Big V is still relevant to the teams, clubs and suburbs its played in
SEABL never over ruled it and in most cases in Victoria more people were interested in it over SEABL.
This won't change anything for the lower divisions, clubs won't celebrate a championship any less!
Be good for the Big V to really get on the front foot this season & bring back the hype, feel like it has lacked a little recently. Encourage more info and articles from clubs or maybe guest blog pieces from Big V Nerds
Incorrect Supercats (or any other association for that matter) cannot have a senior Big V team and participate in Elite League under new rule from Basketball Victoria .
You can have Elite Senior Team and Youth League as pathway or Big V Senior Team and Youth League as pathway. That's why there CEO has formed a relationship with Bellarine.
The anon that is so down on Big V go start your own thread.
Forget the 'super league' lets talk BIG V
How should the mens divisions be made up, is Div 1 now top? and who should be in it? or are we still having a SCM I like the idea of going back to just Div 1 & Div 2 but I guess you have YLC to also move around
What about team news?
I know some teams have resigned imports early, or guys are heading over, tryouts are happening or happened.
What about promoted teams? who has the best chance of staying up.
@PersonalFoul I like Coburg moving into D1M, their coach runs a good system and won in D2 without an import last year. Will be interesting to see how they can compete at D1.
I'm looking forward to seeing Chelsea's new combo Standerfer and Voss work in SCM.
For D2M, Mildura to be irrelevant if Henry had retired (as rumoured). This year is surely the year Sth Penn break thru.
Can't see Coburg as a play off contender even with that line-up
Southern Penn must be making a big push, would like to see the country teams do well, strong country teams always provide great venues to play in.
Womens side of the game looks a little think outside of the Top 4 in Div, Div 2 from what I saw was glorified domestic comp and the standard ha certainly dropped off, do we think Youth League drains the young talent from the womens game?
sherbrooke don't have the pulling power to get any good locals despite being near Knox, when knox aren't strong they aren't either, a new stadium might help that is in the offering and better facilities. Can they rebrand to the Mountain Men??
Two months ago
Heard Blount not coming back to Warrnambool and both Shep imports were not interested in coming back. Do any imports stay at a club for more than 2 years? Bozeman at Frankston and Coleman down at Hume City, did hear a rumour that Standerfer might have been looking around and Blues might have been an option, though could never see him part way over at the Gulls
Two months ago
So where's the Shepp to win D1 talk coming from if both imports are gone and no locals are playing?
Damon Smith from Craigieburn is another example of an import sticking around - played last year and signed on for 2 more. Great for the club and for D2 to have some consistency in the import ranks.
Two months ago
In the lower leagues its great if you can have imports long term who are engaged both on and off the court as often at that level the off court community engagement is just as important as on floor.
At the Vic Elite level etc W's and performance are probably more important than low term community involvement plus if imports are any good they use SEABL/SCM as a stepping stone to hopefully better playing euro gigs.
Two months ago
Although the article about Keilor looks like they may have 3 imports I'm sure they have done their due diligence...
Kaba (potentially becomes unrestricted this year or next)
+ 1 import if Kaba becomes unrestricted
Vlad Brckov on the spouse visa and not coming out of a premier league in other country is a big one for them.
Potentially they could have 2 x imports, 2 x spouse visa (Kaba and Brckov) and Charleston Long...
That would be legit championship contender (but may not be great for their future...)
Nobody in SCM or Vic Elite League is worried about the future, its win now! and so it should be these are the two highest levels. the future should be worried about at Youth League and U18s are filling those spots with local kids not recruiting heavy in this area. ARE you developing players in SCM no you are playing the best team you can put together with maybe the 4 spots on the bench going to local guys
Two months ago
PersonalFoul, I agree with you to an extent.
Senior team, whether it SCM or Vic Elite, is definitely focused on winning.
But, there also needs to be an element of making it sustainable.
Loading a team with essentially 5 current/past imports is not sustainable and may result in local talent looking for opportunity elsewhere.
The stronger talent coming out of u18 is not interested in 'developing' for a year or two in YL. They want to have opportunity immediately.
