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Welcome                                                                          Edition 10 - 25/6/15

Welcome all to another edition of Croc Tales. This turned out to be a bit of a bumper edition so when you get the chance - sit back and enjoy the read!

We are now entering the last round for the seniors and that means that depending on the grade, there's either four or five games left until the finals.  As we write this A Grade sit half a game outside the four and will be working hard to ensure they make the finals, B Grade is in the four and all junior grades that play finals are currently in their final four.  So let's go Crocs, let’s put the hard work in for the last few months and make sure season 2015 is something to remember.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Saturday 27 June 2015
B Grade vs. Swampdogs - 4pm @ Fred's Pass Reserve, 
afterwards back to our clubhouse to watch the Super Rugby games.
A Grade have a bye

Juniors are on school holidays. Have an enjoyable and safe break!
(refer to the Noticeboard below for upcoming training and game details)

Keeping in the loop...

A Grade
A Grade
A Grade
A Grade
This fortnight has since mixed results for the seniors. A Grade have unfortunately have dropped out of the four, albeit temporarily.  Two wins to B Grade over the fortnight have seen them back in the four and playing well. The great thing about B Grade are the number of young players who are playing - several from last year's Under 17s - and these guys will only get better as they get used to senior football.

This week see us play Swampdogs out at Fred’s Pass and a win in B Grade will see them consolidate their spot in the four. Come on boys you can do it!  A Grade have the bye this week.
B Grade
B Grade
B Grade
B Grade
Walking Wounded
Charity Match

Keep Saturday the 18 July free as not only is it our last home game of the season, it is also our Walking Wounded Charity Day. In addition to the senior games there will also be activities for the kids so it will be a great afternoon for the whole family. All club members and supporters are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend, with full proceeds from the special edition jersey auction and other initiatives on the day going towards Walking Wounded.

Well, what a night at Rugby Park in the last round for the juniors before their school holiday break. Our amazing kids just continue to develop and improve their skills and understanding of the game, both individually and as part of their teams.  A sense of achievement is evident on all faces as their hard work at training begins to pay off and their confidence grows in their own abilities.

We rarely publish junior results but being undefeated across all grades is pretty special - so here are the round 11 results. Well done Palmerston Juniors, you rock!

Under 7s – Palmerston Blue 30 Casuarina 15
Under 7s – Palmerston Red 60 Dragons Black 60
Under 9s – Palmerston 35 Dragons 31
Under 11s – Palmerston 22 University 19
Under 13s – Palmerston 68 Swampdogs 7
Under 15s – Palmerston 31 Dragons 5

Enjoy your school holidays and we will see you back soon, fresh and ready to go for the remainder of the season.

Under 15
In the Under 15s, Souths players have joined with Palmerston to ensure that players in both clubs can continue to play rugby in 2015. This has been working well for several rounds now, with the team sitting a very close second in the four team comp. Well done to U15 coach Tony Rudd and manager Meredith Sullivan for so capably working with this great group of boys. A special mention also of the U13 players who frequently play up a grade to support their team mates.
NT Junior Representatives

The junior representative season occurs over the school holidays and the club is once again well represented.

The NT Schoolboys have left for their tour to NSW and Palmerston players Thomas Roe and Liam Bilston will be looking to make major contributions, particularly with both playing well in the seniors this year. The NT Schoolboys also includes Sarah Moran in its support staff.

The NT Under 16s and NT Under 14s leave for the Gold Coast next week.  Hamish Martin is playing for the Under 16s, with Cameron Croker Snr and Riva Zio making up part of the Under 16s support staff. Jack Akers, Jacob Blyton, Ryan Otto, Wayne Bilston, Cameron Croker Jnr and Kenny O’Connor are all in the Under 14s and support staff for the Under 14s include Robbie Taylor, Ben Blyton and Abbie Burke.

We wish all three teams all the best.  We would always encourage any club members, either senior or junior, to be part of representative rugby if the opportunity arises.
The NTRU are calling for Expressions of Interest for a Head Coach and a Manager of the NT Mosquitoes 7’s program for 2015/2016. For details, click here.

For the first three weeks:
U11s - for the 1st week: no training, for the 2nd and 3rd weeks: training on Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30 - 6.30
U13s - training every Thursday from 5.15 - 6.15
U5s, U7s, U9s, U15s - no training
For the fourth week:
Tuesday 14 July - training resumes for all teams
Friday 17 July - Friday night games resume

If you missed the note home from training last week, listing the key dates for the remainder of the season including finals and presentation night - the note is available here.

