Which title is the best?

1993 or 1997?
2005/06 or 2007/08?

As most Tigers fans know the Tigers after going through the 1980’s empty handed won two titles each in the 1990’s and 2000’s and contested an additional two Grand Final series each in both decades.

Each title win is memorable for their own reasons, 1993 was won over in Perth where the Tigers had to win over there for the first time to win the title and 1997 was a year that started horribly before the incredible winning streak that (Melbourne United needs another six to match) propelled the Tigers to the title against the Magic which avenged the narrow losses in 1992 and 1996.

Then came 2005/06 when Brian Goorjian and his Kings were dominating the league and the Tigers dispatched them with relative ease and then the 2007/08 series was a series of thrills as it went down to the wire with the Tigers winning the decider in Sydney to take the title 3-2.

Each title won brought a great level of satisfaction, beating the Wildcats in Perth to the dismay of their fans in 1993 was something to behold, beating the Magic was always something special and beating Brian Goorjian twice more was something to be pleased with as the Tigers finally won more series than lost against him (Brian struck back with the South Dragons in 2008/09 making it 3-3).

So which is the best win of them all? Is there a definitive answer or perhaps the answer just simply is………

All of them.


Petition update – November 11 2015

The petition is doing well at this time, there is currently 131 signatures and with the surge of interest in the Melbourne Tigers it is hoped that the amount of signatures will rise to challenge the 150 signature mark real soon.

For those not in the know, the petition is calling on the owners of Melbourne United to give up the Melbourne Tigers name, colours and history so the original Melbourne Tigers who is the mother/father of the club going around as Melbourne United can participate in competitions higher than the BigV as well as be allowed to do other things to expand the team’s income.

As it stands right now, the Tigers cannot compete in the NBL, SEABL and CLB which are either semi-professional or professional and this is why getting those rights is important because those three competitions are well known and fans want the team to be part of the action.

It is hoped that we, the fans of the Melbourne Tigers can unite in this petition to show the rights owners that we truly believe in our Tigers and a separation of the Tigers and United is good for Basketball particularly in the future as there is no doubt the two teams will meet on court.

To visit/sign the petition please visit the site below.

Go Tigers

Building the social media network

There is no doubt now fellow Tigers fans that journalists and bloggers etc aren’t yet interested in Tigers fans efforts in making the Tigers the second Melbourne NBL team in the competition.

So how do we change that? For starters it is up to us, Tigers fans have to generate the interest themselves by showing the passion and dedication fans have for the team and the goal of returning to the NBL and that may seem difficult but it really isn’t because a Tweet can be written in about the same time as watching a cat video and liking and retweeting is a click and done thing.

Below is a list of Basketball reporters, stars and bloggers who could potentially be Twittered to persuasion to come and have a look at fans efforts at Rebuilding Our Melbourne Tigers and Save The Melbourne Tigers, they may comment negatively but we’ll take it because they’ve taken the time to acknowledge us and may set people’s curiosity off.

Roy Ward – Twitter
The Age Sport – Twitter
SMH Sport – Twitter
Hoops.com.au – Twitter
The Pick And Roll  – FB Page, Twitter
SEN Morning Glory – Twitter
Andy Maher (SEN Morning Glory co-host) – Twitter
Andrew Gaze – Twitter
Lanard Copeland – Twitter
Boti Nagy – Twitter
AndTheFoul.net – Twitter
Hoops Heaven – Twitter
Corey ‘Homicide’ Williams – Twitter
Dwayne Russell – Twitter
Andrew Voss – Twitter
Hoops.com.au – Twitter
Steve Carfino – Twitter
Paul Suttor – Twitter
Rebuild Our Melbourne Tigers – Twitter
Melbourne Tigers Girls – Twitter

Some NBL fans may not be aware the Melbourne Tigers still exists so you might have to explain that because there is a chance people just think we’re bitter fans and not club re-builders or expanders.

If we can get 10 people tweeting that’s good, if all ten retweet the others tweets then it goes into multiplication and if the retweets get retweeted it reaches more people and if people comment on tweets it goes further and then we’ve got a commodity.

