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Croc Tales
Edition 14 - 7/8/2014


Welcome all to another very big week for the Palmerston Crocs with B Grade in the grand final and the U13s, U15s and U17s playing in their knock-out semi-finals.  

The mighty Killer B’s will be taking on Casuarina Cougars. This will be the 5th time we have played them this year with the tally being 3 to 1 in our favour, however all games have been closely contested. The boys would love to see a full Palmy stand with lots of Red, White and Blue so come down and watch the game.  Kick off is 4.15pm.

In the juniors, the U13s (who were minor premiers in their grade) will play Swampdogs, the U15s also take on Swampdogs and the U17s (also minor premiers) will play Casuarina/University. The U5s, U7s and U9s continue their round robin games. Again, it would be great to see lots of red, white and blue support, so if you can - come down and watch some entertaining rugby and cheer on the stars of tomorrow.

The whole club wishes all grades playing this week all the very best.

Lastly, and to prove that there is a Rugby God who no doubt will smile on Palmerston this week, congratulations to the Waratahs for their Super 15 win last Saturday. Finally no more jokes about when the Tah bubble will burst or what does HSBC in the HSBC Waratahs mean -  myself, Dave Ley, Squirter and Snogga to name a view can now rest easy.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Friday 8 August
Under 5s @ 6pm Field 1
Under 7 Red v Swampdogs @ 6pm Field 1
Under 7 Blue v South Darwin @ 6pm Field 1
Under 9s v Swampdogs @ 6pm Field 2
Semi - Finals
Under 13s v Swampdogs @ 7.40pm Warren Park
Under 15s v Swampdogs Blue @ 7.50pm Field 1
Under 17s v. Uni/Cas @ 9pm Field 1

Saturday 9 August
Reserve Grade Grand Final

Palmerston v Casuarina @ 4.15pm, Field 1
Senior Presentation Night
Junior Presentation Night
Greg and Robbie

NTRU Eric Johnston Presentation Awards Night 

The NTRU Eric Johnston Presentation Awards Night was held last Sunday 3 August.  A huge congratulations to our two award winners.

Greg Svanfelds
Greg took out the NTRU Rising Star Award. He has had a great first year in the seniors, playing 11 of the 15 games in A Grade and achieving 4th place in the Eric Johnston medal tally as a result - a fantastic achievement!  Greg also played in the Hottest 7s Tournament in January. In July Greg captained the NTRU Under 18 Schoolboys side and was also picked in the Australian Merit side following the schoolboy championships.

Robbie Taylor
Robbie Taylor won the NTRU Volunteer of the Year Award and also the Most Improved Referee Award. Robbie referees Junior games on Friday night (up to 3 games a night), plays senior rugby on Saturday and then often referees or touch judges senior games as well.  He  was also involved in the NT U16s and will be involved with the NT U14s soon. Robbie was nominated by the Referees' Association for these awards, but he is also a generous volunteer on the club front: he's the one who often marks out the field for home games, he may coach a junior side when their regular coach is away, he helps out at the odd Bunnings BBQ and he also found the time to do a couple of shifts at the show. Thanks Robbie, a well deserved award!
Smithy & Nicole
Chy Chy & John
Under 5
Under 5

U5 Season Review

By Tracey Reid, U5 Manager
Last week saw our Crocs defeat Casuarina 6-4 tries.  Great work Junior Crocs! We had our full team last week with the return of Cooper Radlin who performed very well! We should be very proud of our kids’ achievements for the year no matter how big or small.  Each of our team members has had their individual challenges throughout the season, which has led to great outcomes for each and every one of them.  We are so very proud of our Junior Crocs and would like to see everyone back next year.  GO PALMY CROCS!!!  A special mention to Casuarina Cougars who turned up week in and week out.  Without their consistency we wouldn’t have come as far as we have.  Thanks Casuarina.

Read the full review, including player profiles here.
A big huge thank you to Cody Akers for committing to coaching our Junior Crocs this year, and to Tracey Reid for willingly stepping in during the season and taking on the managing role.
Under 7
Under 7

U7 Blue Season Review

By Sarah Muller, U7 Blue Coach (and often referee!)

What a great season the Under 7 Blue team has had this year.  The 'Blues' have really gelled together, becoming great friends both on and off the field.   Every week the players are gaining more confidence and our Friday night games are very quick and exciting to watch, usually coming right down to the wire.  The 'Blues' have really taken the skills from our training sessions and put them into practice on game night, with the focus being on: quick passing, finding gaps, defending and most of all enjoying Rugby Union!  A big thank you to Kevin and the Under 7s Red team for co-coaching / training with us this season.  We have enjoyed sharing this experience with you! 
Good luck next year to my Under 7 Blues as most of you will stepping up to Under 9s.

A sincere thank you to Sarah for her excellent coaching (and for most games, refereeing as well!) of the U7 Blue team. Thanks also to team manager Hubertine Butinga-Tiro for all her off-field support.
Under 11
Under 11

U11 Season Review

By Matty Taurima with Brendan Cathcart, U11 Coaches

This season has been tough for our boys and girls. Unfortunately the majority of the time we were on the wrong side of the scoreboard, however that is the only negative I can find for the year.  These young Crocs trained hard week in week out and really began to demonstrate the skill and determination that will place them in an enviable position in years to come. There was a great sense of encouragement between the players and parents and despite not earning a win throughout the season, it was never the main outcome we pursued. It was a year of learning the game, getting in there making tackles, learning to run the ball with confidence and most of all, learning that rugby union is a team sport. Everyone is as important as the person next to them.

