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Croc Tales

Welcome                                                                          Edition 12 - 29/7/15

Welcome to another edition of Croc Tales. This edition sees only two senior games and three junior games to go before the finals. How did that happen so fast?  

The big event of the last fortnight was certainly our home game last weekend which doubled as the inaugural Walking Wounded Charity Match. The day was a huge success with donations, the raffle and the auction raising a massive $12 000 for the Walking Wounded Charity. It was also great to see the Little Crocs (U5s/U7s) and Under 11s play on our home pitch.

The turn-out was excellent. It was pleasing to see some past players and supporters come down, possibly for the first time in while, and it was also good to the number of junior families who attended.  On behalf of the committee I extend the club's sincere appreciation to everyone who supported and contributed to the success of the day.

Finally, this weekend we have our annual Darwin Show Clean Up. While some shifts are well covered we're a little light-on in other shifts; if you haven't already done so it would be great if you could help out.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Thursday 23 July (TONIGHT!) - Juniors - Round 12     
Refer to the draw for full details
Saturday 24 July - Seniors - Round 14
B Grade vs. Souths - 5.30pm @ Rugby Park, Field 1
A Grade vs. Souths - 7.00pm @ Rugby Park, Field 1

Also on this weekend...

Darwin Show Clean Up!
Check out the club news section below for more details.

Coming up...

Junior Presentation Night - Friday 28 August from 6pm at the Clubhouse
Senior Presentation Night - Saturday 29 August from 7pm at Caddies

Keeping in the loop...

Walking Wounded Charity Match Day and Scott Palmer Trophy

On Saturday 18th July the club held an inaugural Charity Match. This year’s charity was the Walking Wounded, a charity set up to help soldiers injured in the line of their duties.

The day was a whole-of-club event and 
a great success - events included senior games, an Under 11 game between A and B grade, an Under 5 game at half time of A Grade, a jumping castle for the kids, a Ladies Day for those looking to enjoy the game with drinks and nibblies, commemorative jerseys worn for the A Grade game, a jersey raffle and a jersey auction.  

The event was heavily publicised by A Grade coach Stan Carnes and his friend Luke Gosling also got involved and spread the word. 

The event was easily the the biggest home game crowd of the season and it was great to see the support from all across the club for the day. Special guest Pam Palmer (Scott Palmer’s mum) made the trip to Darwin for the event along with other supporters of the Walking Wounded Charity. Local MLA Nathan Barrett, a great supporter of the club, also made it down for the day, as did a number of past players and supporters.

Through these concerted efforts, the club raised a fantastic $12 000 for the charity which was well beyond what we hoped.

Jersey Raffle

Thank you to everyone who supported the jersey raffle.  The lucky winner was Mima Pope-Brien. Congratulations Mima! The raffle raised $590 with all tickets being sold on the day.

Jersey  Auction

Auctioneer Dave Ley, a Life Member and major sponsor of the club (as well as a former NT Auctioneer of the Year) certainly got things moving in the Jersey Auction. Bidding certainly exceeded expectations.  Again, a sincere thank you to everyone for their support.
By Stan Carnes, A Grade Coach

On behalf of the playing group; Managers and extended supporters of the senior squad I'd like to congratulate Ben Blyton for being recognized as the NTRU rep for the HSBC Volunteer of the Year Award. The award recognizes more than 30 years of effort he has put in as a player, coach and administrator at the Crocs and also in the NTRU community. Ben has been a great mentor for a number of us in that he has played A Grade as a schoolboy (and went on to play over 350 A Grade games for the club); he played a number of seasons in Jabiru, Alice (Feds Devils) and Katherine (Brahmans) and has also been a NT and Australian Schoolboys representative. Not many clubs have administrators with this level of experience and we are lucky to have him on board.

