About Us

EST. 1931

Our Story


As the oldest basketball association in Australia, dating to the period prior to the formation of the Victorian Basketball Association in 1931, the Tigers have always aspired to and participated in the highest level of competition available. With strong junior representation and adult domestic programs conducted across Melbourne, the Tigers hold firm to the key objective of providing elite participation at the highest level.

The Tigers history and brand is the most recognisable in Australian Basketball and arguably Australian sport, having been part of the sporting landscape for close to 86 years.

The Melbourne Tigers fields Junior and Senior teams in elite competition providing a pathway for elite players to progress from the junior level into the senior ranks at the national level.

Junior Girls – The Tigers fields 21 teams for junior girls from U12 to U21 in the VJBL competition. The Junior Girls program is one of the most successful junior Representative programs in Victoria with consistent appearances the National Classic and U14 National Championships each year. The Club is proud of its dedicated and credentialled and experienced coaches.

The VJBL competition is played on Friday evenings from November to September each year.
Seniors – The senior program fields a Men’s and a Women’s team in the NBL1 competition as well as a Men’s and a Women’s Youth Championship division of the Big V competition.

Club Structure
The Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club operates under the authority delegated by the Melbourne Basketball Association (MBA).
The Senior Program Board is responsible for the day to day running of the Senior Program
The Melbourne Tigers Girls Junior Committee of Management is responsible for the day to day running of the Tigers Girls Junior Representative program on behalf of the Melbourne Basketball Association. The committee meets monthly and is chaired by the President.
Our Philosophy
The Melbourne Tigers Girls Junior Basketball Club strives to assist the development of girls and empower young women through sport in all its undertakings. Accordingly, we emphasise commitment, resilience, generosity and team work as key core values in our club culture.

We achieve this by:

1. Developing high quality and high potential talent – athletes, coaches, team managers, referees and administrators.
2. Fielding Victorian Junior Championship League level teams in all age groups.
3. Fostering a healthy competitiveness in all our athletes and teams.
4. Providing pathways for continued playing opportunities from juniors through to seniors.
5. Promote and encourage female participation in sport.
6. Sustaining a pride and sense of team within our Club.
7. Supporting all our players at every level to achieve their personal best.
8. Promoting the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity, commitment and fair play, while developing skills at all levels of competition and a lifelong love of the game.
9. Providing basketball opportunities for junior female athletes that are accessible, positive, fair and safe.