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Welcome                                                                            Edition 8 - 28/5/15

Welcome all to another edition of Croc Tales. Believe it or not the senior season is well over a third gone. The seniors have A Grade in the four and B grade one win outside the four (but also one win off second spot as the ladder has 5 teams within 4 points of each other). Hopefully with some hard work over the next few weeks those positions will be improved upon.

The juniors are almost halfway through their season and are going from strength to strength in their respective age groups. Friday night rugby is a great experience and I would encourage Palmerston Crocs supporters to make it down to Rugby Park sometime on a Friday night and watch our stars of the future.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...


Thursday 28 May
Club Night! Click here for the junior flyer.
Life Member Colin Snowden is in town and will be at training and the clubhouse afterwards. All are welcome to come down and catch up.

Friday 29 May - Juniors - Round 8
Refer to the draw for full details

Saturday 30 May - Seniors - Round 7
B Grade vs. Casuarina Cougars - 4.30pm @ Rugby Park, Field 2
A Grade vs. Casuarina Cougars - 6.00pm @ Rugby Park, Field 2

Keeping in the loop...


Fixtures, results, ladders and player statistics can be accessed via the NTRU website, our club website and our club Team App.

Weekly photo albums are posted on our club Facebook page.  The albums can also be accessed via the home page of our club website.
A Grade
A Grade
A Grade
Seniors Update - from Stan Carnes, A Grade Coach
Round 5 vs Darwin Dragons


Round 5 saw the Crocs have good wins across A Grade and B Grade against our old foe the Darwin Dragons. Good efforts were put in by the Sheriff, Diego and Simon in B Grade and Mark Ross, Keegan Steen and Rhys Hitchcock in A Grade. It was also great to see both teams providing support to each other during each game. In a close fought game, A Grade won by 20-19. Whilst we struggled with continuity and ball retention, it was pleasing to see the team work hard and be disciplined for the last 10 minutes of the game to force out the win in the face of the Dragons often being deep in our own 22. 
 
Good efforts were also put in by Alex Grant and Jet Yates which saw a try for the backs and our scrum led by Gareth Felton, Rhys Hitchcock and Will 'Milo' Chattaway continue to dominate. Unfortunately, Pierre the Frenchman was injured and will be out for the next few weeks.
 
Congrats to Michael Killiner, Jet Yates and Greg Svanfelds on being selected in the NT Mozzies train-on squad. There are a number of players who have the ability to make this squad next year, and we now look forward to our regular first graders being selected in next years team.
 
This weeks quote is from former Socceroos Coach and Player, Frank Farina: “To be successful, it’s about collectivity; meaning that everyone in the team works hard for each other, helps each other, and in the end, everyone shares in the success”.

In last weekend's games, A Grade had the bye and B Grade were defeated by Swampdogs 38-10.
B Grade
B Grade
Thomas Roe

Bendigo Bank/NTRU Rising Star Award
 

Congratulations to Thomas Roe (pictured on the left) who was recently nominated for the Bendigo Bank/NTRU Rising Start of the Year award, for making is A Grade debut this season. Thomas has been playing with the club since he was a young junior. After our Under 17s team folded, Thomas decided to make the move to the senior ranks where he as really held his own.  Well done Thomas!

For the NTRU article, click here.
U11s
"An outstanding bit of club spirit on show tonight as the U11s got their first win of the season, a few U15s joined them on field for the club song (on their knees of course).
Great leadership boys! Well done"
Meredeth Sullivan (junior parent and U15s team manager).
Juniors as at Round 7

As mentioned, the juniors are almost halfway through their season (not including the final series).  They're travelling well, with the Under 15s and Under 13s second and top of their respective ladders.  The Under 11s and Under 9s and are showing improvement from week to week and the Under 7s and Under 5s always have a great time.  The highlight of last week’s junior round was definitely the Under 11s winning their first game of the season 27-14 against the Swampdogs; a great improvement on their round 1 clash when they lost 69 nil to the same side.
U5s
U7s
U9s
U11s
U13s
U15s

NT Junior Representative Sides

Yesterday the NT Under 14s and the NT Under 16s sides were announced. These teams will be travelling  to the Gold Coast in early July to compete in the Queensland Junior State Championships.

As with all representative sides, we had some boys make the side and some miss out. Although we know that some boys will be disappointed, everyone who tried out for the side would have gained something by trying out for it and most are still young enough to try out for next year.  The club is very proud of all the boys for their efforts and their commitment to their rugby. The strong performances by both our U13s and U15s this year is backed up by having 7 players make the final 23 member touring squad and a further 5 players named as shadow players.

Congratulations to the following boys who have been selected in the NT Under 14s side: Oscar Ruru, Jack Akers, Jacob Blyton, Ryan Otto, Wayne Bilston, Cameron Croker and Kenny O’Connor. We wish all these boys well on what will be a fantastic experience for them. A special mention to the following boys who have been named as shadow players: Eddie Weaver, Aiden Holt, Jack Deane, Sachin Deo and Jack Briskin.

