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Post Game Grades – Round 24 at North Queensland

Parramatta_Eels_logo.svg  Parramatta Eels 6

 North Queensland Cowboys 44

The Good:
In 2019 we’ll have a new stadium, Junior Paulo, Blake Ferguson, Manly’s leading try scorer Shaun Lane, a Fijian winger named Sivo and more coming our way. It could be worse, we could be the Manly Perth Sea Eagles.

And hey, at least we’re not the Liberal Party.

The Bad:

All of it, really. Take this game and fire it directly into the sun.

You know what else is bad? Our away record in 2018.

As next week is a home game, we just clean swept an incredible 0-12 away record. That is something else.

X-Factor:

 

Wait. Is Johnathan Thurston retiring? Why didn’t anyone say anything?

Could you imagine being an official and calling a foul on Michael Jordan? Or a false start on Usain Bolt? Well you can imagine the pressure on the whistleblowers in tonight’s game for JT’s final appearance in Townsville. Throw in 20,000 NQ fans and commentary teams basically making love to JT through the screens and there was only one way this game was going to end, and it was carved in stone before kick off.

Oh and the Cowboys started the game with 20/20 completions, and had 70% of possession at halftime.

It’s weird. I’ve seen us play plenty worse than tonight, but there’s only been a handful of scorelines like it.

With that said, we certainly didn’t play well. At all.

The MVP:
No.

 

1- Corey Norman

Fullback, Parramatta Eels

Tonight was Episode 3 in Corey’s most recent venture as custodian for the Blue & Gold.

It didn’t go very well for the Eels.

2- Jarryd Hayne

Right Wing, Parramatta Eels

I very much hope to see this bloke run around again next year.

3- Michael Jennings

Right Centre, Parramatta Eels

4- Clint Gutherson (c)

Left Centre, Parramatta Eels

If tonight’s game were a formal dinner, the Eels showed up looking like this:

5- George Jennings

Left Wing, Parramatta Eels

Had some really poor defensive plays tonight, and was basically manhandled by Kyle Feldt.

6- Jaeman Salmon

Five-Eighth, Parramatta Eels

Put in a couple of nice kicks, and he seems like such a nice young lad.

7- Mitch Moses

Halfback, Parramatta Eels

Prince of Egypt? Ha, more like *insert funny rhyme here*

8- Kane Evans

Prop, Parramatta Eels

Was that Kane Evans out there tonight, or an angry giraffe with an Eels jersey on? You decide.

14- Cameron King

Hooker, Parramatta Eels

I don’t know what happened to Cameron King in the offseason, but his service this season has been as slow as dial-up internet.

10- Siosaia Vave

Prop, Parramatta Eels

An early conceded penalty at nil all was literally the high point of his game tonight.

11- Marata Niukore

Back Row, Parramatta Eels

Marata actually missed the flight to Townsville earlier this week. Thankfully he was able to extend his pterodactyl like wings and make the 2000km journey north himself.

12- Tepai Moeroa

Back Row, Parramatta Eels

You wouldn’t believe it, but Tepai went off with another HIA.

13- Peni Terepo

Lock, Parramatta Eels

The Butcher butchered a play the ball, and it sort of spiralled from that point.

Interchange

9- Reed Mahoney 

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

Made a couple of very good tackles in his stint off the bench. I know after such a game positivity isn’t all that common but I really like this kid’s future. Still, that loss was so brutal and graphically violent, someone of Reed’s age really should have had parental supervision.

15- Tim Mannah (c)

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

The return of Big Easy did little to stem the horrific bleeding, but he’s somehow discovered a little sidestep.

16- David Gower

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more Gowbell.

17- Brad Takairangi

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

I’m not even sure what Taka does out there anymore, but I’m pretty sure it’s not what he’s supposed to be doing.

Mercifully, next week is our final game of Season 2018. Although I love watching my team play, I for one will be glad to see the back of this NRL year for the Eels. I find myself now bracing for the onslaught jibes from my peers and co-workers now we’ve secured another wooden spoon, but I’ll be back for more, both next week and next year.

Get out of your comfort zone and get out there next week for our celebratory farewell to a horrific year. Round 25 vs the Roosters; next Saturday, 1st September at ANZ Stadium.

Whatever happens, the Throw will have you covered.

 

Vent your fury and disappointment in the comments below.

