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Croc Tales
Edition 9 - 29/5/2014


Welcome to another edition of Croc Tales.  The senior season so far has certainly been an improvement on the last couple of years. A Grade sit inside the four and have a crucial game this week against Dragons.  A win here will certainly give them the inside running for a finals position. B Grade did us all proud last week when they won the Secretary’s Cup, bringing home our second piece of silverware for the year. B Grade are currently sitting on top of the ladder and have a game in hand - well done B Grade! So come down on Saturday and support the boys in their efforts, it would be great to see you there.

On a very sad note, our condolences go out to Mills family on the recent passing of Lavinia. Lavinia was a much loved and respected supporter of the club over many years and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Drop into the clubhouse after training for a delicious beef or chicken burger.
Juniors Friday 30 May
Under 5s          Palmerston - Field 1
Under 7s          6pm Palmerston Red v Swampdogs - Field 1
Under 7s          6pm Palmerston Blue v South Darwin - Field 1
Under 9s          6pm Palmerston v University - Field 2
Under 11s        BYE
Under 13s        7.40 Palmerston v Dragons - Warren Park
Under 15s        7.50 Palmerston/Pirates v Souths - Field 2
Under 17s        9pm Palmerston v Uni/Cas - Field 2

Seniors Saturday 31 May
B Grade            3.45 Palmerston v Dragons – Field 1
A Grade            5.15 Palmerston v Dragons – Field 1
2014 Secretary's Cup
Palmerston B Grade - winners of the 2014 Secretary's Cup

Round 8 Seniors Match Reports - by Kerry Smith

B Grade
Palmerston 30 Souths 12
Tries: B Evans (2), P Williams (1), S Werleman (2); Conversions: B Herbert (1); Penalty: B Cathcart (1).

A Grade
Palmerston 13 Souths 50
Tries: G Svanfelds (1); Conversions: G Svanfelds (1); Penalties: H Jordan (2)

Round 8 saw the killer B’s take on South’s for the mid-season Secretary’s Cup.  South’s gained an early ascendancy through some strong running from their biggest forwards helped by some casual defense from our boys. Slowly however the tide started to change and the confidence grew and the first half turned to a bit of an arm wrestle but Palmerston were leading at half time and the guys were genuinely enjoying the game…

Read the full match report here
Under 7s
Under 9s
Under 11s
Under 13s

Juniors update

It amazing how quick the season goes and we are now at the halfway mark of the season. With this in mind, it’s a good time to having a look at what the club is trying to focus on in the juniors and in particular with our young players, the Under 5s to Under 9s.  The main aim in these age groups is to increase the participation and enjoyment of the game.  It is also the first many of these players have experienced rugby, so many of the rugby concepts will be new to them.

Under 5s
The main focus of U5s is to introduce the players to some of the core rugby skills such as running, evasion, passing and catching and tag defense.
Under 7s
The skills introduced in U5s are expanded and practiced and the players should be starting to perform some of these skills without assistance from the coaches.
Under 9s
A big set up for the players as tackling is introduced and this brings into the game the more complex parts of rugby: off side, rucks and mauls and tackling. These skills can take a lifetime to master (watch some of our seniors play and you'll see that this is true!).

While it is easy to compare players’ skills levels, it is better to look at how each player is improving their own skill level across the season.

More information about the junior player pathways can be found on the ARU TryRugby website.

Under 15s
Under 17s


$75 Sports Voucher
All outstanding vouchers should have been received by now. If you were waiting on a voucher to pay the balance of registration fees, please remember to hand it in!
A reminder that the NTRU AGM will be held on June 11 at Rugby Park. A NTRU nomination form for those interested in nomination in available here.
Sports Medicine Australia
Are you interested in becoming a sports trainer? The next Level One Sports Trainer course in Darwin is coming up on the 8 & 15 of June. Contact the club if you would like more information on the role of a sports trainer within the club.
NT Schoolboys – Team Manager Required
NT Schoolboys are looking for a Team Manager to manage the team for the Australian Schoolboys Tournament in late June early July 2014 in Sydney NSW.  Contact Greg O’Mullane on 8984 1400 if interested.
NTRU logo

From the NTRU - Referees

The NTRU has been in contact with all clubs regarding the level of verbal abuse directed at the referees from spectators and players alike, at both senior and junior games.  The referees are volunteers who enable the games to go ahead. Without them, games could not be played.
Club officials and players need to show restraint towards the referees.  On the field there should only ever be one voice communicating with the referee and that is the captain.
Supporters, you can remain passionate about your team but there is no need for personal abuse towards the referees.  Rugby is there to be enjoyed by everyone.

