The Big V season has finally arrived! Read about each of the competition’s twelve divisions as they prepare for the opening round of fixtures.
State Championship Men
State Championship Women
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women
State Championship Men
The 2018 season is here and it’s a blank canvas for all 12 teams vying for the State Championship Men’s crown.
Hawthorn and Hume City will kick off the campaign in a matchup between two sides who will be looking to improve on a mediocre 2017. The Magic have been youthful in recent years, so it is fair to expect natural improvement out of them, while the Broncos had a makeover last year but failed to reach the playoffs nonetheless. That will no doubt be the aim this season, for both sides, and it will be interesting to see how each side stacks up in this first-up hitout.
McKinnon will host Casey as the home side looks to improve on what turned out to be a somewhat disappointing 2017 season. With so much pre-season promise, the Cougars could only manage a 6th-place finish and an early August exit. The Cavs, meanwhile, were impressive in their first season in the top flight and have the chance to claim a big road win early here.
Major players Knox and Eltham will do battle in an early treat for fans, with both the Raiders’ and Wildcats’ aspirations firmly of the championship variety. The Raiders endured an earlier finals exit than they would have liked and that should serve as fuel going forward in 2018, while the ‘Cats simply came up short in the post-season after a very solid campaign. This one should be tight as both sides feel each other out early on.
Newly-promoted Keilor hosts Corio Bay, with the Thunder looking to make an impression in SCM this season. First up they take on a side that was decimated by injuries and walk-outs mid-season last year, seeing the Stingrays fall from grace and battle it to avoid the wooden spoon. It will be interesting to see how Corio Bay responds with their roster this season as we get a first glimpse here. The Thunder will believe they can make the playoffs and need only look at Casey the year before to see it is possible when making the jump up a class.
Game of the round as Waverley hosts Ringwood in a grand final rematch. Most expect these two to be right there again when the banners are being handed out in late August, and the Falcons get an early chance at redemption in front of the home fans after falling short in the big dance last year. It may only be round one but these two great rivals won’t care, with home-court down the track also playing on their minds. Game on.
Werribee hosts newcomers Blackburn to close out the round, with the Devils making two late import signings in recent weeks and the Vikings looking to make a strong first impression. Word out of Werribee is that they are buoyed by their recent signings and they will significantly improve what was a shallow roster to that point, but Blackburn certainly won’t be easy beats, with the Vikes continually proving to be a deep and talented team that will cause plenty of headaches in 2018.
Hawthorn vs. Hume City | Sat 7:30pm | Boroondara Sports Complex
McKinnon vs. Casey | Sat 8pm | GESAC
Knox vs. Eltham | Sat 8pm | State Basketball Centre
Keilor vs. Corio Bay | Sun 2pm | Keilor Basketball Stadium
Waverley vs. Ringwood | Sun 2.30pm | Waverley Basketball Centre
Werribee vs. Blackburn | Sun 3pm | Eagle Stadium
State Championship Women
Welcome to the opening round of the season, a weekend that will immediately put pressure on Bulleen and Ringwood with a double-header for each team, while all eyes will be on Keilor as they enter the SCW fray for the first time.
SHARKS vs RAIDERS
Both teams look well prepared and come into a terrific opening round match-up with some pre-season form. New imports will be on show, along with high level talent like Bec Ott (Knox) and Jaz Shelley (Sth Peninsula). Both teams are expected to be frontrunners this season and will be very eager to get a win on the board first up. The Sharks will start favourites at home, but don’t underestimate the Raiders.
JETS vs BRONCOS
Last season’s champs are locked and loaded for another strong year and they’ll start warm favourites against the Broncos, who look to have made a few changes and should step out with two imports. Let’s not forget it wasn’t that long ago Hume City was stringing GF appearances together, so they won’t be easy fodder for the Jets.
BOOMERS vs COUGARS
All reports suggest Bulleen will also have two imports, while at McKinnon a very new-looking team under Paul O’Brien will be minus Ariel Thomas for a couple of weeks. The Boomers put together a huge 2017 and came ever so close, while the Cougars just couldn’t find a consistent level of form and missed the finals. A great chance presents here for both teams to get their season ticking along nicely.