 

Go you Eels,

Mitch.

 

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Anonymous

I’m not mad, I’m just numb to all of this. I think this is the worst Eels team I’ve seen in my 10 years of watching NRL. I’m contemplating changing NRL teams because I don’t think I can handle the constant disappointment anymore.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Quitter

dave
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dave

been following them for 44 years mate if you feel that way after 10 years, get out now

The rev aka snedden
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The rev aka snedden

well said dave well said

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Dave, I think I go for around 55 years, have seen some lower grade premierships, as well as our 4 in the 80’s most other years have been average with a lot of wooden trophies, and I purchased one of the first car stickers to show I was an eels supporter. It was a simple worded yellow sticker with blue words “I’m a Sticker for the Eels” until I am in a wooden box or pushed off the gap as shark food, I will be a sticker for the eels. While I tipped them to win, I did so only… Read more »

Michael Formosa
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Michael Formosa

Disgusting, disgraceful and disappointed. Can’t wait for this season to be over! A lot of players that have been great for our club over the last few years unfortunately need to be moved on.

And did I mention Parra to celebrate getting the spoon have jacked up price for season tickets!!

June
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June

At least we won’t have to book parking

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

At least you can look at the positive of that statement June, you wont get booked for parking.

Avenger
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Avenger

We are in the abyss. There should be no more discussion. Brad if you love the club as much as you say you do, then do the honourable thing and quit.

dave
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dave

and why would that be honourable, just what we need another coach to walk out on us

Avenger
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Avenger

Because he can no longer take this team forward. He is stale and needs to jump before he is pushed.

dave
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dave

will be a different team next year, we’ll see what happens

Avenger
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Avenger

He has built this team and failed. He needs to go. No need for another wasted year.

Jamie
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Jamie

Hi Avenger
When are you back at the front row

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nobody is going to want to sign with him. For the sake of keeping juniors and our future BIG signings he has to go.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

He’s systems and processes are dated. He buys poorly. And we ran last. Only way is up with any other coach.

The rev aka snedden
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The rev aka snedden

his not stale look at uncle Benny bronco’s boss for 25 yrs 6 premierships

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Rev, its easy to forget that even the best coaches have had poor seasons, and wasn’t Benny a resounding success at the Knights? Oops!!! I forgot he was, he got a very successful padding to his pocket.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

We came home tonight just in time to see the cows go to 38-0, half time came soon afterwards with a forgettable scoreline and it was decision time, do i watch the 2nd half knowing what was going to happen or not? Well I decided to watch and I could not get any emotion with it, I watched penalties being given for unknown reasons, Taka to the bin, and NQ players doing the same and worst and nil penalties to the eels until late in the game. I watched our only try scored by M Jenko, and it still left… Read more »

dave smiles
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dave smiles

can see why you didnt post grades but in saying that i dont think coach or whole team deserve the shit being poured on them by the facebook supporters group. cowboys were always going to win tbe game, even before the game there was 25 minutes about jt and cowboys eels only got mentioned for team line up. was poor performance but shit some really bad calls

Anonymous
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Anonymous

They deserve it because they got smashed by almost 40 points by the team coming last. Now we are last and are going to get the spoon. The team is diabolical and deserve everything they get

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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Rocket
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Rocket

So disappointed.
Commentators said at half time the game was going to script. We were never meant to be in that game!

Fletch
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Fletch

*sigh* make it stop

Only one more week and then we can all look at the little blue light from the Men in Black and forget the whole season.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ha yes. Then it’s cricket season. Won’t that be fun?

West Coast Eel
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West Coast Eel

The Good – I iq’d the game, watched the first set til the penalty, fast forwarded til 32-0, then turned it off. Didn’t see much of the game! The Bad – My mood for the next few days. Sorry to my wife and daughter. MVP – Any Parra supporter that flew up to watch that game. If only some players had as much heart as you guys. X Factor – Somehow we kept them below 50. Man, it’s been a tough year and I feel that I’ve been constantly depressed since rd 1. One more week, then I can forget… Read more »

Billy
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Billy

Well, that was just… urgh. I didn’t expect us to win, but damnit, I’d like it if it looked like all our players tried. We were always going to get caned in the penalties. Some of them were ridiculous (eg Peni’s play the ball penalty – watch the next set, there were three tackles where they didn’t touch the ball with their foot, with no thought of a whistle), but we show no resilience. Rubbish goal line defence, poor decisions, lack of effort. What happened to that awesome “backs against the wall” mentality of 2016? We were gone after the… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Bye Jennings
Bye Jennings (2)
Bye Norman
Bye Taka
Bye King
Bye Pritchard
Bye Mannah
Bye Smith
Bye Gower
Bye Hoffman
Bye Auva’a
Bye BA

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Bye anonymous ,please!

