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Welcome                                                                          Edition 4 - 2/4/2015

Well the season is nearly here. 

Well done everyone for their efforts in the Pre-Season Cup. There were good wins over Dragons and University followed by a loss in the final to Souths.  It gives us an idea of where we are and what we need to do.  Keep the heads up; feedback from Saturday was positive, just keep working hard and the club will support you.

The junior and senior seasons get underway next weekend (Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April). To our young juniors who have been putting in a big effort at training over past month, we look forward to seeing you all on the field! Have lots of fun and enjoy playing with your team mates.

All the best for a great Easter break.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

 
* Junior training continues over the school holidays *

Friday 10 April 2015 - Juniors - Round 1 
Junior season commences! Refer expected game times below.

Saturday 11 April 2015 - Seniors - Round 1
A Grade - BYE
B Grade - Palmerston vs. Swampdogs, 4pm on Field 1
team huddle

2015 Pre-Season Cup Final
Palmerston Crocs 5 South Darwin Rabbitohs 41

Senior Update, from A Grade Coach, Stan Carnes

Congratulations to the Senior Squad for making the grand final of the pre-season competition.  After solid wins against Dragons on 14 March, and last years premiers Uni on 21 March, to allow us to play the Rabbitohs in the final. Unfortunately we were unable to continue our form, and full credit must go to Souths for a solid performance on the day. Good performances were put in during the pre-season comp by Pebbles, Greg, Rhys and Toby through each game and the squad who trained hard throughout. Despite the loss, there are a lot of things to be positive about as we move to the season proper.

During pre-season we have successfully launched a few new initiatives including the Croc App, the new Instagram account and the attendance at ARU coaching seminars.  Leading into the final, the Seniors attended an ARU session at Mararra with Mick McGripillis.  This was a first for the NTRU and also the Crocs. The Gripper is a well renowned coach who has coached Australian Barbarians and also North Sydney, and as such we would like to thank the NTRU for the opportunity to participate. READ MORE... 
 
Well done to Felix Byrne (pictured right) and Henry Degoumois who have moved up from the Under 17s into the seniors this year. Both made valuable contributions to the senior side during Saturday's Pre-Season Cup and are looking for promising for first grade this year.  A great achievement!
Felix and Henry joined fellow former Palmerston juniors Anthony Smith, Greg Svanfelds Brad Hogan, Jacob Collins, Jye Wise-Kelly, Jordan Simshauser, Blake Bishell, Garry Keppell and Trent Kepell in playing for the senior side during the pre-season.  If you could all get you to training we could have the basis of a good side made up of ex-Palmy Juniors, which would hold the club in a good position for years to come!

Senior Draw


Attached is the Senior Draw for 2015 (click on the image for a printable PDF version).  The NTRU will upload the draw to their website soon and as soon as this is done, you will also be access the draw via your Palmerston Crocs Team App which links directly to the NTRU draw/results page. There is also a direct link to the draw/results on the home page of the club website.
 
DAS

Darwin Academy of Sport


With the pre-season now over, the club is currently negotiating with DAS about the next training phase.  The club is keen to support initiatives like this, particularly if it increases the enjoyment and professionalism of the rugby program for the players.
Senior shorts and socks (finally) have arrived

Senior shorts and socks have finally arrived and can be collected after training next week for those who have paid their subs in full.
The full amount of subs payable is $243, which includes insurance, the ARU levy and club fees.  As mentioned previously in Croc Tales, the ARU has decided that individuals, not the clubs, must pay insurance. There are two options: either an upfront payment of $93.00 or a casual fee of $25.00 per game. If you do not pay either amount prior to playing, then you will not be insured.  This is an ARU directive, not the clubs.  See Ben for more information or to enter into a payment plan.

Round 1 - Friday 10 April 2015

The junior season commences next Friday 10 April.  The junior draw has not yet been published, however anticipated game times are as follows:

U5s, U7s and U9s - 6.00pm (confirmed)
U11s - 6.30pm or 7.30pm
U13s - 6.50pm
U15s - 8.00pm
U17s - 9.10pm

Junior managers will text their players as soon as game times and playing fields have been confirmed. Looking forward to season 2015!

Warren Park

FYI.... junior match day schedule


Last season, the U13s played exclusively at Warren Park (pictured left) and all other sides played on Field 1 or Field 2 at Rugby Park. The proposal this year is for the U11s, U13s, U15s and U17s to rotate through Warren Park throughout the season.  The game times for these sides will therefore vary according to the field being played on. Stay tuned!

Team vacancies


Most positions have been filled for the season and a special welcome goes out to our new managers for the season - Darlene Devery (U7s) and Kate and Ashley Eadie (U9s). Thank you Darlene, Kate and Ashley, you're awesome!  We still require a coach and manager for our second U7s team as well as managers for U5s, U13s and U17s. If you have a child playing in any of these teams and you're happy to help out, just let your coach know or drop into the clubhouse during training.
 
