2009 Parramatta Eels season

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2009 Parramatta Eels season
NRL Rank 8th
Play-off result Grand Final
2009 record Wins: 12; Draws: 1; Losses: 11
Points scored For: 476; Against: 473
Team information
Coach Daniel Anderson
Captain
Stadium Parramatta Stadium
2008 2010 >

The 2009 Parramatta Eels season was the 63rd in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership, just making the finals by finishing 8th (out of 16). The Eels then continued their winning streak into the play-offs, reaching the 2009 NRL grand final which they lost to the Melbourne Storm. Mid-season the Eels had a change of CEO, Denis Fitzgerald was replaced by Paul Osborne. Fullback Jarryd Hayne was the only Eels player selected to play in the 2009 State of Origin series.

Summary[edit]

Under new coach Daniel Anderson, the Eels had an indifferent start to the season which saw the release of star halfback Brett Finch. After 18 rounds and incredibly inconsistent form, the Parramatta Eels had won only 5 games and were sitting third-last and were in direct contention for the dreaded 2009 NRL Wooden Spoon. TAB SportsBet had the Eels as $151 outsiders to win the NRL Premiership.

Though beginning in Round 19, upset victories against the Melbourne Storm and the Canterbury Bulldogs set the platform for an unexpected 10 wins from the next 11 games, which propelled the Eels into the Top 8 and consequently, premiership contention. This unanticipated winning streak was directly attributed by many sporting experts including Rugby League legend Andrew Johns to the spectacular run of form of star fullback Jarryd Hayne. Winning the award for man-of-the-match in every game from Round 19-24, and again in the first week of the finals, Hayne was described as "the best player in any code of football in Australia" by premiership-winning coach Phil Gould. Following his astonishing string of 7 man-of-the-match performances, Hayne won the award for Dally M Fullback of the Year and was crowned the best and fairest player in the game, winning the Dally M Medal for 2009.

After a 7-game winning streak, the Eels succumbed to a heavy defeat to the minor premiers St George-Illawarra Dragons, however they returned to Kogarah in Week 1 of the 2009 NRL Finals Series and defeated the Dragons 25–12 featuring an impressive late game try by Dally M medal winner Jarryd Hayne. Following successive wins against the Gold Coast Titans (a team that Parramatta had never beaten before), 27–2 at SFS and the Bulldogs, 22–12 in front of a record-breaking non-Grand Final crowd of 74,549 at ANZ stadium, the Eels qualified for their first Grand Final since 2001, becoming the first 8th-placed team to ever qualify for a Grand Final. On 4 October 2009, Parramatta Eels played the deciding game of NRL, against the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in front of a crowd of 82,538.[1] The Melbourne Storm defeated the Eels 23–16, ending what critics called "the Parramatta Fairytale" and winning the NRL Premiership.[1]

On April 22, 2010 the Melbourne Storm were stripped of the premiership as a result of long-term gross salary cap breaches disclosed by the NRL. However, the premiership for 2009 was not handed over to the Parramatta Eels, instead remaining vacant.

Fixtures[edit]

Trial matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
14 February Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Exies Oval, Griffith Win 34–12 N/A N/A N/A
21 February Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers CUA Stadium, Penrith Win 10–18 N/A N/A N/A
28 February Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Win 24–30 N/A N/A N/A

Note: Match one was an unofficial trial match.

Regular season[edit]

