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Junior Reps Wrap: Eels win every grade in home whitewash

The Eels impressed in all four Junior Rep grades on Saturday, winning every game against the Bears at Eric Tweedale Stadium.

A comprehensive victory kept the Harold Matthews Cup team undefeated and in the hunt for the minor premiership heading into the final round of the season, while wins for the SG Ball and Lisa Fiaola sides put both on the brink of finals football.

Despite their big win over the Bears, the Eels' Tarsha Gale Cup fell out of top six contention over the weekend.

All four grades will host their final regular season matches this coming week at Eric Tweedale Stadium.

Harold Matthews Cup

The Eels kept themselves in contention for a minor premiership when they defeated the Bears in the Harold Matthews Cup on Saturday.

The Eels will face current ladder-leaders and fellow undefeated team Western Suburbs Magpies in Round 9 with top spot up for grabs.

Ezra Leota kickstarted Parramatta's rout of the Bears when he moved left out of dummy half then turned Maison Ong back inside on an unstoppable charge to the line.

The Eels' second try came when Lincoln Fletcher feigned to spread the ball left but then accelerated into a hole to slam the ball down beside the posts.

Alma Faatage Seve completed the first half try scoring after being the beneficiary of a rapid catch-and-release pass from Cyrus Bloomfield. 

Bloomfield again featured in the first try after the break, holding up a pass for Samuel Polley to storm over out wide.

An Eels error then gifted the Bears a try between the sticks, and the visitors made it back-to-back scores by crossing in the corner in their next possession.

However, it was the Eels who had the the final say with Lorima Saukuru grounding a precision cross field kick from Lincoln Fletcher, before Dylan Pryor wrapped up the performance by finishing off scintillating break from Cyrus Bloomfield.

The Eels face arguably their biggest challenge of the season when they play the first-placed Magpies on Good Friday at Eric Tweedale Stadium.

Eels 34 (Tries: Maison Ong, Lincoln Fletcher, Alma Fa’ataga Seve, Samuel Polley, Lorima Saukuru, Dylan Pryor; Goals: Lincoln Fletcher 5) defeated Bears 10.

Lisa Fiaola Cup

Parramatta retained third place on the Lisa Fiaola Cup ladder when they brushed past the Bears at Eric Tweedale Stadium on Saturday.

The Eels were first to score after a Bears error in their own quarter.  As the play moved left Aaliyah Soufan rifled a cutout pass to Mitszy Cairns and the big, powerful centre exploded off her left foot to drive back towards the posts and touch down.

Quick hands from the home team were instrumental in the Eels' second try.

Soufan found Alleya Scrivens who then freed up Nikita E with a great final pass. The speedy winger only needed a sliver of daylight to strike and she knifed through the gap between the winger and fullback to slam the ball down. Bailey Ma-Chong delivered the bonus points with her wide angled conversion.

Leonia Vei was next to score, driving low through defenders to ground the ball over the line. Ma-Chong nailed another wide conversion, this time from the right hand side, as the score kept pace with the clock.

The Eels were now dominating the ruck and Ma-Chong seized on the opportunity with a damaging dart that allowed her to reach out and score under the posts.

Ma-Chong kept the scoring spree alive soon after when she again took off from dummy half before flicking an expert pass for Sharon Latapu to glide her way to the corner.

The first-half blitz was completed when Nikita E dived over in the corner for her second try.

When play resumed, both sides struggled to complete a set. The Bears finally broke the second half drought via an intercept try before Parramatta struck back with a dummy half try to Ma-Chong.

The Eels hit the 40-point mark in the shadow of full-time with a left-side shift for Nikita E to grab her hat-trick.

Parramatta face Penrith in the final round of the Lisa Fiaola Cup at Eric Tweedale Stadium on Thursday night.

Eels 40 (Tries: Nikita E 3, Bailey Ma-Chong 2, Mitszy Cairns, Leonia Vei, Sharon Latapu; Goals: Bailey Ma-Chong 3, Sharon Latapu 1) defeated Bears 4

SG Ball Cup

Parramatta’s SG Ball Cup team kept their finals destiny in their own hands with an important victory over the Bears at Eric Tweedale Stadium.

The first 15 minutes were an arm wrestle before the Bears broke the deadlock with a try between the posts.

Parramatta’s reply was swift as Jai Camilleri burrowed over from dummy half but the missed conversion left the Eels two points in arrears.

With the game in a state of flux before the half-time break, the Eels generated a big play out of nothing. 

Dylan Brettle ran the ball on the last then fired a cut out pass to Devonte Vaivela who hit the afterburners before muscling through defenders to score in the corner.

After a tight first half, the floodgates opened in the second stanza. 

A Bears error from kick-off gave the Eels a scrum feed in the red zone and Dylan Brettle bamboozled the defence with a sidestepping run to the left corner.

The Bears were in implosion mode, kicking out on the full from the restart, and Devonte Vaivela made them pay the price, slicing through for his second try of the day.

Parramatta made it three tries in six minutes when a long break in the kick-off set led to a try in the right corner to Mohamed Alameddine.

The Bears then added a try of their own off an Eels error, but their joy was short-lived as Javahn-Stevenson Hala shunted his way over the line soon after.

The powerful Eels prop then made it a double when he surged through defenders just to the right of the posts.

A late try to the Bears completed the second-half try spree but it was not enough to reel in the Eels' massive lead.

Parramatta can cement a top six finish with victory over the Magpies in the final round of the regular season at Eric Tweedale Stadium on Good Friday.

Eels 36 (Tries: Devonte Vaivela 2, Javahn-Stevenson Hala 2, Jai Camilleri, Dylan Brettle, Mohamed Alameddine; Goals: Dominic Farrugia 4) defeated Bears 16.

Tarsha Gale Cup

Parramatta continued their terrific late-season form by recording a big win over the Bears in the Tarsha Gale Cup at Eric Tweedale Stadium on Saturday.

Caitlin Peadon kicked off the scoring when she linked with Bella Sandford to cross in the right corner.

Raphaella Perigo then stole the show, breaking through the line on the left and unleashing a spectacular backhand flick to put Lindsay Tui over under the posts.

Perigo was in the action again when her perfectly weighted kick found Lindsay Tui and provided the talented centre with an early double.

The Bears crossed for their first try after earning multiple sets in the Eels' quarter. A succession of Eels errors then assisted the Bears in going back-to-back and reducing the margin.

Perigo steadied the ship with a fine solo try, before hot hands resulted in Caitlin Peadon bagging her second after the half-time siren.

The Eels started the second stanza on a powerful note when Liania Dimech steamrolled defenders to plant the ball beside the posts.

The Bears took advantage of a Parramatta error in the kick-off set to add their third try but the Eels struck back with three tries of their own.

Firstly Perigo and Micayla Bourne combined to put La-Teesha Maisema Maisema over in the corner. Then Ryvvr-Lee Alo punished the defence for sliding off her with a wicked dummy and go to score next to the posts.

Finally, Perigo capped off a best on field performance by backing up Bourne to post her second try of the game.

Unfortunately, other results did not fall the Eels way in Round 8, knocking them out of qualification for the final.

The team will aim to finish the season on a high when they host the Panthers at Eric Tweedale Stadium in their final match on Thursday night.

Eels 48 (Tries: Raphaella Perigo 2, Lindsay Tui 2, Caitlin Peadon 2, Liaina Dimech, La-Teesha Maisema, Ryvvr-Lee Alo;Goals: Bella Sandford 6) defeated Bears 12.

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