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Croc Tales
Edition 8 - 15/5/2014


Welcome to another edition of Croc Tales as we approach the half way mark of the season. This is a bumper edition, so enjoy the read and I hope to see you down at the rugby either at the juniors on Friday or the seniors at our home game on Saturday.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Juniors Friday 16 May

Under 5s    6pm Palmerston - Field 1
Under 7s    6pm Palmerston Red v Palmerston Blue - Field 1
Under 9s    6pm Palmerston v Swampdogs - Field 2
Under 11s  6.50 Palmerston v Swampdogs - Field 2
Under 13s  6.30 Palmerston v Swampdogs - Warren Park
Under 15s  7.50 Palmerston/Pirates v Swampdogs Blue - Field 2
Under 17s  9pm Palmerston v Swampdogs - Field 2

Seniors Saturday 17 May

A Grade     6pm Palmerston v Swampdogs - Moulden Oval
B Grade     Bye
A Grade
A Grade

Seniors Update

The next two weeks include a couple of games which are very important for the seniors:

This weekend A Grade play Swampdogs at home and although the season is not at the halfway point, a win will put us in the box sit for playing finals this year. The A Grade team needs to recapture some of its pre-season competition form where it proved that we had a team good enough to test all the teams in this competition. Yes we have had some injuries to key players which is making life hard but if we get out on the training park, train hard and then play to our ability we will be competitive with the best of them.

The other important game is next weekend when our B Grade play Souths in the Secretary’s Cup. This is where the teams who finish first and second at the end of round 1 play each other in round 2. Both the Secretary’s Cup and President’s Cup (for A Grade) were very big in previous decades and the NTRU is hoping that the concept will again prove popular. For our club, it is opportunity for the B Graders to win some silverware to go along with the Pre-Season Cup which was won by the club earlier this year.

Round 6 Seniors Match Reports - by Kerry Smith

B Grade
Palmerston 10 University 12. Tries: Trent Keppel (1), Brendan Cathcart (1)
A Grade
Palmerston 7 University 47. Tries: Rhys Hitchcock (1); Conversions: Kayne Clarke (1)

The killer B’s were looking to keep their winning streak intact when taking on Uni Pirates and their game was an arm wrestle from start to finish with Palmerston. The A grade game was a case of the good the bad the brave and the ugly with a number of players unavailable to play, resulting in a lot of positional changes to deal with...

Read the full match report here

Many thanks to Leith Wood of Leithal Pictures for kindly allowing us to include her photos in this week's edition of Croc Tales.

B Grade
B Grade
Under 5s
Under 7s Red
Under 7s Blue
Under 9s

Juniors update

Well, we are almost approaching the half-way point of the junior season.  It is always pleasing to see how the junior players develop and all our coaches and managers should be proud of their team’s performances this year. We have seen some great rugby across all grades and it is a real joy on Friday nights not only watching the kids give their all for their team but also the enjoyment that they get out of just playing the game.
This year has also seen considerable growth in our young Croc numbers. Last year the club had 20 players registered for the U6s and U8s, this year this has grown to 50 players for the U5s through to U9s. Overall our junior numbers have increased by approximately 13% over the 2013 registrations, although numbers are down slightly in the older age groups.
Our Under 15s have now joined forces with University’s Under 15s. An agreement has been reached with Palmerston being the major contributor to the side. The players will wear Palmerston jumpers, their club shorts and University socks.  The merger is for one year only but it will guarantee the boys 15-a-side rugby each week. The club sincerely thanks the U15 parents and players for their support and confidence in the club while we worked through this process. The combined Palmerston/Pirates have already proven to be a very competitive side!
Finally, severally parents have commented on the positive benefits their children had in playing in the junior rugby 7s tournament run last year by the club. We’ll definitely be running the Junior 7s again this year and it is also hoped to possibly expand the competition to include some all-girl teams.  Watch this space for details!
Round 5 Junior Results
Round 6 Junior Results
Under 11s
Under 13s
Under 15s
Under 17s


Would you like to have a say in the running of rugby in the Territory? The NTRU will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 11 June in the Boardroom at Rugby Park from 6pm.  Anyone wishing to nominate for any of the positions are encouraged to apply. Click here for the AGM flyer.
NT Mosquitoes
The 2014 Mosquito squad selection starts on Monday 19 May. Players who are interested in playing for the Mosquitoes this year need to attend training on Monday 19 May at 6pm and a trial game on Tuesday 20 May at 7pm. Keep an eye on the NTRU Facebook page for any updates.
NT Under 16s
The NT Under 16s selection training is underway, with the first session held at Rugby Park on Monday this week at 4.30pm. Keep an eye on the NTRU Facebook page for further updates and the club will also provide details as they come to hand.   All eligible Palmerston players are strongly encouraged to attend. This year’s tour will be to the Gold Coast in July.
NT Junior Gold
The next session of the Junior Gold program will be on Sunday 15 June at the Palmerston YMCA Aquatic Centre. Under 12s will be from 11am and Under 15s from 12pm.
Don’t miss the latest video content from Rugby HQ:
‘The Golden Thread’ is a poetic tribute to the Wallabies aimed at re-engaging Australia’s passionate fan base. The videos communicates the pride & passion behind the Wallabies jersey. 
Ladies Day

