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Croc Tales

Welcome                                                                            Edition 9 - 12/6/15

Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting here writing something for last fortnight's edition of Croc Tales.

This fortnight’s results for the seniors have not been kind to the club, but the effort has been there and we are were unlucky not to have a couple of wins during this period. The junior teams are all traveling well. The Under 9s even decided to join in the fun of winning a game when they won their first game for the season last week.  Well done to all and it’s great to see the young kids belting out the club song.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Friday 12 June - Juniors - Round 10     
Refer to the draw for full details
Saturday 13 June - Seniors - Round 9
B Grade vs. University Pirates - 4.30pm @ Rugby Park, Field 2
A Grade vs. University Pirates - 6.00pm @ Rugby Park, Field 2

Keeping in the loop...

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

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 massive thankyou to Fiona Weaver (senior photos) and Kylie Grainger (junior photos) for their fantastic photos every week. It's a huge commitment week-in week-out, but much appreciated by everyone. Thanks Fiona and Kylie!
A Grade
Senior Update - from Stan Carnes, A Grade Coach
Round 7 vs Casuarina Cougars, Round 8 vs South Darwin

After a big week on the training paddock for the last two weeks with Snogger, Jacob from DAS and the lights of Burley's 4WD on the scrum machine, the Crocs played valiantly across both Grades against the Cougars and also Souths to have narrow losses both weekends.   
Against both teams, both the A and B Graders played with ruthlessness and discipline and worked hard for the full 80 with some good passages of play and continuity starting to happen more often.  Whilst many will be thinking “yeah they lost,” I'd highlight that against Casuarina we had 3 schoolboys playing, a prop playing second row and 8 first graders away with work and social commitments.  Solid games were put in by Jackson 'The Torpedo' Eagleton, Luke 'Chopper' Bilston at 2nd Row, and Dennis 'Benjamin Button' Bree in B Grade whilst Jordon, Brock Evans, Cameron Moore, Tyrone Gersch-Mizen and Mark Ross worked hard in A Grade.  Against Souths, we also had similar lack of numbers and the A Grade boys came back to be 19-17 with less than 10 minutes to go. Good games were put in by Jordon, Luke and Simon 'Worm' Davis in the B’s whilst solid performances were put in by Pebbles, Jet and Ginga in A Grade. Feedback from a number of supporters has been positive and we are on the right track.
As many of you would be aware, Luke 'Milky' Schneider had to go to hospital after a collapsed scrum at the end of the A Grade game against the Cougars. I’d like to acknowledge the work that our management team did to support Luke and also help B Grade, in particular Sarah Moran, Abbey Burke, Riva Zio, Cecily Boulton and ‘Backpacker’.  The team work hard and contribute their time to help out the players get the best out of themselves on the field each week and we are lucky to have their support.
This weeks quote is from former Mosquito Ben Blyton, “Pay your subs.”
Our next game is against University.
A Grade
A Grade
B Grade
B Grade
We're now over half way through the junior season. The Under 5s continue to have a lot of fun,  as do the Under 7s who are improving significantly every week.  A special mention this week of the Under 9s who broke through for their first win of the season last week against Casuarina Cougars. Well done Under 9s, it was a great game to watch! The Under 11s had their first game of the season on Field 1 and played a closely contested game against top-of-the-ladder Casuarina Cougars. The Under 13s had the bye last week, however a number of players played Under 15s instead. The Under 15s continued their good form with a convincing win over Casuarina

With school holidays fast approaching, check your team's school holiday training schedule below.
For the first three weeks:
Under 11s - for the 1st week: no training, for the 2nd and 3rd weeks: training on Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30 - 6.30
Under 13s - training every Thursday from 5.15 - 6.15
Under 5s, Under 7s, Under 9s, Under 15s - no training

For the fourth week:
Tuesday 14 July - training resumes for all teams
Friday 17 July - Friday night games resume

Training for scrums

scrums - seniors
scrums - juniors
Contested scrums are a key feature of rugby union. They involve both sets of forwards trying to push the opposition backwards whilst competing for the ball. Pictured above left are the seniors training (with junior and senior players as ballast) and on the right are the Under 11s.
Due to insufficient numbers Palmerston will not have a women's 15s side this year, however it is anticipated that Palmerston will be entering a women's and youth girls team in the Summer of Sevens competition being held later this year. For any enquiries refer to Drew Weaver (ph/text 0438 712 375) .

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.
Club Night - Thursday 28 May
The juniors held their second club night of the season on Thursday 28 May. On the menu this time was pasta, pasta bakes, salad and garlic bread. Once again it was great to see so many families back in the clubhouse after training.  Many thanks to the wonderful club volunteers who made it all happen (you know who you are!).

