Black claims Andrew Smith Medal in thrilling count
Even at the age of just 18 Nathan Black has already amassed a trophy cabinet that most bowlers could only dream of from an entire lifetime of playing the sport.
Nathan added another accolade to the list recently by winning the Andrew Smith Medal as the best and fairest player in the 2022 SA Super League season.
This is the second time Nathan has won the award after he claimed the honor following the first ever SA Super League season in 2018.
The medal count went down to the wire, with Nathan, of the South Eastern Spartans, and Simon Dorr, of the Northern Knights going into the final round level on votes.
Dorr, who won the Andrew Smith Medal last season, polled five votes in the final round, before Nathan scored six to clinch the medal by just one vote.
Nathan, who is a member of the Emerging Jackaroos squad, said it was a special moment when he found out he had won the medal for a second time.
“It is definitely a good feeling,” he said
“I went alright I guess, I try to be playing on grand final day, so I guess it is a bit bittersweet to win this one.
“I just go out there and play my best bowls.
“I knew Dorry was going to be up there and I thought Millsy might have polled a few more votes.”
Nathan said a number of factors keep him coming back to the SA Super League each season.
“The atmosphere is great and the fast play is fun,” he said.
“Plus I love getting to play against some guys that I wouldn’t usually.
“I would encourage anyone to put their hand up for the Super League, it is an awesome event.”