Roo recruit wins medal

TALENT: Roopena fast bowler Nathan Van Eekeren was awarded the Whyalla News Medal on Saturday for a consistent season.

TALENT: Roopena fast bowler Nathan Van Eekeren was awarded the Whyalla News Medal on Saturday for a consistent season.

Roopena recruit Nathan Van Eekeren has made his first cricket season in Whyalla one to remember, winning the Whyalla News Medal in a tight count on Saturday night.

Nathan moved to Whyalla from Adelaide last year and was welcomed with open arms by Roopena. As a fast bowler he brought pace to Roos attack and was the leading wicket-taker in A Grade.

The 23-year-old faced some stiff competition from Central Whyalla duo Brad Smith and Scott Collison but his consistency saw him over the finish line.

Nathan said he was shocked to win the medal, believing Brad had it locked up after a stellar year.

"I wasn't expecting to be up there...I thought I had a pretty reasonable season, I was happy with how I bowled for most of the year," he said.

I thought I had a pretty reasonable season, I was happy with how I bowled for most of the year.

Nathan Van Eekeren.

The Roos will take on Centrals in the Whyalla Cricket Association Grand Final after defeating North Whyalla in the Preliminary Final last weekend.

Nathan says he is keen for both sides to be at full strength for the clash.

"You don't want to roll out against a half-strength side you want to play against the best in town," he said.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of bowling against Brad and Scott. Hopefully we can get a few early wickets and get into the middle order which hasn't had much of a bat this year," he said.

In his first season Nathan has forged a strong bond with his teammates, describing them as a 'really good group of guys'.

"It's really fun every week which is the most important thing. If you're not enjoying it the results aren't going to come because no one really wants it," he said.

Looking forward to next season Nathan is aiming to improve the batting side of his game to become a dual threat on the cricket pitch.

"When I came here the idea was for me to be bowling more than I was batting but I definitely want to improve my batting next year," he said.

"It would be nice to make a few more runs."