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Croc Tales
Edition 16 - 4/9/2014


Well, what a season!!  To all our club members, thanks for your contribution to the season and I hope you got out of the year what you hoped for. To our sponsors and supporters both near and far - you are an invaluable part of our club.  And to our many volunteers who committed their time and energy in some way throughout the season - the club wouldn't be where we are without you.  Thanks to everyone's efforts we are again ending the season in a better place than when we started and the club is in a very strong position for 2015.

With the 15s playing season having come to an end its time for some to have a rest before the next season starts. But before you switch off completely, remember we have a couple of key activities still to come, including the Junior 7s Tournament in October/November and the AGM in November, so mark both onto your calendars for your rugby fix in the off-season. 

On a separate note, all the best to the Palmerston Crocs Netball A Grade side, who will be playing it their semi-finals this week.  The netballers have had a very successful season - read more about it in the Netball News below.
In conclusion, I would like to pass on the words of A Grade coach Rhys Hitchcock who spoke at the senior presentation night about the possibilities for next year, saying that "it's time to ride the wave" as we continue to strive to achieve across all areas of the club in season 2015. As someone then called out, "it's time to ride the wave of the Palmy Tsunami!”

Go the Crocs!

Ben Blyton
Club President

Note: Croc Tales will now take a short break until October / November, when we'll cover the Junior 7s Tournament, AGM and other off-season events.

Junior Presentation Night

The Junior Presentation Night was held at the clubhouse on Friday 22 August. It was very rewarding for all involved to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment that our young players had in celebrating the end of their season. A massive thank you to all the parents for supporting and encouraging their children week in and week out over the entire season. It's a big commitment and our junior teams rely 100% on that commitment - we wouldn't have a junior program without you! (Click on the image for individual awards)
Under 5s
Under 7 Red
Under 7 Blue
Under 9s
Under 11s
Under 13s
Under 17s
Under 17s
Under 15s
Apologies Under 15s, we missed a photo of all of you up the front, so here's one of your coach Stanley Terupo and manager Clare MacDonald. It was a challenging year for the U15s but Stanley and Clare did a superb job in providing stability and continuity for the team.  
Thanks to everyone who helped out in some way with the preparation, organisation and running of the junior presentation night (you know who you are!). It is appreciated!

Seniors, we haven't forgotten your presentation night photos! We just didn't have them in time for this edition of Croc Tales.


Were you unable to make presentation night? If so, please contact Ben on 0417 082 531 to arrange collection of your medal and team photo.

Training is underway for Under 14 players wishing to try out for the U14 tour to Malaysia and Singapore.  Contact Damien Tyson at the NTRU (ph. 8945 1444) for further details. All eligible players are encouraged to participate.

Training for the Junior Gold program will recommence on Wednesday 17 September at Rugby Park, Marrara. Field training will continue each Wednesday and there will be a Sunday gym session each month for each age group.  Again, contact Damien Tyson at the NTRU (ph. 8945 1444) if you have any queries the program.

A reminder that the next Bunnings BBQ is due on Sunday 14 September. If you are available to help out for a two hour shift, please contact Dennis Grant on 0437 912 140.

Calling all backs! Are you the Palmerston Croc's fastest runner over 1.6km? Clubs are being encouraged to enter the Mitchell St Mile on Sunday 21 September. Wear club colours and show the sprinters of Darwin that (some) rugby players have quick legs too. The club will pay your entry fee.  Categories include All Comers, Masters and Elite.  Interested? Visit the Mitchell St Mile website for full details and to enter. The flyer is available here.
NT News photo

Netball News

The Palmerston Crocs Netball Club is having a very successful season and they even featured on the back page of the NT News on Thursday 28 August.

A Grade played a strong and experienced Pints line up last Thursday and took away the win to go on to the semi finals.  A Grade will go up against Hoggies this week and a win will put them into the Grand Final.  

Click here for all the latest netball news.

Kerr-Barlow's awesome pass

Doing the rounds recently was this footage of an absolutely awesome pass by Tawera (Narada) Kerr-Barlow playing for Waikato in the ITM Cup against Taranaki. Many of our juniors were fortunate to meet Tawera recently when he attended a training session during a short holiday break with his family back in Darwin. Click on the image to access the footage.

Junior 7s Tournament

It's on again - our own Junior 7s Tournament!  Training will commence on the Tuesday after the school holidays (7/10) with games commencing the following Friday 17/10 and running through to Friday 14/11 (5 weeks).  We're aiming for U7s through to U15s. Like last year, other clubs will be invited and we will try and ensure that each age group has two games every Friday. It's great for fitness and skill development and importantly, it's lots of fun! Further details are available on the club's website.

Junior 7s - coaches and referees

Coaches and referees wanted for Junior 7s! This is an ideal opportunity to try your hand at either coaching or refereeing in an encouraging and non-pressured environment.  The club is here to support all who wish to further their rugby skills and would welcome your involvement. Contact the club via if you're interested or require further details.

Expressions of interest - 2015 season

Planning for season 2015 is underway. If you have an interest in coaching either the seniors or juniors in 2015 please contact the club via  All positions will be advertised in October and the club will always try and promote from within.
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Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Sunday 2 November. As per requirements, all positions will be declared vacant and open for re-election.  The club is always looking for fresh faces on the committee, so if you want to have a say in the running of the club or you're interested in helping out, now is perfect time to let people know.

We're in Hansard

The club was mentioned in Parliament recently by local Member for Drysdale Lia Finocchiaro, in reference to our recent accreditation at Level 3 in the Good Sports program. An extract of her speech is available here. We thank Ms Finocchiaro for her ongoing and active support of the Palmerston Crocs.
Paddy Bree 1
Paddy Bree 2

Life Member Paddy Bree

On hand to help present the junior club official awards at Junior Presentation Night was Life Member Paddy Bree. On the left is Paddy receiving his 100 A Grade games award back in the day.  On the right he can be seen thanking U15 coach Stanley Terupo.
Paul the Painter

'In kind sponsors'

As well as our financial sponsors, we're fortunate to have club members who generously donate their skills, expertise or product to the club. Thanks to everyone who has supported the club in this way throughout the season.

Pictured is 'Paul the Painter' (Paul Theyers, Ashley and Mitchell's Dad) who has always stepped up with a brush and tin whenever a painting job is required.

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 16: Cassy Chui, Kylie Grainger, Selina Blyton, Club Archives

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