Junior reporter Tate hopes for some good news soon

Tate Mahony. Pictures: parramatta eels
Tate Mahony. Pictures: parramatta eels

He has already found out that Tim Mannah used to drive a Ford station wagon, Corey Norman is the funniest teammate and has even got some words of wisdom from industry professionals on what it takes to be a sports producer.

Meet Tate Mahony — the 2015 Eels Junior Reporter.

Tate was selected from dozens of entrants to be the inaugural junior reporter who will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what happens on game days, at Eels training, and other community events.

"I was so excited to be picked," Tate said.

Tate Mahony. Pictures: parramatta eels

Tate Mahony. Pictures: parramatta eels

"It's been a fun so far and I have got to meet all the players, including my favourites Semi Radradra and Chris Sandow."

The 10-year-old from Carlingford was selected after giving an exclusive report from the Parramatta Eels Junior Sweet Ps Cheer Squad trials. Tate's sisters Jade and Sky are dancers for the Sweet Ps this year.

He was hard at work at the weekend as he filmed segments with the Eels cheerleaders and caught up with the players' mums for Mother's Day.

So what was his take on the Eels' 28-10 loss to the Storm?

"They dropped too much ball," Tate said.

Eels coach Brad Arthur agreed.

"We completed at 54 per cent and gave away nine penalties compared to receiving five and they completed at 80 per cent.

"It's hard to keep fronting up when you're just exerting that much energy," Arthur said.

"But it's no one else's fault but our own."

Tate Mahony. Pictures: parramatta eels

Tate Mahony. Pictures: parramatta eels

The Eels return to Pirtek Stadium on Saturday to face the New Zealand Warriors.

The blue and gold will be hoping the recent trend of home victories continues between the two teams.

Tate Mahony. Pictures: parramatta eels

Tate Mahony. Pictures: parramatta eels

The last two times the Eels have played across the ditch they have lost by a combined 77-16. In contrast, when they have played the Warriors at home in the past two years they have won 40-10 and 36-16.

Win, lose or draw Tate will be there reporting from the game and his segments will be shown on the big screen at the games as well as shown on the Eels' website and social media channels.

"I've loved meeting all the players and getting to talk to them.

"Hopefully I can talk to them after a win on Saturday," he said.

Eels v Warriors, Saturday, 3pm, Pirtek Stadium.

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