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.


News, News, News, Everyone wants some

September 13 2017

NBA Playgrounds has been a fun game for 26 dollars on the Nintendo Switch, picked Ben Simmons as one of my two players and have won all the tournaments on offer for single player.

But it is time to put the controller down as there is some Tigers news.

Hanna Zavecz has become a Spectre which is interesting but people do change clubs and at least the Tigers got lots of notice unlike a situation earlier this year when two players left on the eve of Round 1.

So that means there be at least 1 change to the Women’s team for 2018, hopefully the Tigers Women’s 7 wins this year has made joining the club an enticing prospect for those looking for a new home or basketball challenge.

Diamond Valley are coming to SEABL in 2018 and it will be interesting to see how they go and if we can beat them and march up the ladder.

Pretty sure SEABL has scrapped the conference system and have gone with a AFL like ladder for 2018 so it will be interesting to see where the Tigers end up next year with all sides on the one ladder and not two.

News is always good, kills the boredom and makes season 2018 not seem so far away.

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 Ball

Early this year whilst poking through Gamemaker, there was a basketball game that got our attention.

It was a basic drag back a basketball with the mouse, release and hope to get it in the hoop.

So we attempted to make our own and it got good for awhile but it seemed to run into problems, you could score if the ball went the other way and it seems to lag though it could be because of monitor.

The game had a countdown clock, a scoreboard and a high score board that could be wiped.

Maybe the problem will be solved one day and people could play a proper game of Tigers Ball.

We’ll see.

Tigers Ball

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!

Number 5 is Alive!

It has now been two weekends in a row that the Tigers have had maximum success in SEABL and it is a wonderful feeling to see people happy that the Tigers have treated fans to new success.

The Men’s playing record of 2016 has been well and truly shattered this year and the Women have had a great debut season with five wins so far, a testament to the Tigers ability to compensate for late player departures and also the shrewd choice to back Tigers players who joined the SEABL team from either from the SCW (2016) and YCW (2016 & 2017) ranks.

This weekend the Men take on our old NBL pals the Geelong Supercats on their home turf, last year the Supercats had a sizable home win in a very high scoring match and earlier this year they were lucky to leave MSAC with a win.

The Tigers can beat any team, anywhere if they make the most of their shots and don’t allow the opposition to get a run in any stretch of time.

On a personal note, Tigers membership came in the mail today and the club included a letter of apology for the lateness and added two shirts and maybe a cap to the order, it was an unexpected but well appreciated gesture and it shows that the club cares for its members and supporters.

So fans who were on the fence this year should get a membership next year with confidence the team will look after you in all matters.

Looking forward to Saturday nights game, may us fans be blessed with it being streamed.

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.