Congratulations also to Hamish Martin who made the NT Under 16s side.  Well done Hamish!  The NT Schoolboys side will be announced shortly.
Darwin Academy of Sport Training
DAS Training
DAS Training
In 2015 the Darwin Academy of Sport has been supporting the club with for expert strength and conditioning training.  DAS have been working with the Seniors and are now mid-way through a four week block working with the Under 13s and Under 15s as part of their Tuesday training sessions.  This is a fantastic opportunity for these players to further develop both individually and as a team.  There is no additional cost to players as the club is funding the support from ongoing fundraising and sponsorship revenues.
$100 SPORTS VOUCHERS
The latest round of sports vouchers expire on 31 May. Sports vouchers can also be used towards your registration costs, the purchase of club clothing (playing shorts, socks, polo shirts, etc.), kit bags and rugby balls.  If you haven't used your sports voucher yet, make sure you drop into the clubhouse tonight!

HSBC VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
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.
 
ASTERON LIFE COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS
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.
2015 Training Singlets

2015 Training Singlets


The 2015 training singlets have arrived and look great! Training singlets are included in player registration fees and are available for collection from the clubhouse by all players who have paid their fees in full. Singlets are also available for purchase from the Croc Shop.

A reminder also that in 2015, game day shorts need to show Bendigo Bank Coolalinga and Districts Community Bank Branch and the socks must be Tsunami socks.
Bunnings BBQ

Bunnings BBQ - Sunday 14 June


Our next Bunnings BBQ will be held on Saturday 14 June. We'll run this as a fundraising opportunity for our upcoming representative players - Under 14s, Under 16s, Schoolboys or Seniors. Players can nominate to  do a two-hour shift and after the bbq the club will credit $100 towards their tour levy.
Darwin Show Clean Up

Royal Darwin Show Clean Up


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 (pictured is one of last year's Saturday shifts). Sunday tends to be whoever is willing and able!  It's a fun weekend; make sure you're a part of it. More details out soon.
Jamieson Rudd

JUNIOR PLAYER


Jamieson Rudd (Speedy) - Under 9s

Started playing? 2014
Teams played for? Palmerston Crocs
Enjoy about playing rugby? Scoring tries (5 this year) and tackling

Proudest rugby achievement so far? Very proud of the way he is playing this year
Goals? More tries
Favourite rugby players? Michael Hooper (Waratahs flanker) and big brothers Max and Connor
Favourite rugby teams? Wallabies and Crocs
Other activities? BMX and jumping from high rocks into water
Anything else? Can’t wait to play U11s next year on a full field
Wade Machar

SENIOR PLAYER


Wade Machar (Maca) -  B Grade

Teams played for? Started at 12 years old for Barker College, NSW. Played for Palmyra RUFC (Perth) from 1991-2008. Played for W.A. from 1993 - 2001.
Enjoy about playing rugby? The team atmosphere, contact and skills, and most of all the post match functions
Goals? Pull on a jumper and have a good time
Favourite rugby players? Best player I've ever seen - John Eales. At the moment - David Pocock and Richie McCaw
Favourite rugby teams? Western Force - was there at the start and go to know a few of the boys. Otherwise the Waratahs - state of my origin
Other activities? Touch football, tennis, golf, fishing
Anything else? The Crocs are only the second club I've ever played for... and probably the last.
Interesting fact: Wade has two sons playing for the Crocs: Flynn in Under 5s and Harley in Under 7s.

VOLUNTEER

Kevin Humphreys, U7s Coach

 
How/why did you join Palmerston? Both my grandchildren started playing U5s in 2013, then in 2014 the U7s, they needed a coach last year so I took up the challenge and I am still here today.
What do you enjoy about your current role? The looks of fun and excitement on the kids faces when they score a try or just do something really well that helps the team, be it a simple run, good pass or great defence.
Prior involvement with rugby? Started with school Rugby League playing 4 stone 7 in Queensland a few years ago then switched to Rugby Union when I joined the Army as an apprentice back in 1976, playing for numerous Army units and Civvie teams over the years until the boots got hung up in 1995 up here in Darwin.  I'm also playing Touch in the Men's Over 35 competition in town on Monday nights.
Favourite rugby teams? It may sound a bit strange but those in the know believe in the Queensland Reds.
Interesting facts? Kevin played against Palmerston in the 1994 South Darwin 7s Tournament. For the tournament results, click here.
Snogga

Colin 'Snogga' Snowden


Colin, or Snogga as he is known (pictured in the left of the photo), has been in town this week.  Snogga is a strong supporter of rugby development throughout the Territory and while in town, he assisted with the NT junior training on both Monday and Wednesday.

Snogga is a former NT representative, A Grade player (200+ games), A Grade captain, coach and also a Life Member of the club. He'll be down at training on Thursday night (tonight). All are welcome to come to the clubhouse to catch up.
 
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Thankyou to everyone that contributed text and/or images for Edition 8: Fiona Weaver, Kylie Grainger, Club Archives

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