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Edition 4 - 16/7/16

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Croc Tales

Proudly celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2016


Welcome                                                                           Edition 4 - 16/7/16

With so much on this year Croc Tales has been very sporadic, but a lot has happened over recent months including the successful reunion weekend, strong performances by the seniors on the field and recent NT junior representative tours, so another edition is well and truly overdue. 

I hope you enjoy this weekend edition of Croc Tales.

Ben Blyton
Club President

Coming up...

Saturday 16 July -  B Grade (3pm), A Grade (4.30) vs. University Pirates @ University Oval
Tuesday 19 July - Junior training resumes!
Tuesday 19 - Wednesday 20 July - Camp Wallaby
Thursday 21 July - Junior Round 14 games @ Rugby Park*
Friday 22 July - A Grade (7pm) vs Swampdogs @ Rugby Park

*Check the draws for game times
A Strong Senior Season
A Grade
A Grade
A Grade
This year sees both men’s sides performing well – B Grade is still undefeated and has the minor premiership secured while A Grade is currently sitting 3rd, with two games to go until the finals. If results go our way then we could finish as high as second and secure the double chance. However with just two rounds of the season remaining, the make-up of the finals is still anyone's guess. Check out the ladders and games statistics below for just how close the season has been.

The solid senior results to date are on the back of consistent numbers at training and general growth in registered players for the club. The NTRU supplied club's with registration statistics which show Palmerston is the club with the most registered senior players in the Territory, and one of only a few clubs with positive growth for this year. I believe that these results are due to the club successfully gaining the services of Head Coach Ravin Du Plessis who is to be congratulated on the work he has done across the senior grades. Ravin has been well supported by a number of support staff including Tommy Hurse as A Grade Manager, Shane Cotton as B Grade Coach and a host of other people who have all contributed to a much better performance by the seniors this year. 

The strength of our junior program can also be seen in the number of ex-juniors we have playing in the seniors - this year's A Grade squad includes six former Palmerston juniors.

The Women's team has had a consistent season in their inaugural year and with Women's/Girls co-ordinator Chloe Dray, coach Alan Babbs and a number of key players continuing to drive things forward, they are building the foundations for what will hopefully be a continuing women's competition in the year's to come.

Senior Presentation Night...

... will be held on Saturday 20 August @ Cazalys. Full details out soon!
NT Junior Representative Tours
NT U14s and U16s
Palmerston Crocs at the Queensland Rugby Junior State Championships
While the juniors have been on their school holiday break, some of older juniors have been interstate with NT junior representative teams. The NT Under 14s and NT Under 16s participated in the Queensland Rugby Junior State Championships on the Gold Coast while the NT Schoolboys (Under 18s) competed in the Australian Schoolboy Championships in NSW.

The Palmerston Crocs were well represented across all three teams:

NT Schoolboys: Liam Bilston, Jimi Fitzgerald, Elijah Simpson, Callum Killian, Jonathan Briskin and Jett Norris, and Ravin du Plessis (coach - pre tour). 

NT Under 16s: Jack Deane, Jarryd Gardiner, Jai Hamilton and Lucas Munnich.

NT Under 14s: Jack Akers, Jacob Blyton, Jack Briskin, Jackson Calder, Blake Gabbert, Aidan Holt, Jayden Humphreys, Kenny O’Connor, Ryan Otto, Darcy Simpson, and Eddie Weaver, and Robbie Taylor (coach) and Fiona Weaver (sports trainer).

As further indication of the strength of our junior program, Palmerston players were named in leadership positions for all three teams:

NT Schoolboys Captain: Liam Bilston
NT Schoolboys Vice Captain: Jimi Fitzgerald
NT Under 16s Captain: Jai Hamilton
NT Under 14s Captains: Jacob Blyton and Ryan Otto

Congratulations also to Liam Bilston, Jimi Fitzgerald and Jett Norris on being named in the Australian Schools Rugby Division 2 Merit Squad. In the NT Under 14 side, well done to Jacob Blyton for being named Player of the Tournament, Eddie Weaver for being awarded Best Back and Jack Akers for Most Improved.

Well done to all who toured - players, coaches and managers.  It is a privilege to represent the Territory and the memories made will last a lifetime.
Road to Rio
Australian 7s - Road to Rio

Closer to home, several of our younger juniors took the opportunity to watch the Australian 7s teams train at Rugby Park in preparation for the Rio Olympic Games. It was a fantastic experience to observe the commitment and organisation of the players and staff at this level of competition. 


  • Junior training resumes on Tuesday 19 July 2016
  • Round 14 games will be played on Thursday 21 July 2016
40th Anniversary Weekend, Friday 10 - Sunday 12 June 2016
40th collage
40th Anniversary Dinner - Sunday 12 June 2016
The 40th Anniversary Weekend was a big weekend for the club. The Golf Day on the Friday was well attended and the Saturday saw an Old Salties game at Moulden Oval followed by good numbers back at the clubhouse for a BBQ.

