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Welcome                                                                            Edition 11 - 9/7/15

This fortnight has seen a bit of a mid-year break with the juniors on school holidays, A grade having a bye and then both senior grades having the week off. However, while some things have been quiet the club has still been kept busy.

Our NT junior representative players have been away and preparations for the inaugural Scott Palmer Walking Wounded Charity Match continue. This game on Saturday 18 July is a great initiative by the club and we are hoping to make a serious contribution to this very worthy cause. It would be fantastic to see a good turnout to this game, so please think about coming down to Moulden Oval on the 18th and being a part of this charity day.

This weekend sees both A and B Grades play Casuarina - with four games to go to the finals, A Grade is looking for a breakthrough win and B Grade will be looking at consolidating their position in the four.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Saturday 11 July 2015
B Grade vs. University Pirates - 5.30pm @ Rugby Park, Field 1
A Grade vs. Casuarina Cougars - 7.00pm @ Rugby Park, Field 1

Tuesday 14 July 2015
Junior training resumes!
We look forward to seeing all our juniors back and raring to go.
Friday night games resume next week on Friday 17 July.

Keeping in the loop...

Walking Wounded Charity Match
Walking Wounded Charity Match

The Walking Wounded Charity Match on Saturday 18 July will possibly be the biggest event that the Crocs will host in 2015.

Scott Palmer was an Australian Commando who lost his life on active service in Afghanistan in 2010. Scott was a Territorian who played rugby for both the Katherine Brahmans and University Pirates. Scott’s brother Adam also played rugby for the Katherine Brahmans as well as for the Palmerston Crocs and it is through these connections that the Crocs have decided to use their home game against University to support the Walking Wounded Charity, which the Palmer family are now heavily involved with.

The Charity Match will see the Croc’s wear specially designed jerseys which will be auctioned off at the end of the game, with full proceeds being donated to the Walking Wounded charity.

Final details are being confirmed now however there will be something for everything - so come along and be a part of this inaugural event.
NT Junior Representative Tours 
Palmerston Crocs U14s NT Reps
Palmerston Crocs in the NT U14s side, from left to right: Robbie Taylor (coach), Michael Dreu (Dragons), Oscar Ruru (vice captain), Cameron Croker, Ryan Otto, Ben Blyton (manager), Jack Akers, Wayne Bilston (captain), Jacob Blyton, Abbie Burke (trainer), with Kenny O’Connor in the front.
While the juniors have been on their school holiday break, some of the club's stars of the future have been interstate with NT junior representative teams.

The NT Under 14s participated in the Queensland Rugby Junior State Championships on the Gold Coast. They played six games in total and came away with impressive wins on their last day against the Sunshine Coast (24 - nil) and against North Queensland (19 - 5). All the Palmerston players in the team - Wayne Bilston (captain), Oscar Ruru (vice captain), Jack Akers, Jacob Blyton, Cameron Croker Jnr, Ryan Otto and Kenny O'Connor - acquitted themselves well, with Wayne being awarded best back and Kenny team man of the tour.

Hamish Martin played for the NT Under 16s at the same championships and although the U16s did not have a win, Hamish was a key member of that squad.

The NT Schoolboys went to Australian Schoolboy Championships in NSW and came away second in their division, winning 4 out of their 5 games on tour. Palmerston players Liam Bilston and Thomas Roe had outstanding tours, with Thomas being selected in the Australian Merit Side - a fantastic achievement.

Well done to all the boys who toured.

Under 11s BBQ

U11s BBQ1

The Under 11 team and families got together on the first Friday of the school holidays for a BBQ at the clubhouse. The kids had a fantastic time and it was a great opportunity for the parents to meet up away from the field sidelines. Highlights were the rugby quiz (with the forwards versing the backs - alot of fun!) and the yummy desserts. Thanks to everyone who organised and helped out and thanks to all the families and players for coming along.

Tuesday 14 July - training resumes for Under 7s, U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s
Thursday 16 July - training resumes for Under 5s
Friday 17 July - Friday night games resume for all teams

If you missed the note home from training last term, listing the key dates for the remainder of the season including finals and presentation night - the note is available here.
Nominations are currently open for these awards.  Do you think your coach is amazing? Do they encourage integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork?  To nominate your coach, go to the Asteron Coach of the Year website. Nominations close tomorrow - Friday 10 July.


2015 Cambodia Rugby Tour

The Palmerston Crocs are planning to attend the 2015 Cambodia Rugby Tens in November this year. This will be a great opportunity for our current players to experience the joys of touring rugby union, as well as seeing how the game is played in other parts of the world. The tour is being organised and managed by Drew Weaver.  Full details of the tour can be found in the Cambodia Information Pack, available by clicking the image on the left.
Darwin Show Clean Up

Darwin Show Clean Up
Thursday 23 July - Sunday 26 July 2015

The Darwin Show Clean Up is almost upon us and we're again calling for volunteers to help out with this major fundraising event.  As a general guideline, past players and supporters do the Thursday, senior players do the Friday, the juniors look after Saturday and then a mix of club members do the Sunday clean up.

