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


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.

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.

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!


Dragons fans p###ed off by HS mistake

You got to admire South Dragons fans, they are very protective of their team who had a very short yet very successful life in the NBL, a life that could just continue in the future if the fans have it their way.

A great demonstration of the Dragons fans defending their history was when the Herald Sun posted about United winning three straight games in a row and mentioned the Melbourne Tigers winning 9 in a row in 2008/09 and going on to win the title but several mistakes were written in that article.

Firstly it says the Tigers won the title in 2008/09 but the South Dragons were the ones who won in 2008/09 defeating the Melbourne Tigers in 5 games.

Secondly the Melbourne Tigers didn’t win 9 straight in 2008/09 and neither did the Dragons, the Melbourne Tigers won those 9 games straight in 2007/08 and won that season’s title.

Finally there’s supposed to be a ‘the’ before Melbourne Tigers in the article, perhaps they were trying to say Melbourne United for ‘the Melbourne United’ doesn’t sound right and remembered the Melbourne Tigers were the team that done it.

Current Hisense Arena occupiers Melbourne United have recorded a dip in attendance with the 7,009 first week total (Sunday) being followed up by a 5,243 attendance which was on a Friday night, a loss of 1,766 attendees or 25.2%.

Moral of the story today is do not anger Dragons fans.

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The sun is still up for the Tigers

As the last of the weekdays for the week is drawing to a close, there is a lot to be pleased about Tigers fans.

The Tigers launched their website at and will be expanding it to include a seniors link in the future.

The Tigers also answered our questions and it is pleasing that they are still working towards getting the team back into the big time and talked of the strength the Tigers have particularly in the juniors where hundreds of kids play for the Tigers every season.

They are working hard on giving us the fans the best possible experience, The Tigers may be playing VJBL and BigV competition but those competitions are our home and we should like our family homes make the stay very comfortable until we leave for a bigger home own the track.

Meanwhile our rivals Melbourne United are playing NBL and are not doing too bad a job at it, our attention tonight was focused on our lonely retired jerseys that hang up in a very darkened spot of Hisense Arena, while this is disheartening we should take comfort in the belief that the Tigers will rise again and those jerseys will be more respected on our own turf.

Watching United winning and getting praise and all the rest in the media sometimes is worrying but then we choose to look on the bright side that people are always looking for opportunity to give people an alternative option and we are one of those options and we must keep aiming for the best and keep working to our best because that’s how the best get to be the best.

Thank you to those who pushed so hard to get signatures for our petition, Chris Pimm in particularly has done a wonderful job of bringing in fans and supporters for our effort and we’ve gone from 15 to 65 signatures this week, could we get past 100 by the end of next week? We certainly can.

Lastly, no matter what happens just think of those two words that have carried the Tigers and their fans so far for so long ‘We Believe’.

Go Tigers.

Tigers fans working together for success

Last night the Tigers fans petition calling on Melbourne United to release the Tigers intellectual property was stuck on 15 signatures and so this writer decided to discuss the situation with then ask good friend Michelle Sallyman to invite some of her friends to sign and see what happened from it.

The response from friends was terrific, Michelle explained to her friends why the Tigers are important and left the decision in their hands and most if not all of the five friends she was chatting to signed, while that was going on this writer asked some of my friends who knew of my passion for the Tigers if they would sign and they happily agreed.

This morning, Tigers fan Chris Pimm decided to spread the word around and his efforts attracted instant results after a bold move to post on a Richmond Tigers page and so by the time of this blog entry the total stands at 36 signatures.

The important lesson that was learned today is that there is no shame in messaging a friend asking them to sign, if they know you and know how passionate you are about the Tigers then it is likely they’ll help you out and in turn helps everyone else out so don’t be afraid to show your rebel side, your passionate side and your hope your friends are supportive friends side.

For newcomers the link is every signature generates a message to Melbourne United.

Meanwhile 7,009 people ( said it was impressive) went to a top level curtained off (spotted by Brett Be) Hisense Arena to see Melbourne United win a game against Illawarra (almost called them Wollongong), the highlight for Tigers fans was a Tigers jersey wearing patron winning a car, thanks to Kathy Meeson for pointing it out.

It’s great to see a Tigers jersey in a crowd!


Power of the Passion

Greetings rebellious Tigers, Dragons, Magic, Giants and Supercats fans,

Some of you have been campaigning for your side to re-enter the NBL for some time and there are times that you must feel like you are a Drongo for doing so because you might be the only one in the crowd at times but you’re not because you are showing two of the best elements in sport and they are passion and emotion and that is something attractive to people.

The other day this writer was having a discussion with a man who said that pro sport is business and we should get over the Tigers and get behind Melbourne United, not surprisingly I said ‘No thank you’.

People don’t follow teams because they are the richest and are flowing with stars and fancy stuff, they follow them for their great times and the bad times, the iconic coaches, the unforgettable players, the hard working staff members and their fellow passionate fans.

Passionate Tigers fans moved to support the BigV Tigers and begin the climb again to top level Basketball, Giants fans can still see their team out in Coburg and I still hope they’ll awaken from their NBL dreams soon, Dragons and Magic fans are still working on returning to the big time and Supercats fans are making SEABL their playground and no doubt if they had the cash (maybe they do) they could look at the NBL.

If fans band together they can make things happen, you never know whose eyes and ears your efforts you reach because nothing is set in stone, opportunity opens doors every single day and if you believe in your team, if your fellow supporters back you up or get inspired themselves then outer space is the limit.

Don’t just dream and hope, do something and see what happens.

If the NBL falls, what happens to Melbourne?

With news that Townsville and Wollongong are in financial receivership as well as the NBL being dragged over the coals for their sloppy Awards announcements and being fairly pummeled in the press by Andrew Gaze over the above, Where will United Ballers owners Kestleman and Slepoy take Melbourne United if the NBL falls?.

Would Melbourne United go to SEABL next year and set off a potentially tense situation with Tigers fans who are rebuilding their team hoping to go to SEABL in 2016? Would they step back further and go to BigV where the original Melbourne Tigers already exist causing more angst among already angry Tigers fans? Would they put Melbourne United on ice and wait for the NBL to return to strength or would they do the unthinkable and put a torpedo into Melbourne ending 31 years of any NBL team occupying Melbourne.

Melbourne Tigers fans are no doubt watching developments with interest for it would no doubt be awkward to have the Tigers and the United Ballers in the same competition then again it could give Australian basketball that well sought after bit of spice that’s been missing for some time.

If United Ballers owners took the drastic option of renaming the team and history from Melbourne Tigers to Melbourne United (Ballers) last year in order to survive, does it mean that a withdrawal from Basketball is not impossible? Could this mean a consortium could take the license back and restore the Tigers if United’s owners have to hand it in? These are interesting times sports fans.

Meanwhile at Tigers Land, Fans are reminded that Tigers memberships for the 2015 BigV season are available by clicking on, filling in and emailing out the membership form provided in the picture below, memberships are cheap and affordable but most if not all families across Australia.

Personally this writer wishes this chaotic day would never happen to the NBL but at the moment it is starting to resemble Titanic despite all the efforts to keep it floating, it was saved once in 2009 but the fear is it won’t survive 2016 and that is a big shame.

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