The Big V has today released its season fixtures for 2021, which will see Australia’s largest senior representative competition return to Victoria after a Covid-19 cancelled season in 2020.
142 teams from 49 associations will gear up for a riveting season of Big V, competing for division titles and ultimate supremacy.
There will be no shortage of games to fill your weekends between the months of March and August with 1463 games scheduled.
A focus on rivalries will feature heavily across this season, with 2019 Championship Grand Final rematches to be held in Round 3 with Wyndham and Keilor in the Women’s and a Round 5 Men’s reunion between McKinnon and Hume City.
A new addition for the 2021 Big V season includes the live-streaming of all Championship Men’s and Women’s games. The aim of this is to maximise viewership of the Big V league and to expand the accessibility to follow games across the season.
2021 games will be played at a variety of locations around Victoria and will consist of 16 regular rounds for Victorian Youth Championship and Youth League One Men, and 18 regular rounds for all other divisions, plus finals.
Scheduled bye weekends will be held over Easter (3-4 April) and the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (12-13 June).
Big V Competitions Manager, Jeff Downes, said the 2021 fixture release has been a long time coming and the start-up of a new Big V season is well overdue.
“We are focused on getting through the season and our associations strongly support the league being flexible, if and when required,” Downes explained.
“While we are aware that we may face some obstacles in the upcoming season with COVID-19 restrictions, it is exciting to finally be able to provide our players, coaches and officials with an opportunity to get back on court and compete in Australia’s largest senior representative competition.”
Downes also said he is looking forward for the new live-streaming tool to allow Big V’s audience and community to grow in the public eye.
“We are overjoyed to commence the new initiative of all Championship Men’s and Women’s games being live streamed and accessible for all,” Downes said.
“The league provides the development for the next generation of elite Victorian basketballers, and this is something I think we’ve all missed in the last year.”
Downes urged the importance of the Big V league within Basketball Victoria, explaining with current boarder restrictions it is more likely younger homegrown talent will be given ample opportunity to compete in the senior levels of Big V.
“With minimal imports likely to play in this season due to restrictions entering the country, the season will undoubtedly provide a lot of younger youth players with exposure and opportunities within senior elite teams,” Downes continued.
“I see this as a major positive of the unique situation we are faced with in 2021, in that it will fast track the development of our younger players and help build the foundations of our senior teams moving beyond 2021,
“It is exciting to anticipate which young talent will really rise to prominence and announce themselves to the big v community as genuine elite players of the future.”
The Big V season will tip-off in 16 days and Championship livestreams will be accessed via the Big V website.
Get ready to Elevate Your Game this Big V 2021 season!