Has Big V run its course ?
I understand there are a few posts about the Big V competition around, but this is posing the question about the need for the competition. Hear me out.
I was involved I Big V a while ago, and I think it used to be a great competition. Strength across all division, strict criteria for entry and great big clubs involved. At one stage, Big V had Dandenong, Sandringham, Eltham, Melbourne, DV, Ringwood, Knox even, as well as the growing Casey & Keilor, among others, all of whom have now departed for NBL1, which I think has seriously weakened the competition. Regular media and articles, pre-season tournament which was embraced by most, I think it was a great comp.
I've been an advocate for a restructure of the competition for a while, and now with further turmoil, the competition looks as thin as I can remember.
So is it worth continuing on ? Especially with exorbitant fees and financial stress it seems to put on these smaller clubs still there.
So my thought is this. For the few remaining 8 or so "Bigger clubs", create an "NBL2", to play over winter and the rest of the "smaller clubs" disband into joining the CBL competition over the summer. With that CBL, create a no import rule and maybe even a VJBL like policy of only 2 transfers per year. This would put the focus on each club developing their own talent from within.
Having that competition over the summer would allow the better players a chance to shine, and perhaps snag a roster spot in the winter competition of the NBL1 & 2 squads.
Youth League for the NBL1 & 2 clubs could still run over the winter too, but for the CBL clubs, they would be absorbed into their senior teams, creating a better competition. Any superstar young talent, could then also play Youth League over the winter for the NBL1&2 clubs.
CBL would add a few new Divisions to their existing ones (Gippsland, NW, NE & SW) and can still have the end of year carnival playoff.
This is probably an unpopular idea with many, but to me it looks like Big V is fading rapidly. The biggest clubs have moved on, communication and media seems really down from Big V, but from what everyone writes on here, fees to play are still high (I have no insight into this).
Just a thought.