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.

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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.

United picks Tigers 2007/8 look

January 11 2017

It turned out that Melbourne United is wheeling out the Melbourne Tigers look for their Heritage game.

The 2007/8 look is the choice and it was modeled for the fans to gawk at today.

As usual a Tigers jersey looks very nice but the corporation/sponsors era is in full swing with the logo and number way down the jersey just like the SE Melbourne Magic one last year.

Last year the word ‘Magic’ was so low you’d think it was referring to a certain part of the male anatomy if it went any lower.

Will we see retired numbers parked for the night? Probably not which kills the whole heritage deal because they aren’t going the whole hog.

But never fear Tigers fans, SEABL season starts in just under three months time and we can see our jerseys play every week through Autumn and Winter.

Speaking of Tigers news, the SEABL draw was released yesterday, mark your calender’s for April 8, get down to Oakleigh at 1pm and watch our Tigers play Nunawading.

Also the Tigers announced their new assistant coaches and they are Jayson Lomer and David Crowe.

Yep it sure feels good to be getting Tigers news again, see you next time fellow Tigers fans.

Thoughts on Tigers possibly used for Heritage Week/Round

January 10 2018

Today we were given a clue on what Melbourne United will wear for Heritage Round (Month).

It is from 2007/08 and that narrows it down to the Tigers and Dragons, a further clue is that five teams including United will wear a jersey design that was used in a championship year and the Tigers won a title in 2007/8.

So what is this Tigers fan’s thoughts on the matter?

I wish there was a way we could turn the situation if it happens to our (Tigers) advantage.

We need more ex NBL Tigers fans to support the current Melbourne Tigers, while it is true that SEABL is not the NBL and it does put people off, it is still a league that is fiercely contested and has quality.

We have a lot going for us coming into the 2018 SEABL season, our Women’s team has Monique Conti who not only features on the SEABL fixture guide but is used in Melbourne Boomers promotions in the WNBL as well.

Louella Tomlinson will be in for the full season too and her introduction halfway through last season brought a change in form for the Tigers too, Louella has also been doing her bit for the Melbourne Boomers too.

Daryl Corletto will be a full season player in the Men’s team and so we’ll have a season that is not disjointed as we had struggled with have a consistent lineup in the past two seasons.

We have a new set of coaches and assistants, they are highly qualified and the teams are backed by the deep depths of talent the YCM and YCW teams have.

We’re playing our games in Oakleigh and we’ve had our successes there, we get better attendance there and there’s a better crowd atmosphere too.

Fans may be upset that we have moved from MSAC but it is a matter of survival, we were MSAC’s guests, we paid to setup there and pack it up, our fan base in 2016 and 2017 was just too small to make a profit.

Personally, the original idea of Melbourne United is dying, an introduction of another Melbourne team will kill their stated mission to be for all Victorians so they can wear the Tigers colours but the tribute would be just a symbol or token at best, they have our four championships (technically they have just two), they have our retired jersey numbers but they don’t keep the numbers off the court and they celebrate their birthday in May and say they’re almost four and almost 34.

For a brief moment it will be fantastic to see the Tigers colours on an NBL court but then the reality will pop up that it isn’t us out there and will just shrug and think of the day the SEABL season starts or the monumental task of getting back into the NBL which won’t be easy thanks to Larry Kestelman co-owning the rights of United and Tigers (the hushed up conflict of interest).

They’re not us and we’re not them but we have survived and we’ll get bigger over time, it just takes time, money, fan support and dedication.

In just under three months time the city will be ours again for a couple of months Basketball wise, lets enjoy it.

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)