Billy
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Billy

If that’s all you’ve got to contribute to the conversation, perhaps this isn’t the site for you. Nobody liked that performance. But that comment doesn’t add anything. There’s plenty of other options where everyone is ready to throw the baby out with the bathwater, I suggest you go shout into the echo chamber there.

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I’ve been adding to this site for a while with actual things to say and like BA in the press conference I’m cooked and out of ideas

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Brilliant. spot on.

The rev aka snedden
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The rev aka snedden

Let’s get 1 thing clear n that no one was going to beat the cowboys tonight …. no one. Not the storm not the roorters not the bunnies no one…. ?The NRL told the refs make sure cowboys win at all cost in 1300 i won’t smile stadium. look at the bright side we are not a 1 man band like the cowboys … lets see how they go with out JT watch there coach get fired ….lol. Parra on the other hand we can look forward to new faces n new home ground. looking bright with mahoney kid looks… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mate they made it to the grand final without jt, so hardly a one man band. I could only wish we had players like Taumalolo and Morgan. Bloody hell I wish we had their whole forward pack.

Gem KM
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Gem KM

I’m so off this stinking team right now. Except u Reed. Luv u

Michael Formosa
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Michael Formosa

I’ve been a massive supporter of BA from the moment he came to our club but to take over a team that was last and in 5 years time to be last again with no real reason is unacceptable.

The Captain
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The Captain

I can’t believe I watched the whole thing.

Offside
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Offside

Im not mad im use to it thankfully i got some good news about the coaching situation that has given me a glimmer of hope.

We deserve this wooden spoon 5years since brad said we wont win one under his coaching and we’ve done nothing and are back where he started.

BDon
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BDon

Mitch, agree, easier to not try to sort out the wheat from the chaff.A penalty in the first set these days is a game changer, and Vave did hit him behind the knees. The commentators don’t seem sure about exactly how that rule works,but it did look dangerous. Fair call, sloppy discipline in a game where we just didn’t want early penalties. Game, set, match. (Hair trigger nit picking after that, the Peni play the ball call was beyond belief. And the Cows didn’t need any help). All first half tries were from momentum through the middle then move the… Read more »

Salty Pete
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Salty Pete

I was at the game. Three penalties against within 5 minutes. Our only early momentum was thwarted by another dubious playing the ball penalty. The Refs gave JT the send off he deserved. Having said that we were smashed by the Cowboys forward pack through the overwhelming weight of possession and fantastic Cowboy completion rates. I don’t think any team wouldn’t have beaten the Cowboys tonight.

Kaul Pent
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Kaul Pent

Yep, Scott was huge for them.
We had no go forward, we could barley get out of our 20.
Refs didn’t help but that’s football. We were never gunna win.
Let’s hope king is dropped next week and replaced with young kafusi.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Unless King is out injured he is unlikely to get another run, but we can only live in hope for one more week, would love to see a few other fringe juniors given the chance as I said in another post.

DDay
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DDay

And with that effort we are back to where we were 9 weeks ago, in the abyss. There were signs of improvement over the past couple of months hinting at some momentum to build on into 2019. Last night was very poor, the lack of resilience shone through. Yes we were down on troops (our forwards struggled), yes there were 3 penalties given to the Cowboys in the first 6 tackles but the cornerstone of the improvement has been defence and the Cowboys went through us, around us and over. “Mercifully, next week is our final game of Season 2018”… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden.
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The rev aka Snedden.

