Victorian Australian rules football team, also
known as the Big V is the representative side of
Australia in the sport of Australian rules
The senior men's side last played in the once-off AFL Hall of Fame Tribute
in 2008; prior to that, it had played representative
games at least annually until 1999. The Big V dominated the first
hundred years of intercolonial and interstate football before the
change to State of Origin rules. The introduction of State of Origin rules
in 1977 saw Victoria defeated by Western Australia. South Australia also challenged Victoria's superiority with many
victories over the Big V between 1977-1999.
became governing body, only players
from the Australian Football
are eligible for selection in the Victorian team.After
proposals to resurrect the Big V in a once-off AFL State of Origin
carnival in 2008 to celebrate the game's 150th anniversary, the Big
V made an appearance in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute
on May 10, an all-star game
defeating the "Dream Team".
Victoria is also represented by the Big V at multiple levels and
leagues (for example the AFL U18 National
). In some
carnivals, the Big V is used by both Vic Metro and Vic Country when
the two sides play against each other (however neither dons the
traditional navy blue with a white vee).
The guernsey is a navy blue with a big white V across the chest
and, more recently, the Victorian state logo in a crest at the top
left of the V.
Ted E.J. Whitten
, also known as "Mr Football" was one of
the greatest Victorian players of all time, representing the state
29 times. He was the most influential figure for the Big V, and was
known for his passionate support for interstate football; following
Whitten's death in 1995, interest in representative football faded,
and eventually ceased after 1999. He is honoured with the E. J.
and the E. J. Whitten Legends Game
, a game
which also features the Masters Australian Football
equivalent of the Big V. Many other players represented Victoria on
numerous occasions, and other regular State of Origin greats
include Dale Weightman
, Paul Roos
Although the Victorian team no longer competes at senior level, the
E. J. Whitten Legends Game and matches between the VFL and the
Victorian representative sides.
Big V in popular culture
The Australian rules side was the first to use the "Big V" motif,
which was later used by other codes (for example, the shirt of the
Melbourne Victory association football
club and the
Head to Head
Results under State of Origin rules
The Victorian team against other sides .
Senior Victorian Teams
Victoria vs Dream Team - 2008:
Victorian Football League (VFL) vs South Australia (SANFL)