The aggressive opening batsman who debuted as a 16-year-old for Joondalup in season 2005-06 said he felt honoured to reach the milestone.

“It’s a honour to be honest,” Newnham said.

“Obviously, when I first started out I was just trying to crack into the side and establish myself, but to hit 200 has been amazing and it’s something I’ll look back on once I finish up.”

Newnham has flourished in his role as an opener at the Hawks, averaging a whopping 487.6 runs over the past five seasons.

Newnham currently sits 13th in the competition for runs scored and needs just two more runs to reach 6000 First Grade career runs.

“As I said before, you just aim to play one game and score a few runs, but to reach this milestone is pretty special," he said.

To play at the elite level of any sporting code requires an enormous amount of dedication and heart, coupled with an insatiable work ethic.

These three things are something Newham has in spades, as well as a desire to continually improve and get better.

“Once you get to First Grade, you can’t just pat yourself on the back and say that's it, you’ve got to continue to get better all the time," he said.

“I’ve always tried to get better and think ahead of the game, you can’t just stop once you play your first match.

"I always trained hard as a young bloke, and I’ve never stopped trying to get better.”

Mount Lawley currently sit 13th on the ladder with just three wins to its name but Newnham believes there is light at the end of the tunnel for the raw, but talented squad.

“It’s been a bit of a frustrating year,” he said.

“I think it’s been a bit of a recurring problem for us, but I think we can improve dramatically next season.”

With finals off the cards for the Hawks, Newnham is focussed on passing on his experience and knowledge to the next generation of Hawks coming through.

“I suppose, when I was a young fella, I had a lot of experience around me that helped shaped me as a player,” he said.

“With our really young squad, I’ve tried to pass on a few things and help guide the younger players through the early parts of their career, hopefully teach them a few things and get everyone in a good mindset to finish off the year with a good performance.”