FALCONS vs HAWKS
Fantastic match-up between two teams expected to be right in the thick of it again this season. With Tegan Cunningham unavailable for a week or two, other Falcons’ will need to step up. Ringwood has a few new faces and always look to jump out of the blocks. There isn’t a lot of love lost between these two and we expect a very close contest. Look for some rising youth across both outfits.
HAWKS vs THUNDER
The Hawks back it up on Sunday with a home game against the newly promoted Thunder, who delivered plenty of excitement last season with blistering speed and some quality youngsters. As Keilor will no doubt find out right from the start, especially against Ringwood, the step up to the big league is a leap and there will be plenty of learning curves. The Thunder will be looking to be competitive.
WILDCATS vs BOOMERS
Very hard to get a gauge on Eltham as they have also undergone a few changes during the Summer months. Look for Meg Dargan to be in red this season after swapping from Warrandyte. The Boomers step out for a second time and will face an honest test against the Wildcats. A genuine 50-50 game and one that will tell us a fair bit about both line-ups.
Sth Peninsula vs Knox | Sat 6pm | Hillview Stadium
Sunbury vs Hume City | Sat 8pm | Boardman Stadium
Bulleen vs McKinnon | Sat 8pm | East Doncaster Secondary College
Waverley vs Ringwood | Sat 8:30pm | Waverley Basketball Centre
Ringwood vs Keilor | Sun 2pm | The Rings
Eltham vs Bulleen | Sun 2:30pm | Eltham High School
Division One Men
Ready for the new season? Welcome to 2018 and once again D1M promises to be one of the most entertaining divisions across the Big V. It’s non-stop action each and every round.
GULLS vs STEELERS
Both teams have undergone some changes but the one player everyone will recognise from the opening tip is Chelsea’s Corey Standerfer. Though six months have passed, the Gulls will still be feeling the pain of losing last year’s GF series to Keilor and Western Port may feel the brunt of that first up.
SEAHAWKS vs ENERGY
A lot to like about this opener as the Seahawks look to guard their fortress once more. The Arc is one of the toughest places to visit and with Xavier Blount waiting for you, the Energy will know this is no easy task. Expect to see a few new kids on display, but all up it would take a mighty effort for the Energy to get up.
VENOM vs JETS
A big weekend for the Jets with a double and given they face the Gulls on Sunday, they will be hoping to go home with a win. Warrandyte proved many times last season they shouldn’t be underestimated, but consistency was an issue for them. If the Venom come out firing the Jets might be in for a tough night. The visitors will start favourites, but write Warrandyte off at your peril.
STARS vs BLACK ANGELS
Welcome to D1, Collingwood, and what a way to start. An inner-city battle and a tough proposition for the All Stars as Melbourne Uni pay them a visit. If the Black Angels roll out all the usual suspects then this will prove a very tough hurdle for Collingwood to jump. Let the fun begin.
PACERS vs BOOMERS
The Pacers have dropped a division and lost a couple of players, but they will be keen to bounce back hard and will have a chance here against a Bulleen outfit that has just about fully turned-over from last season. Thad Varmall is back for the Boomers and will be hard to stop given what he delivered when he was last in town. Good test for both teams, and for everyone else trying to get gauge on them this season.
JETS vs GULLS
Sunday opens with a cracker, featuring two teams backing up and looking to get their respective seasons off to a positive start. Once again Standerfer will be the key to Chelsea’s chances, while for Sunbury all pre-season reports suggest some new names have joined the club. Will be interesting to see what we take away from this?
BOOMERS vs GATORS
Shepparton heads to the big smoke and will be a sharp test for Bulleen. With two imports and Matt Bartlett set to lead the charge, the Gators could be one of the teams to watch this season. It’s a tough weekend for Bulleen and they will be hoping to get at least one win – but two would sure be nice. Can they do it?
