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Eels to feature in Australian Life 2018 exhibition

Over the next four weeks, Blue & Gold Members and fans are encouraged to visit the City of Sydney “Australian Life 2018” exhibition located in Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

As part of City of Sydney’s annual photography competition that show cases Australian life that you have never encountered, or perhaps encountered every day, the photo “French Flies in Santa Teresa” is one of 22 finalists in the exhibition. 

The photo, taken by Eels Digital Content Manager Benjamin Cuevas, captures Blue & Gold, NRL and Indigenous player Bevan French running with students from the remote indigenous town of Santa Teresa, Northern Territory during a Parramatta Eels community visit in the Top End earlier this year.

What: Australian Life 2018 Exhibition
Where: Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street, Sydney
When: Every day, 7am to 11pm. Thursday 13 September to Sunday 7 October 2018.
Cost: Free

Santa Teresa, a 85-kilometre trek from Alice Springs across a dry and barren gravel road, is a town of less than 600 locals, many of whom had never touched a rugby league ball before the Blue & Gold arrived in town.

“It’s always good to come out to these small rural areas in the middle of nowhere,” French told at the time of his visit earlier in 2018.

“It makes you realise how much we take for granted coming to places like this. There is not much around here to do but the kids always have a big smile on their face and they’re very welcoming and always happy.”

“It’s good to come out here and see all the smiles on their faces and try and teach the kids a new sport. Their most preferred sport is AFL so it's good to come out here and teach them a few things as well.”

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Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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