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This week, Mary Kaye looks back at the Blue and Gold Round 24 clash against the Sydney Roosters. You can catch up on Mary Kaye's blogs at Ladies who League here

Parramatta Eels fans, I must admit, I thought we had them. On Saturday night, I thought we had done enough to defeat the Roosters.

I was so impressed with the attacking spirit, commitment and desperation in defence and general team spirit shown by the boys on Saturday night. The team that turned up on Saturday night is the Parramatta that I love to watch and the Parramatta that I look for each and every week.

It was a brave performance by our boys in blue and gold, but unfortunately, bravery does not always mean that you get the 2 points.

This unfortunately means that in terms of any possible run to the finals in September, we are probably done.

It was always going to be difficult - we've sustained a lot of injuries. For the remainder of the season we will be without Anthony Watmough, Danny Wicks, Nathan Peats and Brad Takairangi.  

It's not time to enjoy the remainder of the season, including the final 3 games and 2 big ones to end the season at Pirtek Stadium. I'm very excited about our final 2 games at Pirtek Stadium and I know the boys are looking forward to running out in front of their fans. I hope you'll all be there to give them a warm reception home.

But before we get to those games, we need to get through this weekend and this weekend we head to hostile territory, arguably the most hostile of them all - Brookvale Oval.

It's going to be a very tough game against Manly who at the moment are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that they are there come September time. Wouldn't it be sweet if the Parramatta Eels could be the team to end that Finals dream?

There has also been some exciting news off the field this week with our membership numbers officially having closed for the year. How pleasing that, despite a difficult year, Parramatta have, for the third year in a row hit a new membership record. We now have a massive 22,824 members.

Congratulations to everyone who has signed up to be a member. I know how much the club appreciates it. Be proud and pleased that you can not only support your team at the ground, but that you are financially supporting the team as well, which will mean our continued success for years to come.

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