The Dyldam Parramatta Eels and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Members have taken on the gruelling 2014 pre-season in style, with record number already signed up for both clubs as they Race to 20K!


With the 20,000 target never before achieved by either club, both the Eels and Bulldogs are desperate to claim the first bragging rights to the 20,000 Membership tally in Western Sydney.




Click here to show your support and join our Race to 20K by becoming a 2014 Member!




Lets take a look at the stats from both sets of supporters and see whos the favourite to win:


Dyldam Parramatta Eels



The Eels have the disadvantage at the moment with their Membership going on sale three weeks after the Bulldogs, but theyve already made very strong ground on what was already a record-setting season for the club in 2013.


NOW: 7,310

THIS TIME IN 2012: 5,298

DIFFERENCE: +37.9%


STRENGTHS:

The Parramatta Eels have one of the largest and most passionate fan-bases in the entire NRL, with lots of supporters showing their Blue and Gold colours over the years.


ROOM TO IMPROVE:

A few lean seasons mean some fans might be hesitant to renew their Membership, but if they listen to the players speak about their positive culture under new Head Coach Brad Arthur, theyll surely change their minds.


WHAT MAKES THEM TICK:

The Parramatta Eels Members were there through a decade of huge success in the 1980s, and that passion has been unwavering ever since. The Eels dream run to the Grand Final in 2009 is a recent highlight, and saw the Blue and Gold return to the dizzying heights they deserve.


WHY THEYLL WIN:

The mere thought of the Bulldogs flag flying in Parramatta territory is enough to make any Eels supporter violently ill. We all remember how fiery the celebrations got after the Eels 1981 premiership victory - so theyre not short on passion!


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs



With a three week head start on the Eels, the Bulldogs are currently sitting at 9,603 Members, which puts them currently in the lead in the Race to 20K.


NOW: 9,603

THIS TIME IN 2012: 7,483

DIFFERENCE: +28.3%


STRENGTHS:

The Bulldogs have soared to a huge start in the competition, and their fans and Members are very vocal.


ROOM TO IMPROVE:

Its tough being the early pace-setter, with the under-dog Parramatta Eels side very eager to snap at their heels and chase the 20,000 target down.


WHAT MAKES THEM TICK:

Bulldogs supporters have struggled to get over their Preliminary Final loss to the Eels in 2009, where the Hayne Plane led the charge to the Grand Final. So there are undoubtedly a few sore spots among Blue and White fans


WHY THEYLL WIN:

Please. The Bulldogs wont win. The mighty Eels are coming for them.


Click here to help make it happen by becoming a Parramatta Eels Member today!