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Croc Tales
Edition 12 - 10/7/2014


Welcome to another edition of Croc Tales. We are starting to head to the pointy end of the season with the seniors having 2 games left before the finals and the older juniors having 3 games before the finals when they resume on the 18 July.  The club has done well this year with A Grade, B Grade, Under 17s and Under 13s already guaranteed final spots and the Under 15’s still in contention (the younger age groups do not play a final series so continue through to 15 August).

Presentation Nights for the seniors and juniors have been set (refer noticeboard below) and our major fundraiser - the Darwin Show Clean Up - is almost upon us. I encourage all club members to be involved in these events.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

A Grade Palmerston v Darwin Dragons Rugby Park 2 @ 6pm
B Grade Palmerston v Darwin Dragons Rugby Park 2 @ 4.30pm                    
Junior training resumes Tuesday 15 July (Thursday for Under 5s)
Junior games resume Friday 18 July
PDF version of junior draw available here
Copy of important junior dates available here
Note: there will be a one-week delay with next the next edition of Croc Tales. Edition 13 will be emailed on Thursday 31 July. Edition 14 will be back to normal.
A Grade
A Grade

Round 13 Senior Results

A Grade Palmerston 21 Souths 24. Tries: Ciaran Jennings 1, Jet Yates 2; Conversions: Jet Yates 3.
B Grade Palmerston 31 Souths 16. Tries: Alex Grant 1, Gavin McHugh 1; Penalties: Alex Grant 2.

Round 13 Senior Match Report

by Ben Blyton

Last Saturday saw our last home game of the season and a good size crowd turned up to see both B Grade and A Grade play Souths.

The B Grade side was missing several key players and was somewhat missing the quick fellas, having 12 forwards in the run on side. We started well and scored an early try, however after that it turned a bit and we ended up going down 31 to 16 in a very physical game.  A Grade was very close for most of the first half and we went into half time trailing 14 – 7. The second half again was a close and exciting affair with the game tied at 21 all with about 5 minutes or so to go. Unfortunately a late penalty saw Souths sneak home with the win 24-21. Read the full match report here.

NT Mosquitoes vs. ASRU

Congratulations to A Grade player and Under 17 coach Anthony Smith for being selected in the NT Mozzies train on squad to play the Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU) side on Saturday 22 August. The club is always proud of our representative players and Anthony has been a Mozzie regular over the last few years. While we're disappointed that a few more Crocs were not picked for the side, we wish Anthony all the best for the game.
NT Schoolboys

NT Schoolboys

Palmerston players: Bayley Hakes, Liam Bilston, Thomas Roe, Greg Svanfeld (captain), Felix Byrne, Ayrton Deo and Trent Keppel
(click image for an enlargement).
By Ayrton Deo, NT Schoolboys Representative

Going down to Sydney representing the Northern Territory was an amazing experience. I think that the week spent in Bowral was used efficiently to train and play to see our team in action before the championships... We trained twice a day on the days we didn’t play; we also went to Campbelltown together as a team on the first Friday of being down there. The billets the team stayed with where very welcoming and everyone on the team enjoyed the three days spent with our billets, staying at Chev College was good fun and everyone enjoyed our stay there. The games in Bowral where a good warm up and increased the teams confidence, we also had the privilege to have a private coaching session by Gary Ella and Bob Dwyer which our team took a lot away from. The Sydney championships were more challenging. Our team also participated in many lectures organised by the ARU. Overall probably one of the most enjoyable rugby tours I have had the privilege to be on. (Photo credit: team photo from the NTRU)
NT Under 16s

NT Under 16s

Palmerston players: Jonathon Briskin, Kael Croker, Luke Doherty-Morgan, Johannes DePlessis, Tom O’Connor and Isaako Teuati (and Hugh Harbeck and Brandon Thomson from Palmerston/Pirates)
(click image for an enlargement).
By Robbie Taylor, NT Under 16 Manager

The NT Under 16's squad for 2014 last weekend travelled to the Queensland State Championships at The Southport School on the Gold Coast.The squad were outstanding in their efforts and their attitude both on and off the field. We knew we were going to a tough tournament and only our best would get us even close to the results we had been working hard to achieve. We gave it our best, no doubt about it. But unfortunately, we just don't have the competition in the Territory that is close to the equivalent of that of the Queensland Junior Competition. When people see the results, some may think we got flogged. But from what I saw, we did well and were at stages unlucky to be on the receiving end of some of those scorelines. A special highlight was our discipline. We gave away no yellow cards or red cards, and the referees feedback was always positive and something to be very satisfied with. Read the full report here.
Senior Presentation Night – Saturday 16 August @ Cazalys
Junior Presentation Night – Friday 22 August @ the clubhouse
Drew Weaver
and Ash Cunningham are both turning 40! Craig Leach and Ben Blyton also have birthdays around the same time.  To celebrate, Drew and Ash are hosting the Biggest Birthday Extravaganza EVER!!! on Saturday 19 July at the Palmerston Rugby Clubhouse. The dress theme will be DISNEY, so start getting creative. See Fiona Weaver for further details.

