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Croc Tales
Edition 6 - 17 /4 / 2014


Welcome all to another edition of Croc Tales. As usual the club has been busy, with a home game, Junior Gold training, NTRU meetings, a sponsors function, family social function, Tsunami gear and Bunnings BBQ all happening in the past fortnight, and that's not including training and games.  This Easter weekend gives us all a break from rugby, so enjoy the time off with your family and if you are going way travel safely.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

All sides have a break this weekend for Easter.

Round 4 continues next week:
- Junior games will be held on Thursday 24 April due to the ANZAC Day public holiday on Friday 25th.
- Seniors will take on Dragons at Rugby Park on Saturday 26 April.


Seniors - Round 2 - 5 April 2014

A Grade
Palmerston 55 Swampdogs 6

Round 2 saw the Crocs take on Swampdogs at Moulden Oval. A good game with contributions by all saw A Grade have a much needed win. Pleasing aspects were the defence and the second half where we ran away with the game.

Tries: Gareth Felton, Robbie Hurrell, Mark Gumuna, Anthony Smith, Garry Keppel, Errol Wilson, Gavin McHugh, Toby Wass; Conversions: Tyrone Gersch-Mizen (5); Best Players: Anthony Smith, Toby Wass and Robbie Hurrell

B Grade had the bye

Seniors - Round 3 - 12 April 2014

A Grade
Souths 41 Palmerston 0

A disappointing game for the Crocs where  the score did not reflect the true nature of the game. Souths were the better team, but some key decisions went against us and we let in some very soft tries which saw the score quickly blow out.   Significant injuries to Michael Killiner and Shane Burley also meant that it was a day that we would rather forget.  However, it’s a long season and we can bounce back from this!

B Grade
Palmerston 14 Souths 7

In a typical B Grade encounter between these two clubs, this game turned into a real forwards  arm  wrestle.  Both sides scored one try in the first half but the Crocs through Paul Williams managed a try in the second to complete the win. This makes it two out of two for the Crocs in B Grade and although it is early in the season things are looking good for the Killer B’s.

Tries: Jet Yates, Paul Williams

Under 7 Red
Under 7 Blue

Juniors - Round 2 - 4 April 2014

Under 5s
No scores, but there was some big runs and good passing!

Under 7s Red
Swampdogs 15 Palmerston 10. Tries: Samson Boynton (1), Trent Harvey (1)

Under 7s Blue
Palmerston 35 Souths 15. Tries: Levi Muller (4), Joaquim Andreasen (1), Finlay Murphy (1), Michael Tiro (1)

Under 9s
Swampdogs 35 Palmerston 15. Tries: Tru Boynton (2), Maloi Terupo (1)

Under 11s
Swampdogs 45 Palmerston 14. Tries: Tristan Humphreys (1), Ben Sack (1); Conversions: Tristan Humphreys (2)

Under 13s
Palmerston 74 Swampdogs 0. Tries: Wayne Bilston (5), Ruben Mouten (3), Cameron Croker (3), Aiden Holt (1); Conversions: Tiger Schmidt (7)

Under 15s
Swampdogs 69 Palmerston 19. Tries: Connor Rudd (1), Michael Sack (1) (+1 borrowed player); Conversions: Connor Hakes (1), Connor Rudd (1).

Under 17s
Palmerston 22 Swampdogs 19. Tries: Kael Croker (1), Ayrton Deo (1), Callum Killian (1); Conversions: Isaako Teuati (2), Field Goal: Isaako Teuati (1)

Juniors - Round 3 - 11 April 2014

Under 5s
An awesome game by the U5s - getting better every week!

Under 7s Red
Palmerston 15 Dragons 5. Tries: Benson Kimani (2), Samson Boynton (1)

Under 7s Blue
Palmerston 35 Swampdogs 30. Tries: Levi Muller (4), Finlay Murphy (2), Michael Tiro (1)

Under 9s
Casuarina 39 Palmerston 5. Try: Gareth Blackman (1)

Under 11s
Dragons 14 Palmerston 10. Tries: Raymond Bosman (1), Alexandra Blyton (1)

Under 13s
Dragons 31 Palmerston 30. Tries: Wayne Bilston (6)

Under 15s
Palmerston / University vs. Dragons in a scratch match (see below)

Under 17s
Dragons 20 Palmerston 5. Try: Liam Bilston (1) 

Under 15s

Despite low numbers the Under 15s are proving to be a formidable team - their determination and resilience in second to none. As one of the U15s mothers said: "Very proud of our children's love of the game! They certainly can deal with tough times which the U15s showed yesterday with less players on the paddock but still did not give up...". 
Last Friday, the Palmerston Crocs U15s joined forces with the Uni Pirates U15s (who are also low on numbers) and took on Darwin Dragons in what was a skillful, fast paced game. Although not playing for points, their eventual win was exciting for both the players and the supporters in the Palmerston stand.

Under 15
Under 15

Junior Gold Program

The second session of the Junior Gold program was held last Sunday with a good number of Palmerston Crocs juniors attending.  The Junior Gold program is the ARU lead program focusing on the U15 and U17 age groups. Current U13 and U15 players are now going through the selection process to join squads to enhance their chances of playing in the U15 and U17 national competitions in 2016. If you are interested in participating, please see either Wayne Smith or Ben Blyton. Program details are also available here or from the clubhouse.

