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Edition 5 - 3/4/2014


Well, it’s finally here - the start of the season and one that promises a lot both on and off the field. Senior numbers have been good at training and a win in the Pre-Season competition is a result of this. Juniors have also started well with numbers up on last year for most grades, resulting in two U7 sides and very good numbers for U5s, U9s, U11s, U13s and U17s.

Socially, the club had its first function for the year with the season launch and it was great to see so many of the junior families attend this event. The club has more events in the pipeline, including some joint functions with the Netballers so watch this space.

All up it looks like it should be a good year for the Croc's. 

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this weekend...

Juniors Friday 4 April

Under 5s    6pm Field 1
Under 7s    6pm Palmerston Red v Swampdogs
Under 7s    6pm Palmerston Blue v Souths
Under 9s    6pm Palmerston v Swampdogs
Under 11s  6.50pm Palmerston v Swampdogs
Under 13s  6.30pm Palmerston v Swampdogs (Warren Park)
Under 15s  8.50pm Palmerston V Swampdogs Blue (Warren Park)
Under 17s  9pm Palmerston v Swampdogs

Seniors Saturday 5 April

A Grade     4.30pm Palmerston v Swampdogs (Moulden Oval)
B Grade     Bye
Pre-Season Cup

2014 Pre-Season Cup

This fortnight started off well for Palmerston with an exciting win in the 2014 Pre-Season Cup. This was a great result for us and a sign that things are getting back on track at Palmerston. To win the cup Palmerston won three games in a row, playing against Swampdogs and both of last years grand finalists Casuarina and University. In the two later games Palmerston came back from being down early to outlast their opponents and finish strongly, showing both patience and composure which should mean well for the season ahead. All up the boys should be encouraged that the work that they are doing on the training track is paying off.

Seniors - Round 1 - 29 March 2014

B Grade
Palmerston 17 University 7
Tries: Paul Williams, Jay Jack, Robert Hurrell; Conversions: Henry Jordan

Round 1 saw a very pleasing result for our B graders, with a 17-7 win against University.  It was good to see contributions being made by everyone and the performances of the young guns Jay Jack and Ryan Cotton were a stand out.  If these two players continue with the form shown on Saturday and back it up with strong training performances, you will be sure to see them starting in A grade before too long.

A Grade
University 36 Palmerston 5
Tries: Jay Jack

The A grade result was not what we were after.  A very slow start to the game saw University get out to handy lead. Our players for whatever reason did not have the confidence or cohesion of previous weeks and turned the ball over to University too many times. The half time score was Uni 29 Palmerston nil.  After some strong words and some soul searching at half time the boys came out and gave a much better performance in the second half. This time they managed to control the ball, the defence tightened up and it was a real contest in the second half. The highlight was a try on debut in first grade for Jay Jack and excellent play by the NT rep Anthony Smith.

The A graders will certainly be looking to bounce back this week with a strong performance against Swampdogs at Moulden Oval.

Senior photos supplied by Joshua Parker

B Grade
B Grade

Juniors - Round 1 - 28 March 2014

A good first night for the juniors with Palmerston fielding teams in all grades. It was fantastic to see so many families down at the rugby and we can certainly build on our first up games. Our teams are generally in the young half of their age group - all U9s are tacking for the first time, all U11s are playing full field for the first time, most of the U13s and U15s are in their first year of their age groups - all of which make the players' enthusiasm and effort on Friday even more impressive! Well done Junior Crocs!

**Wanted, wanted, wanted - our U15s require more players and would love to hear from anyone who may want to play. Please contact the club if interested**

Under 5
Under 7 Red
Under 5
Palmerston played Casuarina. No scoring, so rugby was the winner on the day.

