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.
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 beable to provide our players, coaches and officials with an opportunity to get back on court and compete in Australia’s largest senior representative competition.”
“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 border restrictions it is more likely younger homegrown talent will be given ample opportunity to compete in the senior levels of Big V.
“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.”
Get ready to Elevate Your Game this Big V 2021 season!