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