Under 7 Blue
Palmerston Blue 10 University 10. Tries: Levi Muller (2)

Under 7 Red
Palmerston Red 10 Souths 30. Tries: Benson Kimani (2)

Under 9
Palmerston 20 University 15. Tries: Oliver Muller, Hayden Schatz, Maloi Terupo (2)

Under 11
Palmerston 7 University 31. Try: Raymond Bosman, Conversion: Tristan Humphreys

Under 13
Palmerston 69 University 15. Tries: Wayne Bilston (5), Oscar Ruru (2), Kenneth O'Connor, Maxen Rudd, Ryan Otto, Jack Deane; Conversions: Tiger Schmidt (7)

Under 15
Palmerston 15 University 29. Tries: Luke Kinna, Sean McFarlane, Tai Terupo

Under 17
Palmerston 33 University 7. Tries: Bayley Hakes, Isaako Teuati (2), Henry Degoumis, Whalan Muru; Conversions Isaako Teuati  (2), Henry Degoumis (2)
Under 7 Blue
Under 9
Under 9
Under 11


A reminder that alcohol is not allowed to be taken into Rugby Park either on Friday nights for the Juniors or Saturday for the Seniors. It is a breach of the NTRU liquor licence to do so and the NTRU is threatening a 4 week ban on anyone caught with their own alcohol.  We wouldn’t want to see this happen to any of our club supporters, so please keep this in mind.
The next Bunnings BBQ will be on Sunday 13 April. Four people are required for each of the four shifts: 8am-10am, 10am-12noon, 12noon-2pm, 2pm-4pm.  Talk to Dennis at the bar or call/text him on 0437 912 140 if you are available to help out. Thanks in anticipation!
Training for the juniors continues over the one week break and there will be games on the Friday night (11 April).
The senior draw is now available on the NTRU website ( and click on draw/results).  The junior draw will be uploaded shortly.
Seniors $200 for the year, Juniors $100 for the year, and all players receive shorts, socks and a singlet.  The club is also very pro-active in trying to provide the best rugby environment for its players, but to do this it relies on its members to pay their subscriptions!  Payment plans are available if required; just see either Ben or Dennis.
The socks are here and can be collected from the bar – Juniors, see Cassy or Selina and Seniors, see Dennis or Ben.  Shorts and the singlets are due any day now and we’re hoping that we will be able to hand out the gear during training next week.
Moulden Park School recently issued a community notice regarding possible increased snake activity in the area after a Western Brown snake was removed from Moulden Oval. The notice reminded everyone not to pick up or attempt to move any type of snake, and to contact Parks and Wildlife on 1800 453 210.

2014 Season Launch

On Friday 21 March over 50 club members attended the club's season launch for the 2014 season.  All committee members, coaches, managers and other club volunteers were introduced to the club members and their commitment to the upcoming season was acknowledged. Each week throughout the season there are approximately 30 volunteers committed to coaching, managing or essential committee roles. At a conservative estimate, this equates to approximately 160+ volunteer hours per week. Well done to all! 

The club also acknowledged and thanked our many sponsors whose financial and/or product contribution to the club is invaluable.  Special guests at the launch included some of the Croc's Netball committee, who were also introduced to club members.

During the evening our new kitchen was officially opened by our guest of honour, the Mayor of Palmerston Ian Abbott. In opening the kitchen, the mayor noted that the city of Palmerston has a very young population and he acknowledged the significant contribution that clubs like ours make in providing sporting and social opportunities for families and the young people of Palmerston. The club thanks the Palmerston City Council for their ongoing support.

Sunday Session - 6 April

The club house will be open on Sunday 6th from 2pm for a Sunday afternoon session. The BBQ will be on for a late lunch / early dinner, the footy will be on the big screen in the clubhouse and there will be a possible jam session outside for entertainment.  Activities for the kids are being planned as well, so if you would like to have a relaxing afternoon consider coming down to the clubhouse on Sunday. For more information contact Brock on 0408 969 200.
As the club commence's it's 38th season, here are some playing photos from "back in the day".  Note the roofless Eric Johnston Stand, and no lifting in line outs...
from the archives
from the archives
from the archives
Hahn Super Dry

Hahn Super Dry

Lion Nathan and Hahn Super Dry proudly sponsor the Northern Territory Rugby Union and has done so for many, many years.   Through its association with the NTRU, Hahn Super Dry indirectly sponsor all the Darwin based rugby sides. The club thanks Han Super Dry for its product sponsorship in 2014.

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 4: Joshua Parker, the Blyton's, Club Archives

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