Coaches Course

ARU Coach and Referee Development


Congratulations to our junior volunteers who attended the recent ARU development courses:
* Foundation Course - Tony Rudd (U15 coach), Jamie Akers (U13 coach) (both circled in the photo!)
* Coaching Kids Rugby - Shaun Gill (U9 coach), Kevin Humphreys (U7 coach), Larissa Deo (U5 coach)
* Refereeing Kids Rugby - Gary Cowley and Antoni Murphy (junior parents), Jacob Blyton and Eddie Weaver (junior players)

A big thank you to these volunteers for their commitment to our junior players!  And thanks also to Under 11 coach Matty Taurima for holding the fort at junior training on Tuesday 24th, when the kids coaching and refereeing courses were held and we needed to cancel junior training for most grades.


Were you born in 1998/1999 (U17s) or 2000/2001 (U15s)?  The season starts next week (Friday 10 April) and your team mates need you!  We have excellent coaches and a core group of committed players in each team who have been training hard ever since pre-season training began over a month ago.

The Under 17s were competition premiers in 2014 and the Under 15s were successful in 2014 due to the commitment of a small playing group and a lot of  behind-the-scenes work by the club to support that playing group.  Unfortunately our numbers in these age groups have been hit hard in 2015, with kids either switching codes (Palmerston has two rugby league clubs now, one aligned with a secondary school, the other with multi-million dollar facilities located next to a school), kids moving on to other sports or kids dropping out of sport altogether.

The club is still very committed to having these two grades. Coaches are appointed and we are working through different options to try and make it work. For a long time now we have been the only club in Darwin to field sides in all age groups and our aim as always is to have as many junior players as possible playing the game they play in heaven.

So, if you haven't returned to training yet and/or if you know of anyone who wants to play, please come down to training! 

For Under 15s: There will be a short meeting in the clubhouse after training on Tuesday 7 April for U15 players, parents, coaches and managers to discuss the 2015 U15 competition. Hope to see you there!


 

NT SCHOOLBOYS
The NT Schoolboys trials (for players born in 1997/1998) were held last Wednesday 25 March, however it's not too late to turn up for a run if missed the trials on the 25th.  Contact Rugby Development Manager Damien Tyson on 0408 892 322 for further details.

BROTHERS IN ARMS
The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team are calling for Indigenous players aged 15 and 16 to attend their ‘Brothers in Union’camp to be held at The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Sydney from 24 to 26 April 2015. For further details, check out the
flyer.

JUNIOR MANAGERS' MEETING
There will be a junior managers meeting held on Tuesday 7 April from 5.15 – 6.15 (while training is on). This will be to hand out team gear, go through team lists, confirm season policies and procedures, etc.  If you can’t make it, please let Selina know.

JUNIOR COACHES
Please drop by the clubhouse after training on Tuesday 7 April to collect your club shirts and to go through next Friday's games.

OCHRE CARDS
A reminder to all coaches, managers and committee members. If you haven’t already done so, could you please follow up your Ochre Card.  Forms can be downloaded from http://www.workingwithchildren.nt.gov.au/forms.html; these then need to be lodged at Safe NT in the city.

BAKEWELL'S BUMPER CAR BOOT SALE
Support our junior players who attend Bakewell Primary School, by supporting their Bakewell’s Bumper Car Boot Sale on Sunday 23 May. Monies raised will be going towards the Year 6 Camp. Check out the
flyer for further details.
Facility and Capital Equipment Grant - Palmerston Stand

The club recently applied for and was successful in obtaining a significant grant from the Department of Sport and Recreation (thankyou DSR!) to repair and upgrade our grandstand structure at Rugby Park.  The structure was built in the early ‘90s and is in serious need of attention.  Since the '90s the view from the Palmerston Stand has also been reduced, with the main grandstand and the arrival of THAT field lighting pole. 

The first step in the redevelopment of the Palmerston Stand is to commit to the design and positioning of the new structure.  We welcome your ideas and input and if you would like to be involved in this process please let the club now.
A lionhearted performer
A lionhearted performer

A Lionhearted Performer

Check out this article written back in 1982...

"There aren’t too many of them left but what they lack in quantity they make up in quality… referring to the golden oldies who have been around since the first season out on the old Alawa Ovals back in 1976... Dennis would have to get an award for the most durable footballer for the last six seasons.  The lionhearted Dennis is called to play two games each week with monotonous regularity and he typifies the spirit contained among the Crocodile ranks…"

The photos on the right are of Dennis playing in last weekend's Pre-Season Cup Final against a tough Souths side. One more year, and Dennis will be winning the award as the most durable player over forty seasons.

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We welcome your contributions and feedback to Croc Tales. 
Please forward to croctales@palmerstonrugby.com.au

Thankyou to everyone that contributed text and/or images for Edition 4: Cate Killiner, Cassy Chui, Selina Blyton, NTRU, Club Archives.

Clubhouse address:  81 Bonson Terrace, Moulden, Palmerston NT 0830
Clubhouse phone:  08 8932 1292
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