Black Diamond AFL: Newcastle City Blues veteran Matt Enright prepares for 250-game milestone

MILESTONE: Newcastle City's Matthew Enright (left). Picture: Jonathan Carroll
MILESTONE: Newcastle City's Matthew Enright (left). Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Matt Enright has achieved quite a lot in his career at Newcastle City, and he’s not finished just yet.

The 34-year-old Blues veteran has claimed seven first-grade premierships but continues to impress out in the middle as he prepares for his 250th Black Diamond AFL game for the club in Saturday’s final-round clash against Terrigal Avoca at No.1 Sportsground.

“He [Enright] is still at the peak of his powers and an important part of the team,” City coach Tim Cotter told the Newcastle Herald. “It might take him a little longer to deal with injuries nowadays, but he has stood the test of time.

“There’s been plenty of people play for City in multiple premierships over the years, but Matt would be one of the few, if not only, to play in all of them during that period.

“It would be good to get a result for him on the weekend and take some momentum into the finals.”  

The Blues have appeared in 10 of the last 15 grand finals, claiming major trophies in 2003, 2013, 2016 and four straight between 2008 and 2011.

And they remain in the title hunt this time around as well, having dropped just two matches in the regular rounds and sitting third on the competition ladder. 

City’s last loss was by 34 points away to minor premiers Terrigal on June 16 and regardless of this weekend’s results the highest they can finish is second. 

Coming off the bye, Cotter opted to start the finals feel seven days early. 

“To give us a bit of focus we are treating this like the first weekend of finals,” he said.

“We wanted to get up and about rather than just turning up.”

Newcastle will be without NSW under-17 representatives Reed Van Huisstede and Aidan Watling, who will be joined by Warners Bay’s Ky McGrath for a Futures Series fixture against Victoria Metropolitan in Melbourne on Sunday.   

Elsewhere in Black Diamond Cup on Saturday the seventh and final play-off spot comes down to the victor between Gosford and Wyong Lakes, Cardiff and Warners Bay have a top-four battle, Killarney Vale visit Nelson Bay and Maitland host Lake Macquarie.