Lastly there’s the whole realm of hashtags so in tweets could put in #MelbourneTigers, #Tigers, #WeAreMelbourneToo, #Wewereherefirst, #TigersForNBL, #TigersAreUnited (that will stump people) and lots more, if enough people use the same hashtag it trend in the nation.

It can be done, believe it, do it and achieve it.

Go Tigers!

Clawing our way along to success

First off, WANMU doesn’t believe there is a conspiracy by the NBL ensuring Melbourne United wins like it did today against the Breakers by getting the refs to manipulate results, what happened today was bad calls by the referees which is a problem league wide so Mr Kestelman needs to put that on the fix list just ahead of putting us back into competition.

Secondly things are going good, Rebuilding Our Melbourne Tigers is just nine likes away from reaching 500 likes and it is hoped that milestone will be reached really soon because it is a great place to be at and has the right mix of memories and future ambitions and opinions are very valued.

The Tigers Girls were in action at Geelong this weekend and they played with Tiger spirit and integrity no matter if they were on the right or wrong side of the scoreline when the final whistle blows, we hope all Tigers sides that participated had a great time in the tournament.

Other Tigers teams not at Geelong were busy training at MSAC and they have come up with several new ideas to improve on their game play and by the looks of things coaches, teammates, family, friends and fans will be impressed by their new techniques.

Rebuilding Our Melbourne Tigers is now on Twitter and looks forward to being followed by readers and tweeting Tigers news and memories which are highly valued by fans, for those new to Twitter below are links to several Twitter accounts that fans may love to visit in the near future.

Rebuilding Our Melbourne Tigers
Melbourne Tigers Girls
Andrew Gaze
Mark Bradkte
Lanard Copeland
Nigel Purchase

For the next 22 hours there is a poll on Twitter asking if the Tigers should be the second Melbourne NBL club, votes can be submitted by clicking here.

Don’t worry about United fellow Tigers fans, they may be getting big crowds and are 9-0 but they are warming up the crowds for our return in the future or at the very least warming up the public for the 2016 BigV season which promises to be great for the Melbourne Tigers.

Go Tigers!

How to stay positive amidst the deluge

Melbourne United are 7-0 in the current NBL season and the press is going nuts over them, the NBL is everywhere (about time) and while this is happening Tigers fans are months away from getting to see their team in competition.

How do Tigers fans stay positive through it all? Most deal with it easily because they aren’t interested in Melbourne United, some have chosen one of the other seven NBL teams to follow and others follow the WNBL or local competitions to fill in time before the BigV season starts sometime in 2016.

The ‘Rebuilding Our Melbourne Tigers‘ Facebook page (formerly Save Our Melbourne Tigers) has spent time recently remodeling it’s page to become a page that keeps fans updated on past, present and future Tigers, it will also keep fans alerted to the status of the petition which now sits at 128 signatures and more, the page has 489 likes and hopes to celebrate 500 likes real soon.

Tigers fans can expect other Tigers fan pages and groups to steer towards a more positive outlook as they move away from displaying anger towards Melbourne United to displaying positive news about the Tigers and get people interested in Tigers news and the 2016 BigV season, it is hoped that the change will get the Tigers towards their goal of getting the rights off United sooner rather than later.

The Melbourne Tigers website is still pumping out information and as reported earlier more news will come out as they expand to include senior ranks as it currently focuses on the juniors who as visitors will see are doing extremely well with Tigers teams playing in Geelong this weekend.

There’s a lot of good things happening Tigers fans so keep on visiting the website and visit the Facebook pages and groups and always feel free to post or comment anything you like that’s related to topics and just enjoy yourselves.

Go Tigers.

All roads from the Tigers lead to more

The Melbourne Tigers have in the couple of weeks have released lots of information that will bring a cheer to Tigers fans around the world.

Five Melbourne Tigers U/14 Girls are playing for Vic Metro in the Southern Cross Challenge in 2016, they will play against other teams with the aim to develop players and not be consumed by the thought of winning, Tigers fans can learn all about the five here, we congratulate the five on their selection and wish them the best in 2016.