Ladies Day

The senior home game on Saturday 3 May included Ladies Day for the wonderful ladies of the club. There was plenty of food, wine and bubbly on offer and the netballers in particular enjoyed the afternoon. 
Club Night

Club Night # 1

The club held its first club night for the year last Thursday 8 May. Our new kitchen got a work-out, with approximately 100 junior meals and 20 senior pasta meals being served. 
A massive thankyou to our fantastic junior managers and committee members who ensured the evening went smoothly – you know who you are! Thank you!

Our next club night is pencilled in for Thursday 29 May - details will be out shortly. These nights are a great opportunity to take a night off from the weeknight rush of preparing dinner after training, and to catch up with other club members in a relaxed environment.  Meals will generally be about $5 per person, capped at $20 per family.
Alexandra & Lily

Juniors: Under 11s
Lily Blackman & Alexandra Blyton

To prove that rugby is a game for everyone, this week’s Junior spotlight players are the dynamic duo of Under 11 players and good friends Lily Blackman and Alexandra Blyton. Both girls are in their first year of Under 11s and more than hold their own with the boys and against often older and bigger opponents.



When did you start playing rugby?  2013
What do you enjoy?  Everything; it's awesome being able to play rugby
Goals for this season?  To learn how to 'clean out' and get better at tackling
Favourite rugby players?  Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Piri Weepu
Favourite rugby team?  All Blacks
Other sports or activities you enjoy?  Swimming
Anything else?  Rugby is my favourite sport and I don't want to stop playing when I reach U13s
When did you start playing rugby?  When I was 4 years old, in Under 6s
What do you enjoy about playing rugby? Being part of a team
Goals for this season? To score more tries this season then I did last season
Favourite rugby player?  Israel Folau, the full back for the Waratahs and Wallabies
Favourite rugby team? Queensland Reds and the Wallabies
Other sports or activities do you enjoy?  Swimming

Seniors: Greg Svanfelds

This week’s senior player in the spotlight is Greg Svanfelds.  Greg is enjoying his first year in seniors playing halfback and up until last week had started every game in first grade. He was nominated for this year’s NTRU Rising Star award back in April.

Greg is a talented player with a bright future.  He certainly stood out for coach Todd Louden during the pre-season training camp earlier this year. He also impressed last year’s NT Schoolboys coach Damien Tyson, who had this to say about Greg: 

“Wonderful young man with a great footy brain and a lot of composure under pressure. Greg has a great ability to be able to lead a team around the park.  Greg has plenty of desire to improve; no doubt that he will be a great asset to any team”.
Greg Svanfelds
Don't miss Greg's write up for Croc Tales (left), in which he talks about his first rugby training session as a 13 year old, his proudest rugby achievements, his goals for this season, players that have inspired him and what he loves about rugby.

Click on the image on the left for an enlargement.

On another note, Greg celebrated his 18th birthday last week!
Happy birthday Greg, from everyone in the club!
At the Brumbies Game

At the Brumbies game

Two former NT residents now living in the ACT bumped into each other while enjoying the rugby at Canberra Stadium. Former club member Fiona Austine and former NTRU Chief Executive Andrew Crozier caught up for a chat after the Brumbies vs Sharks game last weekend. A huge Brumbies fan, Fiona was thrilled with their 16-9 win over the Sharks in the wet and slippery conditions.
At the Brumbies Game

Paddy Bree

It was great to see life member Paddy Bree at the clubhouse on Thursday night. Paddy is back in town after a number of years in Brisbane.  Paddy was one of those players who could play any position and he played 1st grade for Palmerston literally from Prop to Full Back. Paddy also was one of the first Level 3 coaches in the Territory, he was previously an NTRU Development Officer as well as a coach of the NT Mosquitoes and various NT junior sides.  It’s great to see you back Pat and hopefully around the club for many years to come.
RP Project Management - logo
RP Project Management - jumpers

RP Project Management

RP Project Management is a valued, long term sponsor of the club. Their logo appears on the front of our Under 7s jumpers (and U5s and U9s jumpers when they arrive!).

RP Project Management Pty Ltd is a NT owned and operated small Diversified Consultancy firm specialising in:
Project Management - from domestic to medium and large commercial and industrial developments.
Building Services Engineering, Certification and Drafting - from domestic to medium and large commercial developments.
Energy Auditing - in compliance with NABERS and Green Star Accreditation.
Facilities/Asset Management
Dispute Resolution - anything from construction contractual disputes, neighbourhood disputes and adjudication of Securities of Payment Act NT.

In appreciation of all our valuable sponsors:

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

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Thankyou to everyone that contributed photos for Edition 8: Leithal Pictures, F Austine, N Rudd, M Sullivan, S Blyton, club archives. 

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