March 2022

Parramatta Eels: End of a Dynasty

The Parramatta Eels once ruled the roost, but their dynasty fell apart almost as quickly as it was established.

Sunday, 28 September, 1986. Michael Cronin and Ray Price make their final bow in the rugby league arena. 

The two Parramatta Eels legends ride off into the sunset, Winfield Cup in tow, getting the fairytale most players can only ever dream about.

Four premierships secured, their legacies enshrined and a club once again atop the summit.

Parramatta’s dominance through the 1980s was somewhat unprecedented.

The club had just two previous grand finals to its name in the preceding 34 years without a premiership to show for it.

Then, in a six year period, the Eels qualified for five grand finals, winning four of them.

They remain the only side to win three consecutive premierships in the limited tackle era.

But that story has long been told and re-told.

The Parramatta Eels once ruled the roost, but their dynasty fell apart almost as quickly as it was established . . .

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