Parramatta Eels currently have 14,739 members and after last night’s performance those members may ask themselves why they even bothered to sign up again.
Since the end of the 2010 season, the Eels have finished 14th, 16th and 16th.
What makes for even worse reading is the fact they have conceded 2024 points in 74 matches since the start of 2011, at an average of 27.35 points per match.
To further rub salt into the wounds, they have only managed to score 1,160 in the same amount of time at an average of 15.67 points per match.
It doesn’t make for a good read, but there is at least one positive Parramatta fans could take out of this and that is they aren’t experiencing the hard times of 1956-1961.
Given the positive start to 2014, you’d be mistaken for thinking anything other than an improved season ahead for the Eels.
They came out with a point to prove in Round 1 and trounced the New Zealand Warriors 36-16, just as they did in 2013, when they also trounced the Warriors in the same round. However, that was a brief highlight in an otherwise dull year – will it be the same in 2014?
Last season the Roosters thrashed Parramatta 50-nil in Round 4. This time round they only had to wait until Round 2 and they once again had outdone themselves.
Sydney Roosters ran out convincing 56-4 winners.
All the talk was positive and upbeat heading into the season.
A reasonable showing at the Nines tournament, an off-season without the toxic Ricky Stuart, and no Chris Sandow. I at least made the assumption they looked to be on the at back up – call it a hunch.
But no, they have once again sucked their fans into believing they would actually play what people call rugby league.
Instead, what they served up was repulsive, and that’s being kind.
Congratulations are in order for the Sydney Roosters, but they should go away from that match knowing that only one team turned up. It won’t be the same next week when they face the Broncos.
For the Eels, it doesn’t get any easier as they have to travel to Brookvale to take on last year’s runners-up the Manly Sea Eagles.
There should once again be a real concern for the Eels after that showing.
The players don’t seem fit for the job, instead their next pay packet has their attention.
God knows they earn enough they could think of a nice way to pay their loyal fans back.
So what exactly is the problem?
A culture of losing has settled in and now they have to fight and claw their way out?
The it’s ‘all about me’ players?
Whatever the case, there is a problem and Parramatta fans may as well strap themselves in. It’ll be some time until whatever problems are plaguing your club are resolved.