SEABL Preview: Men vs Frankston

Geelong (6-4, 7th) vs Frankston (1-11, 15th)

An important double last weekend has pushed the Supercats men back into the top 8 and sets up an important back half of the season. Sitting 6 and 4 at the midway point of the year Leon O’Neill’s men have weathered a tough draw to start the season, having given themselves a chance at a 21st straight finals series. With road trips to Albury, Ballarat, Canberra and the annual Tassie double behind them, the Supercats men look towards a back half of the season that only requires a road trip to Mt Gambier and Bendigo, with six of the remaining ten games to be played on their home court at the Geelong Arena.

Having found some form last weekend against Dandenong and Albury, the Supercats should go into Saturday night clash with the Frankston Blues full of confidence. The seventh placed Supercats take on a team that’s won just one of twelve games for the season, that coming against the bottom placed Canberra Gunners, but the coach will always be wary of complacency saying “our boys will be ready to go Saturday night, we need to go to Frankston and make sure we don’t undo all the good work of last weekend”. With John Davis finding his feet in the season and being named in the SEABL Team of the Week for a second time this week the Supercats are in unfamiliar territory where Nathan Herbert is not the team’s leading scorer “it’s a nice position to be in, Herbie (Nathan Herbert) is such a good shooter, but if we don’t have to rely on him to score all the points, then that makes us better”. Davis (218 points), Herbert (175) and Gatlin (169) have done the baulk of the scoring for the Supercats over the first half of the season, but it’s the inclusion of Point Guard’s Michael Luxford and Matthew Johns that have the team playing an exciting brand of basketball. The coach saying the with the new additions of Luxford, Johns and Davis the team have taken a little while to find their feet, but if they can maintain the defensive pressure of last weekend for the remainder of the season they will be a tough team to beat.