Croc Tales is the newsletter of Palmerston Rugby Union Club, distributed fortnightly to all players and supporters.

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Edition 3                                                                                                      6 / 3 / 2014


Welcome all to another edition of Croc Tales. It’s certainly starting to feel like the rugby season again: the juniors have started training with great enthusiasm, the seniors are looking forward to their first trial game this Saturday and the mighty Waratahs have won two out of two in their Super 15 clashes.
We have many new faces around the club - whether you are a first year junior player and family or a seasoned veteran who has just moved to Darwin, we welcome you all and I hope your experience with the club will be as enjoyable as mine has been.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Thursday 6 March - Senior Players' Tea
Our first for the season - after training drop into the clubhouse and enjoy a simple feed as we prepare for our first home game.
Saturday 8 March - Home Game vs. Swampdogs @ 5pm
Our first trial game is also a home game. Let's set the standard early and come down and support the Crocs in what is sure to be a good performance as we build to the start of the season.  After the game stay and have dinner and watch the Super Rugby in the clubhouse.

Coming up...

Friday 21 March - Season Launch
Keep the evening free - this is one of the few opportunities to socialise as a whole club, both juniors and seniors, as well as meet the sponsors and the volunteers who help run the club.  This year we'll also be combining the night with the official opening our new kitchen.

Seniors' Pre-Season Training Camp

Last weekend saw the seniors and under 17s attend a pre-season training camp run by ex-Waratahs and ex-Bulls attack coach Todd Louden, forwards coach Ben Roberts and high performance analyst Declan Oorloff. The camp was well attended with approximately 35 training on the Friday night and 28 on the Saturday.  Todd, Ben and Declan were impressed with the commitment and effort from the players and it has definitely given us something to build on for the season. The club is also looking at building on the relationships that were formed over the weekend with the Wanderers Rugby Club in Newcastle (where Todd is currently coaching) and we're investigating other development opportunities such as coaches and players exchanges in the future.

Senior Camp
Senior Camp
Senior Camp

Senior training

The seniors continue to train hard and are now looking forward to their first game this coming Saturday. The numbers at training and the effort that the boys are putting in on the paddock has been excellent. Having said that, we still have a bit of turnover with players drifting in and out of their training routine.  One of the secrets to playing success is to have the same people training regularly.  We certainly have the potential in the club to do well this year, if the work is done week in, week out on the training paddock.

Junior welcome

The junior sign-on day was held on Saturday 22 February and was well attended, particularly by junior families of the younger age groups. A big welcome to all new families and welcome back to all returning families! 

If you have questions or queries about the club you can speak with your child's coach (after training) or manager, see Ben Blyton (Club President) who will be usually on the field somewhere during training or drop into the clubhouse and see Cassy Chui (Junior Registrar) or Selina Blyton, who will be in the clubhouse between 5pm and 6pm on most training nights. Our website is also a good source of club information and the home page is updated regularly.

Under 8s, 2013

Junior coaching / managing update

Most grades now have coaches and managers which is great. We'll introduce all coaches and managers in upcoming issues of Croc Tales, but in the meantime a huge thank you to all our new and returning club volunteers. You are invaluable!

We are still following up a coach for our Under 7s and due to an unexpected late withdrawal we also need to find a coach for either the Under 13s or Under 15s  While we are sorting through these coaching issues the U13s and U15s will train as a group with experienced coaches Wayne Smith and Dale Reid and the club will ensure that the U7s have someone to train them until a permanent arrangement is in place.


The NTRU has confirmed that the NT Junior Gold program will also be open to players born in 2002.  All Under 15 and Under 13 players are encouraged to attend the try-outs for the program on Sunday 16 March. Further details are available in this flyer and program outline.


There has been an amendment to the Friday night Junior draw: Under 13s will now be playing at Warren Park Field 2 at either 6.30pm or 7.50pm. Under 15s will be playing at Rugby Park Field 1 or Field 2 at 7.50pm.


Missed presentation night at the end of last season and didn't receive your medal and team photo? These are available for collection at the clubhouse; just ask at the bar on Tuesday or Thursday.


Applications for the 2014 Kerr-Barlow Scholarship are now open.  These club scholarships are designed to encourage and support emerging players in their rugby development. Scholarship holders will be announced at our season launch on Friday 21 March. Full details and an application form can be found here.


With our first home game this Saturday the club will be looking for some help in setting up the oval, cooking and serving the BBQ etc.  If you can help out let either Dennis in the clubhouse know, or see Ben.  A special mention to Robbie Taylor who by now will have marked out the field, and to new club member Barth Tiro, who not only signed up his son Michael for U7s, but also signed up for his first BBQ at the same time. Thanks Robbie and Barth!
supporter memberships

2014 Non-Playing Memberships

Social Membership - $5.00
Includes a membership card.  Ensures we satisfy the liquor licensing requirement of the clubhouse.
Supporter Membership - $50.00
Includes a club polo shirt valued at $40.00 (men or ladies cuts as shown on the left) and a membership key ring. Provides supporters with the opportunity to show their support for the club while also making a valued financial contribution.

Interested? Application forms available here or simply enquire at the clubhouse.(Note: we are still waiting on delivery of the ladies cut polo and membership cards. Both will be here soon!).

The Cage of Death

After working with the Palmerston Crocs on Friday and Saturday, it was time for the coaches from down south to meet some crocs of the snapping variety on the Sunday. Crocosaurus Cove fitting in perfectly with their midday flight, and the co-operative croc ensured all three got some great photos to take back to NSW.

Crocosaurus Cove
Crocosaurus Cove
State Representative Challenge

State Representative Challenge - Volunteers Required

The NTRU is seeking volunteers for the State Representative Challenge to be held in Darwin from Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 June.  The volunteer positions (shown left, click for an enlargement) will need to be ratified ASAP to ensure the NTRU can issue a tournament manual within the next couple of weeks to Queensland Country, South Australia and Tasmanian Rugby Unions.  If anyone is keen to put their hand up it would be greatly appreciated.  For more information or if you know of someone keen to play a role in the event, please contact Mark Heath, CEO of NT Rugby on 8945 1444, 0408 892 322 or at
Rugby lasts forever

Rugby lasts forever

Ben Roberts, one of the guest coaches at the seniors camp, was talking to the players about the importance of training, working hard and being honest with yourself about your effort because as he said “rugby, it does not last forever”.  Then, as he looked at our group of worldly veterans Dennis Bree, Gareth Felton and Tommy Hurse, he added “but maybe here in the Territory it does”.
Palmerston Crocs 1978

Palmerston Crocs 1978.
A slightly younger Dennis Bree is pictured in the front row, second from the right.

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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 3: B Blyton, F Austine, PRUC Archives

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