NSL Where Are They Now? – Parramatta Power

Founded in 1999, Parramatta Power competed in the NSL until it’s demise in 2004.

The club was riddled with problems from the start, and never reached the potential it could have possibly had.

The first problem they faced was a lack of crowds due to the crowded football market in Western Sydney with teams such as Marconi, Olympic and United already competing in the 1999/00 competition.

The Power was backed by the Parramatta Eels NRL and their Leagues Club, meaning they were very cashed up, and looking to spend big.

Their ownership by the Eels also hurt their potential for fan reach, as fans of rival NRL teams refused to support them.

Their first few seasons started off shaky, however better every season. In the 1999/00 season they finished 11th out of the 16 teams, the following season finishing 9th and 7th the year after that.

In the 2002/03 season, the team finished 3rd on the table, qualifying for the Championship series. Unfortunately they only managed to finish 4th out of 6, missing out on the grand final by 6 points.

The 2003/04 season was their best (and last) season ever. They finished 2nd on the table, 6 points behind the premiers and champions Perth Glory.

In the finals series, they defeated Perth Glory 6-2 on aggregate with a 4-2 win at home before a 2-0 win away.

Mrdja however would end their hopes of getting the last grand final win of the competition with a 98th minute goal to give the Glory a 1-0 win after extra time.

The grand final was only played in front of 9,630 people, one of the lowest attended grand finals in the NSL.

Notable players in the grand final for the Power include Clint Bolton, Alvin Ceccoli, Michael Beauchamp, Travis Dodd, Ante Milicic, Saso Petrovski and Ahmad Elrich.

Many fans accused the Eels/Power of trying to buy the league in which they almost succeeded.

The Power live on in memories, lasting as a reminder of what could have been if the NRL and NSL/A-League teams worked together.

 

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