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Croc Tales

Welcome                                                                        Edition 6 - 30/4/2015

Another fortnight has come and gone and as usual we ask ourselves, where does the time go.

In the seniors the season has started pretty well.  We certainly have a team we can build on and with some hard work and consistency at training we could be right up there.

The juniors likewise have started well with solid numbers in the younger age groups. The U5s are just enjoying having a game, the U7s are showing great promise across both teams, the U9s and U11s are improving considerably each week, the U13s are also undefeated and the U5s broke through for their first win last week – well done to all.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Thursday 30 April - Club Night
Club Night Flyer

Friday 1 May - Juniors - Round 4
Refer to the draw for full details

Saturday 2 May - Seniors - Round 3
Home Games at Moulden Oval
Palmerston Crocs vs. South Darwin Rabbitohs
ANZAC Day Clash
ANZAC Day Clash - Saturday 26 April
Team Australia 16 Team New Zealand 22
Congratulations to Michael Killiner, Greg Svanfelds and Jet Yates (pictured) on being selected to play in the ANZAC Day Country of Origin match last Saturday. All three played good games and represented both themselves and the club with style.  Well done also to Robbie Taylor who was named as coach of the Team Australia side.  The club values all forms of representative rugby and urges anyone if given the opportunity to make the most of it.
Home game this weekend!

This week sees us play South Darwin Rabbitohs in our first official home game of the year. The game is also the first time that the clubs are playing for the Slugger Cup, named in memory of Adrian 'Slugger' Graham. Adrian played for both clubs and tragically passed away earlier this year.
A Grade scrum
A Grade line out
Seniors Update - from A Grade coach, Stan Carnes

Welcome back from the Anzac Day break.  Congratulations to those that were picked in the Australian and NZ teams to play in the game on Friday night including Robbie Taylor, Sarah Moran, Greg Svanfelds, Jett Yates, Michael Killiner and Anthony Smith (prior to his injury). It's good to see this initiative by the NTRU being resurrected and I’m confident that we will have greater numbers in next years squad.
Prior to the break, the Senior Squad played University at Charles Darwin University in extremely difficult conditions.  After a good week on the pitch with some work around the scrum, both teams were unlucky not to come away with match points.  A lot was spoken about the RUD prior to the season and we lived by those values on Saturday. Points were given to Michael Killiner, Gareth Felton and Tyrone Gersch-Mizen in A Grade and Jacob Collins, Henry Jordan and Trent Keppell in B Grade. Shrek and Matt were last seen that night still talking scrums.
A special acknowledgement is due to a few of the crew at this stage. Firstly, our Club Frenchman Pierre played time across B Grade before starting with A Grade. Secondly, a lot of the guys work shift work starting in the middle of the night before then leaving work; driving to the ground and playing.  Finally, there are a number of players who work in remote areas all week and then come into Darwin to play such as Mark Ross from Katherine.  Well done also to Diego who made his A Grade debut.

Our next game is against Souths at home.

“A competitor will find a way to improve. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It’s all a matter of pride.” Nancy Lopez, Champion Golfer.
B Grade huddle
B Grade run
B Grade line up
Chicken Wing

Chicken Wing update

For those who are unaware, Anthony Smith was caught in a bad position in a ruck in round 2 and has done some damage to his back that will keep him out for a while.   For the A Grade team any absence of the Chicken Wing is not a good thing but sometimes unfortunately these things happen. The club wishes Anthony a speedy recovery and hopefully we will see him back on the paddock before too long.
Under 5s
Round 3 Update

The Nitro Circus made life interesting on Friday, but our 6pm players eventually made it to Rugby Park after being caught in the Nitro traffic congestion, and the U13s managed another great game despite missing half their players on the night. The U11s had fun with the sights and sounds from TIO Stadium adding to the atmosphere at Warren Park, and played an amazing game with much improved defence. Well done to all juniors for their positive attitudes, determination and team spirit.

Some reminders...

A reminder that these can be accessed via the NTRU website, our club website and Team App (refer below). In addition to the draws and results you can also look up the ladder and player statistics.

