Eels Member Council

Parramatta Eels Member Council 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:

Kylie Cann,
Member Councillor since 2017

How long have you been a Member?
33 years.

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Feeling part of the team.

Why did you apply to become part of Eels Member Council?

As an avid Eels supporter, I thought it would be a great opportunity to join the Members Council to provide feedback to the Parramatta Eels that would benefit all Members and fans.

Name an attribute that you will bring to Member Council;

Passion and loyalty.

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

To contribute to creating an even better experience for Parramatta Eels Members and fans in many different areas including membership, merchandise, game day experience, player events and member rewards.


Laraine Down
Member Councillor since 2017

How long have you been a Member?
I've been a member for 10 years.

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Is being there when my team wins and enjoying the whole experience with my family.

Why did you apply to become part of Eels Member Council?

I applied to be on the Member Council because I've been an Eels fan my whole life and it's a great opportunity to contribute to the club.

Name an attribute that you will bring to Member Council;

I hope to be a positive and practical voice on Member Council.

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

Growing the Eels Membership is a priority. Our fan base is huge and we need to be working hard to recruit and retain new members and provide them with the best possible game day experience.

Darrell Ballard
Member Councillor since 2018

How long have you been a Member?
5 years.

Membership: Blue and Gold Army Non-Ticketed Member (I am based in Brisbane)

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Being part of a giant family passionate about same team. I travel a lot for work and it is always amazing to see the support our team has both here and overseas.

Why did you apply to become part of Eels Member Council?

Specifically, to give back to a team that has given me so much over the years, and to ensure Members outside of Sydney are still represented.

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

To grow our Membership base outside of Sydney and create the best away game experience for Members of any sporting team in Australia.


Derek Price
Member Councillor since 2019

How long have you been a Member?
Since 1982

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

The best thing about being an Eels Member is showing your passion for the mighty Eels Club.

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I have been a lifelong supporter and actively involved in Junior league through my son that played in winning Junior Reps so it seemed this opportunity to contribute to the club had come.

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

I hope to upgrade and improve the NRL Club's position and participation in both the fan and junior league areas, which is essential to the growth and popularity of the Parramatta Eels. I also have a personal objective to return the Club's playing strip to the more popular heritage style.

Darren Hawkins
Member Councillor since 2017

How long have you been a Member?

I've been a member on and off since the 1970's when we had the cardboard punch cards, my family and I were members when we moved to Belmore then when we returned to the stadium in 1986. The industry I work in these days isn't consistent with timetables so my own membership over the last decade has been inconsistent too (sadly!)

Membership: Blue and Gold Army Non-Ticketed Member

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Being a part of the extended Eels family

Why did you apply to become part of Eels Member Council?

I wanted to be a part of being able to give back to the club that I have been a fan of since I can remember and being able to be a part of the Membership's voice is exciting and an honour.

Name an attribute that you will bring to Member Council;

Passion (for our club to help OUR club be the best it can be)

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

I hope that I can be a part of making being an Eels Member, no matter the Membership package, the thing that as many fans WANT to do, that fans see our Club wanting to do more and be more for their Members, so they feel encouraged and inspired to either continue on as Members or to take on Membership for the first time.

Elizabeth King
Member Councillor since 2017

How long have you been a Member?

Since 2014

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

It's a wonderful sense of belonging to the Eels family.

Why did you apply to become part of Eels Member Council?

I am a Mum of three boys, two of whom play Junior Rugby League in the Parramatta competition. As a family we are avid Parra fans. Being on Member Council provides me with an opportunity to provide feedback to the Club that would greatly benefit all Members and fans, particularly Junior Rugby League fans.=

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

As a Mum, I would like to focus on ensuring that the Junior Rugby League fans get as much exposure to the Club as they can. Our young fans are our Members, some may even be players for our future Eels team. I want to ensure that the passion, loyalty and commitment the young fans give to the Club is recognised which will in turn encourage them to pass this passion, loyalty and commitment down for generations to come.


Jeanette Boland APM
Member Councillor since 2018

How long have you been a Member? 2 years

Membership: General Admission

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Becoming part of a family and looking forward to the shared experience of game day.

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

Cultural change within the Club via broader engagement with communities and having greater representation of women in the Club. It is something I have significant experience with.



Jon D'Souza
Member Councillor since 2019

How long have you been a Member?
20 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Being guaranteed a great seat at every game.

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I applied to become part of the Eels Members Council because I love being a part of improving our overall Members experience and game day engagement.

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

Sharing Members’ feedback with the Eels team which will result in a flawless administrative experience for Members and more engaging game day experience. Members seeing value for their Membership!



Joseph Rashid
Member Councillor since 2019

How long have you been a Member?
6 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

The best thing about being an Eels Member is the feeling of contribution to the Club.

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I applied to become a part of Eels Member Council to help make a difference and to ensure that the voice of our Members is acknowledged.

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

I hope to achieve an increase in fan engagement, improved game day experience, and ensuring that the foundations of our Club and its culture are conserved.



Peter Katelaris
Member Councillor since 2018

How long have you been a Member?
3 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

It ensures I make time to come to every game I can and that I have good seats among other Parra fans

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

To help improve the fans’ game day experience: to advocate for inexpensive but decent venue food, better parking solutions, better quality ground announcements, and other game day issues.

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

All of the above!

Tammy Clarke
Member Councillor since 2019

How long have you been a Member?
19 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Being at the games with my family, watching and sharing in the high and lows of being a Parramatta supporter. Hearing the crowd chant PARRA as the boys run out and jumping up with all the other passionate supporters when Parra scores.

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I am a passionate Parramatta Eels fan, loyal and dedicated to my team. I would like to give back to my club who has brought me so much joy and so many memories over the years.