You must watch the good games n the bad games to be a reel eel fan. I watched it all. As for some comments on here about the team being a stinking team well don’t like them follow someone else

Offside
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Offside

Thats a simple view mate i love this club, doesn’t mean we cant see the facts for what they are this team this year stinks dead last no doubt about it were the worst team in the league. Most wooden spoons by any active NRL team Only western suburbs have more. A playing style that is so far away from the middle ranked teams let alone the top. I see all this and more i acknowledge this im still going to support them with hope of a turn around, im not going to naively think this core group and staff… Read more »

Parra Pete
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Parra Pete

The effort was there!!. The Cowboys played almost the perfect game, and, in my opinion, would have put a similar scoreline on any of the other Clubs. They were unstoppable, and hardly made a mistake. The effort in front of a sell-out crowd, and on such a special occasion was not un-expected. It was a bit like what fans expected from the Eels at the opening of Parramatta Stadium. Sure, the full time scoreline was disappointing..but the magic of seeing JT weave his magic should live in the minds of ‘true’ League fans for ever. In years to come we… Read more »

Salty Pete
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Salty Pete

Parra Pete, it must be your name but I agree with completely. I was there and everything was against us. To you disgruntled supporters, as optimistic as this sounds, I wouldn’t read too much into that game. It was all about JT….. just ask the Refs.

Parra Pete
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Parra Pete

In my opinion Vave and Terepo have been the big improvers in recent weeks…and the team missed Brown and Alvaro last night…I was disappointed with the result, sure, but not too disappointed to enjoy the skills on show by J T and his Cowboys….Thurston is such a superstar and represents all the good things about Rugby League…(and he has worked very hard to improve his image over the years – good on him)…

Milo
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Milo

Frustrated, angry and embarrassed – that is how i feel today and for the season. Could not watch after mid first half; we deserved the loss but some calls were tough. Mahoney stat was great thanks Mitch. In all truth i am a bit over the game, NRL and of course the season. I have no care factor at this point. I am also off o/seas in two weeks and thank heck i am. I personally do not care who wins or loses in the finals. Watched some afl today…and it took my mind off Parra. Parra need to move… Read more »

John Eel
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John Eel

Mitch it has taken me a while but I have managed to push the emotion down.

However all I can add to the post is that you have done a good job all year and I am in awe of how you can front up each week with this post considering the season that we have had.

Go the Eels

MAX
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MAX

I have been travelling with work and despite the score line I actually tortured myself and watched the recording last night, more so to watch the young guys get a run. Whilst we absolutely blown off the park in the first 20 minutes, we just couldn’t recover! 3 penalties in the first 3 minutes, you got the feeling it was all going to go the Cow’s way, and it did! Whilst I am enormously disappointed that we finish the year this way, I have to say I am concerned that BA cant get our team “up” for a match like… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Max, I just posted an after thought reply above, and repeat in part one paragraph here as to my after thoughts of the match, while its not a good look, I believe we have players in the current side that know they don’t have a future at the eels, and are playing that way, most if not all of those wont get a run elsewhere I believe. Against the cows on such a night as the farewell of their primary pin up player, was the team so over awed by the event before the match that they were mentally incapable… Read more »

MAX
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MAX

Cheers Colin, with that said, Canterbury didn’t really have a lot to play for either, but they turned up! We didn’t! After the game they said they did it for Dean Pay and the Morris twins!

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Max, I would say that the players in the eels team that I am referring to are pretty well at and on a different level, an that is the most disappointing aspect of the game, thing is though the dogs beat the dragons 38-0 and the eels beat the dragons 44-4.
How does one read that?

MAX
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MAX

Col, I am referring to the effort, and the ability to be able to get the team up for a game. Surely there must remain some pride in this jumper, not to mention the embarrassment of another wooden spoon.
I genuinely feel as a club we have accepted mediocrity in behavior and performance for too long, from the top down.
Anyhow bring on next year with a host of young local talent, I hope.
I don’t want to win every game, I just want to be competitive, every week.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Cannot disagree Max, tells me that the players that are not really putting in, are there for the money and nothing else.

As for the club accepting these sorts of players, I am really hopeful of the person who becomes the Football club manager, is of the calibre that can identify these types of players before giving them an offer, at best a one year deal, if there is any concerns at all, and the deal would be based on performances beyond.

John Eel
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John Eel

Colin with regard to your point about some Eels players giving little effort knowing they have no future in the NRL.

The Bulldogs players on the other hand know that they are safe because the club are in no position to replace them given their salary cap position.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

John, that’s an interesting take on the players and I cannot disagree in concept. As I replied to Max above, the person taking on the head of football needs to be someone who can see what they really want to do, are they just here for the coin or want to play for the club.

MattL
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MattL

Does anyone else see the irony in the Eels updating their “victory” song this year?