Tigers Fan Wrap (20/11/18)

November 20 2018

The NBL this week announced that the SE Melbourne Phoenix are entering the NBL in the 2019/20 season.

This means basketball fans in Victoria have a local choice of two teams again since they got to choose between the Tigers and the Dragons back in the late 00’s.

There are a number of Tigers fans who did not stick with Melbourne United when they dropped the Tigers name and some may choose to follow the Phoenix though at the moment some are quite happy to stick with the Sydney Kings.

Meanwhile the Sydney Kings with former NBL Tigers Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland coaching and SEABL 2018 season Tigers Tom Wilson and Deng Acouth getting some court time have improved to have a 5-3 record.

Bec Cole who helped get the Tigers Women get into the second week of SEABL Finals this year was named on the Round 6 Team of the Week in the WNBL and is doing well with the Dandenong Rangers.

Meanwhile the countdown continues down for the next Tigers season in the Senior Elite League that replaces SEABL, there is ??? days to go.

That’s it for now.


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.

Wrapped up for 2017

December 28 2017

The year is winding down and what a relief Tigers fans because soon it be 2018 and SEABL ’18 won’t be as far away from us.

2018 will be the third year of the Tigers in SEABL and it is in this fan’s point of view that this is the year where things are really serious.

On the Men’s side of things, the team is on the up after 2017 ensured that 2016’s numbers were bettered and they got off the bottom of the ladder, it still remains to be seen who our 2017 lineup will be comprised of but early signs indicate a solid team.

The Women’s team had 7 wins in their debut season and if luck went their way it could of been around 10 but our team will have another off-season under their belts and the lineup has fairly sound stability with few departures.

Hopefully the people of Melbourne will be interested in the Tigers in 2018, it is tough for the Tigers to get out of the shadow of their son (Melbourne United) but it can be done, the Tigers just gotta keep up the chatter, play some good basketball and show the world they are truly invested in the city of Melbourne (players + Melbourne in the backdrop make lovely photos).

Hopefully in 2018 many long time Tigers fans pop up and enjoy the club again, some feel that SEABL isn’t the NBL and its not the same feeling and while it is true SEABL is not the NBL, SEABL it is a great competition and it is worthy of fans time and effort to get to games or follow the action online.

Don’t forget most games are streamed on YouTube or a club website so you can virtually watch the Tigers play more than a dozen games online.

Lastly isn’t it great that the Sydney Kings have started to play some serious ball? Our YCM co-coach Andrew Gaze was having a dreadful season coaching the Kings but his players have seemed to have gotten things down aside from the bad starts thanks to wins over Cairns and Brisbane and narrowly losing to New Zealand.

That’s it for 2017, thank you for reading this year and we’ll be back next year with more.

Closing thoughts on season 2017

The Tigers last night held their Hall of Fame dinner, from all reports the night was a big success and there is no doubt that next year will get the attention of Basketball scribes and word spreads further of this great institution.

Lindsay Gaze, Ray Tomlinson, Al Westover, Brian Goorjian, Andrew Gaze, Mark Bradkte and Warrick Giddey were just some of the people honoured last night, a treat for those who were lucky to be in attendance.

For those wondering how so many NBL and WNBL era people are honoured, the Tigers had a life before the NBL and kept having one outside the NBL whilst the spin off team was doing its thing on the national stage and that has allowed the Tigers to honour such a large number of a players and administrators as they all played a part.

The dinner brought to a close season 2017, a season that ended solidly for both the Men’s and Women’s SEABL teams as they racked up wins to secure 7 wins apiece.

Both sides had to deal with adversity, the Women’s team was rocked by two high profile departures on the eve of the season opener which was not very nice and in the end the Tigers picked up Hanna Zavecz and Louella Tomlinson  who became a formidable team once Louella was able to return from Europe.

The ladies also had to spread their players between YCW, Gems and Opals camp duties which meant some players were unavailable at times.

The Men saw Bo Liu come and go and come and go, Tom Wilson was a star pickup and then Serbia came calling, Daryl Corletto had to wait for injury to clear and the Tigers had an injury list that at one stage almost numbered the same as the Tigers on the court and the team at one stage only had two on the bench.

So you can see that 7 wins was a fantastic result when things threatened to give returns of much less.

Tom Wilson was made Australian Youth Player of the Year at the SEABL Awards and Monique Conti made the All-SEABL Second Team whilst Hanna Zavecz, Louella Tomlinson, Ari Stewart, Dane Pinaeu, Daryl Corletto and Tom Wilson all made SEABL’s Team of the Week.

It will be interesting to see how many of the 2017 lineup will stay in 2018, confidence is growing by the month and there is no reason why the Tigers cannot grab 10+ wins next year based on the current upwards trend.

It is always sad when it is the off season, not much to do except think of what to write next year, watch some Sydney Kings games on TV and save money for 2018 Tigers membership.

Can’t wait until we get news like the 2018 fixture, the first signings or re-signings, the first practice matches and then Round 1.

Go Tigers!

The treasured articles

Aussie Hoopla published a story on the Melbourne Tigers (read the story here) and it is exactly what the Tigers needed.

