to get their players into long range space with the side managing to get 12 out of 24 three point attempts in, the Tigers could only manage 3 from 21.

Deng Acouth had more blocks than the entire Kilsyth team and had more rebounds than any other player so his height has proven to be great value, the bad part was that he could only score from 14% of his attempts.

Lack of accuracy killed the Tigers,  Patrick Bines had 16%, Tom Wilson 20%, Ben Dixon 25%, Maxwell Viitalla had 22% whilst Billy Hughes and Jack Bines had 0% from their combined total of four shots.

The best for the Tigers was Dejan Kostur who had 50% success from his four shots and Jimmy Todd had 42% from his seven shots including two of the three 3 pointers the Tigers had.

There was some good news in that the Tigers got 15 out of 17 Free Throw attempts through the hoop for an 88% success rate.

In the end it was a 55 point loss but while it was horrible to watch there is the good news that this week is a new week and there is a new opponent and they are Diamond Valley.

It looks like there is a chance the games will be streamed as Diamond Valley streamed their home games on Sunday.

One day to go

April 7 2018

One day to go, that’s right there is only one day to go until the Tigers kick off their 2018 SEABL season.

Knowing the season starts tomorrow is a wonderful feeling, we’ve been waiting for months on end for tomorrow to come.

The Tigers can do well, they have got to believe that they can go all the way in both the Men’s and Women’s competition.

Every game starts with a 50% chance of winning, it is up to the team to change the odds to be in their favor.

It has been a long couple of years, many Tigers fans were fans of the NBL club and when it got renamed and overhauled moved over to the Tigers BigV teams that morphed into the SEABL teams.

There have been great wins and terrible losses but the Tigers Men in their second year more than doubled their first year haul and the Women’s team bagged seven wins last year in their first SEABL season.

It should be remembered that last season both sides had a couple of close losses that could of put the Tigers close to 10 win seasons, 10 wins (.500 for the season) could be enough book a team into the finals this season.

The action starts tomorrow (April 8) at 1pm against Nunawading down at Oakleigh Recreation Centre, be there or get score updates online.