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!


The road to the NBL

September 27 2017

Aussie Hoopla mentioned the Tigers in a story about NBL expansion and while it was brief, the statement was true.

It said the Melbourne Tigers are still a long way from trying to get back into the NBL, it is true because the team has to build itself up to have the fan base, corporate and financial support needed to be in the expensive NBL.

But lets look at the positives of the Tigers efforts so far

A look at the 2017 SEABL season would show the Mens team had 7 wins, while that number is considered poor it was an improvement on 2016 which pleases the fans especially as the Men did the majority of their winning in the latter part of the season.

In Big V competition, the Tigers YCM team made the finals after winning the competition the previous season.

Tigers teams also won titles in junior basketball and so as the juniors do well it allows the senior teams to be supplied with players and as success builds so will interest.

Being fans, we must do what we can to help the Tigers out, we must attend games at MSAC and Oakleigh, we must buy memberships and we must buy merchandise when they are available.

Here is a tip for fans, sign up for Tigers updates because time to time there are special details that will enhance the game experience.

Wear your hats and shirts wherever possible during this off season, let the world know the Tigers do exist, that they are open for business and the club is very welcoming.

2018 will be better than 2016 and 2017, we can make it happen and things will continue to improve to the point we are considered worthy of throwing our hat in the ring when it comes to NBL applications.

It’s boring

September 9 2017

Off season is very boring, it seems the more years we experience off season, the worse it gets.

It is true that over the next few months the front and back yards will get worked on and looking all pretty but Saturday nights and the occasional Sunday afternoon are a little empty.

Yep definitely missing the nights and afternoons watching the stats and hoping the Tigers will win, it was such a good feeling when the Tigers started sweeping the night or afternoon.

So out comes the Nintendo Switch and hours spent playing NBA Playgrounds to pass the time, its not a bad game it is like NBA Jam but you can mix players and legends if you get their cards.

Oh why can’t 2018 come along any faster?

Tigers Roundup (15/3/17)

Last weekend saw the SEABL Mens, YCM and YCW teams in action for the first time this year.

The SEABL Mens team went to Bendigo to play the Bendigo Braves and the Albury-Wodonga Bandits in practice matches, the Tigers lost both games but it was time well spent with new players and development players getting valuable time on court.

The Tigers YCW team met Bulleen in a rematch of the 2016 Grand Final to kick off Round 1 of the YCW season and the result was a win to the Tigers just like last year.

The Tigers YCM team met 2016 Preliminary Finalists Eltham and whilst Eltham gave the Tigers a scare in the last quarter, the Tigers came away with the win to start their premiership defense on the right note.

Tigers Fans will be delighted to know that memberships are now available to buy from the Tigers website, the memberships appears to allow PayPal payment so could entice those who use it to sign up.

We’ll be back with a new Tigers Roundup soon.


Tigers Quick Facts

  1. The Melbourne Tigers aren’t dead
  2. The club in operation is the original Tigers (est. 1931)
  3. The NBL club known as United is pretty much the son of the club
  4. Andrew Gaze is head coach of the Mens SEABL Club
  5. Tigers also have a Womens team in SEABL from this year (2017)
  6. Home Games are mostly played at MSAC and some are played at Oakleigh
  7. The Tigers Junior Program is thriving
  8. The Tigers won the YCM and YCW titles last year
  9. The club is active on social media from Facebook to Instagram
  10. The club will have 2017 memberships available soon
  11. SEABL season starts for the Tigers on April 1
  12. Tigers play the Spectres and Supercats this coming SEABL season
  13. Before playing with the Kings, Bo Liu plied his trade with the Tigers
  14. Brian Goorjian is a Tigers supporter having played for them before coaching various clubs
  15. Kevin Bartlett is also a Tigers supporter and promotes them when possible
  16. Tigers fans hope United gives the club their professional IP back

SEABL 2017 Schedule Released

There was good news for Melbourne Tigers fans today as the schedule for the 2017 SEABL season was released for everyone to look at.

The Tigers have to wait until Round 2 to play but the good news is that the season will open with a double header as the SEABL Womens team debut against the Geelong Supercats and the Mens team take on Sandringham at MSAC.

The action starts on April 1 from 5:30pm so make sure Tigers fans you have that date memorised and make your way down to MSAC to watch not only the team start their season but also watch the debut of the Womens team in this exciting era for the Tigers.

The Tigers will be playing 12 home games this year with some of the games being played at Oakleigh due to MSAC being unavailable so there is plenty of opportunity to see the Tigers in their natural habitat and to also be among friends.

To view the season fixture, please click on the link below

Tigers Roundup

Fans flock to story on Jock

For a handful of games this year, Tigers fans got to see big Jock Perry in action before he jetted off to the United States to play College Basketball.

Tigers fans dearly wished he could of stayed with the Tigers for the entire SEABL season as the Tigers were exposed for height after his departure and there’s now a big desire for a Jock Perry like player for season 2017, His impact in his matches was such that he was in SEABL’s Top 10 for Rebounds with an average of nearly nine rebounds per game.

Now he is at SMC in the US and will soon be watched by the NBA scouts which is a feat that has gotten the attention of Channel Nine and Basketball fans as the news service filed a story on him before Jock left Australia.


Rebuilding Our Melbourne Tigers post on the story has been seen by over 6,000 people and it continues to rise.

St Mary’s knows all about Australian Basketball as the St Mary’s Gaels blog has reported on former SMC players in SEABL as well as stories on Kate Gaze and others such as former NBL Tigers Patty Mills, Lucas Walker and Daniel Kickert.

SEABL players who have been to SMC include Garrett Jackson, Ben Allen, Desmond Simmons, Rob Jones (former Tigers SEABL player) and Lucas Walker.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Jock fares in his first season at SMC for sure.