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.

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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.

15 days to go

March 24 2018

There are 15 days to go until the Tigers tip off their 2018 SEABL season, anticipation is building as both Tigers sides have new coaches and new players and are determined to better their 7 win 2017 campaign.

The Men’s team have gone from 3 wins to 7 wins and so the upward trend is expected to continue.

The Women now have several players with no less than one season of SEABL experience plus at least four of them have WNBL experience, a 10-10 season or better is not out of the question.

Memberships are now available, make sure you get yours and enjoy some SEABL and Big V games at Oakleigh Recreation Centre or spend $50 to become a regular member and enjoy a nice hat and other goodies.

Meanwhile the Tigers estranged son, Melbourne United is heading towards their first championship as Melbourne United and it will be interesting to see what happens.

For years we have told people that Larry Kestelman owning Melbourne United and the NBL is a conflict of interest and it is, the CEO and majority owner of the league should not be personally owning a chunk of a Basketball club.

Melbourne United’s victory (unless they collapse) will be tainted, there will always be questions from people wondering if the NBL paved their path to glory in terms of finances and refereeing decisions as their co-owner is the boss of the NBL.

Did Larry Kestelman save the NBL? Yes, his millions gave sponsors the confidence that their investment money was safe, the NBL needed financial stability and for over a decade it didn’t have it and now they do.

Basketball’s popularity was never in doubt but the media and business world didn’t have much confidence in it to report on it or fund it and so the game declined to the point in 2014 it was in major trouble and needed deep pockets to get it out of trouble.

Does Larry Kestelman need to co-own Melbourne United? Absolutely not.

Will the media ever talk about the conflict of interest? Probably not and that is because why would you want to dare speak out of turn as everybody is in that winning feeling?

Don’t forget that Joey Wright alluded to the conflict of interest and he was fined $5000, the comment went over 90% of fans heads but the NBL knew he was talking about Melbourne United and the NBL being under the one roof.

Melbourne United would not be hurt by Larry Kestelman leaving Melbourne United, he could do a Donald Trump and turn his share over to his family, there will still be suspicion that he’d be helping family out but at least there is no chance his hand will be in the till.

Some readers may say that this is hypocritical because if United stayed as the Tigers, then this writer be in the position United fans are in, the truth is that it would of been impossible to follow a club when ethics are being broken by the co-owner of the club.

The NBL must be a competition that is free from any high ranking official having a personal stake in any of the clubs

Anyway there are 15 days to go and this Tigers fan is excited because it is going to be a great SEABL season.

Go Tigers!

Jersey debate

Over the last couple of days, we’ve seen the Tigers jersey back in the NBL and well it looks nice but it just isn’t completely right.

Even though it has been almost four years since United’s arrival, it is still considered terrible that Melbourne United use retired Tigers numbers.

Those jerseys and their numbers were retired for a good reason, to celebrate six champions who done so much for the sport at least in Melbourne itself.

United use the numbers so there is no preference for the Tigers and not upset the Magic, Giants, Dragons, Saints and other ex Victorian team fans.

But if you scrape away the paint of Melbourne United you will see Tigers colours and United shows off the four championships won by the Tigers and the six retired jerseys that live just off plain sight on their home stadium.

Like it or not, Melbourne Tigers is the heritage of Melbourne United, its proud history deserves to stand taller than the rest in Victoria because simply put without the Tigers history, Melbourne United would not exist.

United should not feel embarrassed,  ashamed or feel politically correct  or fair to bury the Tigers success, the success gave them the launchpad to be where they are today.

Think about it this way, despite the unity, where are the Saints banners, the Giants banners, Magic banners and the Dragons banner?

Why should the six Tigers have their legacy brushed aside because they were part of the club that managed to survive all the upheaval the NBL went through?

Mr Kestelman and Mr Slepoy could always just be nice people and give the SEABL club the rights and let them maintain the history and the two of them could just skip off into the sunset with United free of complications but they decide to keep it for some unknown reason.

Personally, this Tigers fan wishes the above would happen so we could all get our teams to where we want them to be with the Tigers aiming to go from SEABL to NBL and United want to be #1 in Victoria when a new Victorian team comes along.

Retiring jerseys is the ultimate compliment for any sports player, they should of stayed retired as a gesture of gratitude for the players services to the club and sport despite the name change.

Sign the petition calling on the re-retirement of Tigers jerseys by clicking here.