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Croc Tales
Edition 13 - 31/7/2014


Welcome to another edition of Croc Tales.  As usual a lot has happened since our last edition, particularly as it’s been three weeks instead of the usual fortnight since our last edition.

Firstly, the seniors played their first semi-final over the weekend and to borrow an expression from Paul Williams, congratulations to the Killer B’s who "have swarmed their way into the Grand Final". Well done boys, an excellent effort!  The juniors play their last round this Friday with most of the older sides proceeding through to the semi's the following week (the U5s - U9s don't play a final series, but continue through).

Off-the-field we have also had a couple of significant achievements with the club recently achieving two major milestones in the Good Sports Program, both of which are firsts for sporting clubs in the Territory. Read more about this in the club news below.

And lastly, our major fundraiser for the year, the Darwin Show Clean-Up is done and dusted for another year!  The club sincerely thanks the many volunteers that helped out over the weekend. Again, read more in the club news below.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Drop into the clubhouse after training for jacket potatoes with a choice fillings!
$5 per person or $20 per family. Includes a popper juice or bottled water.
Click here for club night flyer

U5s, U
7s Red vs. South Darwin, U7s Blue vs. University Black, U9s vs. University, U11s vs. Casuarina (Field 1), U13s vs. Swampdogs (7.40pm), 
U15s vs. Swampdogs Red (Field 2), U17s vs. Uni/Cas (Field 1).
PDF version of junior draw available here
Copy of important junior dates available here

Semi Finals Senior Match Report

A Grade University 22 Palmerston 15
B Grade Palmerston 22 Casuarina 10

A Grade's season is unfortunately over after their 22 to 15 loss to University.  The game was  close all day and again many will say it was one that was certainly there for the taking with us closing to within 4 points with less then a minute to go in play.  A very late penalty goal to University gave them the 7 point buffer and although we were attacking their line time got the better of us.  The tries were by George Love and Garry Keppel with a conversion and penalty to Jet Yates.

This season has been a much improved season on last year and the goal was to make the finals.  We achieved this and with the young guys we have we can build on this for next year.  

B Grade turned around some recent poor form with a great 22 to 10 win over Casuarina Cougars. This win puts them straight into the Grand Final which will be played on Saturday 9 August. The talk from some of the players was that this was the best game that B Grade had played in a while and confidence should be high as B Grade has had a great year, already winning the Secretary's Cup, and it would be fitting to see them go all the way and win the Grand Final.

The Senior Presentation Night has been set for Saturday 16 August at Cazalys at Palmerston.  A meal and drinks package is being negotiated and the cost will be advised shortly.  Come and celebrate the end of what has been a pretty good session, which included a semi-final appearance in the Hottest 7s , Pre-Season Cup winners, Secretary's  Cup winners, A Grade semi finalists (and with the B Grade Grand Final still to be determined).

Junior Season Wrap-Ups

Keep an eye out in upcoming editions of Croc Tales for your team's season wrap up!
Game results for all recent Junior games will be included then.

Under 5 Match Report - 18 July

Although a small side, the Under 5s certainly make up in enthusiasm for what they lack in size! With enthusiastic players, a keen coach and supportive parents, the Under 5s have certainly developed their rugby skills and team work over the season. Click here for their match report for 18 July, provided by team manager Tracey Reid.

Junior Gold Program

The Junior Gold Program continues this week with gym sessions at the Palmerston YMCA, as follows: U13s: 11am to 12pm and U15s: 12pm to 1.30pm.  After this Sunday’s session the program will have a short break until 17 September when it will then commence twice a week.The club encourages all eligible players to attend. Further details are available here.

The clubhouse will be open this Saturday 2 August from 5pm for those who are interested in watching the Super 15 Final on the big screen.  The BBQ will be fired up for those who wish something to eat. All welcome.