Our final club night for the season has been penciled in for Thursday 6 August. More details closer to the date!

Bunnings BBQ - Sunday 14 June

Our next Bunnings BBQ is on Sunday 14 June. To support our NT junior representatives, we are providing players with the opportunity to volunteer for the BBQ as fundraising for their respective trips away. As a club we very much encourage and value the experience of playing representative rugby as it is one of the things that makes our game great. If anyone is at Bunnings on Sunday, drop by and say hello to our young Crocs as they prepare for their interstate tours.

Thank you Nathan Barrett

Many thanks to Nathan Barrett MLA, Member for Blain, for his generous donation towards the cost of supplies for our BBQ on Sunday 14, as well as our upcoming BBQs on 9 August and 11 October. Bunnings BBQs are one of our major fundraisers for the club and Nathan's support assists our fundraising efforts.

Water bottles

Many thanks to Greg Hogarth and David Small from Advanced Industrial Safety for donating a BIG box of water bottles to the club. The water bottles are being used by most junior and senior teams on Fridays and Saturdays. A very useful donation!  Thanks also to Kevin Humphreys (Under 7s coach) for organising this with Greg and David.

A reminder about club gear...

All players need to be wearing the correct club gear - Bendigo Banks short and Tsunami socks. Not only does it make you look like a team and make a statement about your professionalism, but our sponsors pay good money to have their names on our gear! (The only reason why you would not have the correct shorts or socks is that you have not paid your subscriptions yet - and subs should be paid by now).
Palmerston Crocs 40th Anniversary
1978 A Grade GF
The Palmerston Crocs were established in 1976 and played in the inaugural season of 1976-1977. That makes 2016 the year of our 40th anniversary, and although it may seem a while to go we have started the planning already...

A reunion dinner is yet to be confirmed but it looks like it will the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June - this time next year.  Possible activities will include: Friday - golf day and BBQ at the clubhouse, Saturday - rugby day watching A and B Grade play and a past players game, Sunday - a reunion dinner, Monday - public holiday. 

Put the dates in your diary and spread the word...
Jacob Blyton


Jacob Blyton - Under 13s and Under 15s

From U15s Manager Meredith Sullivan when nominating Jacob to be 'In the Spotlight': "Jacob is a player who demonstrates all of the values of rugby i.e. teamwork, discipline,  commitment, respect etc. Plus I've really been enjoying watching his dominance in lineouts and also his defence has been great"
Started playing? In 2006 in Under 6s
Enjoy about rugby? The physical aspect
Goals for the season? Go well at the Queensland Championships for the NT U14s. For U13s to win a premiership and for U15s to reach the finals then see what we can do.
Proudest rugby achievement so far? Making the NT U14s last year and this year.
Favourite rugby players and why? Tawera Kerr-Barlow - because he's from Darwin and he used to play for Palmerston and he inspires me to be a better player. Kieran Read - because he plays at number 8 which is my favourite position.
Favourite rugby team and why? Wallabies because I'm Australian.
Other sports you enjoy? Cricket.
Riva Zio


Riva Zio, A Grade Manager

Riva Zio took on the position of A Grade Manager this year after being approached by coach Stan to take on the role. He started with the Hottest 7s and has been hard at work ever since. He's proved to be an invaluable support to the team on Saturdays.
Involvement with rugby? I started playing in Alice Springs in 1997 with the Eagles. I started with the Crocs this year as A Grade Manager.
Enjoy about rugby? Bonding with everyone involved in the club; and hanging with Stan.
Goals for the season? Turn up to every game.
Favourite rugby players and why? Liam Gill - hard worker.
Favourite rugby team and why? Queensland Reds - I grew up in Queensland.
Other sports? Any sports - league/soccer, grid iron (NFL)
Anything else? I'm a closet Hurricanes supporter. After the Reds of course.
Jye Snowden

Jye Snowden

With Colin Snowden being in town recently and coming down to the clubhouse to say hello, it's easy to forget how long some of these people have been involved in the club.  Pictured is Jye Snowden, Colin’s oldest son who of course is a former Palmerston Junior. Jye is now playing in Brisbane for Brothers, where he's in the starting team for the senior colts and has moved on to sitting on the bench for the Premier Grade.  When we caught up with  Snogga, Jye was still waiting to get that Premier Grade start but hopefully that will be rectified in the coming weeks.

B Grade 2006. There are many familiar faces in this photo, including a young current A Grade captain Michael Killiner and this week's junior 'In the Spotlight' player, Jacob Blyton who was a ball kid for the season.

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