The Parramatta Eels SG Ball side have unfortunately fallen one game short of their respective Grand Final, going down to the Illawarra Steelers 26-22 at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday 27 April.
In a back and forth preliminary final, the young Blue & Gold unfortunately fell in the five tries to four affair that saw an end to their 2019 campaign.
The Illawarra Steelers right edge combination of brothers Mathew Feagai and Max Feagai crossed for all five of the Steelers tries, and despite the Eels best efforts to fight back, crossing for tries through Albert Etuati-Favaae, Vilaimi Penisini, Samuel Hughes and Tyler Field, the side fell short.
The Eels fought back on two occasions throughout the game, clawing back ten point leads both times before eventually hitting the lead for the first time in the 61st minute.
The Steelers however came away with the spoils after earning a repeat set on the Eels line, before an early cross field chip found centre Max Feagai to steal victory from the Eels grasps with under two minutes remaining.
The Eels SG Ball side going down 22-26.
Despite not progressing through to the Grand Final, the Eels SG Ball side should remain proud of their efforts in 2019. They finished the regular season in fourth place with six wins, one draw and two losses from their nine games.
The Steelers will now face the Sea Eagles in the grand final next week.