Big Bounce Yap Wrap

14.06.2011

For those who didn’t get to MSAC to see the Big V Big Bounce – you missed out on something very special. Sham Wow!

Bennie ‘Birdman" Lewis, MegaTron Smith, Daniel ‘Double Barrel’ Dillon, Old Man Marcus Timmons and D-Mac Berry put on a show, along with so many other stars from across the Big V competition.

The Yankee Bomber landed some big blows, Matt Fennell was all class, Jordan Canovan, Moss The Boss, The Magician and The Rotator Scott Cuffe enjoyed themselves – it was all fun and games with plenty of long bombs and big dunks.

Sherbrooke’s Nathan Truman and Jeff Reid loved lurking beyond the arc – I reckon Reid delivered about five in a row at one stage! And then of course we had Ivan The Destroyer – I think the camera loves him more than Cal.

Like anything that’s new (read: D2M conference system) you’ll always have the doubters sitting on the outside and not participating, either out on the floor or up in the stands.

Memo to the doubters – you missed out BIG TIME!

But, for those of you who were at MSAC with me on Saturday afternoon – wow, what a heap of fun those three games were! I think we’re on a winner!

When you change fundamental rules of a game you are inevitably looking for ingredients that will entertain and entice fans, but the first signs of having something that works is when the players like it.

And the players loved it!

Without a question of doubt, particularly gauging by all the players I spoke to at the event, the love for Big V Big Bounce was loud and proud. The players had a ball and enjoyed the offensive twist on the rules.

Fast, furious and totally points orientated – that was the basis of the event, defence was out the window and it was all run and gun. The sheer fact that more than 200pts were scored in the 20-minute final says a bit about the tempo!

Some of the dunks thrown down by Big Bird Bennie and MegaTron were simply amazing, while The Yankee Bomber and Hutchy were more than prepared to pull the trigger from back near half-court.

My mate Sweet Cal was like a five-year old on Christmas morning every time Timmons had the ball in his hands, while I must admit that I gave Simon Overlands a call and asked for the immediate arrival of the SWAT unit after Hutchy poked MegaTron in the eye!

Every player delivered something entertaining – if you’re a defence first person you needed to just take a deep breath and let your hair down for an afternoon because this event was a score-fest!

The SCM ended up winning the final, but in the preliminary rounds it was a delight to see the raw passion during the D1M and D2M game. No love lost there and it was the D2M flying high by the final buzzer.

Court announcer Dean Aitken was up and about, rolling off the nicknames quicker than a Mweemba Maluma pass. Deano’s rendition of the National Anthem was pure gold. I sense a recording contract is on the way!

Not sure how this week’s Big V TV will look given we recorded enough footage to put together a 10-part series, but a big thanks to all the players and coaches for getting in the swing of things and delivering some gold in front of the camera.

I’ve heard there might also be a photo floating around of me standing on a box just so as I could look Yusef Smith in the eye. Big bloke that dude from the Shark Tank.

And what about Vlad the Tank? Man, the big fella was on fire and loving every minute of the action. The headband was on show and some big shots from all angles gave us all a glimpse of the great man’s talents.

Great to also catch up with some of the country guys – Pickers from up Horsham way, all the lads from Warrnambool and Latrobe City were also in town and enjoying the action.

Such was the pace of the games we had four refs looking after proceedings, though between them they probably blew their whistles no more than five times! At one stage I reckon I saw Jason Kelly playing a game of checkers against Cal behind the baseline.

Though they have their own reasons, a few clubs out there decided not to allow their players to play and all I can say is that once word filters back from the players about how much fun they had, I dare say those clubs on the sidelines will be very keen to join in come 2K12.

The overwhelming feeling after the final was that we have an event that the players want to be a part of again next year. The selections might be a bit harder next time around!

I have to reserve a special mention for the Big V – in particular Raelene Whitten and her team in at HQ. Administering the Big V comes with plenty of pressure and more than a few whingers week to week, but a big thumbs up to Raelene and her team on thinking outside the square and delivering something different, fun, exciting and entertaining.

I’m already looking forward to Big V Big Bounce coming back in 2K12. 


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