COUGARS vs SUPERCATS
Keysie has a few new faces and a new import, while Geelong appears to be a very young outfit after a number of players followed Paul Hutchison up the road to Corio Bay. On their home deck you have to go with the Cougars, but expect a tight finish between two teams that could be in the mix if they can win 50-50 games, just like this one.
Chelsea vs Western Port | Sat 8pm | Patterson River Stadium
Warrnambool vs Latrobe City | Sat 8pm | The Arc
Warrandyte vs Sunbury | Sat 8pm | Warrandyte Sports Complex
Collingwood vs Melbourne Uni | Sat 8:30pm | Collingwood College
Whittlesea vs Bulleen | Sat 8:30pm | Mill Park
Sunbury vs Chelsea | Sun 1pm | Boardman Stadium
Bulleen vs Shepparton | Sun 3pm | East Doncaster Secondary College
Keysborough vs Geelong | Sun 3pm | Rowville Secondary College
Division One Women
Lets start off by welcoming everyone back for another Big V season. The Division One Women’s competition has had a slight facelift in the off-season, with the loss and gain of a few new teams. The Warrnambool Mermaids join the comp after taking out the D2W title, the Warrandyte Venom take on a new challenge and runners up the Keilor Thunder are off to take on the big kids in SCW.
Our champions from 2017, the Chelsea Gulls, will remain in D1W this season with a somewhat new looking side. With a number of key players moving on, we don’t expect the Gulls to be at the level they were last year. Their first round meeting sees them take on the Steelers, a team hoping to improve on their 4 and 16 record in 2017.
Lets hand out the title favourite tagline. It might be early on but there is one team that has done some big time recruiting and will be the team to beat this season. Don’t want to put the pressure on so soon, but sorry Casey, this tagline is yours. The unlucky side meeting them in round 1 is the Pacers, and although they look to have put together a decent side to improve on their 2017 campaign, they are going to be put to the test.
Mildura will once again be in contention this season, retaining key players in Power and Delecastegne in addition to new import Alexis Gassion. They will be awaiting the arrival of the Hawthorn Magic who have been given the big trip this weekend.
The Geelong Supercats had a stellar season last year, finishing in the number 1 spot with a record of 16 and 4. Unfortunately their time was cut short during the finals series and they will be looking to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. They will be taking on the Dragons in round 1 this weekend, a side that finished in a competitive 6th place in 2017.
New team Warrnambool will slide perfectly into the fold of the D1W competition and will make a big statement this weekend when they take on the Energy. Having lost a key player in the off-season, the Energy will need to find a new go to girl for 2018. Surely new import Makenzie Miller will look to take that spot.
Taking on new competition may prove to be just what the Venom need for their senior womens program. They have always been a club to produce great young players and they will once again rely on them to tackle D1W. They meet with Werribee this weekend, a team that had a competitive 2017 season finishing in 5th, a position they will look to improve on this year.
As we look to work out the lay of the land in Division One Women, we will slowly gain insight into our teams this year as the season and rounds progress. With round 1 only just around the corner, we wish everyone the best of luck.
Chelsea vs. Western Port | Sat 6pm | Patterson River Stadium
Warrnambool vs. Latrobe City| Sat 6pm| The Arc Sports Stadium
Mildura vs. Hawthorn| Sat 6pm| Toyota Hothouse
Camberwell vs. Geelong| Sun 1pm| Balwyn High School
Warrandyte vs. Werribee| Sun 2pm| Warrandyte Sports Complex
Whittlesea vs. Casey| Sun 3pm| Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Division Two Men
Welcome back to another pumped up season of Big V, with all teams chomping at the bit to get back on the hard wood, the time is finally here.
First up for the season Sherbrooke take on a tough returning Warriors side. Sherbrooke have had a good off season recruiting well, with a quick signing of dynamic 6”8 American Travis Julien they will be looking to build on their record in 2017 with hopes to make the top 6. Maccabi return to Big V after taking the 2017 season off so they could compete in the Maccabiah games in Jerusalem, Israel where they won their final match to finish 5th.
