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The latest news for Melbourne Tigers men's, women's, Youth League girls and boys teams. 

Old NBL rivals do battle on Sunday

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The Tigers headed into the Easter break on the back of an astounding game-winning three pointer from Tom Wilson, their second one-point win of the season, and they will be hoping to build on that confidence in an important clash against Geelong this Sunday.


SEABL Men's Round 3 Preview

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Hobart Chargers Vs Melbourne Tigers

Friday 7th April @ Derwent Entertainment Centre – 8:00pm

After opening the season with a win against Sandringham and a loss to Dandenong the Tigers head to Tassie for the double, taking on first the red hot Hobart Chargers. Hobart are led by Mathiang Muo from Melbourne United in the NBL and one of Melbourne Tigers Head Coach Andrew Gaze’s players from the Sydney Kings Tom Garlepp. Though Tom is only staying for the first few games of the season, he has helped the Chargers dominate through their opening 2 games, beating NW Tasmania by a whopping 57 points in the opening round and Frankston by 29 points in Round 2.

The Tigers have now lost Bo Liu but have brought in Nate Tomlinson. The team was well led by Tom Wilson and Ari Stewart during their first 2 games and will need to be at their best again if they are to have a chance against the Chargers. If the Tigers can tighten up their defence and make Hobart work for their points, there is the chance the Tigers could cause the upset of the round.

NW Tasmania Thunder Vs Melbourne Tigers

Saturday 8th April @ Ulverstone Schweppes Arena – 7:30pm

The back end of the Tassie double for the Tigers will see them travel to take on the Thunder in what should be an interesting game. The Thunder have 1 win and 2 losses to their name after 2 rounds. The Thunder lost both their games in the opening round before beating Frankston 86 – 79 last week. The Tigers will be looking to get the jump on the Thunder early. The Tigers will need to put some focus into Jeremiah Ingram who is the Thunder’s leading scorer but no doubt Andrew Gaze will have his men ready to go and knock off the Thunder. If the Tigers can secure their 2nd victory this round it will be a great start for the season and will boost their confidence for the games after Easter.


Photo Courtesy Mick Connolly


SEABL Women's Round 3 Preview

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Hobart Chargers Vs Melbourne Tigers Friday 7th April @ Derwent Entertainment Center – 6:00pm

This will be a good matchup for the Tigers to see how close they are to the rest of the competition after 2 losses to possible championship contenders. The Tigers will be introducing Hannah Zavecz to replace 1 of the 2 key signing the Tigers made. Hannah is a former Australian Opal and will hopefully be a key contributor to the squad. The Tigers though will see a familiar face in opposition colours after Alex Ciabattoni was meant to of started the season as a Tiger but had a late change of mind. Hobart come into the game at 1 win and 1 loss. Their win came in Round 1 against Launceston while they lost at home to Frankston last weekend by just 4 points. The key for the Tigers will be to slow down Alex and Kathleen Scheer. Both players are capable of putting up big point totals and dominating the boards. The Tigers will need to be focused though if they are to steal their first win of the season. Either way though the main focus for the women is playing together and the continual improvement.

Launceston Tornadoes Vs Melbourne Tigers Saturday April 8th @ Elphin Sports Center – 6:30pm.

Key signing number 2 Tayla Roberts left at the last moment and re-joined her former SEABL side. The Tigers will be preparing themselves for the battle as they know what Tayla is capable of having seen her in training. Zoe Carr will also have to make sure the team concentrates on Round 2 Player of the Week in Lauren Mansfield who had a solid all-round game against Frankston. The Tigers though will be looking to cap off their weekend though with another strong performance against another side that are 1 – 1 after barely escaping with a win against Frankston last week in a game that went to Double Overtime. The Tigers may not have the size to out muscle the likes of Tayla but they have the youth and athleticism to out run Launceston.

With all hope the girls can come back from Tasmania with 2 wins to really kick their season into gear!


Photo Courtesy Mick Connolly


Youth League Round 4 Preview!

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Saturday 8th April

VYCW - Diamond Valley Eagles VS Melbourne Tigers


The Melbourne Tigers Youth Women’s team have remained unbeaten so far this season and will now travel to Diamond Valley for a matchup against the 2-1 Eagles. The Tigers have lost their stars to the SEABL side but the Tigers have shown their depth with Ash Stainer and the Cransberg Twins doing all the work last weekend to keep the Tigers juggernaut rolling. Diamond Valley faced the Tigers other opponent for this weekend, Nunawading and beat them 57-50. The Eagles only loss came at the hands of the Hume City Broncos, so the Tigers will be confident that they can deal with Hume City and keep the momentum going into Sunday’s clash with Nunawading.

VYCM - Diamond Valley Eagles VS Melbourne Tigers


The Youth Men are coming into this game after getting back on the winners list beating Sherbrooke Suns last weekend. The Eagles also found themselves back on the winning list after losing 2 straight games as well. Both teams will be looking to carry on momentum. Jack Bines and Daniel Sutcliffe will be the key players for the Tigers. This game could go either way but the Tigers being the defending champions should never be underestimated.

Sunday 9th April

VYCW – Melbourne Tigers VS Nunawading Spectres

Oakleigh Recreation Centre – 1:00pm

The Youth Women are backing up against the Nunawading Spectres. Last year these 2 teams fought a somewhat spiteful battle during last year’s final series that saw plenty of hard fouls. The Spectres come into the game with a 2-3 record and are on a 3 game losing streak coming into this round. The Spectres are also backing up for this game as they will be taking on the Waverley Falcons the evening before. Given the depth of this Tigers team the Spectres will be hard pressed to beat them.

VYCM – Melbourne Tigers VS Nunawading Spectres

Oakleigh Recreation Centre – 3:00pm

The Youth Men will also be facing the Spectres and after playing the Eagles the night before whilst the Spectres will also be playing the night before against Waverley. The Spectres got back on the winners list last Sunday with a

comprehensive win over the McKinnon Cougars, 98 – 67. The big question to come from this game is which team is going to be able to overcome the weary legs. Whilst both teams may be tired, the Tigers are going to be on their home floor which will count for something if it gets close.

Youth League Round 3 Recap

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This weekend saw our Youth Girls having to back it up with both Saturday and Sunday games, whilst our Boys having just the solitary home game on Sunday  

SEABL Season Opener Recap

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The Melbourne Tigers are underway in the SEABL and unfortunately for the debuting Women’s team it didn’t go to plan for Zoe Carr and the team.

Youth League Round 3 Preview

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The Melbourne Tigers Youth teams have a big weekend in front of them now. After receiving their Championship rings on Wednesday night from the club both the Women’s and Men’s team will be keen to show why they were champions last season.

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