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Edition 2 - 12/5/16

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Croc Tales

Proudly celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2016


Welcome                                                                           Edition 2 - 12/5/16

Welcome to a long overdue Croc Tales!  Time has flown and like with everyone, the club has been incredibly busy this year so we thought it was time to get the word out on what’s been happening.

Ben Blyton
Club President

40th Anniversary Weekend

The 40th Anniversary Weekend is fast approaching and promises to be a great weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be a gala dinner being held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. Tickets are on sale now - drop into the clubhouse while training is on, see Bryony or Mima down at the senior games or pay online - details are on the flyer. With a number of tickets already sold and some former club members travelling from interstate and overseas, it's shaping up to a big night!
A Grade & B Grade

The first round has seen the club perform pretty well in the seniors and the season holds a lot of promise. The highlight for A Grade has been a win over the University Pirates as it was the first time we have beaten them in a number of years. B Grade remain undefeated and are comfortably sitting on top of ladder.  The home game scheduled for Saturday 4 June now has added importance as B Grade will be playing for some silverware - The Secretary’s Cup - in their game against University.

The numbers at training have been consistently good and if we keep the work up that coach Ravin has been setting, the second round should see more favourable results for A Grade and continued strength in B Grade.

Club members Chloe Dray and Alan Babbs have been working hard to establish our women's side, and Chloe is also volunteering her time with the NTRU to further build the fledgling girls and women's competitions. The women play on Wednesday nights and the team has been playing well. Friday night has seen the introduction of a girls U13s and U15s competition and we have Palmerston girls playing in the U15s. Further details about the girls competition are included on the Noticeboard below.
Girls Rugby
Girls Rugby
Under 5s, Under 7 Blue, Under 7 Red, Under 9s,
Under 11s, Under 13s & Under 15s

The Juniors have hit the road running this season with strong numbers across all the lower age groups as well as the Under 15s. We're a little light on in our Under 11s and Under 13s so if you know of anyone in these age groups who would like to play rugby, we would love to see them!

The weekly results have been solid. Our U15s, U13s and U11s are all fairly young teams with the majority of players in these teams playing in their first year of that age group. The U15s are like B Grade and are undefeated after six games - well done boys!  The U13s are currently sitting third on their ladder and have been seriously competitive in their age group.  The U11s put in a huge effort from week to week and sitting at 4th going into round 7. Our super-dooper U9s have had some spectacular games this season and are currently 2nd on their ladder.  The U5s and U7s don't have a final series, but they are an absolute joy to watch each week as they develop the skills of rugby.

Well done to all juniors and a huge thank you to the many coaches and managers that support our junior teams.

Camp Wallaby is coming to Darwin!

This is a fantastic opportunity for all juniors aged 7 - 17. Check out the flyer or go to for further details.  Thank you to the NTRU and Friends of Rugby for supporting this event by each contributing $50 per player to subsidise the cost to parents. This is the first time Camp Wallaby has come to Darwin and it should be a great couple of days for our junior players.

Keeping in the loop...


CROC SHOP CLEARANCE Drop into the clubhouse for some much loved Palmy gear – old playing jerseys $10, boardies $20, dress shorts $10, party shirts $10 and more.

 Please note that all 2015-16 Sport Vouchers expire on 31 May 2016. Parents/carers - if you would like to redeem your child’s voucher but haven’t yet done so, just drop into the clubhouse at any time on training nights

GIRLS' RUGBY The NTRU are seeking girls aged 11 - 15 who are interested in playing rugby union in a Friday night competition at Warren Park, Marrara. Players must be registered with a club and on the night are split into teams.  A free skills and development coaching session for the girls is held at 7pm before the games at 7.40pm (U13s) and 8.10pm (U15s).  For further details, please contact Josh from NTRU or (08) 8945 1444.

Exciting news - a new scrum machine!

The club has been successful with a couple of grant applications to purchase a new scrum machine.  Grants have been sourced from both the Palmerston City Council and the ESS Larrakia Manigurr-Ma Village Compass Group Pty Ltd and the scrum machine has been ordered from Enforcer Scrum Machines.

The new scrum machine will replace a machine that was built who knows when and has become unsafe to use. The new machine has many cutting-edge features, for example it can be operated and controlled by the coach (no need for 10 people to stand on the sled for weight) and adjustable headrests mean that it can be adjusted to suit all ages from juniors through to seniors. For full details, click on Infosheet_Enforcer_ProSimulator.

We extend our sincere appreciation to the above named organisations for assisting us in buying this important piece of equipment that both the juniors and seniors will use to train with in a safe environment. 

Water Bottles

Thank you to Greg and Dave at Advanced Industrial Safety for supplying a big box of drink bottles to the club (and thank you to Kevin Humphreys, our U7 Coach, for organising this!). It goes without saying that water bottles are absolutely essential to the club, and this donation is sincerely appreciated.
Palmerston Stand
Palmerston Stand Update

Unfortunately, the refurbished stand and deck is still not finished as we have some issues that are being worked through with the builder. The club would like to see the structure finished as soon as possible and appreciates that for the many supporters who use the area, having an unfinished product is not ideal. Regrettably this is currently out of our hands, so please bear with us.
The Old Salties got together and entered two teams in the Darwin Masters 10s held earlier this year. A special kit based on the design of the popular jerseys from the mid 80’s was ordered and 20 or so hardened veterans turned up to play. It was great to see a couple of old boys from Brisbane fly in for the weekend, including John Sullivan and Nick Woodroffe.  Several other old stalwarts that hadn't been seen around the club that much in recent years also played and it was fantastic to see them all again.  Another good feature of the weekend was the involvement of a number of junior coaches.  The club's spirit showed when the boys donated their prize money to the visiting Fijian teams to assist with their recovery work following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Old Salties also played last weekend against the Old Dogs at the home game against Swampdogs.  After a close enough first half the boys run away with a good win to start the afternoon off on a good note. A game highlight was the return of super coach and Old Salty immortal Dallas Graetz. Dallas managed to fit the game in between overseas adventures on his motorbike, and we here he's backing up for another game this weekend.
Old Salties 2
Old Salties 3

Media Memories

Don't miss the great collection of newspaper articles that the club is regularly posting on Facebook in the lead up to the 40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner. The articles are fascinating to read, so take the time to read some if you can! If you're not on Facebook, just check out the home page of our club website as you should be able to access the albums from there.

We are proud to welcome the following sponsors to the Palmerston Crocs in season 2016.

Zambero - Mexican with a Mission

Zambrero, newly opened in both Palmerston and Darwin, will be sponsoring player awards across all grades for the remainder of the season.  Many thanks to Mick (former player and coach) and Annette Smith and family for initiating this valuable sponsorship. When you're next ordering a delicious feed from Zambrero, let them know that you're from the Palmerston Crocs!
Flip Out Darwin

Flip Out Darwin

Currently under construction, we are excited to welcome Flip Out Darwin on board for season 2016 and beyond.  Many thanks to Nikki Rudd and family for getting behind the Crocs with what we're sure will be a very popular sponsor!
Palmerston Rugby Union Club values the strong and loyal support of our generous sponsors. Need further details about any of our sponsors?  Click on the relevant business logo below to be directed to their website, and support the businesses that support our club!



Palmerston Rugby Union Club is a grassroots rugby club, proudly run 100% by dedicated volunteers.

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Thankyou to everyone that contributed text and/or images for this edition of Croc Tales: Fiona Weaver, Kylie Graniger, Selina Blyton, Club Archives

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Clubhouse phone:  08 8932 1292
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