After a fairy-tale 2017 season Pakenham will be looking to one up their efforts of last year and take the cake, and with their rivals Collingwood making the set up to D1M they are that one step closer. Southern Pen had a stand out 2017 season but couldn’t get it done in the semis agianst a strong Collingwood side. This will be a great match up for round 1 its definitely anyones game!
Coburg are coming off a competative 2017 season and impressive pre-season, with new comer Patty Green set to make his debut for the Giants, they look to take down the new kids on the block Melton and show them Div 2 isnt going to be easy for them. After a not so great 2017 season for Melton this will be a good starting match to see how they match up to a strong D2 contender.
Altona get the first road trip up to Mildura for the season, no doubt getting this long trip out the way early is a positive for them but this is going to be a tough first round as Mildura have their superstar and home crowd favourite Calvin Henry returning for his 6th season with Mildura.
Kicking off the first of our Sunday games Wallan head over to North East as they start their campaign with new import Kojo Afari looking to solitify the paint for the Panthers with key players returning Hayden Annett, Kane Molloy and more. The Bushies will be hoping for Kannon Burrage to continue his amazing form from 2017 to help North East get an early win on the board.
Maccabi back it up in round 1 as they welcome the Eagles to town, Maccabi will be coming off a tough first game match up to see if they can finish round 1 with 2 wins under their belts. Craigieburn who finished top of the table in 2017 will be coming out wanting to show everyone they mean business this year after a not so great finals series.
Both of these teams have a double header this round with Coburg gearing up to defend their home court in a Sunday blockbuster with their D2W. Sherbrooke will be firing after their game the previous night and hoping to start off their 2018 season with a bang, getting a win over both Maccabi and Coburg will set them up to be early contenders.
The Colosseum opens it doors for its first games of Big V in 2018 with Camberwell coming to battle a tough Pakenham side who have proved in the past they are a force to be reckoned with, they have had a fair bit of movement in the off season so will be interesting to see how they match up to a fairly consistent Camberwell side.
Good luck to all teams for round 1
Sherbrooke vs. Maccabi | Sat 6pm| Belgrave Heights Christian School
Southern Pen vs. Pakenham| Sat 8pm| Hillview Stadium
Melton vs. Coburg| Sat 8pm| Melton Indoor Rec Centre
Mildura vs. Altona| Sat 8pm| Toyota Hothouse
North East vs. Wallan| Sun 1pm| Wodonga Sports & Leisure Centre
Maccabi vs. Craigieburn| Sun 3pm| Bialik Stadium
Coburg vs. Sherbrooke| Sun 3pm| Coburg Basketball Stadium
Pakenham vs. Camberwell| Sun 4pm| Cardinia Life
Division Two Women
Welcome back to season 2018. A special welcome to Sherbrooke Suns and Melton Thoroughbreds supporters – the latter returning to BigV after a 7 year hiatus. We say farewell to the Warrnambool Mermaids after taking the 2017 pennant, but the Panthers will be keen to impress upon the comptetition that their highly successful debut season was no fluke. An eleven team division will see fierce competition to get an early ascendency.
The Thoroughbreds get the opportunity of opening their season in front of home fans against Coburg. Playing Head coach Lauren Olcorn and her coaching team have put together a talented roster and recruited postitively from other assocaitions. Players like Rebecca Marshall and Molly Young embrace new challenges and Chantelle Paris Webb also arrives from the Jets. The Coburg Giants made the semis and under new coach David Elhage will be looking to his squad to build on the success of last year and also to potentially provide opportunities to players establishing themselves in the junior pathway program.
Collingwood will hoping to channel the success of their Mens team of last season as they host last season’s Elimination Finalists Melbuorne Uni in a cross town encounter. A couple of buckets separated the Black Angels from Semi Final action and there’s no reason to think the team from Tin Alley won’t be around come Finals again if everything clicks.
Mornington also open their season at home, again hoping to emulate their finals form and taking that one extra step in 2018. The North East Bushrangers have a challenge start to the season after playing on the Peninsula backing up to host Wallan on the Sunday who they can probably pick up on the way through to the Hume Freeway derby in the Twin Cities.
