The Final Whistle


Is the glass half full or half empty? I’d love a dollar for every time I’ve heard that little beauty being bandied about. Let’s go with the positives and talk about three great stories around the Big V this week. 

The first is yet another example of the wonderful community that exists within the Big V. At times we get caught up in our own little world and forget just how big this league is. I ventured out to see the Casey Cavaliers last weekend and was amazed at the level of promotion and inclusion they had gone to with their incredible fundraiser for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Not only did the Cavs attract a big crowd and create a sea of pink, they brought the local community together, showcased their brand and the qualities of the sport. The fundraising was exceptional and it goes without saying that the organisers clearly put a lot of thought and effort into achieving a positive outcome. Just as importantly, I was thoroughly impressed with the club’s ability to bring a community together, entertain them, educate them and help them to feel a part of something special. The Big V has 46 clubs and more than 130 teams, it is a massive community and capable of some amazing things. Whilst we all enjoy watching players and teams battle hard out on the court, we should continue to do as much as possible to bring our communities together, be it via a fundraiser, a themed night or various other promotions. Going along to a Big V game should be seen as both valuable family time and an opportunity to connect with your community. Well done Cavs, brilliant effort and another example of the great things our Big V clubs do to help wonderful causes that impact on our community.

The second example of the glass being half full is another milestone game this week that is definitely worth celebrating. One of our favourites, Jenny Maher, runs out for game 250 this weekend, no doubt just another game for Jen, but a milestone that highlights years of dedication to the game. Each week there are milestones across the league and some clubs need to lift their game and get details to the league (before the game, not after it) so as we can promote these achievements to a broader audience. We want to promote the outstanding dedication and achievements of our players. As for QOF (Queen Of Facebook) – you’re a true leader for women’s basketball in the Big V and we wish you all the best in game number 250. Well done. 

And finally, good news story number three, the glass will be more than half full out at Ringwood this Saturday when for the first time in recent memory a State Championship double-header will feature the top two teams in both the women and men’s competitions going into battle. To some degree it’s the luck of the draw, but perhaps it’s the stars aligning and at the halfway mark of the season we’re set to be treated to a couple of massive contests in the league’s top divisions. Bring it on! See you at Ringwood from 6.15pm Saturday night.

Three examples of positiveness, but I’m sure there are many, many more out in club land.

Have you got a story to tell? A milestone coming up? Something funny, left of centre or a little strange? Do you have a fundraiser coming up or a sponsor to promote?

Consider this – each week the Big V Media consists of game previews and reviews (every game, all divisions), Big V TV for every division, Big V Live, Blue Carpet and a variety of articles and photos posted on the league website and Facebook page. The media coverage around the league reaches tens of thousands of people each week.

 If you want publicity for a fundraiser, a milestone, a big game or a sponsor, SPEAK UP!


The Final Whistle has blown!



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