The Big V season has not started, but there will be some serious talent on show at Shepparton basketball stadium this weekend.
The under-16 and under-18 division one and two country championships include players on their way to being elite, showcasing their skills in town.
Greater Shepparton Basketball Association general manager Stacey Cole said games would be spread out to Wanganui’s Visy Centre and Shepparton Notre’s Mercy Stadium..
‘‘There are 16 teams in each competition, so about 64 teams from all over country Victoria,’’ Cole said.
‘‘So we’d be expecting a fair few spectators as well so probably up to 1000 people around town, they’re coming from every part of the country.’’
Geelong Supercats, Melton Thoroughbreds, Warrnambool Seahawks and Ballarat Miners are among the teams represented.
Shepparton Gators will play in the under-16s girls and boys division, with the home teams expected to fare positively.
‘‘There always is (expectation on home teams), we certainly like our local teams to finish as high up as they can and there’s always an expectation on home courts that you’ll play well and finish high,’’ Cole said.
Age groups will be split into four pools today, before teams are sorted into division one or division two competitions tomorrow.
Play runs from 9am to 9pm at Shepparton Sports Stadium to accommodate all the matches.
Shepparton’s under-16 boys will meet Corio Bay Stingrays, while the girls face Southern Pen Sharks.
Finals will finish tomorrow at 4pm and Cole urged spectators to come and watch.
‘‘People out and about should drop in and look at some great basketball,’’ she said.