A huge turn out for the Eels Community Festival with 6,500 Members and fans of the #blueandgold showing their support for the Dyldam Parramatta Eels on Saturday 22 February 2015.
The Eels mingled with Members and fans of the Blue and Gold, assisted in the Eels Corporate Partner booths whilst signing autographs and taking plenty of pictures.
Eels forward Kenny Edwards was excited to meet the fans and knows the importance they play during the season.
"It's always good coming out and meeting the fans. Some of the boys are quite surprised at how many Members we had come out this morning. I know we have a big fan base, but to see everyone turn up this morning even though it was raining, it was awesome" Edwards said.
Blue and Gold club captain Tim Mannah echoed his feelings.
"We spoke earlier about it how important it is to see everybody here and how great it is to play here with a full house. It’s these people that are really the core of that and the guys that you see year in year out that keep turning up even during the tough times," Mannah said.
"These guys, we cant thank them enough for what they do, so its out way of showing appreciate we are of them and how grateful we are for their support" he added.
Eels squad members Halauafu Lavaka and John Folau, who joined the NRL squad this year after their involvement in the U20s last year, were not used to the attention but were looking forward to seeing the support of the Blue and Gold in 2015.
"Its something new for me, I don’t really get much attention and I'm not in the spotlight but its definitely great to see so many fans supporting the Blue and Gold army so it’s a really good turn out." Lavaka said.
"Its good to get out here and meet the Members and fans exepcially before the season starts. It will be good to see them come out Round 1 against Manly" Folau said.