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Parramatta stars washed away their Grand Final disappointment with a Sydney Harbor cruise as part of their traditional Mad Monday celebrations.
The Eels’ hopes of ending a 36-year drought in the premiership ended at Accor Stadium on Sunday when they lost 28-12 to Penrith, with the Panthers becoming only the second team in the NRL era to win back-to-back. won premierships.
As the Panthers celebrated with their fans on Monday, the festivities were understandably more toned down in the Eels camp.
Nathan Brown (left) and Mitch Rein were seen smoking outside the Rose and Crown
Players gathered at the Rose and Crown hotel in Parramatta before leaving the venue by car as the celebrations continued in Sydney Harbor aboard the Aussie Magic.
A large contingent of players showed up, including star halfback Mitchell Moses, five-eight Dylan Brown and captain Clint Gutherson.
Gun props Junior Paulo and Reagan Campbell-Gillard were also in attendance.
Nathan Brown and Mitch Rein were seen smoking outside the Rose and Crown while other players treated themselves to drinks on board.
Eels stars started their Mad Monday celebrations at the Rose and Crown Hotel in Parramatta
Eels star halfback Mitchell Moses (left) and Brown (right) attended
New South Wales prop Junior Paulo was also among the players joining the festivities
Players left the Rose and Crown to embark on a cruise around Sydney Harbour
Players left the hotel as the celebrations continued from Parramatta after a while
A Parra player, meanwhile, appeared to be smoking an e-cigarette.
Earlier this season, former Gold Coast captain Kevin Proctor was sacked after posting a video on social media of him vaping at CommBank Stadium during the Titans’ loss to Canterbury.
Parramatta’s year-end festivities looked considerably more subdued than some of the infamous Mad Monday celebrations that NRL and AFL teams have participated in in the past.
Players were then seen off the boat at night as the party ended, before waiting to get into taxis as they bid farewell.
A large contingent of Parra players attended the Mad Monday festivities
After leaving the Rose and Crown in Parramatta, players moved to Sydney Harbour
Weapon prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard (left) gears up to board the Aussie Magic
The Parramatta stars boarded the Aussie Magic, where the celebrations continued
The relatively tame nature of the celebrations should come as no surprise, after the Eels failed to end a premiership drought that has now entered its 37th season.
In their first Grand Final appearance since 2009 and only their third since they last won the competition in 1986, Parramatta was never in the races against an outstanding Penrith squad.
Parramatta trailed 28-0 with four minutes to go, before attempts at Clint Gutherson and Jack Arthur made the deficit more respectable.
The Eels will lose some key players during the off-season, with star second rower Isaiah Papali’i heading to Wests Tigers and whore Reed Mahoney to Canterbury.
Five-eight Dylan Brown (left) enjoys a drink with his teammates on board
The players shared a drink while on board, but the celebrations were limited
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Despite the disappointment, however, Eels stars felt there was plenty to be proud of after a roller coaster season.
“It’s been a roller coaster for us this year,” Gutherson told Nine after the game.
Eels players ended up disembarking overnight as their cruise ended
The mood looked jovial, but far from exuberant or rowdy as players waited
Some players talked while waiting for their taxi after the cruise ended
Eel stars are seen boarding a taxi as their crazy Monday came to an end
“It’s everyone’s goal to come here. Unfortunately we didn’t get the desired result.’
In a conversation with AAP, Paulo agreed: ‘Part of me is proud of the year, proud that I came here because many people have written us off.
“A lot of people doubted whether we would make it to the final” […]
“The other side of me says it’s disappointing to get such an opportunity and not take it. That’s quite difficult.’