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    Paulo is really articulate for a prop.
     
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    Former Eels prospect Steve Dresler is helping improve the lives of the children with a disability
    This rising Parramatta Eels forward is refusing to let the end of his NRL dream be the end of his incredible story.

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    Get a sneak peek of the next generation of rugby league stars, who will be bursting onto the NRL scene in the not-too-distant future.


    It’s 1pm on a Sunday afternoon when the phone of former Parramatta Eels prospect Steve Dresler pings with an email notification.

    He doesn’t recognise the name of the sender.

    But the 22-year old immediately tends to the email; after all, he is running a business in its infancy and it could be something important.

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    “Hi there, we just want to pass on compliments to a group of your staff and kids who were having a lovely day at Boat Harbour today,” the email read.

    “The kids were having a great day, it was a joy watching them so happy. Your staff were kind and so hands on and we really enjoyed sharing the beach with them today.

    “Thought it was worth passing on so you could let them know they are doing a great job.

    “Regards, Peta.”

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    Former Parramatta Eels player Steve Dresler has started a company, What Ability, an NDIS registered business that helps provide recreational care for kids with disabilities. Picture: Toby Zerna
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    Former Parramatta Eels player Steve Dresler, with Owen, a What Ability participant. Picture: Toby Zerna
    In moments like these, the pain from Dresler’s crushed NRL dream stings a little less.

    Before Dresler was receiving high praise from total strangers for the work his NDIS business, What Ability, does with kids and people with a disability, he was a teenage rugby league sensation destined for a career in the NRL.

    Such was his talent, Dresler was plucked from a macadamia farm in Yamba, on the far northern NSW coast, by the Gold Coast Titans as a 12-year-old.

    From then, everything the rising forward did was dedicated to the pursuit of his NRL dream.

    But his growing body had other ideas.

    Dresler’s horrid run with injuries started in 2013 as a 15-year-old — he suffered around nine serious injuries over the next five years including two ACL ruptures.

    But NRL clubs were not deterred; Dresler’s talent was obvious and hard to ignore.

    As well as the Eels, Canterbury and South Sydney wanted Dresler to come south of the border.

    With his wrist in a cast, broken in his final game for Keebra Park High School, Dresler packed his life into his car and drove nine hours south to Parramatta.

    There his desire to play NRL only grew but so did his injury list.

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    Steve and Wallaroo Lori Cramer pictured with kids Will (L) and Owen. Picture: Toby Zerna
    In 2017, he suffered his second ACL injury.

    Dresler made it back onto the field for Parramatta’s NSW Cup side but again it would be short-lived.

    After playing the 2018 season in complete agony, Dresler received the news his ACL was absent and three different surgeons delivered the same heartbreaking prognosis – his rise to NRL stardom was over.

    Parramatta stars Reed Mahoney and Dylan Brown were Dresler’s housemates at the time.

    Brown, who remains close friends with Dresler, still remembers the sheer cruelty of his former teammate’s hard luck.

    “It’s so weird because it always happens to his type, he was one of the most passionate footy players I knew and he came down from Queensland to chase his dream,” Brown told The Daily Telegraph.

    “He made that sacrifice for it to go out the door … that’s not only heartbreaking for him but everyone.

    “He was one of the most talented players in our age group, so when it happened I was pretty sad for him and everyone around him.”

    But away from the football field, Dresler’s passion for another, arguably more noble pursuit, was growing every day.

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    Eels players Steve Dresler with Reed Mahoney and Oregon Kaufusi at Giant Steps. Picture: Richard Dobson
     
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    During his time at the Eels, Dresler and a number of other players including Brown, Mahoney and Oregon Kaufusi, would devote their free time to Giant Steps – a school for children with Autism.

    There Dresler found a purpose greater than rugby league and the roots for his own disability service business were planted.

    So in July 2019 Dresler started What Ability, a service designed to provide care and recreational activities for people with a disability, where athletes are recruited as support staff.

    “After Giant Steps a few of the boys wanted to work on weekends so I thought ‘why don’t I start a professional, semi professional disability service?’,” Dresler said.

    “It’s grown beyond that to include young people in general but we still have NRL players, netballers and Super Rugby players.

    “What Ability adds some youthful energy to the disability sector and I think that’s why it has been so popular.

    “Within a couple of months we had 50 emails from parents wanting us to look after their kids. Now we have around 100 participants with a disability aged four to 30 with around 112 support staff.”

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    Former Parramatta Eels player Steve Dresler with kids Owen (L) and Joe. Picture: Toby Zerna

    What Ability is one of the more unique offerings in the disability sector and that in part has resulted in its success.

