Bulldogs, Eels crowd to smash record

NRL Finals Bulldogs Eels Tickets Sell Out 2009The hotly anticipated Bulldogs-Eels match this weekend – is set to shatter the previous regular season game attendance as the likes of Hazem El Masri and Jarryd Hayne strut their stuff on the ANZ Turf.

Amazingly, over 55,000 tickets have already been pre-sold and the NRL privately expects a 70,000 figure – with walk up starters.

El Masri will be putting his goal kicking magic on display, young Hayne will be dancing around the field in his electric manner and there is no doubt the likes of Greg Eastwood and Fui Fui Moi Moi will be colliding like cars in a crash test room.

The Channel 9 Network believes their TV ratings too will be record breaking – built by Parramatta’s run in winning nine of their past 10 matches, which has turned them into many fans’ ”second side”. ”Our year-on-year figures are up incredibly on last year and each match keeps going higher,” Nine’s head of sport, Steve Crawley, said. ”I think the appetite for two Sydney sides in a game like this has been a long time coming – particularly two sides from the game’s heartland in the western suburbs.”

Some have gone as far to suggest, this would have been the ‘ideal’ Grand Final – between two old foes. Drawing massive interest from all NRL corners.

Former Eels hard head Terry Leabeater believed this scenario was ideally like a grand final. ”The old rivalry’s been left alone for a lot of years, and all of a sudden it’s back out,” he said. ”It’s claws have been exposed. I’m more nervous now than when I played.”

ANZ Stadium MD Daryl Kerry confirmed the massive interest in this game and said it was the one Sydney wanted to see.

“In 10 years of hosting major events, ANZ Stadium has never before seen 55,000 tickets sold in two days for a footy match,” he said.

The NRL and Channel 9 are also happy that the Saturday Night Week 3 NRL Final is between 2 state sides. Brisbane and Melbourne facing off ensure plenty of interest in that game also.

”There’s an opportunity to look at the game’s strengths down the whole eastern seaboard,” confirmed NRL Boss David Gallop.

The winner of the Bulldogs, Eels clash will have the backing of Sydney – as they keep the hopes of the city and state alive in the NRL Grand Final against either Melbourne or Brisbane.

2 thoughts on “Bulldogs, Eels crowd to smash record”

  1. Been a PARRA fan as long as I can remember .Saw the 1981 GF againstf Newtown,Witnessed the burning of the old Cumberland stand,had 2 season tickets for the first year of the new stadium,used to run around Cumberland oval when I attended Westmead Junior High in the 60’s ,born in 1947- joined the club in1968 when I was 21, fav. players. Ron Lynch,Ken Thornett,Ray Price, Eric snr Nathan H, . Most underated,Steve Edge,Phil Mann,Luke Burke, Laurie, Todd Lowrey, Coach ,The current coach .He has mad the lads believe in themselves .He’s turned them around into a team who are playing as a team all for one another.They are making less eros ,moving up fast ,& keeping that ball alive.In this game if you play no mistake footy you win — .Not like AFL you can make heaps & still win .GOPARRA ALMallard.

  2. yes! yah! its all the Doggies when you let the dogs out they will be all over the place and look out for them they will smash the Eels.

    go! go! Gooooooooooooooo doggies for 2009
    Win the best i will be rait at the back screeming on top of my voice.

    Good luck Doggies blue & white flag is flying high.

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