Burn baby, burn! The Vikings from Blackburn host Craigieburn. All BigV Eagles team this weekend are leaving the nest at the Leisure Centre fairly quiet. In fact the Eagles in this division don’t greet their home fans until after Easter in Round 3. Expect a tight encounter between two teams who last season were fairly evenly matched.
An early Sunday afternoon away fixture greets newcomers from Sherbrooke who travel to Outlook Dr for their first game to face the Giants fresh off their opening night against Melton. The Suns will be keen to show their intent in the division against a tough competitor in 2017.
A new season always brings a fresh sense of optimism that the hard yards in the off season will bring rewards and a solid start in Round 1 is often the key to instilling confidence.
Good luck to all competing teams in 2018.
Melton vs. Coburg | Sat 6pm| Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Collingwood vs. Melb Uni| Sat 6:30pm| Collingwood College
Mornington vs. N/E Bushrangers| Sat 6:30pm| Mornington Basketball Stadium
Blackburn vs Craigieburn| Sat 8pm| Knox Basketball Stadium
Coburg vs. Sherbrooke| Sun 1pm| Coburg Basketball Stadium
N/E Bushrangers vs. Wallan| Sun 3pm| Wodonga Sports & Leisure Centre
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
There’s a sweet scent in the air despite the weather not being all too kind throughout the week Big V launches for season 2018. The players, coaches, team support staff and referees are all ready and prepared for another big season of Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men!
While many of the associations enter round one knowing exactly how their pre-season campaigns went, there’s much unknown in terms of the opposition and what’s to lie ahead in their short term schedule. Pens hit the paper when the fixture was announced, with marquee match-ups and team rivalries the first to be circled in their diaries.
Round one leaves no exception to that, with a host of big games to kick off season 2018. The two most recent Runners-Up battle it out at The Rings when Ringwood host Nunawading, both teams looking to get that close to the peak again – this time knowing what it may take to reach the pinnacle. Powerhouse clubs Melbourne and Dandenong lock horns in a Saturday night showdown at Oakleigh; the Tigers welcoming back club legend Andrew Gaze to lead their youth men’s side once again.
Blackburn and Sandringham go toe-to-toe early, with the two teams proving strong in the year just gone, yet still requiring that final piece to the puzzle to be a championship contender. Bulleen will have taken months to reflect on a season that went wrong at the final hurdle – the near perfect season that fell to bits when it mattered most. However, a reshuffle in personnel may not have them as strong as they once were.
Keilor are welcomed back into the state’s top youth competition after a short hiatus dominating their rivals in Youth League One Men. They will be destined to make their mark early that they well and truly belong back at the top – Hawthorn the first to tackle this challenge.
Knox, Eltham, Diamond Valley, Sherbrooke, Altona and McKinnon round out what’s set to be another cracking competition of Molten VYCM. The league never seems to disappoint, while Victoria find the next crop of superstars ready to make their mark on a senior level. There were a host of stars to come out of 2017, will it be you or someone from your club in #BIGV18?
Hawthorn vs. Keilor | Sat 5:30pm| Boroondara Sports Complex
McKinnon vs. Ringwood| Sat 6pm| GESAC
Knox vs. Eltham| Sat 6pm| State Basketball Centre
Nunawading vs. Diamond Valley| Sat 7:30pm| Nunawading Basketball Stadium
Melbourne vs. Dandenong| Sat 7:30pm| Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Kilsyth vs. Blackburn| Sat 8pm| Kilsyth Sports Centre
Ringwoood vs. Nunawading| Sun 12pm| The Rings
Bulleen vs. Hawthorn| Sun 1pm | East Doncaster Secondary College
Blackburn vs. Sandringham| Sun 2pm| Knox Basketball Stadium
Dandenong vs. Sherbrooke| Sun 2pm| Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Altona vs. McKinnon| Sun 3pm| Altona Sports Centre
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
March has come around so quickly this year that it still probably feels like yesterday that you were entering the changerooms for the last time, removing your shoes after the 2017 season had come to a close for your team. While it may have ended in disappointment, or, for the Sabres and Venom, championship glory, 2018 brings a fresh breath of life to proceedings and everyone starts the year 0-0.
