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Croc Tales
Edition 11 - 26/6/2014


Welcome to another fortnightly edition of Croc Tales. This week sees the start of the school holiday break for the juniors and the seniors also have a week off so I hope you all enjoy the short break from the playing side of things.  When the seniors return next week we only have three games left until the finals. Both senior sides should qualify which is great.

The NT Under 18s and NT Under 16s will be representing the NT interstate over the school holidays. Palmerston has a number of players in both sides and we wish them all the best in their respective competitions.
Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this fortnight...

  • No senior games this coming weekend or junior games for three weeks.
  • Training continues for seniors and Under 13s, 15s and 17s.
  • Saturday 28 June - A & B Grade social event (see below for details)
  • Sunday 29 June - Bunnings BBQ
  • Saturday 5 July - Home Game vs. South Darwin
A Grade

Round 12 Senior Match Report - Kerry Smith

A Grade: Palmerston 53 Swampdogs 3
Tries: Samuel Hess (1), Kevin Love (1),  Jay Jack (1), George Love (1), Anthony Smith (2), Garry Keppel (2), Daniel Jevdenijevic (1); Conversions: Jethro Yates (3), Anthony Smith (1).

The structured game pattern in both attack and defence has been progressing over recent weeks and the first half against Swampdogs was a very entertaining continuation. Rhys has directed the structure style extremely well and got the whole squad of A grade and B grade players onto the same plan which is really starting to show results on Saturdays... READ MORE

Social night out - Saturday 28 June

As both A Grade and B Grade won't be playing this week Brock and Jarvo have organised a boys' night out this Saturday. It starts at 4pm at the Vic, with food, drinks, Super 15 rugby and other entertainment supplied for the low cost of $30pp. Contact Brock on 0408 969 200 or Jarvo on 0431 856 416 for details and catering purposes.

Home Game - Saturday 5 July

The last home game of the season is on Saturday 5 July against South Darwin. Kick off times are to be advised because we have some issues with the lights which we are currently sorting out.  Keep the date free because it’s the last chance playing out at Palmerston this season.  The social event Miss Palmy is also scheduled for that night. 

Juniors update

Last Friday night saw strong performances across all junior sides as they had their last game before the three week break for school holidays
Under 5
Under 7 Red
Under 7 Blue
Under 9
Under 11
Under 13
Under 15
Under 17
junior jumpers

Juniors results

Click below for the results for the latest rounds:

Round 11 Results - 13 June 2014
Round 12 Results - 20 June 2014
Junior Gold

Junior Gold

Well done to the Under 15s and Under 13s participating in the Junior Gold program. Pictured left are the Under 13s at the recent training session on Sunday 15 June at the YMCA Palmerston.  
Calendar of events

Important dates

Most families would have received the note handed out during the last week of training listing all important dates for the remainder of the season.

If you didn't receive a note or need a replacement, the note is available here.  

The PDF version of the junior draw is available here.


Many thanks to the 16 club members who will be working at the Bunnings BBQ this Sunday 29 June. All shifts have been filled; however if you’re at Bunnings this weekend or even just in the area, drop by to say hello.
It’s on again, the Darwin Show Clean up! This is our major fundraiser and the club has been doing it now for over 12 years, so it’s also a bit of a Croc’s tradition. The roster will be out soon, but keep the dates of Thursday 24-Sunday 27 July free to help out the club. The seniors will be filling the shifts on the Thursday, Friday and Sunday morning, with the juniors doing the Saturday. It’s not hard work and you get into the show for free if you help. See Ben for more details.
Nominations for the HSBC Volunteer of the Year award for 2014 can be made online anytime up until 5 September 2014. Our club has many amazing volunteers, so consider nominating someone today. Click here for the flyer or the website for further information.
The Solomon Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to support young people participating in state, national and international sporting championships as an athlete, coach or official.  Applications are now open for the first round for 2014/15. Click here for details from Natasha Griggs, Federal Member for Soloman about the progam.
Have you heard of the Bootsie Books, a series of children’s books suitable for 6-12 year olds about a young boy 'Bootsie' who loves playing rugby?  Click here for a message from the author or a flyer.
U13 Sleepover

Under 13s Sleepover - 14 & 15 June
By Jack Akers, U13s

I think I have been to about 4 sleepovers at the clubhouse with Wayne and Dale as coaches. I like the sleepovers because I get to do a bit of training, mess around with my mates and watch movies all night. Tiger brought a mask to the sleepover and scared a few people when they were coming out of the toilets and nearly got hit in the face. Wayne's choice in movies is slowly getting better. Dale dared me to eat a raw egg and now Wayne owes me $2 because I did it! It was great night. Thanks Wayne and Dale.

Club BBQ at Warren Park - 20 June

Last Friday night the club organised a BBQ for the parents and supporters who watch the Under 13 games at Warren Park each week.  The U13s have played every game on Warren Park while all other sides have been mixing it up on Field 1 and/or Field 2, so it would be easy to feel separated from the rest of the club while over there.  The BBQ was a way of saying thanks to the parents and supporters on this field. The club approached the NTRU about holding a club BBQ in our stand at Rugby Park (similar to what we did last year) however unfortunately our request was not approved due to current arrangements with the food vendor.