The gala dinner was held on the Sunday with approximately 130 people attending. A highlight for many was to catch up with the people who had travelled from afar to make the night special. These included Tony Morris (Brisbane), Pat Aratema (NZ), Jeremy Bree (Melbourne), Ben Emmett (Maitland), Jeff Bennett (Brisbane), Greg and Tim Warneke (Adelaide), Colin and Alison SnowdenJason Randall and Greg Girle (Gove) to name a few. A number of past players from across the decades spoke on the night, with the common theme being the mateship and the good times that we have all had with the club over many years. Another highlight was the number of current players who attended the celebrations and hopefully who will continue the traditions in the years to come.

An important part of the night was the awarding of life memberships to Selina Blyton, Alison Snowden, Dennis Grant and Percy Peel for their service to the club over many years. Well done to all.

Also important was the induction into the Hall of Fame of another five past players who have made a major contribution to the game of rugby in the Territory.  Consideration is given to both a players’ on-field statistical achievements, as well as their sportsmanship, commitment, character and personal contribution to their team and the game of rugby in their era. This year's inductees were: Jon Burgess, Colin Snowden, Craig Leach, Gail Barlow and Ben Blyton. Congratulations!

On a final note, thank you to those who were involved in the organisation of the weekend's activities, including Bryony Bree, Mima Pope-Brien, Michael Killiner, Dennis Grant and Brock Evans, and to everyone else - too many to mention - who in some way contributed to the success of the weekend.

Life Members

Life Member Wendy Leach (who announced the life memberships) with new life members Dennis Grant, Alison Snowden, Selina Blyton and Percy Peel, and Life Member Dennis Bree who assisted with the presentations.
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame

Ratu Koroitamanu (2012 HoF), Tony Morris (inducted in 2012 but presented this year) with this year's inductees Jon Burgess, Gail Barlow, Colin Snowden, Craig Leach and Ben Blyton.

Social Photos

If you haven't seen it yet, there's a 40th Anniversary Dinner album on the club's Facebook page. A huge thank you to Fiona Weaver for her fantastic photography on the night - it's much appreciated!Photos from the Old Salties Game are also on Facebook.
Club Song
Club Song

As part of the Palmerston Croc's 40th celebrations, the whole club, from Under 5s through to the Old Salties, recorded the club song in celebration of 40 years of Palmerston Rugby Union Club. Click on the image to watch the video.
Junior Training Video
The Next Generation

Also in celebration of 40 years of Croc Rugby, the up and coming generation of Palmerston Crocs - the juniors - recorded a Thursday night training session. Watch the ball pass up the grades from U5s through to U15s and even some seniors. Click on the image to watch the video.

Many thanks to Kate Eadie for all her work with both with these videos. It was a huge effort and the end results will bring back memories in the years to come.

Keeping in the loop...


CAMP WALLABY will be in Darwin from Tuesday 19 -  Wednesday 20 July. This is a great opportunity for all juniors aged 7 - 17 and it's not too late to register.  Check out the flyer or go to  for further details.

DARWIN SHOW CLEAN UP is almost upon us and we're again calling for volunteers to help out with this major fundraising event. Check out the 'Club News' below for full details.

NTRU ERIC JOHNSTON PRESENTATION AWARDS NIGHT The NTRU's night of nights is being held on Sunday 7 August. This flyer has full details.

TRAINING SINGLETS By now everyone who has paid their registration fees in full should of received their club training singlet. If you haven't received yours yet, just drop into the clubhouse on a training night to collect it.

SUPPORTERS POLO SHIRTS Likewise, if you paid for a Supporter's Membership ($50) earlier this year and haven't yet collected your polo shirt, these are now in stock and can be collected from the clubhouse on any training night.

40th ANNIVERSARY MERCHANDISE The Croc Shop did a roaring trade over the 40th anniversary weekend. The polo shirts, gym shorts, bucket hats and ties were all very popular - most items are still in stock so if you would like

HSBC VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS These award aims to recognise those who volunteer their time and make a significant contribution to community rugby across Australia. For further details or to nominate one of our many wonderful club volunteers, go to:
Royal Darwin Show Clean Up
Darwin Show Clean Up
The Royal Darwin Show Clean Up is Palmerston Crocs tradition with the club doing this now for well over 10 years. If you can help out, please text Dennis on 0423 546 951 or Ben on 0417 082 531 (and Juniors, text your team manager).

Provided by the club - cold drinks and refreshments during your shift, gloves, ‘garbologist’ vest, garbage tongs, great company!
What to wear - closed shoes, sunscreen, sun safe shirt and hat
Why participate - it's our major club fundraiser for the year, raising approximately $8000.
What's included - free entry to the show!

Moulden Oval, July 2015

What a difference a year makes! This time last year Moulden Oval had extensive fire damage from cracker night and a lot of dead patches as a result of irrigation problems caused by vandalism.  This year, thanks to the removal of the hill and fencing of the field, Moulden Oval is in very good condition.
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Palmerston Rugby Union Club is a grassroots rugby club, proudly run 100% by dedicated volunteers.

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Thankyou to everyone that contributed text and/or images for this edition of Croc Tales: Fiona Weaver, Suzanne Otto, Kate Eadie, Selina Blyton, Club Archives.

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Clubhouse phone:  08 8932 1292
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