While Sandringham and Warrandyte square off in a ‘championship battle’ Sunday afternoon, there’s still plenty happening around the league. Nunawading kick start the season with a new coach at the helm, against an ever improving Diamond Valley with a couple of key returnees. Melbourne and Dandenong seem to love going up against one another speaking from the last number of seasons – don’t take anything out of this one in terms of season outlook, we’re sure both teams will be strong once again!
Ballarat and Bendigo always seem to start the year with a bang; again being a highlight on the round one fixture. Who will claim bragging rights so early on in the season? With the shortened season, look for depth to play a key role in which teams can control the grind of the year. Dandenong, Kilsyth, Warrandyte, Bendigo, Bulleen and Waverley all play twice in the opening round and it’s something you’ll become accustomed to as the season progresses.
Knox travel to the Boomers in East Doncaster to revisit their grand final rivalry from 2014/15, however of course the two sides are completely different looking outfits! Ringwood are faced with an away trip to Waverley hoping to start their season on the right note.
Altona are probably the benefactors of the early season schedule, with Bendigo having to travel to the Swamp off the back of their derby against the Rush. The 1pm tip-off is sure to benefit the Gators despite losing some key members over the off-season.
Molten VYCW are given an early mark on Sunday as all games are potentially wrapped up by 2:30pm as Hawthorn host Bulleen and Kilsyth travel to Broadmeadows, both at 1pm as we hope to get an early indicator of who the major movers and shakers will be in #BIGV18!
Nunawading vs. Diamond Valley | Sat 5:30pm| Nunawading Basketball Stadium
Melbourne vs. Dandenong| Sat 5:30pm| Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Kilsyth vs. Warrandyte| Sat 6pm| Kilsyth Sports Centre
Ballarat vs. Bendigo| Sat 6pm| MARS Minerdome
Bulleen vs. Knox| Sat 6pm| East Doncaster Secondary College
Waverley vs. Ringwood| Sat 6:30pm| Waverley Basketball Centre
Dandenong vs. Waverley| Sun 12pm| Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Warrandyte vs. Sandringham| Sun 12pm| Warrandyte Sports Complex
Altona vs. Bendigo| Sun 1pm| Altona Sports Centre
Hawthorn vs. Bulleen| Sun 1pm| Boroondara Sports Complex
Hume City vs. Kilsyth| Sun 1pm| Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Youth League One Men
17 and 18 March 2018 hasn’t come quick enough for some of the teams in Youth League One Men, with a number of players and coaches chomping at the bit to get a taste of their first ever Big V action. For others, it’s another year of promise and premise as the competition starts on an even playing field.
While some teams believe they are stronger than others, a brilliant pre-season means absolutely nothing when you enter round one as this is the first thing that counts when you step onto that hardwood.
The Waverley Falcons will be ever so keen to redeem themselves after dropping out of Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men after a disappointing 2017. The ever-strong association in Big V, the Falcons are met with Geelong in the season opener, while on the flip side, the Casey Cavaliers will be keen to stamp their claims on their newest competitors.
The Youth League Two Men’s champs of 2017 host Camberwell in their opener, surely a night of celebration as they raise their championship banner! For the Cavs faithful, hopefully they can kick off 2018 in style.
Warrandyte host Hume City after the pair had similar seasons in 2017 and will be determined to progress into the final four; the Venom look to have lost a couple of key members of the team but will continue to field a talented bunch that hit the floor each week.
Coburg and Corio Bay have had their fair share of talent over the last number of years and it’s not a matter of if there’s talent out there this year, it’s a matter of who will be the one to step up. Look for these two teams to again make a splash throughout the Winter months.
Ballarat and Bendigo square off in the now yearly round one marquee derby, with bragging rights well and truly on the line early in the year. Could this propel the winner to reel off a number of wins to start the year?
