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The Tip Sheet – 2022 Ep 98: A Christmas Eels Chat With Mark O’Neill

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Sixties and Forty20 record the final episode of The Tip Sheet for 2022 on location at the Parramatta Eels’ HQ in Kellyville. Joining them is the General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill as they take on final look at the year that was as well as what lies ahead for the Blue & Gold.

Among a broad spectrum of topics, the trio take a look at the success the Eels enjoyed on the field this year, the impact of new faces at the club and the steps that Parramatta are taking to ensure long-term success in the NRL and NRLW.

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John Eel

Very enjoyable last podcast for the year. Heard some great commentary on the new faces around the club with regard to coaching staff. While Mark gave us a great insight he was not able to tell us what we all wanted to hear however we patiently wait. My own thoughts are that I believe that we are well and truly in contention next year. I will be disappointed if we don’t make the four again. In particular I am especially looking forward to seeing how Hodgson stands up to a tough year because I feel he has the experience and… Read more »

sixties

Thanks John. Firstly, our thanks to Mark for this. We had tentatively planned to get this done before Christmas and he made sure that it happened. Also, there are a number of processes and initiatives that he has been responsible for at the club but he doesn’t want to talk about himself in these discussions so I have to respect that. That said, outside of the fact that Parra never discusses what’s happening in contract negotiations (I still had to ask) I think it’s important to get internal takes on changes, recruits, staffing, media opinions, pathways etc. For the last… Read more »

Colin good

Very enjoyable podcast O’Neil comes over very well would have like to have heard a little about upcoming juniors but perhaps next time

sixties

Thanks Colin. We didn’t go down that path because they are probably a little reluctant to throw too much hype from within on juniors. That said, Forty has it covered in his three part series.

Colin good

We will all be on tender hooks watching Hodgson hopefully not going down with an injury also watching Hopegood playing against Queensland prior grand final showed promises for the coming season

sixties

BTW Colin, both are looking good at training.

Anonymous

“Tenterhooks” Colin, ffs!

sixties

I’ll give Colin the benefit of the doubt that it’s auto correct when he wrote it as two separate words. Damned autocorrect has made me look drunk many times in the past.

Anonymous

Thanks guys. Very much appreciated. I understand not everything can be covered but I sat patiently whilst listening to hopefully get an insiders opinion on the “Matto” situation. My take is that it should have been handled much better by all involved at our club, player and administration alike. Hopefully its a lesson well learned.
Merry Christmas and thanks to all for your outstanding contribution towards my support of Our Eels.

HINDY111

It happened just after a long season and grand final loss. Lot of emotions flying around. Its fair to say Matto may of not been thinking straight.

sixties

I can’t see why it can’t be changed – round one is over two months away.

sixties

Thanks Anon. Fair point.

HINDY111

I like Matterson at lock but for the balance of the side and defense I feel he should move back to 2nd row and Hopgood at lock. I don’t see Hopgood as an impact style bench player. I see him as big minutes style. We will lose some attack with Matto out wide compared to Papali’i but our defense improves. Guys like Doorey,Murchie,Momisea,Matalele,Bryce all could make a case for that 2nd row spot or a few bench positions. As could Greig and Rodwell. All good just stay as back up level players but there is potential for some to flourish… Read more »

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Colin good

I agree completely about Hopgood playing lock his display with Penrith prior to grand final was surpurb and we seem to have greater depth this year coming

sixties

Yeah, he’s a ball playing lock.

sixties

Hindy I’m pretty sure we’re sitting at 28 now. My early tip has changed since Doorey signed. I see him at back row, Hopgood at lock and Matto, Murchie and Momoisea coming off the bench for most games, with fourth spot to be determined.

Tanky

By the sounds of it I think the replacements will be on par or even better the thing that worries me is concerns me is clubs like roosters and Souths can get signings over the line seemingly effortlessly hopefully behind the scene everything is being sorted we want to be a big club roosters and such get it sorted I’d be amazed if they left but hanging out for confirmation sorry a couple of beers in hence the name tanky

sixties

Hey Tanky. It’s nearly Christmas mate, enjoy those beers! My only comment regarding us getting things done regarding the signatures of big players, is that I know the club now prides itself on being totally professional in all of its dealings. Negotiations are confidential, contracts are above board. After the dramas of the past, they won’t abide by any dodgy dealings.

Tanky

Thanks mate for a quick response it’s just that I’m looking every day for a hint of something but at the end of the day if they don’t won’t to play for us which I’d be surprised nobody is bigger than the club fingers crossed I think both stay

sixties

I’ll back that in too.

Tanky

Brown resigned on a long term deal great news

Iron Mike

Great work guys. It’s good of Mark to give up his time like that again and great work from you guys for organising it. I would still like to know why are we losing young players with their best football ahead of them. Surely this can’t be a good thing for the club, I mean what’s done is done now and no use crying over players that have left but surely just sticking to this way may not be the best system. Maybe identifying talent and upgrading them before they hit the open market is a much better way to… Read more »

sixties

Thanks Iron Mike. The loss of which players concerns you? I think we should have got Ice wrapped up earlier. That said, we have secured a returning and highly rated junior in Doorey. Marata and his family wanted to go home. As for others like Reed, Oregon, and Stone, just like Ice they are getting the sort of top coin that we couldn’t pay. Reed will be close to the top paid dummy halves, Oregon and Stone will be on good starting13 money. Can’t blame them for taking what was on the table.

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Iron Mike

I definitely agree we shouldn’t be matching the offers they received by other clubs but the point I was trying to make is with both Reed, Ice and now Penisini they could of upgraded and extended their contracts before they hit the open market so we are not competing with other clubs. I’m real happy with the players they have recruited in return.

pete

Great podcast guys.
Really enjoyed HOF insights and really appreciate the access you are getting to club officials etc and sharing via TCT.

Hodgo = Steve Edge Mk2

We are not as fit as Panthers. What ever they are doing it is something we should emulate.

A few questions remain;
Who was the person leaking the report into junior pathways?

Who had motives to destabilising the team during the finals?

Why was BA’s contract bought up during finals?

I guess we won’t find out the answers?

Thanks Gain guys!

sixties

If there was an internal leak, I don’t think it originally got out in the traditional sense ie leaked to destabilise. That said, it eventually found its way into the hands of people who did want to cause problems. The bottom line is that the pathways stuff was delivered completely out of context in certain media circles (and we know one of them who has a well documented vendetta against BA) and even some misinformed fans. The club values BA despite this noise, the pathways continues to look to improve and the club isn’t standing still. I’ve written about the… Read more »

pete

Thanks Sixties

sixties

👍👍👍

HINDY111

Hows Russel looking ? Has he put on some size. He will be 21 in May. It is a big season for him. Generally speaking by 21 playing in the backs you want to be starting to cement a spot in the top 17 I feel if you are going to be a better then average NRL player.
I do hope him and Haze step up. It could answer a few problems

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