What the hell happened to the Parramatta Eels last season?
The blue and gold started the year among the flag favourites, but a horror start saw them go six rounds without a win en route to the wooden spoon.
Can Parra and their young guns bounce back in 2019? Let’s look at the latest NRL odds for the Eels.
About the Parramatta Eels
|Home grounds:||ANZ Stadium
|Captains:||Tim Mannah and Clint Gutherson|
|Premierships:||Four – 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986|
|2018 ladder finish:||16th (6-18)|
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Updated Parramatta Eels futures odds
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon||Dally M Odds|
|Feb||$26||$3.40||$8||C Gutherson $81|
|Mar||$41||$4||$5||C Gutherson $81|
|Apr||$26||$2.20||$34||C Gutherson $30|
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- The Eels need a fresh start. Controversy magnets Jarryd Hayne and Corey Norman are gone, while former captain Beau Scott has retired. There plenty of talent in this group, but is there enough confidence and cohesion for a genuine title charge? Probably not.
- Parra might not challenge for the flag, but they offer very good value as an outside chance for the finals. Last year was an unmitigated disaster and their odds have blown out as a result. There are bolters every year, so why not the Eels this time around?
- New co-captain Clint Gutherson is Parra’s best bet for the Dally M Medal. Mitchell Moses and Bevan French are also worth keeping an eye on.
2019 Parramatta Eels draw
|1||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, March 17||4:05pm|
|2||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, March 24||4:05pm|
|3||Sydney Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Friday, March 29||7:55pm|
|4||Cronulla Sharks||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, April 6||7:35pm|
|5||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Sunday, April 14||6:10pm|
|6||Wests Tigers||Bankwest Stadium||Monday, April 22||4pm|
|7||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Sunday, April 28||4:05pm|
|8||St George Illawarra Dragons||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, May 5||4:05pm|
|9||Melbourne Storm||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, May 11||7:35pm|
|10||North Queensland Cowboys||1300SMILES Stadium||Saturday, May 18||5:30pm|
|11||Penrith Panthers||Bankwest Stadium||Thursday, May 23||7:50pm|
|12||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, May 31||7:55pm|
|13||Cronulla Sharks||Shark Park||Saturday, June 8||5:30pm|
|14||Brisbane Broncos||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, June 15||7:35pm|
|15||Canberra Raiders||TIO Stadium||Saturday, June 29||7:35pm|
|17||Wests Tigers||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, July 14||4:05pm|
|18||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Sunday, July 21||4:05pm|
|19||New Zealand Warriors||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, July 27||3pm|
|20||St George Illawarra Dragons||Jubilee Oval||Sunday, August 4||4:05pm|
|21||Newcastle Knights||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, August 10||5:30pm|
|22||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Friday, August 16||6pm|
|23||Canterbury Bulldogs||Bankwest Stadium||Thursday, August 22||7:50pm|
|24||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, August 30||7:55pm|
|25||Manly Sea Eagles||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, September 6||6pm|
Eels players to watch in 2019
Position: Fullback, winger, centre
Gutherson played all over the back half last year, but he has made it clear he wants to wear the No.1 jersey on a full-time basis. The young co-captain could do great things if he avoids injury trouble this season.
Position: Winger, fullback
If Gutherson gets his wish, we will see a lot more of French on the flanks this season. Expect the 21-year-old from Tingha to improve on last year’s tally of nine tries.
Position: Five-eighth, halfback
It is no secret that things were just not working between Moses and Norman last year. With the latter gone, the former now has a chance to take control of the halves and make his mark.
Parramatta Eels records and stats
- Most games: 330 – Nathan Hindmarsh
Most career points: 2001 – Mike Cronin
Most points in a season: 282 – Mick Cronin (1978)
Most career tries: 111 – Luke Burt
Most tries in a season: 24 – Jay Dona (2015)
Most points in a match: 28 – Luke Burt (vs. Panthers, 2002)
- Most consecutive wins: 12 (1964, 1977)
Most consecutive losses: 19 (1959-60)
Biggest winning margin: 74-4 (vs. Sharks, 2003)
Biggest losing margin: 0-68 (vs. Raiders, 1993)
Largest NRL attendance: 104,583 (vs. Dragons at Stadium Australia, 1999)
- The idea of a first-grade club in Parramatta was first floated in the 1930s, but it was not until the end of World War II that the dream became reality. The early years were hard work and the team did not feature in the NSWRL finals until 1962.
Things started to come together in the 1970s, when the Eels played in six consecutive finals series and made back-to-back grand final appearances. In ’76 they suffered a narrow defeat to Manly after Neville Glover’s infamous fumble in the dying moments, and a year later were beaten in a replay by St George.
Those near-misses foreshadowed a golden age for Parra footy. Blessed with a star-studded squad that included Mick Cronin, Steve Ella, Brett Kenny, Ray Price and Peter Sterling, the Eels claimed their first premiership in 1981. They repeated the feat in ’82, did it again in ’83, just missed out in ’84 and returned to the top in ’86. That’s four flags and five grand finals in six years.
Those remain the greatest days in Parramatta’s history. The club has not claimed another premiership since, despite finishing top of the ladder in 2001 and 2005. The Eels were runners-up to the Melbourne Storm in 2009 – one of two flags that were stripped due to salary cap breaches. Parra’s grievances over that injustice were rendered null and void in 2016, when the club was docked premiership points and fined $1 million for cheating the salary system.
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