Junior Gold
Junior Gold

Junior Representative Teams

NT Schoolboy Tour (Under 18s)
This year the NT Schoolboys will do a 12 day tour playing games in both Bowral and Sydney. The dates of the tour are 25 June - 4 July (TBC). The first selection night will be on Monday 28 April from 6pm at Rugby Park.

NT Under 16s
This year the NT Under 16s tour is to the Gold Coast where the NT will play in the Queensland Under 16 Championships. The dates of the tour are 4 July - 8 July (TBC). Calls for coaches and managers will be made shortly, as will selection training details.


Due to continuing problems with a small minority of patrons continuing to bring alcohol into Rugby Park, the NTRU have advised that security personnel will now be checking all eskies brought into Rugby Park. Water, cordial and food is fine; however anyone found being in breach of the NTRU’s Liquor Licence will have their alcohol confiscated.
The NTRU are going to run training sessions for coaches that coach junior sides. These sessions will be held in May.  Watch this space as more details are known.
Our Tsunami gear finally arrived last week!  Most junior players and many senior players have collected their shorts, socks and singlet. Drop into the clubhouse to collect your gear if you have not yet done so.  Juniors, please also remember to label all your gear!
Fortnightly Thursday evening dinners for the juniors will be starting up shortly after Easter. Watch this space! If you would like to assist in anyway, just contact the club.
The Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing has recently increased the Sports Voucher scheme. A letter from the Minister outlining the increase is available here for your reference.
The Kempsey Rugby Union Football Club Has an extended an invitation to clubs to attend to the 1st Annual Over Forty Australian Rugby Championship or O'FARC. For further details check out their flyer or website.
Bunnings BBQ

Bunnings BBQ # 2

On Sunday 13 April the club held its second successful Bunnings BBQ for the year, raising over $1400 for the club. Guest Croc Lia Finocchiaro MLA (Member for Drysdale) helped run the the busy 12-2pm shift and we thank her for volunteering her time to assist the club. A special mention to juniors Keegan Quakawoot and Jonathon Briskin who put in a massive effort helping out across shifts all day, from 8am through to 4pm - thanks very much! Other volunteers included Dennis Grant, Mal Leach, the Blyon's and the Cotton's.

Ladies Day

Ladies Day will be held at our next home game of Saturday 3 May against old foe Casuarina.  This is an excellent opportunity of the ladies of the club to get together over sparkling champagne and delicious nibbles and to enjoy an afternoon at the rugby. Players, be sure to buy your partner a ticket, available for $10.00 from the bar.

Sunday Afternoon Family Day

A Family Day was held at the clubhouse on Sunday 13 April. A change in Saturday's home game scheduling from Fred's Pass to Moulden resulted in a smaller turnout, but it was still an enjoyable afternoon. Several families attending were from the Crocs Netball teams and the kids had a great time on the 'waterslide' (sheet of plastic) on the clubhouse lawns.  Thanks to Dennis & Brock for organising this event.

Friends of Rugby

Thank you to the Friends of Rugby who recently donated 20 junior rugby balls to the club. This donation is one of the ways in which the Friends of Rugby support grassroots rugby in the NT. The balls go a long way towards making up the 40 or so balls that are used each year by the juniors.

Cazaly's Palmerston

Thanks also to our major sponsor Cazalys Palmerston Club who recently donated at extra $3000 to the club (on top of their sponsorship agreement) through their community support program.  The club is now into its third year of sponsorship with Cazalys. They are proving to be a top notch sponsor so please support them whenever you can. (Click left for full details)
Levi Muller

Junior Player: Levi Muller, U7 Blue

When did you start playing rugby?
I started playing last year in U6s for the Crocs
What do you enjoy about rugby?
I love scoring tries
Favourite players?
Liam Gill and Benji Marshall
Favourite team?
Queensland Reds
Anything else?
When I grow up I want to play rugby for the Queensland Reds.

Senior Player: Toby Wass, A Grade

We all know that getting to training and games requires commitment, but spare a thought for senior player Toby Wass.  Toby works as a vet in the Barkly region and huge driving distances are part of the job (he did 98,000km in less than a year in his previous vehicle). Likewise, making it to Saturday afternoon game of rugby often involves a drive of hundreds of kilometres. In fact, one Saturday last season he drove 1000-odd kilometres from Brunette Downs to Rugby Park to play A & B grade for Palmerston, then drove back to Tipperary Station for an early start the next day.
This year is Toby’s third year playing for Palmerston. He previously played for St George and Districts Rugby Union Club in Queensland.  A flanker who is currently playing in the 2nd row, Toby is also the leading try scorer. Toby's favourite past time is a quiet night out at Bogart's and his most difficult opponent is Kevin Hurse.

Toby Wass
Toby Wass

A message from Maitland...

"Ben Emmett here, wishing you all the best from 'down south' and greetings from the Maitland Blacks!  Just a quick news flash that past-Croc, and current Black, Josh Gray was selected in the Newcastle and Hunter rep team that competed at the NSW Country Championships at Mudgee recently. Having done this myself, it is very satisfying to see Crocodiles spreading the rugby gospel, Palmy-style"

In appreciation of all our valuable sponsors:

Palmerston Rugby Union Club is a grassroots rugby club, proudly run 100% by dedicated volunteers.

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Thankyou to those that contributed photos for Edition 6: J Hakes, S Blyton

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