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NRL Draw Released – Eels Fixtures

This morning the NRL released the draw for season 2017. Parra’s draw is very interesting to say the least. Without further ado:

 

1: Sea Eagles v Eels, Brookvale Oval, 4pm – Sunday 5th March

2: Dragons v Eels, WIN Stadium, 6:30pm – Sunday 12th March

3: Titans v Eels, CBus Super Stadium, 8:05pm – Friday 17th March*

4: Eels v Sharks, ANZ Stadium, 7pm – Saturday 25th March

5: Raiders v Eels, GIO Stadium, 5:30pm – Saturday 1st April

6: Warriors v Eels, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm – Sunday 9th April

7: Eels v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, 4pm – Monday 17th April

8: Eels v Panthers, ANZ Stadium, 3pm – Saturday 22nd April*

9: Cowboys v Eels, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.50pm – Friday 28th April

10: Roosters v Eels, Allianz Stadium, 4pm – Sunday 14th May

11: Eels v Raiders, ANZ Stadium, 7.30pm – Saturday 20th May

12: Rabbitohs v Eels, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm – Friday 26th May

13: Eels v Warriors, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm – Friday 2nd June

14: Eels v Cowboys, TIO Stadium, 7.30pm – Saturday 10th June

15: Eels v Dragons, ANZ Stadium, 4pm – Sunday 18th June

16: BYE

17: Eels v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm – Thursday 29th June

18: Storm v Eels, AAMI Park, 7.30pm – Saturday 8th July

19: BYE

20: Wests Tigers v Eels, ANZ Stadium, 4pm – Sunday 23rd July

21: Eels v Broncos, ANZ Stadium

22: Bulldogs v Eels, ANZ Stadium

23: Eels v Knights, ANZ Stadium

24: Eels v Titans, ANZ Stadium

25: Broncos v Eels, Suncorp Stadium

26: Eels v Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium

 

Before I move on, quick contrast for our starts and finishes –

We are the home team only THREE times in the first TEN Rounds.

Yet, for the SEVEN games Rounds 20-26 we leave ANZ Stadium ONCE.

OR to look at it another way – for the final FOURTEEN games we play, we leave ANZ Stadium only THREE times (and one of those is to go to Darwin)!

Both ends of our season are CRAZY.

 

Thanks to NRL.com for their analysis of Parra’s run:

Teams Parra plays twice: Dragons, Titans, Raiders, Warriors, Tigers, Cowboys, Rabbitohs, Broncos, Bulldogs

Teams Parra plays once: Sea Eagles, Sharks, Panthers, Roosters, Storm, Knights

Starting point: The season kicks off against old rivals Manly at Brookvale Oval on a Sunday afternoon before visits to face the Dragons and Titans.

Tough run: The toughest stretch for the Eels really does come right up front. After those above-mentioned three away games the club’s first home game, in Round 4, is against premiers Cronulla before they then pack their bags for trips to Canberra and Auckland. To sneak even three wins from the first six rounds will be an achievement in itself.

Show-stoppers: The Round 1 trip to Brooky is a fair start and the other big clash to circle is the Easter Monday blockbuster at ANZ Stadium against Wests Tigers. It’s the only NRL game on that day so it definitely gets star billing. If both clubs are in contention for top eight or even top four spots then the Round 22 clash at ANZ against bitter cross-town rivals Canterbury will attract huge interest.

Origin impact: (Byes: Round 16 and 19.) the Eels are again the only club to play in all three pre-Origin bye weeks. Their opponents in those weeks (the Dragons, Rabbitohs and Storm) look certain to be more Origin-affected than Parramatta, so on paper the Origin period is pretty kind to the Eels. They do have the latest byes of any club – whether this is a blessing or a curse remains to be seen but they could be more well-rested than the other clubs leading into the finals as a result.

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When was the last time we only played Penrith once in a season??

Mitchy
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Cheers Miatch.
I agree Jason, so much for ‘game derbys’. The new buzz word is Blockbuster…..I actually don’t mind the draw but dislike the NRL not using our real name of Parramatta Eels, and the same for all teams. Maybe I am being pedantic but it irks me. I still cannot get used of the time slots..

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Wests tigers were the only one afforded that respect ☝️

Mitchy
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Yeah Grumpy, they did. I guess when I see EPL or some others they don’t use club nicknames.
Liverpool FC for eg.

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Great to see the draw available, I know me & a couple of mates always head down AAMI stadium for the Storm game & travel up to Suncorp for the Bronco’s game. I would think if we can win 3 out of 6 to start the comp off we will be in good shape.

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I don’t want to be disrespectful, but based on last year, any team only drawn to play the Knights once has been screwed out of two points!