There were a lot of highlights throughout the season and to pick one is a very daunting thing to do...

Read the full review, including player profiles, here.

Massive thanks to Brendan and Matty for their outstanding coaching of the U11s this year! And thank you to Kylie Grainger for managing the team so capably.
Narada with U13s
Narada with Greg

Junior training with Tawera (Narada) Kerr-Barlow

Former Palmerston junior and now All Blacks and Chiefs player Tawera (Narada) Kerr-Barlow was in town over the weekend catching up with family and friends. Narada is always very generous with his time and he still made sure he caught up with the juniors at training, even through he was flying out later that evening.  Despite his outstanding achievements and obvious success, Narada is still an exceptionally grounded and humble young man. He thought nothing of helping out an U9 player carry team balls and drink bottles over the hill - making at least one young players day! Its a real privilege for the club to have Narada visit.  We wish him all the best with his selection in the upcoming All Black test matches against South Africa, Australia and Argentina.
Junior Gold
Junior Gold

Junior Gold Training

The Junior Pathways to gold program continued on Sunday with the boys again enjoying a gym session at the YMCA. The program now moves into a short break and will resume on 17 September.  The NTRU has announced that there will be a kit fee of approximately $100 per selected player. As the club sees this as a outstanding opportunity for the boys selected, the club will subsidize part of the kit fee.  The exact amount will be decided when the NTRU announces the squads and the fees involved.


Approximately 100 raffle books have been returned (thanks to everyone who has returned theirs), however there are still quite a few outstanding.  Let’s get them back in! Could all books – sold or unsold – please be returned ASAP (to the clubhouse on Tuesday or Thursday, to your team manager on Friday, at the game on Saturday). The raffle will be drawn at the Senior Presentation Night on Saturday 16 August.
Interested in helping out behind the bar in the clubhouse?  Good Sports NT has organised a Responsible Service of Alcohol course to be run by Karen Sheldon Catering on the Monday 11 August from 6-9pm, at TIO Stadium, Abala Rd, Marrara. All bar staff must be RSA trained so this is a great opportunity as Good Sports funds the course for up to 2 people per club. If you are interested, please RSVP to Michael Lloyd at Good Sports NT on 0409 624 119.

This lunch is on again at the Darwin Turf Club on the Friday 22 August (note: the date of our junior presentation night). Last chance for anyone who is interested in attending – let the club know so that the purchase of individual tickets can be coordinated.

On Saturday 23 August the NT Mosquitoes will take on the Australian Services representative side. The flyer with full details is available here.

On behalf of the NTRU, we remind all club members that Rugby Park is a licenced venue and no glass or alcohol is to be taken into the grounds.
Club Night

Club Night # 3

On Thursday 31 July the club held its third club night for the season. The numbers were down a little from earlier club nights, although it did mean we had plenty of food available for the seniors! By the end of the night we had served 90 odd meals. A big thank you again to all that helped: Ben (for getting things underway), Robyn, Kylie, Melanie, Celine, Hubertine, Tracy, Cassy, Fiona and Selina. We'll continue with these nights again next year.
Lia Finochiarro

Lia Finochiarro's visit

A special guest at the club night was Lia Finochiarro, MLA for Drysdale. Lia visited the clubhouse to present us with a cheque from the Department of Business. The cheque was the result of a successful grant application and will be put towards replacing the aging air conditioners in the clubhouse. Many thanks to Lia for taking the time to come down to the clubhouse, and to the NTG for the grant funding.

Juniors: Player profiles

If you haven't read the junior season reviews yet, make sure you do as they include great player profiles of our determined young Crocs.
U5 season wrap up and player profiles are here.
U11 season wrap-up and player profiles are here.
Daniel Chui Clark

Past Player: Daniel Chui-Clark

Congratulations to Daniel Chui-Clark who was recently named in the Indigenous Australian Under 20s Invitational Rugby Tour to the USA. Daniel is the son of Cassy (our Junior Registrar) and brother of Leigh (U13s). Daniel played for Palmerston before heading off to boarding school and he often plays for the Crocs when home for the school holidays. Information about the tour is available here.

Netball: Lisa Marcus

Crocs Netball Club President
Age: 38
First started playing netball: 5 years old
Highest level playing netball: NR Rep side
Greatest netball accomplishment: Winning A Res final after double extra time and DNA Best and Fairest
Occupation: Organ Donor Nurse RDH
Fav colour: Blue
Fav food: Chocolate
Worst habit: Sleeping in
Fav saying: ‘Don’t know’
Two things you would take to a deserted island: Family and a set of earplugs 
Hero: …….. my husband Aaron
NTRU Presentation Night 1994

NTRU Presentation Night 1994

With the 2014 NTRU Presentation Night held last Sunday, here's a 20 year flashback: the 1993/1994 Best and Fairest winners Gail Barlow and Colin Snowden.  Both were playing for Palmerston back then (we had a women's team) and both have since become Life Members of the club. Gail is the mother of Narada.
Darwin Family Law

Darwin Family Law

The club extends its appreciation Darwin Family Law who have kindly offered to sponsor the food and catering for our Junior Presentation Night.  Julie Franz, Barrister & Solicitor and Partner at Darwin Family Law, is one of our junior parents and long term supporters of the club. She is also a wonderful caterer and makes the most amazing salads!

Thank you Julie for your ongoing support. 

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 those that contributed photos for Edition 14: Fiona Weaver, John Svanfelds, Cassy Chui, Ben Blyton, Selina Blyton, Lisa Marcus, Club Archives

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