Newcastle rugby: Griffins stalwart Todd Trench reaches 450 games and climbing

MILESTONE MAN: Todd Trench leads Newcastle Griffins out in his 450th game. Picture: Chris Bushell
MILESTONE MAN: Todd Trench leads Newcastle Griffins out in his 450th game. Picture: Chris Bushell

TODD Trench is still waiting to play the perfect game.

The Newcastle Griffins stalwart notched game 450 for the club in a 41-0 loss to Muswellbrook last Saturday.

The 43-year-old has called the Griffins home for the past 27 years after following his dad, Stuart, to the club as a 16 year old.

He has played every match in the front row and is yet to toast a premiership.

“I guess I am still waiting to play the perfect game,” he laughed. “I just think it is a great game and can’t understand why everyone doesn’t play.  We have been in a few grand finals but never taken the prize. The last grand final was in 2007. We have a new coach this year, Kevin Armstrong, an old Stockton guy, who has brought a bit of life back to us. It would be nice to win a premiership but it’s more about the mateship.”

As well as play, Trench is the club president and chief organiser.

At this stage he has no plans to retire any time soon.

“I guess 500 games is only three years away, you better mark me down for that,” he said.

Griffins were known as Port Tech, after the merger of Tech College and Port Hunter, when Trench played his first season.

Trench’s dad, who was a life member of the NHRU and Port Tech, passed away in 2007.

Each year since, Griffins have played for the Stuart Trench Cup in early June which doubles as old boys day.

“It’s a big day at Lynn Oval,” Trench said. “This year it’s on June 2 and we are playing Easts.”