Theoretical Tigers jersey retirements

Hanging up somewhere at Hisense Arena and other places is the six retired jerseys of the Melbourne Tigers.

#6 Giddey
#8 Gordon
#10 Gaze
#21 Copeland
#25 Simmons
#50 Bradkte

All of them earned this honour through long service and NBL title success and so we’ve got to thinking what happened if the Tigers could retire a seventh jersey number, who could be that seventh person to be immortalized by the club?

Below is several names, it has to be noted that these below selections are just a discussion starter and then get into the business of extending that number.

#5 – Brian Goorjian
#11 – Dave Thomas (#32 also an option)
#12 – Nigel Purchase
#13 – Chris Anstey and/or Al Westover
#33 – Stephen Hoare
#44 – Darryl McDonald

Goorjian, Purchase and Westover were all part of the Tigers inaugural NBL squad in 1984, both Goorjian and Westover coached in the NBL and both won titles (Goorjian 6 with various clubs and Westover 2 as assistant to Lindsay Gaze and 2 as coach of the Tigers) and Nigel Purchase has been associated with the Melbourne Tigers for over three decades with both the NBL and BigV sides.

Darryl McDonald has won many individual honours as a Tiger as well as two titles and he also served as interim coach of the Tigers following the removals of Westover and Gleeson during the period of craziness the Tigers underwent in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s.

Stephen Hoare and Dave Thomas starred with the Tigers in the 2000’s and both won two titles with the club which puts them in contention, Hoare was also named best Sixth Man twice and Thomas made the NBL First Team in 2007 which further strengthens their case.

There are so many people worthy of having retired jerseys in their honour and WANMU works to make sure they get that opportunity in the future for there is so many stories left to be told to fans of all generations.

Go Tigers!


Tigers on radio

The Melbourne Tigers have had many media suiting personalities in the team over the years and it is good that we can hear or see some of them regularly in the media as well.

Tigers fans can get their Andrew Gaze fix five days a week on SEN’s ‘Morning Glory’, he joins Andy Maher and Tim Watson to discuss all there is to do with sport and more, the show runs from 7am to 9am and can be heard here on SEN’s website or if listeners want to catch up on individual interviews can choose from here.

Nigel Purchase is also on SEN when he discusses NBA and NBL with Kevin Bartlett on ‘Hungry For Sport’, Nigel is a dedicated Tiger and while it must no doubt be distasteful for him to talk United, he does it with professionalism and we know one day he’ll be talking about the Tigers again soon, to go through ‘Hungry For Sport’ audio visit the show’s page here.

WANMU will continue to report on Tigers on the radio to point you towards the best news and information from the Tigers stars and legends themselves.

WANU Tigers SEN wrap

Andrew Gaze and Nigel Purchase have been on SEN in the last week to talk up Basketball and other topics, Andrew of course co-hosts ‘The Morning Glory’ and one segment had Ask Gazey where he answered questions from those on Twitter who had #AskGazey,

Nigel Purchase appeared on Kevin Bartlett’s ‘Hungry for Sport’ where he talked about his son Jack and his college basketball experience in the US, they discussed Golf and then talked a little about D-Mac and Brian Goorjian, United’s form and who they will be coming up against while suggesting people check out the game .

Tigers expansion plans now public

Melbourne Tigers fans woke up this morning to the news that all the speculation about the long road towards return of the Melbourne Tigers to the NBL is true and the work to make it happen is underway, the Tigers will not be in the NBL for a couple of years for finances will need to be secured to make a re-entry possible but the team will make every effort to get there.

Nigel Purchase and Andrew Gaze were both talked to on SEN during the day with Nigel\s appearance on SEN’s ‘Hungry for Sport’ available at while Andrew’s appearance of SEN’s ‘Harf Time’ is available at

The Melbourne Tigers are planning to have a team compete in SEABL which is considered by many to be equal or superior to the NBL before the team either expands or returns solely to the NBL, it is hoped that by going the SEABL route the Tigers return to the NBL will be successful from the resumption of the team’s 30 year existence in the league.

Melbourne Tigers will also be working to provide women the opportunity to play for the famed club in the WNBL, the Tigers entry into the WNBL would no doubt provide a boost to the league which has enjoyed success over the last couple of years compared to the struggles of the NBL.

Tigers fans are encouraged to keep their eyes and ears open in the coming weeks and months as more details will come to hand and there is no doubt now that fans will be eager to participate in any move to make the Tigers return happen sooner rather than later.