Ten Tigers players who have given their all for the club as juniors are currently in the United States playing College Basketball, the fact that ten are playing in the highly competitive system proves that the Melbourne Tigers are a strong basketball club who gives players what they need to progress further, find out who the ten are and who they are playing for here.

The junior girls have published their playing lists for 2016, fans may recognize some of the names of the coaches and even the last names of some of the players too, we wish all Tigers teams well of luck training for the 2016 season and hope it will be a fun and injury free experience.

Go Tigers!.

Can 5,500 people be enough?

With all the glitz and glamour of the NBL, our eyes turn to the stands to see just how filled they are in order to see what a new Melbourne side needs to be a success.

Melbourne United have been struggling to approach full houses despite a hot start and lots and lots of promos, Perth meanwhile have had two games at Perth Arena and have had 11,645 and 10,423 people attend it’s 14,846 person arena so those figures make Perth Arena 78.44% and 70.21% filled.

Hisense Arena can hold 10,500 for Basketball if areas are not curtained off and so if we ignore the curtained off areas and count every seat, the 7,009 people who attended the opening home game filled Hisense Arena only 66.75% of the arena’s maximum design and the second game had an attendance of 5,243 fans which filled 49.93% of Hisense Arena.

So based on those figures Perth had a higher percentage of seats filled by margins of 11.69% and 20.28% which is quite a significant total.

Now if we say Hisense tops out at 7,009 as the press said 7,009 was capacity then the second Hisense game was filled to 74.80% capacity which is a massive difference from 49.93% of a 10,500 seat Arena to 74.80% of a 7,009 seat configuration of the same arena.

The average total of games at Hisense so far is about 5,500, it could be slightly higher or lower due to one of the games not having a published total so United needs to fill Hisense Arena to about 75 to 80% of the apparent 7,009 person capacity to keep above average but then again management can take the covers off seats or add covers anytime which screws totals up yet make them look good or bad depends on who is reporting.

Now we know that United can get 10,000 people, we saw it last year and one occasion was hailed as a great day for Victorian Basketball even though Tigers and Magic fans would likely say ‘Been there, Done that’ and Fox Sports believes that attendance will go up in the summer and if they are right then perhaps United will challenge those levels especially if the hot form continues.

The South Dragons also came close to 10,000 on October 18 2008 when they got 9,308 people into Hisense Arena followed by 8,093 people on February 8 2009 and 8,201 and 8,922 to the second and fifth game of the Grand Final series on March 8 and 13 2009 all games were against the Melbourne Tigers which supports the theory that Victorian vs Victorian games bring out more fans than Victorian vs Other for attendance was down into the 3,000-4,000 range.

Hopefully somewhere out there a basketball consortium is seeing what we see and say right if we get a minimum of 5,500 to our games in the early part of the season then we can challenge Melbourne United in the NBL and then aim to keep pace as holidays are in full swing from December to late January.

Can it be done? With the cash being thrown around it is entirely possible heck it could even be a certainty if you pick a club that has runs on the board like a Melbourne Tigers, South Dragons, SE Melbourne Magic, Geelong Supercats (SEABL success story) and even the Coburg Giants who have been in the NBL and are playing elsewhere.

Every now and then teams who are formed from nothing are hits because they get the right playing address, right people behind desks, right staff and right players but rich people probably want to play it safe and go for an established team name, colours and history like what happened with the Sydney Kings and soon the Brisbane Bullets.

We can only hope.

124 Tigers fans unite, will you join them?

At this present time, 124 Tigers fans and supporters of fans belief in the team have united on Change.org in the long written about aim to bring the Tigers name, colour and history back to the original Tigers and their home at MSAC.

124 people is not a small number but it can be much bigger, it can be so much bigger because the Tigers are iconic before on a local and international level from VJBL to BigV and NBL the Tigers have been there and so have the players, staff and fans.

If you believe that the Tigers should be given the right to choose it’s own destiny away from United then please take the few seconds to sign the petition, your few seconds mean and do so much for the Tigers and their supporters.

The Tigers have the fans to make things happen, the Tigers have friends of the fans to make things happen, the Tigers have family of the fans to make things happen, all you got to do if you haven’t signed is decide on whether or not to make all of it happen.


