Braves family man marks big milestone

MILESTONE: Kevin, Emme, Addison and Chloe Probert on the eve of his 200th game. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

MILESTONE: Kevin, Emme, Addison and Chloe Probert on the eve of his 200th game. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

KEVIN Probert’s name will be added to a list which includes some of Bendigo Braves’ best players on Saturday night.

The point-guard will play his 200th SEABL game with the Braves, joining the likes of David Flint, Justin Cass, Chris Hogan and Taylor Bell.

Probert said it had been an honour to put on the Bendigo singlet each week.

“I have played every game with Taylor Bell and Chris Hogan, so it is pretty special that I will be out on the floor with them,” Probert said.

“It is certainly an honour to join those guys in the 200 club.”

Probert said over the years the club’s strong culture was part of the reason he had made it to this special milestone.

“In terms of the playing group that always changed, but in terms of the culture around the club it hasn’t changed,” he said.

“It is the one thing I love being a part of and probably why I have got to 200 games.

“All the supporters in the stands, you look at them and you almost know every single person.

“They come out and support you each week.

“It is a pretty special place to play.”

Since beginning with the Braves, Probert has been a part of three conference championship-winning teams.

“My first one was in 2007. I didn’t hit the floor, but it was a huge learning experience for me and made me want to win one,” he said.

“In 2010 and 2011 we won those and they were pretty special.”

This season, Probert was named co-captain alongside Chris Hogan.

It has been an up and down season for the Braves, winning five and losing five games.

“We are all putting in the work and I think we have shown we can beat the top teams, but we have shown we can lose to the bottom teams,” Probert said.

“We need to become more predictable and more consistent.

“No doubt having a changeover of six players it was going to take time for us, but, hopefully, we click soon and we won’t have those inconsistent performances.”

Probert said what has changed since he began playing was his family.

“I have two girls and another on the way and my wife,” he said.  

“Basketball is a big thing for our family, it is what we do every weekend.

“It is a big commitment from them because I’m away from home most nights because of training.

“It has certainly got harder because I miss my kids, but at the same time I think it is something they love doing.”

The Braves play Knox at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night. Tip-off is at 8pm.  

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