This award aims to recognise those who volunteer their time and make a significant contribution to community rugby across Australia. We know our club has some amazing volunteers. To nominate a volunteer, go to the HSBC Volunteer of the Year website. Nominations close Friday 3 July.
Nominations are currently open for these awards.  Do you think your coach is amazing? Do they encourage integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork?  To nominate your coach, go to the Asteron Coach of the Year website. Nominations close Friday 10 July.
Narada's jersey

Tawera Kerr-Barlow

The club was rapt this week to see that Narada (Tawera) Kerr Barlow was this week included in the first All Black squad for their pre-World Cup test matches which include the Bledisloe Cup.

Narada continues his come back from last year’s knee injury and it was great to see the All Black selectors remember what a great player he is. All the club is with him and wishes him well on his journey towards hopefully playing in this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Bunnings BBQ

NT Junior Reps. Bunnings BBQ

The Bunnings BBQ on Sunday 14 June was an opportunity for the club's junior representative players to raise some money towards their tour levies, with the club providing the players who volunteered for the BBQ with a donation to help them with their tour costs. Thank you also to local MLAs Nathan Barrett and Lia Finocchiaro for giving up some of their time to help the players out. Pictured are Ryan Otto, Oscar Ruru and Jack Akers with Lia Finocchiaro.
Darwin Show Clean Up

Darwin Show Clean Up

Thursday 23 July - Sunday 26 July 2015

The Darwin Show Clean Up is fast approaching. This is our major fundraiser for the year and it's a whole club event, so keep the date/s free. Usually it's the past players covering the Thursday, the senior players on Friday and juniors and their parents on the Saturday.  Sunday tends to be whoever is willing and able.  It's a fun weekend; make sure you're a part of it! Rosters for the various shifts will be filled in the fortnight leading up to the show weekend (i.e. from training on Thursday 9 July onwards).

Thank you Friends of Rugby NT

Last week the Friends of Rugby NT donated 20 junior footballs to the club (some are shown here with the U5s).  This follows a similar donation last year and the club would like to thank Friends of Rugby for their practical support of our junior program.

Spotless back on board

After a recent change of management, Spotless Drycleaners have reconfirmed their product sponsorship of the club which has continued for close to 40 years now. We sincerely thank the current Spotless management for continuing this sponsorship. Thanks also to the club volunteers who washed the seniors' gear between sponsorship agreements.  Pictured is Greg and Liz Jarvis' clothes line one weekend.
Moulden Oval

Thanks Department of Sport and Rec.!

Moulden School and the club, with the support of local MLAs Nathan Barrett and Lia Finocchiaro, have been lobbying the government regarding the significant (and seemingly increasing) issues faced at Moulden Oval.  A big step forward occured last week when the Department of Sport and Recreation awarded the club a sizeable grant to assist with the fencing of the oval. A fenced oval should mean that vehicle access can be controlled, hopefully reducing the burn outs, damage to the sprinklers and other issues of vandalism that have been occurring on an almost daily basis.

Although we will be organising the fencing and we will certainly benefit from the oval being fenced, the biggest beneficiary will be the students of Moulden School who have been unable to regularly access their oval for some time now.
The club thanks the Department of Sport and Rec. for their contribution.  Work will commence as soon as the Department of Education remove the mound.
Erin Cram

Erin Cram - "The Rugby Team" (U5s)

The Under 5s are a great little team. Comprising Erin, William, Frankie, Jonty and Flynn (before Flynn moved back to WA), they really love their rugby! Erin is one of nine girls that play for Palmerston across the junior competition (from U5s to U11s). She's 'In the Spotlight' this week...
When did you start playing rugby? This year
What do you enjoy about playing rugby? Tagging people, kicking the ball, the ‘duck, duck goose' game and ‘doggy, doggy who stole your bone' game, getting tries, tagging people and eating snakes.
What are some of your proudest rugby achievements? I kicked a bright pink rugby ball at home and bounced it.
What are your goals for this season? Get lots and lots of tries!
Who is your favourite rugby player/s? EVERYBODY, and Flynn.
Which is your favourite rugby team? Palmy Crocs, Waratahs and Wallabies.
What other sports or activities do you enjoy? Drawing, reading and painting.
Anything else to add? I play rugby with my friends.
Marc Gardner