Werribee, Sunbury and Geelong round out the competition in what’s sure to be a tight affair in the opening month of the season. We’re ready for the breakout candidates, the big time plays and someone to break the internet! #BIGV18
Warrandyte vs. Hume City | Sat 6pm| Warrandyte Sports Complex
Coburg vs. Corio Bay| Sat 6:30pm| Coburg Basketball Stadium
Casey vs. Camberwell| Sat 8pm| Casey Stadium
Ballarat vs. Bendigo| Sat 8pm| MARS Minerdome
Waverley vs. Geelong| Sun 12:30pm| Waverley Basketball Centre
Werribee vs. Warrandyte| Sun 1pm| Eagle Stadium
Hume City vs. Sunbury| Sun 3pm| Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Youth League One Women
2018 is set to be even bigger and better than before, Round 1 is finally here after a long off season what felt like an eternity no doubt all players are keen to get back out on the floor.
Kicking off our 2018 campaign McKinnon welcome Corio Bay in what is set to be a cracking first game. McKinnon come back this season with some of their stand outs from 2017, Chelsea Bransden, Tamara Booth & Kelli Champion while Teagan Tatlock returns for another season but this year she continues her run with younger sister Mieke. If this game is anything like the match ups from 2017 we are in store for a great round 1 game. I will call it now, match of the round!
After a stellar 2017 season the Jets must start the season strong if they want to prove they have what it takes to be in the higher division for 2018. Chelsea had a pretty steady season last year finishing 8-10 at the end of the minor rounds, they will be looking to improve on that in 2018 and hopefully get a win under their wing after game 1. If the Jets are anything like their senior womens team we could be in for another stand out season, can they win 2 premierships in 2 years in 2 different divisions? Watch this space!
No sleep in’s on Sunday morning for Geelong this week as they make their way across town to take on the Dragons, in what looks to be one tough match up. Camberwell didn’t finsh 2017 in the way they had hoped and will be out to make sure they get to the big game this year. After being relegated last year Geelong started slowly but still managed to push some of the top teams in YL1W by the end of the season they did secure themselves a spot in the final 5.
Eltham will be looking to redeem themselves this year after a not so great 2017 season, and where else better to start than round 1. Keilor also didn’t have a great 2017 and will be looking to improve on their performance to show they mean business in 2018. Eltham will no doubt be wanting to prove they should be back in VYCW and will come out fighting to get that win week in week out.
Corio head back to the bay on Sunday, after heading to the suburbs Saturday night, where they will get their first home game done and dusted for 2018 against the Eagles. Corio has a big line up still with majority of their 2017 players returning for another season, like last year will they come out firing at the beginning or will they fall victim to a surprise onslaught from the Eagles?
Are you ready for the 2018 Big V season?
McKinnon vs. Corio Bay | Sat 4pm| GESAC
Sunbury vs. Chelsea| Sat 6pm| Boardman Stadium
Camberwell vs. Geelong| Sun 11am| Balwyn High School
Eltham vs. Keilor| Sun 12:30pm| Eltham High School
Corio Bay vs. Craigieburn| Sun 2pm| Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Youth League Two Men
A new and exciting season of Youth League Two Men’s basketball is upon us and we are in for a big weekend of games. First of all, we would like to welcome new teams to the competition, Latrobe City, Frankston and Whittlesea, and we wish them, and the rest of the teams, the best of luck.
Last years runners up the Collingwood All Stars will start as firm favourites this season and round 1 will give them the start that they need. Taking on the Breakers first up, we hope the withdrawal of Mornington’s senior men will not impact on this young side having a competitve game and season.
Western Port look to have recruited well in the off-season and are looking to improve on their 5th place finish last year. This weekend sees them take on both the Gulls and the Panthers, two teams that struggled in 2017. We hope that the fluidity of the youth competitions sees some young and up coming players take the court for these two sides as we, as well as them, would love to see them in a much better position this season.
The Panthers are another team that have been handed the short straw of a double weekend to kick off their season. Saturday night sees them host the Cougars, a team that was hampered by consistency last year. Hopefully this game will be a good test to where these two teams are at this season.
