The 2023 classes in the Tarsha Gale, Harold Matthews and SG Ball were finalised last week and each squad was presented with their offical playing jerseys this week ahead of their season opening road trip to the Central Coast.
Receiving that jersey is a huge moment for players, especially as they move further along the development pathway. It signifies that the club is invested in them and acknowledges their effort and sacrifice to reach this level.
The Parramatta Eels obviously put a huge emphasis on both their junior district and player development and each of these three pathway squads represent the lifeblood and future of the club.
Kate Mullaly (Parramatta NRLW Assistant Coach), Will Penisini (NRL) and Matt Doorey (NRL) spoke to the Tarsha Gale, Harold Matthews and SG Ball respectively with each individual sharing their own journey and experiences in order to help guide the next generation of Eels. It was inspirational to see and hear what pulling on a Parra jersey means to people.
TCT sincerely thanks coaches Ryan Waker, Chris Howard and Steve O’Dea, as well as Pathways executive staff, for the priviliged access to their teams throughout the season. We also appreciate being able to document the Gale and Matts jersey presentations, and we thank the SG Ball staff for providing us with photos from their presentation.
The 2023 Junior Representative season starts this weekend with the Parramatta Eels travelling north to take on the Central Coast Roosters.
We’ll be previewing each of the matches throughout the season on The Tip Sheet podcast, then stick with us for live blogs or score updates of every grade, every week.
See you this Saturday!
2023 Tarsha Gale
*Absentees – Petalina Atoa
2023 Harold Matthews
*Absentees – Lucius Muliaga, Mikayel Tito, Lewis Saad
2023 SG Ball
Thanks for the report! I noticed josh Lynn was half and ethan sanders 5/8. Seems interesting to move Ethan sanders to 5/8 when he has big wraps on him
We could be in for a bout of Lynnsanity!
Josh Lynn had a terrific final trial against the Panthers. Easily best on field, but Sanders was the standout Flegg player last year.
Josh Lynn has been named in the QLD Under 19 SOO Train on squad. He is a goal kicking half back with huge wraps on him as well.
Been in the QLD age teams all along the way..
josh Lynn (PBC SHS)Signed by the Eels
Lynn was the glue of the Queensland 18s, a Cooper Cronk type. He is following in the footsteps of past students Toby Sexton and Tom Weaver as Queensland 18 years halfback representatives.
Also a goalkicker
Great effort and congratulations to all players making the squads..thanx again guys for the update and photos….Daughters Husbands nephew made the mighty blue and gold sg ball team, looking forward to following his progress through the year…
It is a fine achievement for the players. They are at the pointy end of young talent. That funnel keeps narrowing and they’ve got to a stage where many don’t. What happens from here can come down to many factors, but application and attitude are important. Are you going to share his name so we can cheer him on?
His brother also in one of the 15s squad for the mighty eels..hopefully that’s enough of a hint for you sixties..
Love this. Sanders is big for a halfback, lebron is One big boy
Sanders had a good NRL preseason
Thanks for all the work that is put into ,keeping people like myself ,about what goes on at the team ,much appreciated 👏
well said Ken..
Appreciate that Ken
There’s a lot to like about how the club is building.