    Through his business Dresler has one aim, to help the most vulnerable connect with their communities through something as simple as having fun.

    “It’s all about community access. We are about having fun and doing the things that bring them joy,” Dresler said.

    “We take the kids swimming, on bush walks, surfing, to events and we even have camps that we conduct.

    “We have a wide range of people with disabilities and capabilities, some are non verbal that can’t speak or can’t do a single thing on their own.

    “Then we have those that live on their own and can order their own food or go play golf.

    “When the kids are having fun we are changing their lives and the lives of their families. We see it every day.

    One look at What Ability’s Instagram page backs up Dresler’s claims.

    The feed is filled with ear-to-ear smiles of participants and their support staff doing the things the rest of us take for granted.

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    Eels star Dylan Brown at the beach with a What Ability participant, Luke. Picture: Supplied

    One familiar smiling face is that of Brown and participant Luke, who has down syndrome.

    The two were pictured having a blast body boarding on the beach only last month.

    “That’s Luke, he loved it and that was the most fun I’ve had with a kid. He is always happy,” Brown said.

    “There’s also James, he just loves to have fun and he’s one of the kids I’ve worked with most and he’s a joy to be around.”

    For Brown, 20, the time he spends with What Ability is a chance for him to “pause” his fast-paced life as an NRL superstar.

    “I’m quite young and I jumped into the spotlight and that is sometimes pretty overwhelming,” Brown said.

    “So hanging out with these kids is a ‘pause’ on the footy side of life, which takes up every hour of my day.

    “It’s not like I leave the footy field and it’s done. You go to a cafe and people recognise you.

    “But these kids don’t know who we are but when we hang out we put smiles on each other’s faces.

    “We are helping each other out.”

    Dresler is planning to take What Ability national in 2021 and is hoping more athletes from all over the country will jump on board.

    Brown wants to see more athletes like himself take part in What Ability as its reach grows.

    “Just join it, just come and have fun. It doesn’t feel like a job and you won’t regret it,” Brown said.

    “The kids will probably bring you more joy than what you bring to them.”

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    Wallaroos player Lori Cramer with a What Ability participant at the beach. Picture: Supplied

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    Giants netball player Kristina Manu’a with a What Ability participant. Picture: Supplied.

    ABOUT WHAT ABILITY

    What Ability – happiness comes first

    VISION

    To bring happiness to people living with a disability

    MISSION

    Through community experience we will bring a smile to participants, enriching they‘re lives and unleashing they’re potential.

    VALUES

    Passion – to create a inclusive world through youthful energy

    Empower – participants to try new things and staff to excel at they‘re jobs

    Empathy – in every Interaction with every person

    Respect – individuals needs and strengths meeting everyone where they‘re at

    DRESLER’S INJURY REPORT

    • 2013 Elbow surgery

    • 2013 Knee surgery

    • 2014 ACL surgery

    • 2014 Hand surgery

    • 2014 Removal of hardware and cleanout

    • 2015 Scaphoid (wrist) surgery

    • 2017 ACL surgery

    • 2017 Shoulder reconstruction

    • 2017 Knee arthroscope

    • 2018 Knee arthroscope

    • 2018 Removal of all hardware and damaged ACL and meniscus
     
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    Eels 2021 season preview: Finals frontier next on agenda
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    Was 2020 a success or a failure for the Parramatta Eels?

    For a club that collected the wooden spoon in 2018, you'd take a third-place finish and second-week finals exit. For a club that had already made it to the second week of the finals in 2019 and looked to be on an upward trajectory, it's a little disappointing.

    It was a strange year for the Eels, who looked near-on unstoppable in the first nine rounds before hitting a wall. They mostly continued to scrape together wins thereafter but in less convincing fashion as the points and dominant running game evaporated.

    By the time the finals hit they were ripe for the picking as eventual premiers Melbourne and the late-surging Bunnies (putting 38 on the blue-and-golds for the second time in six weeks) dismissed them in straight sets.

    The club was blessed with a minimal injury toll and one of the gentlest draws in the NRL and while they were able to take advantage of that through the regular season, an ongoing struggle to match the best teams in the big games is cause for concern.

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    Eels suffer straight-sets finals exit


    Eels suffer straight-sets finals exit

    The 2021 outlook
    What's new
    The Eels have undergone one of their biggest roster overhauls in recent memory, with 11 of last year's top 30 departing. But despite the mass changes, the differences in the club's best 17 will be minimal. Were it not for a provisional suspension for centre Michael Jennings over a drugs breach, there may not be any.

