Ladies who League: Knights show the way

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Last Friday night the Newcastle Knights posted their third victory in a row, snapping the Parramatta Eels six game winning streak with a 29-10 victory at ANZ Stadium.

This win was special for a number of reasons. It meant that the Knights found themselves out of the wooden spoon position on the ladder briefly. It was the first time since the start of the 2015 season that the Knights have won three consecutive games.

Should Hayne stay or should he go?

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Jarryd Hayne is one of the most naturally gifted players I have ever had the opportunity to watch.

Being a Parramatta fan, Jarryd was on my radar before he burst onto the scene, at age 18 in 2006, making his debut for the Eels against the Penrith Panthers.

There were plenty of whispers before then about this prodigy who would be a key part of the squad and potentially help lead the club to our first premiership since 1986.

We all know how that ended.

Ladies who League: Learning to love the Storm

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‘Over the last few weeks it has come to light that the Storm has engaged in a long-term system of operating, what might conveniently be called, two sets of books’.

I still very clearly remember this press conference in 2010. NRL CEO David Gallop fronted the media and explained the great lengths that the Melbourne Storm had gone to breach the salary cap over several years, and then handed down the most significant punishment in NRL history which included the stripping of three minor Premierships, the docking of all competition points in 2010 and the return of over one million dollars worth of prize money.

Who has been the most disappointing team of 2017?

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My goodness there has been some dreadful football over the last couple of weeks.

Given the point of the season we’re at, I’m not surprised.

I tend to think about the NRL season in three distinct parts: the pre-State of Origin period, the State of Origin period and the post-State of Origin period.

Another hot retro team strike again in Retro Round

This article was first written by Melissa Muscat, 2017 Parramatta Eels Members Councillor.

The last couple of years has proven to bring quite a bit of rivalry between the Sharks and the Raiders and last night didn’t disappoint. Another great line up for Retro Round. The Shire Boys are chasing a top two spot, the Raiders fighting to secure a finals place and the fact that last year Canberra ended Cronulla’s 16 game unbeaten streak, things were always going to be heated and exciting on the field. And that they were.

This match had it all, biff, the bin and plenty of tries. Raiders were also hot property in the 80’s and early 90’s. I went for them when I was around 10, the Green Machine Glory days. I loved Mal Meninga and who didn’t? He was quite a legendary player.

The retro footy cards that remind us of the best of a cherished rugby league era

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This week, the rugby league community celebrates ‘Retro Round’.

Even though it’s not an official NRL themed round, it’s been plenty of fun to see the rugby league family embrace this celebration of the 1980s so wholeheartedly.

From sharing stories of classic rivalries, to photos of curly hair, moustaches and black boots, this week the game has come together to remember a different era in the history of our game.

Ladies who League: Going Retro

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Even though Retro Round isn’t an official NRL round, it’s great to see so many rugby league fans sharing their favourite memories from the 1980’s.

When I hear the words ‘retro round’, a couple of other words immediately spring to mind – ‘head tape’, ‘biff’, ‘black boots’, ‘moustaches’ and ‘Tina Turner’.  I’m also reminded of certain players like Brett Kenny, Wayne Pearce, Ray Price, Benny Elias, Michael Hancock and Tommy Raudonikus and plenty of classic rugby league rivalries like between the Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs or the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs or the Manly Sea Eagles and Western Suburbs Magpies (more lovingly known as the rivalry between the fibros and the silvertails).

Retro Round – The Glory Days

This article was first written by Melissa Muscat, 2017 Parramatta Eels Members Councillor.

Retro Round. 1980’s. My absolute favourite era in time. How good was the music? When I think retro I think fluoro, leg warmers, Cyndi Lauper, Milli Vanilli and The Parramatta Eels. The latter two being the best of the decade without a doubt. Even though Milli Vanilli were exposed for not actually singing anything on their record!

Blaming the referee is an old and tired excuse

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There’s nothing more boring and predictable in rugby league than a coach deciding to blame the referee’s at a presser for their team’s loss.

We’ve seen this twice in the last two weeks – last week Ricky Stuart decided it was appropriate to blast the referees after the Canberra Raiders lost to the Melbourne Storm and this week Paul McGregor did the same after the St George Illawarra Dragons lost to the Newcastle Knights.

Let’s start with the game last weekend.