The quickest and easiest way to check the draw? Sign up to Team App so that it’s always at your fingertips!  Instructions on how to sign up to Team App are available here.

Don’t forget to check Facebook for albums of the weekend’s games. The albums can also be accessed via the club’s website home page. Many thanks to Kylie for the junior photos and Fiona for the senior photos (and to Selina for filling in the gaps!).

New for 2015 - Palmerston Crocs Gym Shorts.  Whether it’s to the gym or just for casual wear, these gym shorts will make you stand out while promoting the club at the same time.  For sale at $35.

We still have a few items remaining in the Croc Shop Clearance - assorted jerseys, old style socks and 2013 and 2014 training singlets in a limited variety of sizes. Drop into the clubhouse to see what's available.

A reminder that registrations fees are now due. If you do not pay your registration fees you will not be insured.  If you need to enter into a payment plan, that’s fine, just speak with Ben to set this up.

Following on from the success of the 2014 season, there will once again be a women's competition this year. For any enquiries about a new Palmerston side, please refer to Drew Weaver (ph/text 0438 712 375).

Club Night # 1

Don't miss our first club night for the season.  It's a great opportunity for meet up with team mates after training and to enjoy a delicious feed (homemade burgers!).  Any funds raised will go towards the club’s junior program.  Meals will be ready from 6.15pm so drop in after training and stay for a little or a long while. Hope to see you there!

The NTRU will be holding their AGM on Friday 22 May at 6pm at Rugby Park.  Interested members of the rugby community are encouraged to attend.
Moulden Oval

The club has been working closely with Moulden School and local MLAs Nathan Barrett and Lia Finocchiaro regarding the serious problems we've been having at Moulden Oval, in particular issues with itinerants during club training times and the volume of rubbish being left in the area by members of the public. The safety of all players - from Under 5s upwards - is of utmost importance and the current situation in unacceptable.

Moulden School (responsible for the oval, hill and carpark areas) is working with the Education Department on measures to alleviate these problems. The school, Lia and Nathan have been supportive of the club's position and after months of discussions we are hopeful that work will commence shortly.  These issues have made it a challenging start to the season; but hopefully things will begin to improve soon.

In the Spotlight is back in this edition of Croc Tales.  Each week we'll feature a junior player, senior player or one of our club volunteers (or even all three). Our first player in the spotlight is Samson Boynton from the Under 7 Red team. Samson is a try-scoring machine, with 11 tries in 3 games. Awesome work Samson!

Samson Boynton, Under 7 Red

Started playing? 4 years old at Souths.
Enjoy about playing rugby? Fun to play, running with the ball, playing tag.
Goals? Enjoy myself.
Favourite rugby players? Wallabies, any fast players.
Favourite rugby team? Wallabies, Palmy Under 7 Red.
Other activities? Running, scootering, soccer, looking after my dogs.
Anything else? Thanks to all my players, parents and club workers.

Junior Crocs

Junior Crocs then and now

Rugby friendships are made for life. Three former Palmerston juniors separated by distance (one in
Darwin, one in Queensland and one in New Zealand)  caught up recently.

Michael Killiner, James Bree and Narada (Tawera) Kerr-Barlow met up at James' wedding earlier this month. They're pictured left and James and Narada are in the back row, far right in the junior team photo above.  All three played for the Palmerston Crocs as juniors.  Michael is now playing in A Grade and played in last weekend's ANZAC Clash while Tawera is currently recovering from an injury sustained while playing for the All Blacks in South Africa. All the best to James and his beautiful wife for their future lives together.

NT News

Palmerston vs Souths

A photo from the NT News from the mid-90s. Palmerston Crocs vs South Darwin Rabbitohs - club names are the same, colours are the same, style of jersey - definitely changed!
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Thankyou to everyone that contributed text and/or images for Edition 6: Cate Killiner, Sean Killiner, Fiona Weaver, Kylie Grainger, Club Archives.

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Clubhouse phone:  08 8932 1292
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