Please consider making yourself available to help out for a shift or two.The club raises over $8000 for this weekend and believe it or not it can actually be a lot of fun. The other benefit of course is that you get free entry to show!

Camper Trailer Raffle

The club is once again raffling off a week’s camper hire. The camper hire is kindly donated by our sponsor Outback and Beyond Camper Trailer Hire. Books of 10 are available in the club house and tickets are only $2 each. It  would be great if all club members could consider selling at least one book of raffle tickets.
Moulden Oval
Moulden Oval

As usual at this time of year, Moulden Oval and the hill has taken a battering with fires from cracker night and ongoing problems with vehicles hooning on the oval. The good news is that the oval is once again being watered (after repairs were done to the irrigation system) and we should hopefully see the condition of the oval quickly improve.

As mentioned previously in Croc Tales, the club has secured a grant from the Department of Sport and Recreation to fence the oval. We are just waiting on the school to organise to remove the mound, then the whole area will be fenced. A working bee to remove the old pine bollards around the oval will be held soon, so stay tuned for the details about that.
Update from the North East of Scotland

In the last edition of Croc Tales, Rod Bush (who purchased a Palmerston Crocs polo shirt while visiting the Territory) updated the club on the events at his club, the RAF Kinloss RFC in Scotland. Here's the latest from the north east of Scotland... 

The next season event at KRFC is the annual SRU Golden Oldies tournament on July 18th. It's a real feather in our caps to host this as we have a constant battle persuading teams to make the journey north from the Scottish Borders / Edinburgh / Glasgow region.  In fairness, during the winter, with short days and poor weather, it isn't the most appealing journey (although there are epic singing/drinking tales from the back of the coach...!).  We also get to travel up to Shetland (12hr overnight ferry from Aberdeen with the beer kitty usually spent before we've even got out of the harbour...!).  Next stop is the North Pole! Anyway, back to the summer - I think there are 16 teams entered for the competition - knowing the Army, it will be run to precision timing using three pitches and the nearby state of the art gymnasium / changing facilities. Needless to say, the bar should be 'bouncing'.
Riley Reid

Riley Reid, Under 13s

Riley is one of our junior stalwarts, having played for the club since he was 4 years old.  Now playing for the U13s, Riley has been a solid performer across the grades. Well done Riley!
When did you start playing rugby? When I was four years old.
What teams have you played in? Just Palmerston Crocs.
What do you enjoy about playing rugby? Playing with friends and teammates and having fun.
What are some of your proudest rugby achievements? Always playing up a year level and excelling
What are your goals for this season? To be the main goal kicker.
Who is your favourite rugby player/s? Israel Folau
Which is your favourite rugby team? NSW Waratahs
What other sports or activities do you enjoy? Basketball, recent selection in the NT U/14 Team for the Pacific School Games in Adelaide.
Gareth Felton
SENIOR PLAYER - Gareth Felton aka Shrek

Gareth has been playing for the Palmerston Crocs for almost 20 years now and doesn't look to be retiring anytime soon.  Playing in the forwards from the mid '90s through to the present day, Gareth now finds himself playing alongside players he coached in the juniors, something he finds very rewarding.

When did you start playing rugby? When I was 17½ when I join the Navy.
What teams have you played in? Various Navy Ship and Establishment teams, Navy under 21s, Navy against most countries visited whilst travelling, Eastwood in Sydney. I was a little lost when first arrived in Darwin (forgive me people) - Casuarina for half a season, University one season then found my home of the past 19 years at the mighty Crocs.
What do you enjoy about playing rugby? The contact, the contest (especially the scrums), the camaraderie and of course having a drink with your mates afterwards.
What are some of your proudest rugby achievements? Navy Colts, B Grade Grand Final (3 tries), A Grade Grand Final. Coaching the kids (bonus was an Under 12s GF) of whom I now play with, great feeling to see how well these young men have developed.
What are some of your fondest rugby memories? Being flown ashore in the ships helicopter to play in the Cook Islands. GF’s obviously. The game itself.  
What are your goals for this season? Make the finals and set a good foundation for next year.
Who are your favourite rugby players and why? Hugo Porter, John Eales, Nick Farr-Jones and the Ella Brothers, some of the greatest players to take the field.
Which teams do you follow and why? NSW Waratahs because I’m from Newcastle, the Wallabies because I’m a proud Australian.
What other sports or activities do you enjoy? Touch Football, camping, fishing, spending time with my girls.

Down and Dirty in 2002

We've been doing the Darwin Show Clean-Up since 2002. Here's the 2002 Croc Tales article to bring back some memories...

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Thankyou to everyone that contributed text and/or images for Edition 11: Kylie Grainger (junior photos), Fiona Weaver (senior photos), Selina Blyton, Club Archives

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