Be united to demand to be divided from United, Go Tigers!


Tigers fans stand tall as results show promise

This week Melbourne Tigers fans have once more rallied together in support of their proud Basketball team.

Two weeks ago, the petition calling on United to give up the Tigers name, colours and history was on 15 signatures, now it is on 121 and that number is advancing up a couple of signatures every day, readers can still sign or see the total on the link provided in this paragraph.

The exciting part of this week has been that it is no longer a case of one or two people banging the drums but three or four and even more and that shows that the message is getting through to Tigers fans that we are not dead in the water, we will not be swept under United’s carpet because we will keep aiming and working to have a team that can freely choose it’s own destiny.

The Pick and Roll have today been tweeted asking them to do a story and it’s not certain if they’ll answer, it’s really hoped that they will because they are an excellent place for Basketball fans to get their news from and we truly believe our story is worthy of being told.

Other places will be contacted and hopefully they will answer and pass the word about us on therefore giving people the potential to see and sign the petition and while being more widely known is increasing the chances of running into trolls etc, it is part of life when you want something that people don’t want you to have.

Chris Pimm has offered to upload for Tigers fans a selection of Tigers footage if the petition reaches 200 by tomorrow, with the total 79 away the petition would need it’s most successful day to make it but nothing beats the lure of watching great Tigers highlights whilst dreaming of future highlights to come.

Enjoy your weekend Tigers fans.

Go Tigers!


Stand together, work together, succeed together

The other day I was having a discussion with a guy who loves Melbourne United and he loved the Tigers but he hated the juniors because he had to play them for a long time and this prevents him from signing the petition and thinking back it seems the juniors have been a problem to many for a long time because it has come up so often.

Is it really the Tigers fault for having a comprehensive Basketball program? No it is not and the reason why is that every organization aims to do their very best and the Tigers for a very long were able to do so much because they were very organized and managed to ride out many of the storms Basketball has endured in recent decades.

The Coburg Giants then North Melbourne Giants were one team battered by some of those storms but today they are doing great, yes the seemingly forgotten Coburg Giants before they claimed the North end of Melbourne to become North Melbourne are still around, they have a great program in fact they are in some of the BigV competitions too and they doing quiet well, check them out here and if you are a Giants fan give them your support.

We make no secret of the desire to make the Tigers great once again and write new chapters in the story that has been written since 1931, unfortunately the Tigers of today do not have the luxury of being a full time operation but those who work with the Tigers are working very hard in their spare time to make the team get off the ground and back into the ring for another bout against the very best and so the Tigers faithful is needed to work with them wherever possible to achieve the best outcomes.

We all know that we are not full timers either Tigers fans, we have to work, eat and all the rest before sleep comes before another day but what has to be remembered is that the tiny things we can do can make a difference long after the action is done and if that tiny action is not done then nothing will definitely happen.

Every reader knows there is the petition going on and so far only 86 people have answered the call, we’ve had to beg and beg some more for many signatures and I the writer of this blog plea once again to please sign and share the petition.

Don’t just post in groups but also when talking to friends on Facebook Messenger give them the link and ask if they would please sign it for you.

If you know a Tigers fan then get them to sign, If you got lots of family members then get them all to sign, it does not cost a cent to sign and while you are on change.org you can sign other campaigns to make a difference in this world, it does work and lots of good has been done.

Counting the Tigers club with hundreds of juniors and scores of seniors, the officials that look after them and the parents of those playing on the courts, we have a lot of numbers and we need to flex our muscles, if we get the rights back for the club we can ensure that the club can live to the best of it’s ability they could do so much with the rights but they need me, they need you and they need the people unaware of what we are doing to put fingers to keyboards and sign and find people to sign.

Do not forget what happened for the South Dragons group, they got a tiny piece of media exposure and BOOM their numbers went up big time to the point it is believed their numbers more than doubled by the same time the next day, if we keep pushing and get the right attention then the spotlight is on the Tigers and rightfully so, we would be doing our club a great service.

So please if you haven’t already by this line, sign and share the petition below.

I love Basketball, I love the NBL, I love the Melbourne Tigers and I believe in the future of the club, how about you?

Go Tigers!