    Promising ex-Warrior Isaiah Papali'i should play plenty of first grade this year while coach Brad Arthur will be hoping to get former Titans back-rower Bryce Cartwright's output to match his obvious ability. Michael Oldfield or Tom Opacic will slot into the vacant centre spot.

    Joey Lussick provides back-up to Reed Mahoney and another ex-Titan in Keegan Hipgrave will jostle with Cartwright for chances on an edge.

    The draw
    Tough but fair is probably an apt summation of the Eels' run in 2021. They get double match-ups against all the best teams from 2020 but overall have a very low travel burden and the only time they're out of Sydney on successive weekends is for their own home game in Darwin.

    There are no five-day turnarounds either. They have a very tough final seven weeks leading into the finals including both 2020 grand final teams in the final two weeks, so will be battle-hardened for the playoffs if they get there.

    The burning question
    Can Brad Arthur unlock the mystery to beating the Storm, Roosters, Rabbitohs and Panthers at the business end of the year?

    Despite sitting in first for half the season and finishing third, the Eels barely fired a shot at the business end against the best teams, for the second year running. It was a similar story in their previous finals campaign in 2017.

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    Super ball: EISS Super three-year deal means new-look footy

    That is the key for this side - taking the next step from being a team that consistently contends finals series and one that is a serious chance of pushing through those finals.

    The stat that gives you hope
    The Eels just need to figure out what they were doing so well in the first half of 2020 and bottle it. On the face of it, it boiled down to controlling possession and running like men possessed; the Eels made far more metres per week than any other side in that imposing nine-game run that had them sitting pretty atop the ladder mid-last year.

    Through those nine games Parra ran for an astonishing 1943 metres per week – averaging 360 metres per game more than their opposition. If they can bottle that they'll start 2021 on the right foot.

    What you need to know NRL Fantasy-wise
    Ryan Matterson ($807k) is one of the few elite scorers in the new edge forward position, while Mitchell Moses ($766k) is among the top few Fantasy halves. Nathan Brown ($734k) is a cut-price keeper in the middle forwards while Blake Ferguson ($393k) looks good value after scoring a career-low four tries last season.

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    The Eels' 2020 season review


    The Eels' 2020 season review

    Contract matters
    Despite the large roster refresh, there are a ton of off-contract players this year with most of the new names signed on one-year deals including Cartwright, Oldfield, Opacic, Lussick and Hipgrave (who has a club option for a second).

    Blockbusting wingers Blake Ferguson and Maika Sivo are off contract with the former appearing unlikely to be extended and Sivo needing a big year. Origin forward Nathan Brown is also currently unsigned.

    Breakout player to watch
    Haze Dunster

    Made his NRL debut in unusual circumstances: in a semi-final, the club's biggest game of the year, because two outside backs were injured the week before then a centre failed a game-day drugs test.

    The New Zealand-born flyer acquitted himself well and should get a chance on the wing or even at centre as the season progresses.

    The quote
    "It's probably one of the biggest turnovers I've seen in a long time at this club. It's good for us, it freshens it up, we've got a lot of young kids coming in who are energetic and ready to learn. It makes us older guys look at that and it makes training fun."

    -Eels skipper Clint Gutherson on the 11 changes to the top 30 roster this year.

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    Most streamed: Eels v Raiders


    Most streamed: Eels v Raiders

    The good, the bad, the likely
    The good: Based on the first half of the Eels' 2020 season, you'd have to say their premiership window is at least somewhat ajar. They may not be favourites, but best case scenario this year is a title.

    The bad: Well, we saw the club fall off a cliff after making the finals in 2017 to come last a year later. They had a favourable run last year with their draw and injuries and are still working on developing the mental toughness and consistency the top teams display. You'd have to say there's too much talent in this side to flirt with another spoon but worst case is a drop out of the top out.

    The likely: The most likely outcome for the Eels is something similar to last year – enough wins to be assured of a spot in the top eight but without the firepower to truly threaten for a title. We have them landing anywhere between third and eighth.
     
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    David Fafita loved the club as well.
     
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    Well at least they’re not asking if Arthur Jr can be the next Sterlo. Yet.

    The amazing part of that tweet is Souffs have had 146 centres and 142 second roers since 1975 and none have played 100 games for them in those positions
     
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    Gee this is new. I haven’t heard about all of Parramatta’s halfbacks since Sterlo before. Cutting edge stuff.

    Also, makes me sick that Sandow is third on that list.
     
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