Tickets are now on sale for the pre-season matchup. To book tickets online please click here.
After coming off below par performances last season, both the Tigers (10W, 18L) and the Kings (8W, 20L) will be looking at showcasing their new talent and playbooks at the Kilsyth Sport Centre before the two meet again when 2011/2012 iiNet NBL season kicks off on the 7th of October.
The Sydney Kings will look at dramatically increasing on last year’s season after finishing last. The Kings re-entered the league after a two year sabbatical while the NBL went through some restructuring. The Kings have managed to sign on five new players, two of which are electrifying imports from the U.S. The Kings have brought strong PF Jerai Grant and Kevin Ratzsch to Australia’s east coast. Grant is a 6’8” four-man who played at a strong high school and college in the States, while Ratzsch has come from Northern State University to play for the Kings. Measuring at 6’7” Ratzsch bring a hard-working competitive mentality that Kings Fans will hope improves their team’s chances of playoff berth.
The Melbourne Tigers have added some exciting new talent to their roster. Trevor Gleeson and the Melbourne Tigers were able to re-sign 2011 NBL Rookie of the Year Runner-Up Lucas Walker. Whilst also adding to the team big point guard, Ayinde Ubaka, and athletic swingman, Ronald Dorsey, who have come over from the 2011 NBL Runners-Up, the Cairns Taipans. The new signings are accompanied by excitement in the Melbourne Tiger’s front office, with the board and coaches alike, eager for the season to get underway, striving to bring the Tigers back to the top of the NBL food chain where they once reigned.
The Melbourne Tigers faithful will be happy to see the further development of budding young star, Lucas Walker, in these pre-season games. After averaging less than 11 minutes a game in the first 18 games of the season, Lucas got his chance, forcing his way into the rotations and earning himself over 25 minutes in the final 8 games of the season. The fans were drawn to his high-flying dunks and his amazing athleticism.
The future of the club lies in the hands of the young future stars of the team, who will all be looking at snaring NBL glory this year in the form of a championship. The pre-season is a chance for the fans to catch a glimpse of what they may be able to expect in the upcoming season.
The Melbourne Tigers will also be running a basketball clinic at the McDonalds Community Basketball day on Sunday 19th September – an event run by Kilsyth Basketball and McDonalds Bayswater North. See the Kilsyth Basketball website in the for more information
So, head on down to the Kilsyth Sports Centre and get behind the only Victorian-based team in the NBL in their pre-season matchup against the Sydney Kings, and bring the Melbourne Tigers to the top of the food chain.
Tickets for the game is on sale now, please see below for all ticketing and game information.
Melbourne Tigers vs. Sydney Kings
Wednesday 14th September @ 7.00pm
Kilsyth Sports Centre
Family (2x adult, 2x child)$35
For more information and to purchase tickets to the Kilsyth game please contact Kilsyth Basketball on (03) 9728 1033. To book tickets online please click here.
Star point guard Adi Tomada has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Tomada enjoyed a standout 2023 season with the Cobras, leading the team in assists (4.6apg) and steals (1.4spg), ranking second in scoring (19.5ppg) and three pointers made (2.0 3PM), while finding his way to the free throw
Star guard Nikita Young has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Young put together an impressive second NBL1 season with the Cobras, ranking third on the team in scoring (12.7ppg), rebounds (5.4rpg), assists (2.3apg), while her quick hands and anticipation saw her rank fifth in the league in steals (2.3spg).
The Kilsyth Cobra Women have made their first move for the 2024 NBL1 season, re-signing rising star, Georgia Booth. Booth enjoyed a breakout season with the Cobras, leading the team in three point makes while ranking second on the team in scoring. The lightning quick guard blossomed into a high level scorer, averaging 17.5