Having said this, if it is a strategic move to win now and bridge a couple years until more local talent comes thru then great move.
Anyway, good luck to them and it makes it all the more interesting to see the plan for each team.
anon - great points but stronger talent coming out of u18s must be pretty awesome if they think they can impact a senior mens program, thats still boys against men and the YL was set-up to give them 2 years to develop
as a youth league head coach I get a lot of late phone calls from YL kids who thought they were too good for YL went to Senior Try-outs instead didn't make teams and now want to find a spot on a youth league roster .....
I think you have to have home grown talent somewhere in your team with seniors but winning is winning
Hume City with an injection of new talent
New head coach Matt Foster who has done an exceptional job in YL and U18 at Bulleen. Ex SBL Head Coach in WA for Willetton Tigers.
Import Jamal Shabaaz who played in the SBL last year. Had a decent career at D1 Samford and is a heck of an athlete and sure to be a great addition for them.
Marshall Kearing a 6'8 F/C who has relocated from WA and likely to head to College later this year. Is being recruited by numerous D1 progams on the west coast. A nice guy to bring off the bench this year. a 7'2 wingspan, great shot blocker, can shoot the 3 and has nice touch inside.
Daniel Foster 6'5 PG also being recruited by numerous D1 programs on west coast. Another handy young guy to bring off the bench.
They should be a fun team to watch this year.
Hume City sounds good
Altona will be exciting no doubt, that talent on paper looks tidy
Anynews from Coburg, Werribee, Mornington/Western Port, Keilor games from the weekend?
RMIT in trouble, heard they skipped a practice game due to not being ready??? odd one most teams are keen to get some early games.
Its a thought that the league doesn't support the clubs with promotion that maybe clubs should look other avenues, live streaming their own games, interview pieces etc
Outside the Arcs Plenty Valley FM seems to be pushing hard on the leagues behalf for Northern Clubs
What other radio stations or podcasts are out there for the league? do we need more or less??
Seen an alarming amount of ''looking for players'' call outs on facebook from clubs in good divisions ... where have all the good players gone??
Is it cost of the league, some players having pay upwards of $700 just play youth league?
Whittlesea putting a facebook call for State Champ Womens players .... never seen that? Not at that level, don't they already have 2 imports?
Mornington had one season off, now are back, alot of the old core from the club and youth league are there.
Bellarine at least had a CBL team this year which included players with higher level experience.
RMIT are a startup club with no core group of players coming in, the uni games players all play for other Big V teams, it's hard to see them being competitive at all.
RMIT are in trouble, good source on this one.
Bellarine will have a team, Div 1 level I would think so but as meantioned CBL plus Geelong defectors (not meant in a bad way)
Mornington just played on the weekend against Westernport, any reports?
Coburg beat Werribee (minus import)
Collingwood play Camberwell this Saturday
^^Camberwell beat Sherbrooke last night as well. Looked like they had tons of depth and bigs. And for whoever on here was saying awhile back that the Camberwell import would average 6/not have an impact...? Boy are you in for a surprise if last night was any indication!! I'll just say that.
Wallan has a very strong squad and will sneak up on a few teams this season. Their cbl side smashed shepp on the weekend!!
Camberwell is a shoe in for the flag after what I saw against Sherbrooke.
I also have seen rmit and they are going to be lucky to get within 20 points of any team. Full of domestic players and they have no chance.
Any news on Mildura or cragieburn??
Camberwell won by 12..was up by nearly 20 for awhile... Nat O'hara was cruising and didn’t look like he was trying much, shot maybe three times, they missed about 20 free throws and their import is playing probably two comps too low. Granted it was against Sherbrooke so we could probably wait until we see more...
People within RMIT, struggled with coach recruitment. Players not at the standard not prepared for the issues of running a club off court. Sold a great concept but don't have the people in place to make viable. This will last 2 seasons.
Good source. My source told me that after try-outs they turned down a game against a YL team due to still not having players in late Dec
Wallan were mentioned earlier on this forum as making a big run at winning Div 2 and that seems to be on track
Any news on Melton? Bol Bak was amazing last year would love to see him again st Seniors instead of YL2 opposition. Can he cut it against the men.
just moved to victoria from WA and was just wondering a few questions.