What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

I want to celebrate our first season in our brand-new stadium and ensure a positive game day experience for all our fans.

Troy Worner
Member Councillor since 2019

How long have you been a Member?
12 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

The best thing about being an Eels Member is feeling like you are actually a part of the team and Club. The Member only merchandise brings a sense of belonging and gives members the opportunity to show off their loyalty to the Eels. Becoming a Member means you are joining the Eels family, a family that gives you the opportunity to interact with other Eels fans, week in and week out, bonding over your mutual love for the Eels. Lastly, the exclusive Members’ events make the Eels Membership experience amazing by getting invited to these events throughout the pre-season and season.


Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

I applied for the Members’ council because of my passion, loyalty, and commitment to being a Member and fan of the Eels. I believe I can help alongside other Council Members to make a difference that the Members and fans of the Eels will love and get involved in. I believe my position with fellow Eels fans and Members will help me provide a variety of feedback in council meetings, and I love being a part of Member Council to stay involved with the club I love.


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

One of many things I hope to achieve while being on the Member Council is making a difference for Members to enjoy not only game days, but the Member experience during the off season too. I hope to aid the Eels in achieving the highest membership tally of all the Sydney clubs, followed by the NRL. I hope to use my position as Bankwest Stadium fan ambassador as well, creating ideas and events that Eels Members will love on game days.

Mitch Clarke
Member Councillor since 2017

How long have you been a Member?
Since 2012.

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

I think being a member is more than just getting tickets and attending the game. It's more so about supporting the club and players, and in a small way being a part of our team's future success.

Why did you apply to become a part of Eels Member Council?

Being a part of The Cumberland Throw has given me a terrific opportunity to connect with a wide range of Eels supporters, and I think that enables me to not only deliver my own thoughts and reflections as a member and fan, but in some ways represent the opinions and voices of a multitude of supporters.

Name an attribute that you will bring to Member Council;

I'd like to think I'm a clear communicator, and due to what my wife might refer to as my obsession, have a passionate understanding of all things Eels. I'm also very optimistic about our team's chances and direction for the future; and an unashamed Brad Arthur fan.

What is one thing that you hope to achieve by being a part of the Eels Member Council?

I feel very privileged to be asked to represent the wider Eels Membership community, and I suspect any number of people could sit in this seat. As such, I hope to put a face to Eels Membership body and develop initiatives that enhance game day experience for all Eels fans.

James Gref
Member Councillor since 2018

How long have you been a Member?

10 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Being part of the Blue and Gold Army is such a ride. The fans are passionate and when we have a close win, high fiving and back slapping random Eels Members is strangely satisfying.

Why did you apply to become a part of Eels Member Council?

I wanted to offer my services to help make the Club and fan experience better. Plus, being just a little part of the inner sanctum is cool.

What is one thing that you hope to achieve by being a part of the Eels Member Council?

Win a comp! But given my influence on that is very limited, be part of a passionate group that brings fresh ideas to the club, and if just one good idea is implemented, then I’ll feel we are making a difference.

Clare Melville
Member Councillor since 2017

How long have you been a Member?
Since 2008.

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Being part of a great family club and being able to attend all home games. Our seats are amazing and the other members around us end up turning into great friends as we turn up every week to support the Eels. It is an awesome way to continue to pledge my allegiance to the Blue and Gold, one of my Dad's greatest achievements in bringing me up!

Name an attribute that you will bring to Member Council:

Being the youngest member of the committee and a high school teacher, I hope I can bring a youthful perspective which will help better the game day experience for our younger generation of fans.

Michael Procajlo
Member Councillor since 2018

How long have you been a Member?

30 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?
Having access to the best seats in the house!

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?

As a supporter and someone who works in the Sports Industry, I thought I could add value to the Club through the Council.

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

I think collectively the Council can play a key role in contributing to the fan engagement strategy which will hopefully result in more members with a higher level of engagement with the Club. I hope I can contribute to that over my tenure.

Caron Lefever
Member Councillor since 2018

How long have you been a Member?

30 years

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Sense of belonging to a club with a proud history, plus a reserved seat at one of the best stadiums in the country.

Why did you apply to become a Member Councillor?
The Parramatta Eels are entering an exciting chapter with a strong corporate structure and a new stadium. I wanted to be a part of that, not just a spectator on the sidelines.

I believed my venue experience would be an asset particularly during discussions on the game day experience.

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

Have a voice on behalf of Members and raise any issues experienced on game days. And if I can add one more, to ensure that our Parramatta legends are forever celebrated by our club.

Nathan Kessey
Member Councillor since 2019

How long have you been a Member?

4 years

Membership: Blue and Gold Army Non-Ticketed Member - I didn't think I'd get to many games with my young family and I also think it is this category that we could grow more effectively, so I wanted to experience it.

What is the best thing about being an Eels Member?

Feeling connected to the club in a meaningful way.

What is the one thing that you hope to achieve?

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

Daniel Valeri
Member Councillor since 2017

How long have you been a Member?
13 years.

Membership: Full Season Reserved Seat

What's the best thing about being an Eels Member?


Having the opportunity to watch the team live every other week is a lot of fun. You get to experience first-hand how players improve their skillset each week and become more experienced as well as experiencing the atmosphere and joy of feeling like you are truly a part of the match day experience.

Why did you apply to become part of the Eels Member Council?

Being a passionate supporter I want to help out the club wherever I can and I saw the Member Council as the perfect opportunity to do so. Given that I am also a member of other sporting organisations alongside my professional experiences I feel as if I am in a unique position to provide the council with valuable insights into the mindset of fans who have similar experiences to that of my own.

What is one thing that you hope to achieve by being a part of the Eels Member Council?

My goal is to provide council with a point of difference, whilst ensuring that whatever input I provide is inline with what I believe the greater Member base wants or feels is lacking.

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