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Member Council

Our Member advisory group was established in 2015, meeting regularly to discuss a wide range of topics put forward by the Club, with Members contributing to decision making on all Member and fan experience related elements of the Parramatta National Rugby League Club.

Get to know your Blue & Gold Army representatives on the Eels Member Council:


Anthony Plater, Menangle

How long have you been a Member?
5 years

Membership: Blue & Gold Army non-ticketed

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I find it hard to come to games, so I just want to contribute to the club in a different way. I think it’s an interesting concept.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I’m coming in with an open mind. I want to be a Member of the council to be more than a fan and contribute more.


Cherry Fratto, Glenhaven

How long have you been a Member?
2015 is my first year as a Member

Membership: 3 Game GA Flexi

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

As an avid Eels Member, I saw this as a great opportunity for me to contribute to this exciting initiative. I believed I could provide relevant feedback on behalf of Eels Members, offering a different perspective as a working mum with a young family, a season ticket holder and local.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

Developing unique and relevant Member experiences that lead to record breaking Member acquisition and retention numbers.


Chris Losco, North Rocks

How long have you been a Member?
16 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I initially applied to be as involved as possible with the club.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

To promote interactions with fans and the team, to give feedback on match day and fan experience and to discuss the way we can be the benchmark of Australian Sport.


Duy Nguyen, Liverpool

How long have you been a Member?
5 years

Membership: Full Season General Admission

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

It’s time to make a contribution. I’m a long time Eels supporter and I would like to make some positive contributions, that’s why I put my hand up.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

To make it a positive experience for everyone going to the game but most importantly to increase the fan base. I believe there is still a large group we haven’t explored to try and get the fan base to its full potential. I think this is a very positive move by the club.


Graham Coleman, Winmalee

How long have you been a Member?
28 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

Long time supporter dating back to the Mick Cronin days and want to make a contribution in relation to membership.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

One of my concerns is the retention of our core membership as well as the fostering of new younger members to retain and promote the passion in a competing code environment.



Joel Williams, Lindfield

How long have you been a Member?
7 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

For the love of the club and in the hope I can offer something back and help all the Members enjoy the club.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

If I can contribute some ideas that will improve the game day experience than i think that's ab achievement. It is the entire experience that differentiates it from watching on TV. Second, to help find a way for all fans to be engaged with the club whether they regularly attend games or not.


Joseph Taouk, Oatlands

How long have you been a Member?
16 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I’m a long time supporter and Member of the club. The members of our group are all season ticket holders, so I’m bringing that mob's ideas and views to the table. We’re a hard-core fan base.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

Probably to make the whole experience more family friendly and affordable, being a family man with four children.

Karen Cauchi, Glenwood

How long have you been a Member?
16 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

It’s nice to be more invested with the club.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I hope to have some input into the club and how we can be better rewarded as Members and vice versa.

Marcus Stepanek, ACT

How long have you been a Member?
15 years

Membership: Captains Club Premium

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I’m that passionate about Parramatta! Being from out of town this was one thing I could do to give back to the club.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

To make a difference. My main hope is to improve the Membership experience and the game day experience for all members and supporters. I’ve seen some great things in my time as a Member and some doozies!

Matt Hollier, Middle Cove

How long have you been a Member?
9 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I’m pretty active online (on 1EyedEel) and I feel it’s an opportunity to bring those discussions and ideas to this forum

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I hope that this group can provide real feedback that the club can act on.

Melissa Muscat, Gymea

How long have you been a Member?
5 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I’m very passionate about the Parramatta Eels. I’m a dedicated and loyal supporter. I travel from Sutherland to Parramatta for every game. I want to see the Eels do well this year. I applied to become a council Member because I want to make a difference.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I want to try and maximize the number of Members that Parramatta Eels can have. I want the Members to have their say and be heard. I would like to be a good representative of the club.

Michael Lomardo, West Pennant Hills

How long have you been a Member?
5 years

Membership: Captains Club Premium

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I’ve been a Parramatta supporter for such a long time and a Member for the past 5-6 years. I hope I can give something back to the club that I have supported for so many years.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I hope to achieve a better game day as well as season experience for Members and season ticket holders. It will depend on our role and relationship with the club and how realistically the Members will be listened to.

Michelle Samson, Kellyville Ridge

How long have you been a Member?
5 years

Membership: 3 Game GA Flexi

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

So I could positively contribute to the club – I’m passionate about the Eels. Anyway I can add value and insight is very close to my heart.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I think the more clubs do this in general, it creates a stronger game and stronger club. It’s not just about clubs competing now it’s about other codes. If I can help make Parramatta a stronger league club then we can have a stronger link between the Eels and the community

Peter Johnson, Blaxland

How long have you been a Member?
3 years

Membership: Blue & Gold Army non-ticketed

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I wanted to be involved because of the love of the Eels I have had since 1963. I wish to contribute to have an input with the club and Member experience.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I hope to help the club with Member experience, feedback and be a conduit between Members and the club

Ricardo Ascenso, Doonside

How long have you been a Member?
5 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

It’s a good opportunity, a good chance to have an input with the club beyond being a fan. And to provide insight into how the club can progress going forward.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I guess my goal is to improve fan engagement, because that covers everything.

Ryan Lahodiuk, Wolli Creek

How long have you been a Member?
3 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I’ve been a tragic from way back. The 1986 grand final was my first experience watching the game live. I was sitting near Kylie Minogue before her ‘heyday’. It was a great experience and unfortunate our last major title. Since then I’ve always followed Parramatta.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I’ve got a couple of ideas in terms of game day experience. Such as vending and drinks and trying to make it a full day, rather than just going to watch the game and leaving.

Steve Ryan, Kurrajong

How long have you been a Member?
5 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat


Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

Just to give something back to the club and the supporters.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I hope to improve benefits for all supporters – Member benefits are a big thing and so is game day experience.

Stuart Gollan, Lane Cove North

How long have you been a Member?
7 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

Mainly I just wanted to be able to have a say in what Members get and also the game day experience. I’ve always felt passionate about it. When you see what some of the other sports do like baseball and soccer it would be great to be able to bring something like that to Parramatta. It’s something I’d really like to see.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

I’m hoping game day at Parramatta can be a better experience. I believe more people would become Members because of what it could be. Lots of friends that I have are Eels fans but are not Members for different reasons. If I can help implement changes to get hose guys to sign up, I’ll feel I’ve done a good job.

Tania O'Keefe, Port Macquarie

How long have you been a Member?
2 years

Membership: 3 Game GA Flexi

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

Basically to help drive Membership. I really enjoy being a Member and now that I am I could never not be one!

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

Definitely more Members, more continuing Members as well. I have so many people who are die hard fans but are not Members, and they should be!

Troy Morton, Queensland

How long have you been a Member?
10 years

Membership: Blue & Gold Army non-ticketed

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I applied to represent the Members in the council because I bleed Blue and Gold.

What are some of the things you hope to achieve by being part of the Eels Member Council?

To have more of a connection between person and product, between us as punters and the business. I’m the only guy from Queensland, so the fact I got selected is pretty special. We’ve got so many fans in Queensland.

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