The Thoroughbreds will be the first team to test out Latrobe’s new entry and we look forward to the outcome on Saturday night. Not much is known about either of these teams so we are heading in blind. All we can say is that Latrobe would have a good selection of talent down in Gippsland so you can only assume that their team is going to be a packed side. Sunday night sees the Thoroughbreds and the Cougars go head to head in both sides second games for the weekend.
Maccabi are one side we are looking forward to watch this season especially after the improvement they showed last year. If this is something they continue to grow on in 2018, they are going to be the dark horse of this competition. Round 1 throws up a Saturday night clash against the Pacers and a Sunday afternoon encounter with the Eagles. The Pacers will be meeting new competition this year, having spent last season in YL1M. This level may possibly be the level they need to be at to once again find success. As for the Eagles, we will once again see the them up towards the top this season, a place they have become accustomed to over the years.
They may have been unlucky in the finals series last year, but Pakenham will be right there again this season. Having finished in top spot with an impressive 18 straight win streak, they are another team to look out for. They meet with new comers the Frankston Blues, a team we don’t know too much about. We can be sure however, that they will have some good young talent running around.
Melton vs. Latrobe City | Sat 4pm| Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Chelsea vs. Western Port| Sat 4pm| Patterson River Stadium
Whittlesea vs. Maccabi| Sat 6.30pm| Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Wallan vs. Keysborough| Sat 7pm| RB Robson Stadium
Collingwood vs. Mornington| Sun 12pm| Collingwood College
Maccabi vs. Craigieburn| Sun 1pm| Bialik Stadium
Keysborough vs. Melton| Sun 1pm| Rowville Secondary College
Frankston vs. Pakenham| Sun 2pm| Frankston Basketball Stadium
Western Port vs. Wallan| Sun 3.30pm| David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
Youth League Two Women
The time has arrived, a new Big V season is here!
A massive welcome back is in order to the Frankston Blues, who’s return debut is set down in Pakenham for the girls when the Blues travel to Cardinia Life to face the Warriors. While there has been a hiatus down in Frankston for a couple of years, we’re certainly expecting big things out of the light blue. We’re sure it’ll take no time before we see Frankston back up and competiting for silverware; best of luck for season 2018!
Speaking of Frankston’s first assignment, Pakenham have seen some changes down at The Collosseum and a new head coach at the helm.
Southern Peninsula will continue their long line of developing talent when their season kicks off against the Sherbrooke Suns. This one’s an early tip-off which kickstarts a triple header down at the Sharktank so a nice triple treat of action so early on in the season. If you’re in the area, suggest you get down to Hillview to see some upcoming talent (not just in YL2W)!
Whittlesea host Casey where both sides were at different ends of the ladder last season; the Pacers will be looking to bridge that gap in 2018 and it all starts from day one, round one. While not a whole lot of news has come out of either association regarding who’s to line up on opening tip-off, we’re sure they’ll pack some punch!
Mornington travel to Western Port where both teams will be hoping to improve off their 7-13 (W-L) seasons of the past. The Steelers will be looking to make David Collins home, as they really struggled to contain teams on their home deck last year (4W-6L). The Breakers will be bouyed by their 5-5 away record last season and will go into this one will an abundance of confidence.
Finally Blackburn play hosts to Werribee who were the unlucky ones to come down to the division off what would be classed as a disappointing 2017. In saying that, the Devils won’t be concerned off that as they lead into 2018 and will attempt to do everything right as they aspire to go straight back up. The Vikings will have the task to put themselves in the best position possible to replicate last season as they look for back-to-back grand final berths.
It’s all happening in season 2018, it’s now time for tip-off! #BIGV18
Southern Peninsula vs. Sherbrooke | Sat 4pm| Hillview Stadium
Blackburn vs. Werribee| Sat 6pm| Knox Basketball Stadium
Whittlesea vs. Casey| Sun 1pm| Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Western Port vs. Mornington| Sun 1:30pm| David Collins Indoor Leisure Centre
Pakenham vs. Frankston| Sun 2pm| Cardinia Life