It talks about the possibility of the Tigers making it back to the NBL but the most important part of the piece was that it talked about the Tigers efforts in SEABL which is good for the Tigers because a reader who doesn’t know about the SEABL team might now become very interested.

Getting newspapers interested in the Melbourne Tigers doesn’t seem to be easy, most if not all SEABL teams get their news reported on by newspapers that are not capital city based but the Tigers being in Melbourne have to get their sports news printed by the big two The Herald Sun and The Age.

Many would think being in the city is an advantage, city papers are read by hundreds of thousands more people than what a local newspaper gets but it is of no advantage if they rarely write about you.

The Tigers do have their own website and club news is printed often particularly previews and recaps of SEABL, YCM and YCW matches and they are usually read 100+ times per piece.

The Tigers are also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and are steadily growing in popularity by the week.

Back to the Aussie Hoopla piece, The journey to the NBL will be complicated, the IP issue has to be dealt with and then you got the complication that the head honcho of the NBL is the same guy who took the Tigers away from the NBL three years ago.

In all seriousness, the future of the Melbourne Tigers is in so many hands, fans have to watch games at MSAC, have to comment on stories and tweet thoughts as many times a week as possible, the team has to provide results on the court and the media has to be really interested in the club.

So at the end of the day, the story published in Aussie Hoopla is something that is treasured and hopefully other publications will make their own pieces of treasure for the club and the road to the NBL gets easier.

Three years on

Three years ago today the news went out that the Tigers NBL team was going to be no more and become Melbourne United.

Despite the sadness that lingers at the loss of our history making NBL club, the original and current Melbourne Tigers are getting better by the year just look at all the Tigers teams below.

Men’s SEABL team
Women’s SEABL team
YCM team
YCW team
Junior teams

Memberships come with goodies and they are nicely priced and so is merchandise plus most Tigers home games at MSAC (and the ones at Oakleigh too) are double headers or more so fans get to see plenty of Basketball at a very low price

There is entertainment between the breaks and you may even see a legend or two watching the game with you too.

The club’s Facebook page is 31 likes away from 1,500 likes and the club has Twitter and Instagram accounts too to keep fans updated on all the action.

So if any fellow Tigers fans out there who are reading this message and haven’t joined the club, come on home to the Tigers.


For every good weekend or two there is a bad weekend or two and last weekend was a bad one.

The Tigers were taught a lesson by both the Tornadoes and the Thunder and while it was disappointing to watch the live stats become lopsided in the oppositions favour, the results must be consigned to the history books and forgotten so everyone promptly looks forward to the next challenge.

That challenge comes this Saturday from 5:30pm at MSAC as the Women’s team take on the Ballarat Rush, it is 6th vs. 7th and the Tigers previously beat the Rush at the Minerdome and want to deliver the same result at home.

The Men take on the Miners at 7:30pm, The Miners are 5-3 this year and would no doubt be favourites in the eyes of many pundits but the Tigers do have the players to win, all they need is smart play and accuracy to get there.

Tigers fans should get on down to MSAC and give the sides some cheer, meet fellow Tigers fans and have an enjoyable evening at a very low price, the club is on the way up and it will get there much faster once more people attend and snap up all the Tigers goodies and more.

The next day the Men’s side got Frankston in Frankston, this match is very important because a win will give the side a cushion from the bottom of the pack where Frankston currently sits two wins behind the Tigers.

Frankston will have a two day gap between games whilst the Tigers will have about 20 hours so hopefully the Tigers will have good sleep and full of energy and motivation.

So if anyone can get on down to Frankston, they should do so and cheer the team on in Frankston’s not too bad looking facilities or watch the live stream that the Blues offer.

All in all, we hope the Tigers get out of their valley this weekend.

State of the Rosters (2/3/17)

There’s been movement in the last two days with Monique Conti and Daryl Corletto being announced as signing with the Tigers for the 2017 SEABL season.

These signings take the total to three named for the Womens team and one for the Mens team, we expect the numbers to increase rapidly as teams across SEABL are known for having practice matches around this time of year.

We’ll continue to report on how things are continuing to shape as the news comes to hand.

Womens SEABL Team

Tayla Roberts
Monique Conti
Louella Tomlinson

Mens SEABL Team

Daryl Corletto

Tigers Roundup (1/3/17)

One month to go until the Tigers play their first game in SEABL competition for 2017.

There is very little to report at this stage, of course we know of two signings for the Womens SEABL team but that leaves a stack of signing news to come from both the Mens and Womens team and membership details are still unannounced at this time.

We can only assume that news will come thick and fast like news coming from the Indy 500 bump day where drivers pass each other regularly to get into the 500.

Then of course when the SEABL season gets underway news will be coming like cars changing positions in the Daytona 500 and fans can expect great reports when it comes to results and more.

Sit tight fellow Tigers fans, there is no doubt the long wait for news will be worth it.

Announcements at last

The Tigers announced their first player to play for the Womens SEABL team and the player is Tayla Roberts.

Tayla is currently with the Adelaide Lightning in the WNBL and her years of WNBL experience will come in handy for the side as the club aims to have a competitive first year.

Fans have been told to stay tuned for further signings and so the long boring wait for a flood of news is now over as news will be flowing real soon and we’ll start hearing of all the good things like signings, memberships and practice games.

Stay tuned fellow Tigers fans.