Melbourne United Basketball Club
Melbourne United (Melbourne Tigers) is Australia's premier basketball club in existence for nearly 70 years.
In that time, Melbourne United has been a dominant force in the development of Australian basketball, and has fostered the career of Australia's greatest basketball asset, Andrew Gaze.
In 2014, Melbourne Tigers became Melbourne United. The club shed its yellow and red colours in favour of a new navy blue, white and orange adding a "netting"pattern to symbolise the connection to all of Victorian basketball.
The Club is noted for the values - loyalty, community, sportsmanship and excellence - that it cherishes and that are exemplified by its leading identities.
Melbourne United Basketball Club competes in the National Basketball League.
The origins of the Melbourne Tigers can be traced back to the 1920's where Senior Men's basketball teams began playing in local church halls around Melbourne. The Melbourne club has been around since the beginning of Victorian Basketball Association Championships which started in 1931. Four associations comprised Basketball Victoria in 1931 and they were Church of England, Presbyterian, YMCA and the Army. Each had two teams entered in the first state championship which was played in 1932.
The Melbourne senior men's Club began within the 'St Lukes' team from North Fitzroy. The name of the club has gone through an evolution process where the club changed from 'St Lukes' to 'Church of England', to becoming 'Church'. The Club then became 'Melbourne Church' and finally in 1975 the club decided to change its name to the 'Melbourne Tigers'. This was felt to better represent the players playing for the club, and thus give it a name that all could follow.
Before the NBL, the Melbourne Club played in the South Eastern Conference (SEC) which the Club won every year during its six years existence from 1966-71 and the Australian Club Championships (ACC) which was a tournament conducted during the same period and up until the NBL started. The SEC and the ACC were the highest level of competition in Australia at the time.
The Melbourne Tigers entered a team into the National Basketball League in 1980 and were successful in winning the National Title in 1993, 1997, 2006 and 2008.
The Melbourne Tigers also have a rich history in junior basketball, with junior boys and junior girls reaching great success in their existence.
Following on from the juniors, the Tigers also enter teams into the various state competitions with great success.
For more information please visit tigers.com.au and follow us on Twitter (@MelbTigersHQ).
Melbourne United are NBL champions for the first time with the superstar back court of Chris Goulding and Casper Ware combining for 46 points to deliver the 100-82 Game 5 Grand Final victory over the Adelaide 36ers.
It was a sold out crowd of 10,300 at Hisense Arena to see the conclusion of what could be the greatest NBL Grand Final series of all-time.
The home team had won the opening four games and that remained the case on Saturday night with Melbourne on top from the start to come away with the 18-point victory.
Melbourne United had not won an NBL playoff game before this season, but now are champions for the first time.
Adelaide still has not won a championship since 2002 but the Sixers deserve to be proud of the part they played in the remarkable series especially after superstar veteran Josh Childress went down with a shoulder injury.
NBL GRAND FINAL GAME 5
MELBOURNE UNITED 100 (Goulding 23, Ware 23, Prather 19)
ADELAIDE 36ERS 82 (Shorter 20, Johnson 17, Creek 15)
Melbourne wins Best-of-5 Series 3-2
Larry Sengstock Medal (Grand Final MVP): Chris Goulding
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Level 13, 10 Queens Road, Melbourne | Map
✆ 1300 698 443 | 03 9099 5500
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Melbourne United Basketball Club
❊ Also See... ❊
→ Melbourne United v Sydney Kings | NBL Final
→ National Basketball League (NBL)
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