Club Night Tonight!

Stay after training for our second club night of the season.  A great way to catch up with your team mates while enjoying a delicious dinner,  Chicken or beef burgers with salad, $5 per person or $20 per family. Includes a popper juice!

Update on Tsunami gear

The snap-back caps have arrived. These were requested by some of our young players and are proving very popular!

The club polo shirts have been restocked. If you were waiting on a polo shirt, these are now available!

The top-up order of the small size junior shorts and socks should hopefully be here next week.

Juniors: Alexander McKenzie

At 4 ½ years of age, Alexander McKenzie is one of our very youngest registered players this season.  Alex’s coach Cody says that Alex is always full of enthusiasm and he is also great at kicking!

Alexander McKenzie

* This is my first year of rugby.
* I love running, passing, kicking, tagging and my coach (Cody).
* My favourite player is Robbie Taylor (Note from Robbie: I didn't put him up to it!).
* My favourite team is the Reds, I love my Reds Koala shirt.

Robbie reports that Alex is really enjoying playing with teammates and has made a lot of new friends.  He is hooked on playing rugby because he knows every Thursday he gets to go to training and every Friday he gets to play a game.

Seniors: Greg Jarvis

Not only is Greg Jarvis a skilled senior player, he is also the current B Grade coach/coordinator.  An unrated player - mainly by himself – Greg has been the backbone of B grade over the last few years, winning back to back B Grade Best & Fairest awards in 2012 and 2013. The smart money (or Greg’s money) is on him to win it again this year – especially as now that he is coach he is probably picking the votes.

When did you start playing rugby?
Way back in 1984 – well before most of our ‘seniors’ were even born - in the U7s at St. Judes in Canberra.  My legs and head were the same size back then that they are now.
Playing history?
Mediocre to say the least. Played in Canberra at St. Judes and then for Marist College from Under 10s through to senior rugby where I even had two cracks at the First XV when I repeated Year 12. After school played for Royals in Canberra and after a break of a few years started up again with the mighty St. George subbies club in Sydney. Upon moving to Darwin at the start of 2008 I realised that rugby didn’t need to be played in cold weather and I’ve been playing at Palmy since then.


Jack Payne

Jack Payne, son of former A Grade player and Club President Steve Payne, has been selected to represent Australia in the Under 20s World Championship which will be held in New Zealand from the 30 May to the 21 June 2014. Australia will play their pool games against Argentina, England and Italy. Jack plays in the back row or as lock and has previously represented Queensland Schools, Queensland A and is part of the Reds Academy.

Jack Payne

Although Jack left Darwin at a young age, the Payne family will always be a part of the club and we wish Jack all the best for the tour.  Hopefully he can replicate another former Palmerston junior Narada Kerr-Barlow, who won an Under 20 World Championship while playing for New Zealand.

For squad details and players profiles, click here:

Steve Payne
B Grade, early 90s

Steve Payne, Jack's Dad, in a team photo from the early '90s (Steve is in the back row, 2nd from the right). There are actually a number of familiar faces in this photo: Scott Werleman (front, 3rd from left) - scored two tries in last weekend's win against Souths, Cameron Leach (front, 4th from left) - his Mum Wendy is on the committee, Dave Ley (front, 4th from right) - a long term sponsor of the club, Dennis Bree (front, far right) - is photographed with Greg Jarvis above and Paddy Bree (back row, far left) - back at the club after recently returning from Brisbane.



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Thankyou to everyone that contributed photos for Edition 9: S Payne, M Sullivan, F Weaver, S Blyton, club archives.

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Clubhouse phone:  08 8932 1292
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