Posts Tagged "Stephen Kearney"

They share the bottom two spots on the National Rugby League table. It seems all is lost for the Penrith Panthers and Parramatta Eels in 2012. But it isn’t all doom and gloom for these proud clubs.

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Patience seems foreign in modern day sport. Everything is instant and the reality of a situation can be distorted in the week to week dissection of results.

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Who would be a rugby league coach? Pressure is your best friend, stress is your closest colleague, and unemployment is your next career move.

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There are certain lines that no-one wants to hear in life. “We Need to Talk”, “Put your hands on your head and step outside the vehicle,” and “Michael Bani has been called into the starting team”.

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Parramatta trailed Cronulla 20 to 6 at half time. Hardly any of the Eels players were able to look Stephen Kearney in the eye as he addressed them. They’d made 107 more tackles than their opponents and looked spent, disappointed and frustrated.  

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St George-Illawarra Dragons meet Parramatta Eels at WIN Jubilee oval tonight with the Dragons looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat and needing a confidence boost after last weekend’s golden-point loss to Souths. We’ll have live scores and a blog from 7.30pm AEST.

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The powers that be have tasked me with the job of improving Parra’s flagging fan-base, and without resorting to public flogging, stoning, hanging or hotsaucing.

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Stung by a poll on the official NRL website which saw his Parramatta Eels overwhelmingly tipped to lose to perennial easybeats the Bye, Stephen Kearney has revealed exclusively how the Eels will triumph this weekend.

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The misery continued for Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney as the Eels fell to Canberra on Sunday while Cronulla became the first team to beat Melbourne this season in a thrilling round 10 of the NRL.

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At the ten-match mark in their respective seasons, the NRL’s Parramatta Eels and Super Rugby’s Auckland based Blues found themselves in very similar positions.

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A question doing the rounds in the sports world this week is whether under-performing professional footy players should have to front up to hostile fans and members at arranged fan forums. The simple answer, is no.

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Stephen Kearney is leading a charmed life as Parramatta’s rugby league coach, thanks to club chairman Roy Spagnolo.

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Parramatta’s Stephen Kearney looked every bit a coach under pressure as he ran from the media pack after the NRL club’s annual general meeting where players and the coach fronted around 300 members.

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The rugby league family is abuzz with a wide range of emotions in light of the God-awful state of the Parramatta Eels.

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Stephen Kearney’s critics have been sharpening their knives for weeks as the Parramatta Eels continue to crumble. On Friday night, the Eels were horrendous against Canterbury, losing 46-12.

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Should the wider public be aware of exactly how much money an athlete earns? It’s an interesting question, and not an easy one to answer.

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The pressure on embattled Parramatta Eels coach Stephen Kearney is mounting, with his team anchored to the bottom of the NRL table.

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The National Rugby League is a strange beast. No longer can class and a few superstars get you across the line on a bad day. If you don’t rock up willing to put your body on the line, you will lose.

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The pressure of six losses finally took its toll on Stephen Kearney on Sunday, the Parramatta coach admitting he’s fed up with his team’s performances after watching them lose to Cronulla 24-18 at Toyota Stadium.

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Do you think the Parramatta Eels would be traveling any better this season if their head coach was Wayne Bennett or Craig Bellamy?

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