Marc Gardner, A Grade

Marc lives and works in Katherine but has making the drive up to Darwin each weekend to play for Palmerston as the Katherine comp. is in their off season. In doing so he joins several others over the years who have made the 600km round road trip to play for the Palmerston Crocs. His sons are also playing for Palmerston - an added bonus! Thank you Gardner's for your efforts!
When did you start playing rugby? High school, then stopped…
What teams have you played in? Jabiru Bushratz, Tindal Lions, Katherine Barbarians, Palmerston RUFC, Casuarina Cougars, Stray Cats, Bush Turkeyz, Bali Chillis, Katherine Krocs and a few other cameos.
What do you enjoy about playing rugby? Scrums, mauls, grabbing Drew weaver in a scrum and coming up with a handful of fur balls, ball stealing…
What are some of your proudest rugby achievements? Scoring tries in overseas Rugby games, playing over 100 games for the Jabiru Bushratz with the escarpment as a background, beating Billy Jones from Darwin Dragons in his scrum tactics and taking out big Marty from Pirates with text book tackling…
What are some of your fondest rugby memories? Winning boat races, winning rugby tournaments overseas, taking to the paddock with Dallas Graetz, playing against Palmy years ago when in the Bushratz…
What are your goals for this season? Be the best rugby player I can be… and be super fit and move a bit faster… and start the Katherine competition with guns blazing after the Darwin season later this year. Oh and watching my kids also take the paddock for Palmy…
Who is your favourite rugby player/s and why? David Campese (Wallaby), bloody quick off his feet like a ninja…
Which team/s do you follow and why? Waratahs – I’m originally from NSW and always followed them.
What other sports or activities do you enjoy? Martial arts, boot camps, star-jumps, cricket, goanna wrestling.
Anything else to add? I have 5 chooks, two turtles and 9 pythons, plus one wife and four kids… and I speak a bit of Thai…
Murray Harley

The Crocs have been lucky over the last few weeks to have the support of Murray Harley.  Murray has an extensive playing history and has been associated with Clubs around the Country including Brothers (Townsville), UQ (Brisbane), Melbourne University, Manly Marlins and the Canberra Kookaburras. It would come as no surprise that he was a loose head prop.  Murray was also an inaugural member of the ACT Team who went on to become the Brumbies and in fact played with George Gregan, Rod Kafer and Steve Markham to name but a few.

Murray is also a stalwart of the Army and Services Rugby teams. He is heavily involved with the Army Old Boys aka The Leopards, and has also coached the ASRU Mens and Womens Teams.  Most recently, he played a game against the Istanbul Ottomans near Galipoli! Outside of rugby, Murray works as a Safety Supervisor at Laing O'Rourke and is married to the lovely Maree.
From the north east of Scotland...
Kinloss Eagles 2
Rod Bush recently visited the Territory and took the opportunity to purchase a Palmerston Crocs polo shirt. Since then, he's updated the club on the events at his club, the RAF Kinloss RFC in Scotland... 

Many thanks for organising a polo shirt which was here on my return from Kakadu / Katherine last night. Our domestic season has just finished but we have an old boys weekend coming up at end of month, when I will probably take the opportunity to show off the Crocs shirt!
RAF Kinloss was for many years the UK's frontline maritime patrol base (flying Nimrods) before the govt decided to close it in 2012 after 72 yrs leaving our island with no maritime surveillance capability... and the rugby club was a huge social focus for a relatively remote community in the NE of Scotland. Thankfully, all is not lost as the Royal Engineers have moved in and picked up where we left off, as the Kinloss Eagles.  Our old boys, with friends, have formed the Kinloss Hunters (named after Nimrod - the mighty hunter) to play the Army on May 30 - the only thing worth leaving the lovely Darwin sunshine for! Travelling home early tomorrow.


Well, we had our final old boys game on Saturday - the end of an era (75 yrs) which saw hugely conflicting emotions of joy and sadness! One stalwart made it from RAAF Edinburgh (Adelaide) and scored the last - ever try for the RAF Kinloss old boys. You couldn't have scripted it better. Couldn't wear the Croc's shirt on the day but did get a photo by the club entrance. I'll keep an eye on your results through our summer... good luck.

Thank you Rod! The 'world of union' really is a very special one!
Wests BBQ

Wests Rugby in Canberra

A former club member showing that it doesn’t matter where you are, some things remain much the same - except for the weather.  Ex-Croc Lachlan Austin (the one without a jumper) is pictured volunteering at a Bunnings BBQ for his new club Wests Rugby in Canberra.
PRUC Juniors

The future All Black

We're sure many of you have seen this junior team photo before, but for anyone who hasn't, Tawera Kerr-Barlow - former Palmerston Croc junior and now back in the All Black squad - is standing in the back row on the far right.

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