The 2009 Telstra Premiership season draw for Parramatta is as follows[2]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
14 March Round 1 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 26–18 Grothe, Hayne, Inu Burt 3/3 20,102
20 March Round 2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Win 8–14 Mateo, Reddy Burt 3/3, Finch 0/1 20,871
28 March Round 3 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 18–16 Grothe (2), Hayne, Inu Burt 1/4 11,116
3 April Round 4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 24–6 Hayne Burt 1/1 11,231
10 April Round 5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 8–22 Burt Burt 2/2 19,017
19 April Round 6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Loss 18–48 Hauraki (2), Hayne Burt 3/3 18,233
24 April Round 7 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Queensland Loss 40–8 Tautai, Uaisele Burt 0/2 30,887
1 May Round 8 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 28–18 Burt, Galuvao, Hauraki, Hayne, M. Keating K. Keating 3/3, Burt 1/3 8,104
8-11 June Round 9 Bye
17 May Round 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Manly Loss 34–10 Hayne (2) Burt 1/2 15,916
22 May Round 11 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Draw 16–16 Hayne (2), Grothe Burt 2/4 10,670
30 May Round 12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sutherland Sharks Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 10–13 Burt, Reddy Burt 2/4 7,014
7 June Round 13 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Newcastle International Sports Centre, Newcastle Win 18–20 Moimoi, Reddy, Robson Burt 4/4 18,085
15 June Round 14 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 23–6 Burt Burt 1/1 12,003
19-22 June Round 15 Bye
28 June Round 16 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 21–14 Grothe, Inu, Mortimer, Reddy Burt 2/4 & FG: 1 10,030
5 July Round 17 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers CUA Stadium, Parramatta Loss 38–34 Mortimer (2), Burt, Hayne, Hindmarsh, Reddy Burt 5/6 16,845
13 July Round 18 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park, Robina Loss 18–12 Galuvao, Grothe, Mortimer Burt 0/1, Inu 0/2 14,009
20 July Round 19 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 18–16 Lowrie, Moimoi, Robson Burt 3/4 10,804
25 July Round 20 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Win 8–27 Grothe (2), Burt, Kingston, Moimoi Burt 3/5 & FG: 1 31,664
2 August Round 21 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Toyota Park, Cronulla Win 0–30 Hayne (2), Reddy (2), Inu Burt 5/6 12,246
9 August Round 22 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 40–8 Burt (2), Grothe, Inu, Moimoi, Reddy Burt 8/8 17,669
15 August Round 23 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 40–4 Burt (2), Reddy (2), Grothe, M. Keating, Mortimer Burt 6/7 12,627
21 August Round 24 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 18–26 Burt, Hayne, Inu, Robson Inu 5/5 34,272
28 August Round 25 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 48–6 Mortimer (3), Burt (2), M. Keating, Moimoi, Reddy Burt 8/8 20,237
4 September Round 26 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah Loss 37–0 Nil Nil 17,974
13 September QF St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah Win 12–25 Burt, Grothe, Hayne, Mortimer Burt 4/4 & FG: 1 18,174
18 September SF Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 27–2 Kingston, Mateo, B. Smith, Wright Burt 5/5, Hayne FG: 1 28,524
25 September PF Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Win 12–22 Burt, Galuvao, Mannah, Mortimer Burt 3/4 74,549
4 October GF Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm ANZ Stadium, Sydney No Contest 23–16 Grothe, Moimoi, Reddy Burt 2/3 82,538

Squad[edit]

Parramatta Eels
NRL Premiership Squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 5 July 2013
Source(s): Player profiles and coaching staff [3]

Ladder[edit]

National Rugby League[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 17 0 7 2 548 329 +219 38
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 575 428 +147 38*
3 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 16 0 8 2 514 467 +47 36
4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 14 1 9 2 505 348 +157 33
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 14 0 10 2 549 439 +90 32
6 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 0 10 2 511 566 −55 32
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 13 0 11 2 508 491 +17 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 12 1 11 2 476 473 +3 29
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 12 0 12 2 558 483 +75 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 11 1 12 2 566 549 +17 27
11 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 11 1 12 2 515 589 −74 27
12 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 11 0 13 2 558 474 +84 26
13 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 9 0 15 2 489 510 −31 22
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 7 2 15 2 377 545 −188 20
15 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 5 0 19 2 359 568 −209 14
16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 5 0 19 2 382 681 −299 14

* Bulldogs stripped of 2 competition points after an interchange breach in round 2

National Youth Competition[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 24 19 1 4 2 879 417 +462 43
2 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 19 0 5 2 758 461 +297 42
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 19 0 5 2 833 597 +236 42
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 1 8 2 709 588 +121 35
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 15 0 9 2 698 551 +147 34
6 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 13 1 10 2 776 568 +208 31
7 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 13 1 10 2 725 612 +113 31
8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 11 2 11 2 706 685 +21 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 12 0 12 2 668 683 -15 28
10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 9 1 14 2 596 756 -160 23
11 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 9 1 14 2 649 867 -218 23
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 8 0 16 2 604 698 -94 20
13 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 8 0 16 2 573 755 -182 20
14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 8 0 16 2 542 738 -196 20
15 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 6 0 18 2 443 736 -293 16
16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 4 0 20 2 391 838 -447 12

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Melbourne Storm withstand Parramatta Eels in NRL grand final at ANZ Stadium", Fox Sports, 4 October 2009 
  2. ^ "2009 Telstra Premiership Draw". rugbyleagueproject.org/. unknown. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "NRL 2009 - Parramatta Eels". The Rugby League Project. unknown. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Honour Roll". parraeels.com.au. Parramatta Eels. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.