Presentation nights are fast approaching! Make sure you keep the date/s free:
Senior Presentation Night – Saturday 16 August @ Cazalys
Junior Presentation Night – Friday 22 August @ the clubhouse
The  NTRU's Eric Johnston Presentation Awards Night is on this Sunday 3 August. As the  The flyer with full details is available here.

This lunch is on again at the Darwin Turf Club on the Friday 22 August (the date of our junior presentation night). Guest speakers are former Wallabies Chris “Budda” Handy and Tom Lawton. Tables of 10 are $1600 each and if the table is booked through the club, Friends of Rugby will donate approximately 50% of this amount back to the club for the junior program. For those interested in a ticket, the club can coordinate the purchase of individual tickets.

Could all tickets, sold or unsold, please be returned this week? This will enable the club to take stock and have one last push to sell the remaining unsold tickets prior to the raffle being drawn on senior presentation night on Saturday 16 August.

On Saturday 23 August the NT Mosquitoes will take on the Australian Services representative side. The flyer with full details is available here.

On behalf of the NTRU, we remind all club members that Rugby Park is a licenced venue and no glass or alcohol is to be taken into the grounds.

Royal Darwin Show Clean Up

Well, it’s done for another year!  A massive thanks to all those club members (around 70 in total) who helped out in some way to get the job done. The excellent thing about doing the clean up - apart from the funds we raise - is that it’s something that the whole club does together.  Volunteers over the weekend included life members, ex players, current committee members, senior players, junior players, family members of players and even family friends. For the full list, click here.

The show is also a chance to raise our profile in the community and a special congratulations go to the Under 13 boys who were interviewed by the ABC News on the Saturday. They spoke well and all came across as great members of the club and the wider community.

We also took the opportunity to sell some more raffle tickets for the Outback and Beyond Camper Trailer Hire raffle. Thanks again to the Ballantynes for donating this prize and for the loan of a camper for a day at the show.
Good Sports

Good Sports Accreditation

The club recently achieves its Level 3 accreditation in the Good Sport Program. We are the first sporting club of any type in the Territory to achieve this level of accreditation and the result goes to show how serious we are about ensuring that Palmerston Rugby Union Club is a positive, family-friendly sporting club.

The club with the support of Good Sports NT has also been trialing the Good Sports healthy eating program.  After meeting with the NT Manager of Goods Sports NT and the Good Sports Food for Sport development officer in Queensland, the club successfully attained its level 2 accreditation in the Healthy Eating Program. Another first for the Territory! For more information about the Good Sports program, click on the logo above.

Netball News

The first round back saw some great results in the netball. 

A grade and A reserve were defeated by top teams in their division. Both teams showed great determination and consistency on court and A grade are still contenders for the top four. Click here for all game write ups and other netball news. 

Radiant Dry Cleaning

Radiant Dry Cleaning - now known as Ensign (A Spotless Company) - need no introduction. They have been laundering our senior jerseys for 30 odd years now, making them easily our longest serving product sponsor.  Life Member Bernie Bree recalls how the sponsorship evolved...
Radiant Dry Cleaners
The exact year would be difficult to remember but Radiant have been with us for nearly as long as we have been a club. I think it was Les Reif who knew the manager/owner in those days. He asked if we could do our jerseys with him – one set. The manager thought it was one set for one week, he didn’t think it was about sponsorship.  At our 25th anniversary I remember him telling the story of how the jerseys just kept turning up and he didn’t really know what to say to Les... Read more
NB The Radiant advertisement pictured above appeared in the April 1990 edition of Croc Tales. Of interest is the minor premiership ladder for that season which also appears on the page (click image for an enlargement). 




Radiant Dry Cleaning (Ensign, A Spotless Company)

Radiant Dry Cleaning - now known as Ensign (A Spotless Company) - are our longest serving product sponsor. They are located in Bishop Street in Stuart Park and dropping off and picking up jerseys from Radiant has been a weekly ritual for many a senior coach, manager or other volunteer over the decades. Read about Radiant in the article above...

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 everyone that contributed photos for Edition 14: Fiona Weaver, Ben Blyton

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