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.

Tigers Roundup (8/11/17)

November 8 2017

Good news, we’re more than a week into November.
Bad news, it is still 2017 so its a long way to SEABL ’18.

There’s been some Tigers changes in the last month, the coach lineup has changed,  we’re starting to see players being signed, re-signed, released or signed up by other teams.

So far there are three player re-signings, two player departures, two coach departures and the signing of their replacements.

The Tigers SEABL Men’s team are having tryouts on the 19th of November in Oakleigh and no doubt we’ll find out who the 2018 additions will be soon after that.

Signings and Departures

SEABL Men Re-signings
Jimmy Todd
Ben Dixon
Ryan Oirbans

SEABL Women Out
Hanna Zavecz  (Nunawading)

SEABL Men Out 
Dane Pineau (Kilsyth)

SEABL Coaches In
Nick Abdicevic (SEABL Men)
Mark Alabakov (SEABL Women)

SEABL Coaches Out
Andrew Gaze (Co-coach of the Tigers YCM team)
Zoe Carr (Diamond Valley SEABL Women’s Team)

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.

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

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.

Tigers Roundup (11/1/17)

Retro round is coming up again in the NBL and the Melbourne Tigers are again not the team of choice for Melbourne United.

Melbourne United has gone for the SE Melbourne Magic look and it’s an interesting choice considering United were the Tigers and Magic fans probably think of United as Tigers in different packaging and the Tigers and Magic never sang from the same song sheet.

Meanwhile the Tigers are preparing for their second SEABL season on the Mens side and the debut season of the Womens side.

The word is that training resumes for the SEABL teams next Friday and more news will be coming from the Tigers soon and everyone loves news from the team they support and the trickle of news will become a torrent as signings and more are announced.

In player news, Former (and hopefully future once again) Tigers player Jock Perry was spotted on the bench during a St Marys Gaels game that was broadcasted around the world, he has not been used on the court so far in his first college season but there is plenty of time for the Gaels to use him.

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Monique Conti has played 11 games for the Melbourne Boomers so far this WNBL season and averages around 4 minutes a game and every game is no doubt a great educational experience for her as she climbs her way up the ladder of Basketball.

Rhys Carter and Daryl Corletto are both having great seasons for the Plymouth Raiders in the British Basketball League as their team marches towards making the playoffs.

Daryl scored in more than 50% of his shots from beyond the arc in December and Rhys picked up six assists a game during the month.

Stay tuned for further news Tigers fans as it comes to hand.

It’s been tough

The Tigers have had a tough season in SEABL this year but fans are still hopeful that every game they play next is the one when there is a win at the end of the game.

It is easy for a fan to feel despair after watching loss after loss either live, streamed or by reading stats but we the fans have to stick around and give the SEABL boys the best possible support no matter the result.

When the season is over, the Tigers will have gone through an entire SEABL season for the first time since 1983 and the club will then know what they need to do for 2017, SEABL is no small fries competition where dominance is established instantly by a Johnny come lately club and the Tigers knew that right from the start and so the team will improve over time.

The Tigers have Dandenong this coming Sunday afternoon on Dandenong’s turf and they are known for being a good club, Tigers fans around Dandenong should go and check out the game because watching a SEABL game is a great experience and the boys will appreciate the time taken to go see them play.

Even better news for fans is that Dandenong stream their matches and that makes it great for Tigers fans to tune in and watch the game.

Go Tigers!

A dream came true last night

Last night this writer got to go and see the Melbourne Tigers play for the first time.

It was the end of a decades long quest to see the Tigers in action having always lived in the wrong places until finally the Tigers were playing a side just 30 minutes away and I just had to attend.

If it wasn’t for the cars parked along the sides of streets, people wouldn’t of noticed that Rowland Cowan Stadium was having a SEABL match on that night, the place was pretty dark on the outside but you could hear it was much different inside.

Inside there was a high up Snack Bar and a place for people to overlook the action, The Spartans court was one end Corporate, one end Seating and the sides were the same configuration and so we decided to sit at the end of the court instead of the very crowded area that had the Tigers and Spartan bench.

As with most SEABL stadiums, the stands are pretty rocky as movement was noticeable all the time and in the stand we were in people were moving on and off all the time plus there were kids shooting hoops behind the stand as well.

Most of the Tigers fanfare on the road has been because Andrew Gaze is coaching the side, It is always odd seeing an idol up close but on this night my interest was mainly on his players, the future of the Melbourne Tigers.

Daryl Corletto was back, Ari Stewart and Rhys Carter were in good form and Bo has mastered the art of not fouling early which served the Tigers well and the rest of the Tigers line-up have plenty of ability.

The game itself was an arm wrestle as the sides traded points the whole game, we saw many impressive shots, the wackiness of Spartans shooting the ball and seeing it hit the rim only for the ball to land in the hands to the shooter who then scored on the second go.

We saw DC sinking a shot as he slipped over, Rhys with his 3’s and his frustrations (many of those justified over some calls), Bo trying to crash his way over a Spartan to score only to land awkwardly under the hoop, we saw Andrew pacing the sideline and Ari hitting some nice 3’s too plus much more.

Sadly we were overrun in the last few minutes and lost 80-79 but any disappointment in the outcome was washed away by getting to experience a Tigers game live instead of relying on YouTube streams and numbers on a online stat sheet.

After the game we moved through the Tigers players and staff as well as the Spartans fans who were celebrating their narrow victory and made our way outside in the near darkness (lack of lights) to go home and already plans were underway to see the two sides again in 2017.

Tigers fans, you’ve got to go see a SEABL game, preferably a Tigers game and don’t worry about SEABL not being the NBL because when you get into the game you’ll forget about that and find yourself really into the match.

Exciting things are happening for the Tigers and this second half of the season has the potential of seeing several Tigers wins on the board and so if you want a great day or night out at MSAC at just $10 each for adults then going to a SEABL game will fit the bill nicely.

Tigers vs Blues this Saturday night

We’re now approaching the seventh game of the SEABL season, the Tigers are not doing well with a 1-6 record though several of the losses have been by close margins and there has been great moments in the games that when done consistently things can get very interesting.

Saturday May 14 is the date of the big game against the Frankston Blues, both sides are having tough seasons and the Blues did make short work of us twice in the preseason matches but there is a lot at stake now the season is in full swing.

Any Tigers fans who are available to have a night out on May 14 should get on down to MSAC and cheer on the Tigers from 8pm, make Saturday night a night out with family and friends because the entertainment factor is getting better at MSAC with every game on and off the court.

There’s young kids demonstrating their dance skills at all the breaks, there is music, there is advertising, there are VIP seats, Tigerman is up and about (wearing #21) and of course calling the shots on the bench is Andrew Gaze along with the two Marks,  Mark Bradkte and Mark Gaze.

Fans are encouraged to get Tigers chants going as it builds up a game atmosphere, gets the crowd involved in the match and finally it gets players energy and inspiration on the court when they need that lift to either get into the game or maintain a lead.

If you cannot make it to the game, click on the below link from 7:45pm on Game Night and support the Tigers by having a night in with family and friends watching the broadcast, Tigers fans have a massive opportunity to set a new record of viewers for the WSN (Webster(‘s) Sports Network), WSN makes sure the Tigers fans don’t miss a home game and there is always a guest commentator and more.

Let’s make Saturday night a great night for the Tigers!