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Although not considered one of the glamor teams of the NRL, the Parramatta Eels are one of Australia most historic teams and have enjoyed success during their history- especially in the 70’s and 80’s.
Recent years have not been so kind to the team and despite going into a number of seasons full of hope, the team has often struggled including finishing bottom in 2012, 2013 and 2018, when they struggled in most of the games they played.
With a new stadium, a huge and passionate fanbase and with a new found confidence making them one of the most attacking teams in the league, things for Parra are starting to look up once more.
Parramatta Eels NRL
The Parra Eels are one of the most recognisable clubs in the NRL and they are one of those clubs that tends to be either fantastic or poor with multiple titles, multiple Grand Final losses, numerous Minor Premierships, and lots of wooden spoors, so fans know that they are likely set for an interesting, if not exciting season and that up and down nature also makes them enticing for those looking to be ton the action from Australia.
The Eels are based in the Parramatta district of Sydney which is around 25km’s west of the main downtown of Sydney.
The club play in one of the most impressive medium sized stadiums not just in Rugby League but also in world sport.
After their former Parramatta stadium home was knocked down, the club moved into the new Western Sydney Stadium, known form the off as the Bankwest Stadium due to sponsorship reasons, which is a great mix of seating and corporate facilities mixed with lots of modern features such as led screens to really bring the stadium to life on match days.
Capable of hosting around 30,000 fans and costing around $300 million, the stadium plays host to not just the Eels, who are the main tenants, but it has only played host to the majority o the Sydney based NRL teams.
The club have a number of nicknames including the Eels, Parra and the Blue and Gold.
The Eels have a number of rivalries, as you would be expect from an historic club based in the city of Sydney, with the majority of those rivalries been with the other long standing clubs based in the city.
Arguably the clubs biggest rivalry is with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs which really developed during the 1980’s when the 2 clubs were at the height of their powers together and both met in a number of big matches including end of season finals and even a couple of great Grand Finals.
The 2 sides are also based locally to each other and often fight over attracting fans from the Auburn, Granville, and Cabramatta districts of Sydney.
In a similar vein, the club have a huge rivalry with the Penrith Panthers, who are also based in the west side of city, with matches between the 2 sides known as the ‘Western Sydney Derby’ or as the ‘Battle of the West’.
This is a rivalry built upon local bragging rights and the fact that the Penrith district used to fall under the control of the Parramatta Rugby League district, leading to conflicts throughout.
When the club meet the likes of the Rabbitohs, the Roosters, the Sea Eagles or the Dragons, the matches also have a big game feel to them and the bragging rights for fans is also huge as all club snow attract fans from across the city and not just in the regions/districts they represent.
Colours / Playing Kit
The club are instantly recognisable whenever they take to the field due their bight colour scheme of blue and gold with the club often running 2 kits ever season with one been mostly blue with yellow stripes and the other been mostly gold featuring blue stripes.
The Eels are one of the most historic clubs in Australia having been first established in 1946 but for much of their early going, the club struggled on the field and racked up more wooden spoons than finals appearances.
This was due to the club having a lack of funds and resources which often saw them fielding amateur players against fully professional sides.
It took until the 1970’s for things to really start improving which was capped off by the club reaching the Grand Final in 1976 but unfortunately for their fans, the cub lost to the Sea Eagles.
The club did build on their improved performances however and in the next season they finished top of the table to win their first Minor-Premiership but after reaching the rand Final, the club lost heavily to the Dragons in a replay.
In the 1980’s the club developed a star studded squad and that helped them to win a hat-trick of titles between 1981-83 and they also reach the 84 final but lost to the Doggies.
In 86 they won another Minor-Premiership and gain revenge of Canterbury to win the Grand Final.
In the 1990’s the club stayed loyal to the ARL during the Super League wars and that helped them to recruit a whole new squad of stars as there 80’s players faded away and that led to lots more success on the field but failed to match the title and trophy success of the previous decade.
The new millennium started well with an appearance in the 2001 Grand Final but they lost that match to the Newcastle Knights despite been the domain team throughout the whole season.
In 2005, the club won the Minor-Premiership once again but struggled in the finals but sadly since then the club have often struggled towards the foot of the table, with a number of wooden spoons (2021,2013 and 2018) but they did finish runners up in 2009 after losing the Grand Final to the Storm.
The cub have now undergone a decade of re-grouping and rebuilding and they are now perfectly set up in their new stadium and with some fantastic young new talent to become a title contender once again.
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