Outback & Beyond Camper Trailer Raffle

Many thanks to the several families that have already returned their raffle ticket books - very efficient! One raffle book was handed out per junior family; if you haven't received your book yet it will available when training returns.  Seniors, please see Dennis behind the bar to collect your raffle books. There are only 10 tickets to sell at $2 each and the prize is fantastic!

Palmerston Crocs Netball

Another big fortnight for the netballers, with strong performances across all divisions and topped off a very successful trivia night . They now have a mid-season break from 26 June to 17 July.

Click on the image on the left for all netball news, including game write-ups, player reminders, trivia night results, upcoming social events and photos.

Junior Player: Isaako Teuati, Under 17s

Isaako is one of our promising junior players who has represented the Territory in both the Under 14 and Under 16 age groups. He currently is a key player in our good Under 17 team. Isaako plays number 8, is a damaging runner of the football and is also quite a good goal kicker. He is certainly a player to watch in the future.
Started playing rugby? In 2004, for Palmerston
Teams you have played in? Rabbitohs, Cougars, Crocs.
Enjoy about playing rugby? The physicality of it.
Proudest rugby achievements? Representing the NT in competitions down south.
Goals for this season? Get the highest point scorer.
Favourite rugby player? Richie McCaw
Favourite rugby team? Waikato Chiefs
Other sports you enjoy? Soccer, AFL, NBA, Rugby League
Anything else? I've really enjoyed playing and I've met a lot of nice people that have helped me on my journey.

Senior Player: Dennis Bree

While the club may have Isaako down as a player of the future, we can certainly say that Dennis Bree is a player of the past and the present, having come of the bench at halftime last weekend for a run with A Grade. Contract negotiations (with wife Cecily) will start shortly to see if he is a player of the future.
Started playing rugby? At 10 at St James Christian Brothers school in Brisbane although we changed to League after my first year I think and it wasn't until year 11 at St Joseph's Gregory Terrace in Brisbane that I played Union again.
Started playing for Palmerston? At the beginning - 1976 I think.
Enjoy about playing rugby? What's there not to enjoy about running into people and drinking beer with your "other family" afterwards.
Goals for this season? To survive to the grand final.
Proudest rugby achievements? I've loved the game but never been that good so off the field as President of NTRU for 10 years and Director of ARU for 4 has probably been the highlights. READ MORE

Netball Player: Edwina Shearer, A Grade

Age: 30 years old
Born: Alice Springs
Occupation: Corporate business manager, CBA
Position:  Wing Attack
First team ever played with: Federals – Alice Springs
Started playing netball: 9 years old
Favourite food: Steak with dianne sauce
Hero: Dad
Prefer humans or animals: Animals – they don’t talk back
Where would you like to retire: Hillsville Vic
Favourite saying: “Whatever”
Three things you would take to a deserted island: Fishing rod, endless supply of rum and daughter Billie
(Photo from the NT News)
Shaun & Matt
2002 Grand Final
Former A Grader and NT Mosquito player Matt Brocklehurst, now living in Tasmania, recently caught up with another former player Shaun Kober. Matt writes:

Just wanted to let you know that last week I caught up with fellow former Croc, Shaun Kober, when we were on opposing teams down here in Tassie. Shaun was playing for the Hobart Lions and I was playing for the Taroona Penguins. I am happy to report that the Penguins were victorious on the day 34-19, but Shaun was outstanding and is widely regarded as one of the best players in Tassie. I have attached a photo of us after the game as well as one from the Grand Final in 2002 and have to say that I have aged very gracefully, but I am not so sure about Shaun :)

Thanks to Matt for sending this is in. We always enjoy hearing from past players and supporters. If you have a story that we could include in Croc Tales, please forward it to

Beer Can Regatta circa 1980

The Dry Season brings with in the annual Lions Beer Can Regatta which will be held again next Sunday 6 July at Mindil Beach.  Thirty four years ago, Palmerston Rugby Union Club was there in style with this rather impressive Suntory Beer can construction. Club stalwart Sonya Bree recalls the event:

The Beer Can Regatta was in its infancy and the events were quite seriously contested.  The Palmie beer can craft was brought to Mindil Beach on the Saturday to be inspected by the Beer Can Regatta officials.  Because of possible skullduggery, volunteers were called upon to sleep the night by the craft's side to ensure its safety from jealous rival contestants... READ MORE
5 Star

Moulden 5 Star Supermarket

Locally owned and operated, Moulden 5 Star Supermarket is located on Moulden Terrace in Moulden. It offers a variety of grocery items for sale and has been a club sponsor now for a number of years.

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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Thank you to everyone that contributed photos for Edition 11: Ben Blyton, Selina Blyton,Sonya Bree, Matt Brocklehurst, Amy Picone.

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