The club is raffling off a week’s camper trailer hire kindly donated by our sponsor Outback and Beyond Camper Trailer Hire. Seniors: if you are yet to take a book, they come in a small size of 10 tickets and are very easy to sell at only $2 a ticket. See Dennis behind the bar for a book. Juniors: if you haven’t received your book yet, we’ll have it ready for you when training resumes. Books can be returned as soon as they're sold.
The Friends of Rugby Heinekken Long Lunch is on again at the Darwin Turf Club on the Friday 22 August (yes, the date of our junior presentation night!). Guest speakers for this event 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, let Ben know and we will see if we can get enough for a table.
Unsure about what young players should be eating and drinking before, during and after sport? Good Sports have provided this healthy eating fact sheet to help you help young bodies to perform at their best.
Nominations are now open. Check out the ARU website for further details.

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.
Bunnings BBQ

Bunnings BBQ # 3

On Sunday 29 June the club held its third successful Bunnings BBQ for the year.  We made a profit of over $1500, so all in all another great result for the club. Thanks to the volunteers which included (pictured above from left to right): 1st shift: Robbie Taylor, Mal Leach, Rob Sloan, Ned Kelly; 2nd shift: Greg Jarvis, Fiona Weaver, Eddie Weaver (U13s), Gareth Felton; 3rd shift: Jacob Blyton (U13s), Ben Blyton, Bernie Bree, Dennis Bree, Eddie Weaver, Garry Russell; 4th shift (not pictured): Michael Killiner, Shane Burley, Tyrone Gersch-Mizen, Brad Hogan, Eddie Weaver.
Darwin Show

Royal Darwin Show Clean Up

Our major fundraiser for the year is upon us again! The Royal Darwin Show Clean Up has become a wonderful Palmerston Crocs tradition with the club doing this now for well over 10 years. The weekend is split into shifts and as a general guideline the seniors will cover the Thursday, Friday and Sunday and the juniors will cover the Saturday.  If you can help out, please text Ben on 0417 082 531 or email the club at

Provided by the club - cold drinks and refreshments during your shift, gloves, ‘garbologist’ vest, garbage tongs, great company!
Provided by the Show Society - garbage bags, garbage bins
What to wear - closed shoes, sun safe shirt and hat
What's included - free entry to the show
Why participate - it’s through fund raising efforts such as this that we are able to keep the cost of playing rugby down for everyone.


Junior Player: Oscar Ruru, Under 13s

Oscar Ruru is one of our up-and-coming Under 13 stars. A hard running prop with a surprising turn of pace, Oscar has been rewarded with 9 tries this season. Oscar is certainly a key member of this year's Under 13s side. 
Started playing rugby? In 2005, when I was four.
Playing history?  I started playing rugby union in 2005 at the Crocs then I left to go play rugby league from 2006 - 2013. I played both codes in 2013 but now only play rugby.
Enjoy about playing rugby? The contact, it’s really good to do something different from playing rugby league for eight years. I just enjoy the change from playing league to union.
Goals for this season? To play my best for the team, the coach/coaches and the captain. I want to do something great in every game - that’s just my mentality.

Senior Player: Tyrone Gersch-Mizen

Tyrone Gersch-Mizen is this week’s senior player in the spotlight. Tyrone is part of the new generation of Palmerston Crocs. He can play anywhere in the backline and is always one of the first players picked each week.
Started playing rugby? When I was 14, Drew had told me I needed to play a team sport and suggested rugby, so every Friday night he would drive me to Darwin (from Jabiru) just so I could play then drive me home again. A few of my mates had heard about this and before we knew it we had a mini bus full driving in every Friday night.
Playing history? I played up to under 17's and then was told I was good enough to just play B grade so that I didn't need to drive into Darwin every Friday. From there I played for 4 years for the Jabiru Bushratz before become a Croc.
Schoolboys Rugby

Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Championships

As the NT Schoolboys have just completed their tour to the 2014 Australian Schools Rugby Championships, here are the program covers and team lists from previous NT Schoolboys sides - one from each decade!

2001 NT Schoolboys Team
1993 NT Schoolboys Team
1985 NT Schoolboys Team

Team lists for the schoolboy sides always include the player's school, not the club they play for, however there are some familiar names in each of these teams.
Outback & Beyond

Outback and Beyond Camper Trailer Hire
James Ballantyne, the owner of Outback and Beyond Camper Trailer Hire, is another Croc who graduated from playing juniors through to seniors and played a number of years in first grade. James continued his connection with the club after he finished playing, often dropping into the clubhouse just to see how things were going. The Ballantyne's have been valued sponsors of the club for a number of years now. The club sincerely thanks James and his family for their generous donation towards our major raffle.

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 13: Fiona Weaver, Meredith Sullivan, Robbie Taylor, Ben Blyton, NTRU, Club Archives.

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