The Parramatta Eels have endured one of the most turbulent decades of all the teams in the NRL from 2006-2015 and only has three finals series appearances to their name in this ten year gap. The three years that the Eels qualified for the finals were in 2006 (eighth place and finals week one), 2007 (fifth place and finals week three) and 2009 (eighth place and Grand Final runners-up) meaning that the Eels are currently on a disappointing streak of six years spent in the bottom half of the table. The Eels are also in the middle of the longest active drought since last winning a premiership with many Eels fans suffering for thirty years since their last title in 1986. But in tough times, there are always memorable moments. And in these past ten years as Eels fans, we have still seen plenty more than the records show of the electrifying Eels. Here are their ten best wins of the past ten years.
10. Eels 48-6 Penrith at Parramatta Stadium. Round 25, 2009 – Crowd: 20,237
The Eels were gliding into this contest on the back of some stunning form with six consecutive wins, all engineered by the class and power of their 21-year-old fullback Jarryd Hayne. A packed house at Parramatta witnessed an exhilarating performance from the Eels from the start to finish with rookie half, Daniel Mortimer picking up a hatrick while winger Luke Burt grabbed a double and booted eight goals to reach his second best personal points haul of 24 in a game. Tries to Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi and Joel Reddy rounded off a near-perfect night by Parramatta which all but cemented their spot in the eight.
9. Eels 25-18 Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. Round 5, 2014 – Crowd 32,009
Fans flocked into Suncorp Stadium for what served up as a tasty encounter for Friday Night Football in this early 2014 match. On Monday, it will be two years since this win which was the Eels’ third of the season after just five rounds. New signing, Will Hopoate crossed for his first try with his new club however it was Semi Radradra who stole the show with a contender for tries of the season with a move that he started. Radradra released the ball to his outside man before backing up in support and receiving it again to lead Broncos fullback Ben Barba on a merry chase to the line which Semi duly won. Jarryd Hayne and Chris Sandow also produced match-winning displays with the latter sealing the result with a field goal to add to his superb goal kicking on the night.
8. Eels 36-0 Dragons at Parramatta Stadium. Round 10, 2014 – Crowd 18,631
The Eels notched up their fifth win in their first five attempts at Parramatta Stadium in 2014 with a heavy victory over the struggling Dragons sporting Benji Marshall in his NRL return. It was a classic Saturday afternoon match for Parramatta who turned on the entertainment and ran in six tries to none. This was also the first occasion that the Eels held their opponent scoreless since Round 21, 2009. Jarryd Hayne and Ken Sio turned in doubles while a 85-metre effort by Corey Norman and a crash-over by forward Pauli Pauli added to the score-line.
7. Eels 29-16 Souths at Parramatta Stadium. Round 4, 2015 – Crowd 15,562
For the third time in four years, the Eels defeated the reigning premiers at Parramatta at an early stage of the season. In 2012, the Eels beat Manly 29-20 and in 2014, they beat the Roosters 14-12 the year after they both had won the Premiership. But in 2015, the Rabbitohs were confined to their first defeat of the season to Parramatta who was featuring the fresh-faced John Folau on the wing who produced two brilliant tries, one where he beat four defenders to the line and another where he was too strong for Greg Inglis. The Eels’ other winger, Reece Robinson also scored a double, in the second half however after beating Inglis for pace. Sandow secured victory with a solo try in the dying minutes.
6. Eels 32-16 Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium. Round 20, 2010 – Crowd 34,662
Coming off back-to-back victories against the Cowboys and the Panthers, the Eels rushed off to a flyer at ANZ Stadium, racing to a 16-0 lead after just ten minutes through a Jarryd Hayne double and a try to Krisnan Inu. Inu completed his double shortly after and Ben Smith scored the Eels last try of the match before half-time to establish a 28-4 lead. The Bulldogs clawed their way back into the match, scoring two unanswered tries before a Luke Burt penalty goal extended the lead to 30-16. The defining moment of this game was the remarkable try-saving tackle made by fullback Jarryd Hayne to prevent bullocking Canterbury forward, David Stagg from crossing the line after he ran for the corner off a Jamal Idris ball. Hayne wrapped up Stagg with his arms and slid him into touch. Another penalty goal by Burt secured the 32-16 win.