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Edition 3 - 27/5/16

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Croc Tales

Proudly celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2016



It's been a busy fortnight for the club and a lot has happened since Edition 2 of Croc Tales. On-field the results have been good in both the seniors and juniors; off-the field the excitement is growing as the club is gets ready to celebrate it's 40th anniversary with a gala dinner on Sunday 12 June.

Ben Blyton
Club President

40th Anniversary Weekend

Well the countdown is certainly on for the 40th anniversary reunion weekend.  Tickets are selling and some well-known names (including Tony Morris, Ben Emmett, Jeremy Bree and Pat Aratema) have confirmed that they are coming from interstate, but locals - its now time to buy your tickets!!  See Dennis behind the bar, Bryony or Mima at the senior games or go online for a bank transfer - details on the flyer here.
A Grade & B Grade

With the season almost at the half way stage, things are looking good for the seniors. Numbers have been good at training and the work being done on the training paddock is certainly showing.  B Grade are still undefeated and going extremely well and A Grade have won three out of their last four games, and have moved into fourth place on the ladder.

We have a home game this week against Souths with A Grade kicking off at 5.15.Unfortuntely Souths' B Grade have forfeited so there will be no B Grade played, so lets get behind A Grade in this important game. It would be great to see a good turn out at Moulden Oval on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

With a bye every third week, the women have now played 4 games and are improving every week. This coming week they will be taking on the South Darwin Rabbitohs in what is sure to be an exciting game to watch. The women's games are played on Wednesday nights - check the draw for game times.
The Juniors continue to put a big effort in from week to week and there have been many fantastic team and individual performances on the field on Friday nights. We're at the half way mark of the season and the skill development as well as the camaraderie amongst the players after half a season of playing together is great to see.

Training is crucial for skill development, both individually and as part of team, and these photos are of a typical Thursday afternoon at Moulden Oval.  If your child is not regularly attending training it is important that they do so!  At training players learn the basic structures and skills of rugby and develop key skills such as passing and running techniques, spatial awareness on the field and in relation to each other, correct tackling positions, line outs and scrums (depending on the age groups) as well as the rules of the game! 

Camp Wallaby

Camp Wallaby is coming to Darwin!  This is a great opportunity for all juniors aged 7 - 17. Check out the flyer or go to  for further details.

Keeping in the loop...


SPORTS VOUCHERS EXPIRY  Please note that all 2015-16 Sport Vouchers expire on 31 May 2016, although we do have a one week leeway for any latecomers. Parents/carers - if you would like to redeem your child’s voucher but haven’t yet done so, please drop into the clubhouse on Tuesday or Thursday of next week.

TRAINING SINGLETS We have received a number of enquiries about the training singlets.  Yes, they should be here soon (admittedly we have been saying that for awhile!). We will let everyone know as soon as they get here - you won't miss out!

40th ANNIVERSARY MERCHANDISE Also arriving soon will be the polo shirts as well as bucket hats and commemorative ties. The gym shorts are already here. Further details in the next edition of Croc Tales, by which time the gear should be in stock and ready to purchase from the Croc Shop!

40th ANNIVERSARY TELEGRAMS Unable to come to the anniversary dinner but would still like to be a part of it? Send a 'telegram' through to and it will be read out on the night. 
New Scrum Machine

As mentioned in the last edition of Croc Tales, we have been very fortunate to receive grant funding from both the Palmerston City Council and the ESS Larrakia Manigurr-Ma Village Compass Group Pty Ltd to purchase a scrum machine.  It has now arrived and the seniors have already put it to good use.  The scrum machine is height adjustable and the juniors (Under 9s and above) will also have the opportunity to use the machine to learn to scrummage in a safe environment
Scrum 1
Scrum 2
Palmerston Crocs Hall of Fame

One of the activities scheduled for the 40th Anniversary is the induction of more past players into the Palmerston Crocs Hall of Fame. Nominations are now open and the club is looking for input form the Palmerston Crocs community on who should be considered for this prestigious honour. Email your nominations through to Nominations close Friday 4 June.
Old Salties
Old Salties - We Need You!

The club is putting together a video for the 40th anniversary.  We have most teams covered but of course we need the Old Salties too! It would be fantastic if you could come along to the this weekend's home game, wear whichever Palmy jersey you have, support our current generation of senior players and while you're there, jump into an 'Old Salties' team photo at half time. Hoping you can make it!
Zambero 'Players of the Week' Vouchers

Congratulations to the following players who were named as 'Player of the Week'  for their team in Round 7 or Round 8:
Hall or Fame

With the Hall of Fame a highlight of the of the upcoming 40th Anniversary Dinner, here is a look back at the inaugural inductees from 2012.

Pictured left, from left to right: Sully, Ratu, Wendy Leach and Tony Burns.
Tony Burns
Tony was a lion hearted performer and could always be counted upon to give his best and match it with the best the opposition had to offer.
  • A Grade Player: 1977-1986
  • A Grade Best and Fairest: 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82
  • NT Representative: 1980-1985
Ratu Koritamana
Ratu was a man of few words on the paddock, but he let his skills show the way in typical Fijian style.  He played in many positions: breakaway, number 8, second row and the centres, but he was at home as a great loose forward.
  • A Grade Player: from the early 1980’s until 1989/90
  • A Grade Best and Fairest: 1982/83
Tony Morris
Tony’s leadership and dedication was an inspiration for a generation of players who followed him.  He is well remembered by all who knew him as one of the toughest rugby players to have played in the Territory.
  • A Grade Player: 1985 to late 1980's
  • A Grade Best and Fairest: 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89
  • NT Representative Player: numerous occasions.  
John 'Sully' Sullivan
At all times Sully demonstrated outstanding playing ability, sportsmanship, commitment and character and in doing so, made a major contribution to the game of rugby in his era.
  • A Grade Player: 1990 to approx. 2006 
  • A Grade Best & Fairest Winner: 1992/93, 1996/97, 2002, 2004, 2005 
  • NT Representative Player: 1992, 1994 – 2006
Pictured below, clockwise from top left: Tony Burns, Ratu, Tony Morris, Sully.
Tony B
Tony M

Media Memories

"Clinical Crocs too strong for Cougars"... "Classy Watson pulls pin"... "We know how to beat Pints"... Rugby: It's a family affair"...

Don't forget the check out the great collection of newspaper articles that the club is regularly posting on Facebook in the lead up to the 40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner! They're a great read with alot of great memories.

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.

Narada (Tawera) Kerr-Barlow

From our Media Memories album this week - gotta love the career goal of this Under 7s Palmerston Crocs player: to be an All-Black. Narada went on to achieve this goal, making his debut for the All Blacks in a test against Scotland in Edinburgh in 2012. A serious knee injury sustained in South Africa in 2014 kept him out of the game for several months, but against all odds he was back playing for the All Blacks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he performed well.  With 20 All-Black caps (and counting) to his name, we think he has well and truly achieved his goal!
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Thankyou to everyone that contributed text and/or images for this edition of Croc Tales: J Blyton, K Eadie, F Weaver, Club Archives

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