What are the standard differences between the divisions?
What about between Youth and Men's? say how would a top division youth side go against a division 2 mens side?
Exactly right RE the uni league and thinking of the bigger picture! I agree with what someone else said earlier in the thread, I hope RMIT come out and surprise everyone.
As a new club, they don't have an existing pathway or player pool to draw from as other Big V clubs do, however with their establishment there is now another potential pathway for junior players.
Uni league seems like pie in the sky stuff considering that 25% of uni students are international students who aren't here to play sport.
Only 36% of people aged 20 years old attend university so your missing the other 44% or so who don't attend to go make more cash as a tradie.
Of the 36% who do attend its not outlandish to suggest alot come from backgrounds that are considered "into" basketball (Asian/Indian) so i'm not sure if this league ever really gets off the ground as some think it will as the demographics simply work against it.
Reality you negative nelly.
It is obviously a far way away from being elite however it is not very hard to see how it would work.
These Universities have for the most part great facilities or scope to have them. Giving young kids the chance at a free education and the ability to develop their basketball skills is a brilliant idea.
these things have to start somewhere and obviously theres some rough trimmings but having these opportunities only helps basketball in australia.
also if you don't think universities have talented players you clearly have never seen some of the uni games teams. That is without any recruiting or incentivising young hoopers to attend their schools.
Not saying its the only pathway but it is a pathway and the more the merrier
I think the issue with RMIT is that they did not recruit any exisiting UniGames players.
The team is based in Bundoora - they could have tried to pry players from RMIT, LaTrobe, VU and Swinburne for example.
I think it is safe to assume that exisiting BigV players would not want to go to a club with little to no history, an unknown coach, and no enticing opportunities in order to leave their exisiting club. If I were to leave an exisiting club where I already had an established role - I would want some guarantees of the future program.
I do wish RMIT will do well, and if they do - many more players will come the following season. As they will believe in the process.
RMIT just wedging themselves in a region with plenty of basketball teams another good effort to dilute the value of the Big V Comp. We need teams in growth areas not places with enough options. We want good players in the league not self valued over rated senior mens comp players who dropped 30 on a wednesday night against a 38 yr old and played a little Metro 1 in U18's thinking they are league ready.
Funny suggestions that camberwell import is playing 2 divisions lower than he should. If he was any good a club would actually reach out to get him and you know pay him import salary rather than just ring around as many clubs as you can hoping someone will pick him for no money
How many uni's are there? Not many.
Which good player that goes to uni would play for them if they already play elsewhere?
What happens after he finishes his 4 or whatever years can he still play for that uni?
Who other than students would care one bit about the actual league?
So much pressure on RMIT... realistically, most clubs haven't announced their playing rosters at all.
Cade Towers would be a great pick-up for RMIT if true. He was really solid at Altona a couple of years ago.
I'll have a go at some tips:
SCM - McKinnon or Keilor
SCW - Sunbury or Southern Peninsula
D1M - Keysborough or Western Port
D1W - Mildura or Camberwell
D2M - Pakenham or Craigieburn
D2W - Melbourne Uni or Blackburn
So The Bear thinks Westernport are looking strong for D1W. Lost to our Sth Pen under 18 team (most were fill ins) by over 60!!
Then a couple of games against D2W teams where in the last game word is the game was called off 4 minutes to go.
Yep should be in for a successful year !!!!
From the Big V website...
"Latrobe City Energy Big V Women's Open tryouts will be held on Wednesday 20th February starting 7.30pm at Latrobe Leisure Morwell.
All current and new players are invited to attend.
For more information please contact Head Coach Rod Dickson on 04********"
RMIT lost all 3 games vs Shepp, Chelsea and Hawthorn who all had depleted squads through injury and unavailability but they were very competitive in all contests, they will surprise many and be decent at Div 2 level.
Import Steve Coffey can shoot it well from the perimeter and Soloai/Towers combo will give them good size & presence.
Very rarely do you find a guy in his 20s without state league experience that can step in and be a key part of a team, if half of RMIT is filled with those types they'll struggle, but if they have a strong 5 and 2-3 proven guys off the bench in the rotation they may be fine.
