Willetton Tigers

Willetton Tigers is an NBL1 West club based in Perth, Western Australia. The club fields a team in both the Men's and Women's NBL1 West. The club is a division of Willetton Basketball Association (WBA), the major administrative basketball organisation in the Melville/Canning region. The Tigers play their home games at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

Willetton Tigers
Willetton Tigers logo
LeaguesNBL1 West
HistoryWilletton Tigers
ArenaWilletton Basketball Stadium
LocationWilletton, Western Australia
Team colorsNavy blue and white
CEOMark Winnett
PresidentCameron Tovey
Head coachM: Adam Nener
W: Simon Parker

Club historyEdit


Willetton Basketball Association (WBA) was formed in 1973 as a division of the Willetton Sports Club (WSC), with teams representing the club competing in the Canning Districts Basketball Association in Riverton. Following strong growth in participation, four outdoor courts were established in 1978/79 at the current site of Willetton Basketball Stadium on Burrendah Boulevard and Willetton basketball teams relocated from Canning to form its own domestic competition. In 1979/80, Tangney District Basketball Association was formed by amalgamating Melville Districts Basketball Association and Willetton Basketball Division of WSC.[1][2][3] Following further growth in numbers, the existing facility was expanded to eight outdoor courts, and by the end of 1985, a new four-court indoor stadium was completed.[1] The stadium did not receive expansion until 2020, with an extra four courts added.[4]

In 1987, both the A-grade men's and women's teams won premierships, with the men reaching the grand final again in 1988.[1]

SBL / NBL1 WestEdit

1989 saw the formation of the State Basketball League (SBL) with both a men's and women's competition. Willetton, trading as the Tigers, entered a team into both the Men's SBL and Women's SBL.[5][6]

Over the first seven seasons of the SBL, the Tigers saw little success. In 1996, the women's team made their maiden WSBL Grand Final, where they lost 66–61 to the Swan City Mustangs. They went on to play in four straight grand finals, winning championships in 1997 and 1999. The Tigers women had another dominant run beginning in the mid-2000s, playing in six WSBL Grand Finals between 2004 and 2011, with championships coming in 2004, 2005, 2009,[7] 2010 and 2011.[1] The men's team meanwhile played in their first MSBL Grand Final in 2002, where they lost 101–97 to the Perry Lakes Hawks. In 2008, they played in their second MSBL Grand Final, where they lost 101–82 to the Goldfields Giants. In 2010, they played in their third MSBL Grand Final and won their maiden championship with a 107–96 win over the Lakeside Lightning.[8]

In 2015, the Tigers women played in their first WSBL Grand Final since 2011, where they were defeated 68–63 by the Rockingham Flames.[9] They returned to the grand final in 2016, where they won their eighth WSBL championship with a 60–58 win over the Joondalup Wolves.[10][11]

In 2021, the SBL was rebranded as NBL1 West.[12][13] The Tigers women were crowned minor premiers in the inaugural NBL1 West season and reached their 13th grand final, where they defeated the Joondalup Wolves 65–54 to win their ninth championship.[14][15]



  • Championships: 9 (1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2021)
  • Grand Final appearances: 13 (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2021)
  • Minor premierships: 9 (1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2021)



  1. ^ a b c d "Willetton Basketball Association – About Us" (PDF). WillettonTigers.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Willetton Basketball Association Facility Expansion Feasibility Study". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ "The Willetton Basketball Association Sponsorship Proposal 2008". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  4. ^ Alphonse, Geraldine (27 August 2020). "New Willetton Stadium wows local sport fans". yourlocalexaminer.com.au. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  5. ^ "SBL Standings 1989". CockburnCougars.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Mens Standings & Playoffs – 1989–1992". sblonline.net. Archived from the original on 25 January 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Tigers Claim Fifth Championship". BasketballWA.asn.au. 25 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009.
  8. ^ Kagi, Jacob (23 August 2010). "Willetton Tigers clinch SBL double". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  9. ^ Pike, Chris (28 August 2015). "Inspired Whitcomb leads Flames to back-to-back women's SBL titles". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Wolves vs Tigers". FIBALiveStats.com. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  11. ^ Pike, Chris (2 September 2016). "Malpass the hero as Tigers win Women's SBL Grand Final". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  12. ^ "NBL1 West to tip off in 2021". NBL1.com.au. 30 October 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  13. ^ Garlepp, Josh (30 October 2020). "State Basketball League to become NBL 1 West as WA clubs agree to unite under national second-tier banner". TheWest.com.au. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Women's Grand Final Preview: Willetton Tigers v Joondalup Wolves". NBL1.com.au. 1 September 2021. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  15. ^ "Tigers overpower Wolves in Grand Final to savour". NBL1.com.au. 3 September 2021. Retrieved 3 September 2021.

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