The Dyldam Parramatta Eels have held a glamorous night of entertainment at Paramatta’s Riverside Theatres to officially launch the 2014 Telstra Premiership season that kicks off next week.
Our current NRL and NYC squads mingled with former players and club greats; as well as our corporate partners and charity guests for the night.
“Everyone’s looking forward to [the season], the hard work’s done and we’re now down to the business end of the year,” Willie Tonga said.
“It’s always good to catch up with former players and have a chat; they’re very passionate about the cub and want to give us advice, so we take it on board and try and take it into the games.”
Some of the highlights of the evening, hosted by Peter Sterlin OAM, were singing from former The Voice contestant Taga Paa, and dancing from Australia’s Got Talent contestants “Academy of Brothers”.
“They’re always good, these things; to get together with the team, coaches, and to bring our better halves along, it’s going to be a good night,” English international and new recruit Lee Mossop said.
After also being entertained by Eels own singing talents Kenny Edwards and Pauli Pauli, the excited audience was also addressed by Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur and Chairman Steve Sharp, who talked about the positive times ahead for the club.
“There are a lot of exciting signs, we’ve got some new players, and young players stepping it up in the trials, so we’re in for a good year,” Eels co-captain Tim Mannah said.
“We’ve had a good pre-season and tonight’s the last night of that, and we start up on Monday for the season to come, so it’ll be good,” Eels hooker Nathan Peats said.