RMIT's game against Shep was their first ever and if you saw that game, compared to their games against Chelsea and Hawthorn, you would have noticed that the coach simply rotated players against Shep (whilst almost turning around a 20pt deficit). They led Hawthorn for 90% of the game too.
Earlier this month
Interesting vision on Bol Dak former YL2 MVP seen with Ballarat jersey? Has he made the move? Saw he had sat out of Meltons pre-season games and a real talent
RMIT hate has to be the continued treatment by the Big V in how they allow teams into the league? it like it is a midweek comp the way teams come in and out, Sherbrook famous for being 2 year wonders and then the talent falls away, RMIT will not last more than 3 years, M-UNI have bucked this trend over the years but the reality is University teams in this comp don't last! they don't have the volunteer backing, committee and the pipeline and support is usually poor.
As mentioned in the above post by someone else, they are in a space with enough teams available for players. More teams doesn't make a better comp it dilutes it!
Look at Womens Div 2 - expect for 3 sides it has the talent level of a midweek A/B Grade comp and is horrible to watch, let alone YL2 Womens, less teams, stronger associations better product.
Rant over. (crawling back into cave)
Earlier this month
He arrived after their last practice game, so not likely to get a look at him until tip-off.
Seems the goods, with a good College Career in a mid-major conference at Utah State
Wallan did beat Coburg without him so will be interesting, they have also got a tall out of Warnambool 19 year old kid. But lost the home grown big down the road to DV for NBL1
On paper Pakenhams starting 5 should dominate D2M, the bench drops off a fair bit, I'm only going by last years Blackburn team, I don't know if they've added anything. If anyone is there tonight, post how the game pans out, remember I still think Blackburn will win by 20, just interesting to see how things go at the start.
It's as much pointing out that Blackburns best 5 aren't much, and that the squad is well coached and battle hard to just stay competitive in SCM. Pakenham seem to be the opposite where they have the recruits on paper but never seem to put it together.
Think you're seriously under valuing some of Blackburn’s starters. Often difference in their games is they don’t have one import, let alone 2 that the opposition has. Do Pakenham have any players that have been a contributor in any team higher than D2? Note , contributor, not bench warmer.
Who cares about names on paper.
Bridgewater does nothing
Also funny thing reading through the uniform rules that you are allowed to wear gloves this year. I can only speak for myself but why would anyone wear gloves surely it makes it impossible to shoot
Has anyone in D2 gotten worse? Seems to be 9 teams that have "recruited heavily" lol.
Those Pakenham additions are nice, but they really fell off last year to a really average team with no depth. Gaze would be the only guy worth keeping.
For mine its Mildura, Craigieburn, Sth Penn and Camberwell....with Pakenham, Altona and Wallan fighting it out for the remainder of the top 6.
What do you mean 'nothing has happened' at Blackburn. I agree that Paul has done a great job over the years with the Vikings, but please do not suggest that he has happily moved on to other things. Just not the facts. And yes.....well and truly in the relegation zone.
Seeing as though we've all been making our way too early predictions for the last 3 months. What are our actual tips for each division? Round 1 is in 2 days!
I go like this
D1M: Western Port
Wallan for D2W?
Does Blackburn and Melbourne Uni stand a chance as then next best from 2018.
It will be interesting to see what model most teams adopt, the more popular model of signing a gun import or two and surrounding them with great local talent, or the Eltham model from 2018, where they had a great local core for a few years and only added import later.
was in Geelong to watch Corio Bay v Hume.
Corio Bay looked good(imports impressive) no points in it at half time. Foul trouble for CB in second half cost them the game.
Take nothing away from Hume.
Hume looked disciplined and shot well. Hume to go top 2
Corio Bay to sit middle
Yes #659, Hume City SCM look like a very good team, they certainly got the rub of the green with 36 fouls for and 19 against. They did shoot it well at times, but Corio Bay also had their chances. Stingrays showed they can compete with their best on court and are still working it out, if they can gel they can definitely hurt some teams.
Only round one, long way to go...
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