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Eels winding down after street parade

By Adrian Warren 06/10/2009 06:50:40 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson has urged his players to extract something from the adversity of their grand final loss to Melbourne after the Eels finally got closure on their amazing 2009 NRL campaign.

Well over 1,000 spectators turned out for a street parade in Parramatta where several players gave brief interviews.

Most revealed nothing new or illuminating and it was first-season Parramatta coach Anderson who provided the best perspective and insight.

"I know it's a bit of closure today, I know it's our last thing before we go to a break," Anderson told the crowd.

"But I do hope that we can take from the adversity of the grand final loss and step up next year and try and compete again."

After almost two days of drowning their sorrows, some of the Eels understandably looked and sounded somewhat jaded.

Prolific pointscoring winger Luke Burt attributed his different sounding voice to the actions of an over zealous team mate.

"Hindy (Nathan Hindmarsh) got me in a headlock last night and I lost my voice," Burt explained.

Cult hero and barnstorming forward Fuifui Moimoi was as usual loath to talk despite being implored to do so by a horde of adoring fans.

Asked about his grand final try, Moimoi mumbled something about "it wasn't too bad" before his hapless interrogator admitted defeat and moved onto another player.

Outstanding fullback Jarryd Hayne replied in typically laid back fashion when the interviewer suggested he had been under enormous pressure over the last 13 weeks of the season.

"Still having fun mate, playing footy," a laconic Hayne said.

Former Parramatta three-time premiership-winning forward Peter Wynn whose sportswear shop was on the street parade route, said "Hayne-Mania" had "really captured everyone's imagination."

"Every second jersey everyone just wants that Hayne number on the back of their jersey," Wynn said.

"I think it's not just good for Parramatta, it's good for rugby league, we've got a new superstar for the game."

Anderson and captain Nathan Cayless declared they were overwhelmed by the reaction of those who turned up.

"I'd hate to see what it would be like if we'd won," Cayless said.

Blockbusting winger Eric Grothe was convinced the Eels could hardly have attracted a bigger turnout had they beaten Melbourne.

"Everyone was saying what would happen if we had won, I reckon if we won maybe all the other three Parra supporters would have come out today," Grothe said to raucous cheers.

Rookie five-eighth Daniel Mortimer believed he was finally making inroads into the deep Canterbury affiliations of his family.

"I'm slowly turning them into Parramatta supporters I think," Mortimer said.

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