Friday, May 19, 2017

Following in the footsteps of team mate Jamie Medved, Nathan Herbert of the Geelong Supercats celebrates his 350th SEABL game this weekend.

He will become just the 18th male to reach that milestone when Geelong host the Bendigo Braves on Saturday night at 7.00pm and you will be able to watch the game via the Supercats’ Facebook live-stream here.

Across a 16-season career, Herbert has etched his name into the record books as arguably the greatest shooter the Supercats have ever seen and certainly one of the best in SEABL history.

Helping Geelong to unheralded success since his debut in 2002, Herbert has reached the post-season every year while winning a three-peat of Conference Championships from 2005-07 and the SEABL Championship in 2010.

Speaking previously to SEABL, Herbert is proud of the fact that he is a one-club player.

“For me, it was never an option. I was never going anywhere else… it’s a real family club and an enjoyable club to play for,” he said.

Herbert averages 16.6 points per game over his career at 47% from the field, 42% from three-point range and 82% from the free-throw line.

His most productive year offensively came in 2008 when Geelong won the Conference Championship, recording 23.4 points as well as 8.6 rebounds per contest while in 2010, he averaged 21.4 points at 52% shooting from the field.

This year, the veteran is maintaining that incredible stroke as the Supercats’ leading scorer with 21.5 points per game, hitting 51% from the field, 43% from distance (on the seventh most amount of makes) and 92% from the charity stripe.

On the all-time list, Herbert sits third for finals games played (28), only behind team mates Medved and Nick Owusu.

Coming into Round 8, he is also placed 12th for points scored (5,798) and at current pace he will finish in the top ten by season’s end.

Herbert is also seventh all-time for three-pointers made (722), 12th for field goals made (2,206) and needs only 45 more field goals to move into the top ten, 35th for steals (424), 36th for defensive rebounds (1,203), 39th for total rebounds (1,781) and 45th for assists (772).

Another five or six seasons will be most likely needed to surpass Eric Hayes’ record of 486 games but based on his current form and at only age 32, Herbert has a lot left to give to the Supercats organisation.