Congratulations also to Liam ‘Chopper’ Bilston for his work at the recent Australian schoolboys championships. Whilst Thomas Roe was made Captain of the NT Team, we have received very positive feedback from a number of sources about Chopper both about his playing and also his hairstyle! I'd also like to acknowledge Rhys Hitchcock who has returned to Wanderers to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of a Newcastle A Grade Premiership. We have a great relationship with Wanderers and will look to have another pre-season camp next year also.

Finally, a reminder to everyone to pay your subs before finals also. The Committee have been very forgiving in this regard compared to other Clubs who expect this to be done by June; so lets repay their faith in us as a group.

Our next game is against Souths at Rugby Park. This will be a big test for B Grade who are looking to knock off the current first place holders, and also A Grade.
The past two weeks have seen committed efforts by A Grade. Both weeks were loses - one to Casuarina where we had a player sent off in the first half but the players really dug deep and kept the score respectable, then a 1 point loss to University where we played some good rugby and led until the final seconds when unfortunately Uni scored on the last play of the day. Boys, hang in there and the results will come.  Particularly note that the side is a very young side and at one stage we had 4 or 5 of last years Under 17s on the field in A Grade plus another 4 ex-juniors with less than 2 full years’ experience in A Grade.

In this time B grade have risen to 3rd on the ladder and have all but secured a finals spot.  Well done to the Killer Bs and we are certainly hoping that they can continue their good work and defend last years premiership.
The last Friday saw the Juniors return from their school holiday break and although numbers were down in some grades we fielded all sides and had some impressive results. The Under 15s won their game against Casuarina and the Under 13s likewise against Dragons. The Under 11s continued their improvement and played an entertaining game on Friday against Casuarina and then backed up on the Saturday to play University Under 11s at our home game. The Under 7s and Under 5s are all going well.  The game of the round I was told was the Under 9s against Swampdogs. These youngsters just get better each week and the team and coaches can be proud of how they have improved during the year.


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.  Full details of the tour can be found in the Cambodia Information Pack or by speaking with tour organiser and manager Drew Weaver.

The club is once again raffling off a week’s camper trailer hire, kindly donated by 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

The NTRU are calling for a coach/manager for the NT Under 12s tour to Newcastle, to compete in the Interstate Primary School Championships from 3-4 October. Applicants must have a Foundation coaching qualification, Ochre Card and Play by the Rules.  Please apply to NTRU Development Officer Damien Tyson with resume and cover letter by COB Friday 31st July. Damien can be contacted on 8945 1444.
HSBC Volunteer of the Year Nominee

Club President Ben Blyton was recently named as a finalist for the 2015 HSBC Volunteer of the Year Fans Choice Award.  Voting for the Fan's Choice Award closes this Friday, so if you haven't yet voted for Ben (and our club and the NT!), go to the Wallabies Facebook page and click on the HSBC Volunteer of the Year link.
Royal Darwin Show Clean Up
The Royal Darwin Show Clean Up is Palmerston Crocs tradition with the club doing this now for well over 10 years. If you can help out, please text Ben on 0417 082 531 (and Juniors, text your team manager).

Provided by the club - cold drinks and refreshments during your shift, gloves, ‘garbologist’ vest, garbage tongs, great company!
What to wear - closed shoes, sunscreen, sun safe shirt and hat
What's included - free entry to the show
Why participate - it's out major club fundraiser for the year.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to A Grade player Pierre Striano who was recently married in a beautiful ceremony at the Botanical Gardens. We wish the happy couple of the best for their future lives together.

Ethan McKenzie - U7 Blue

We have two Under 7s teams this year. Ethan plays for our Under 7 Blue team. He loves scoring lots of tries and has scored over 20 tries so far this season.
When did you start playing rugby? In 2013 for Under 5s
Teams you have played in? Palmerston Crocs Under 5s and Under 7s
Enjoy about playing rugby? Running fast, defending, scoring tries
Proudest rugby achievements? Scoring lots of tries
Goals for this season? Have fun, learn more
Favourite rugby player? Israel Folau
Favourite rugby team? Waratahs
Other sports or activities do you enjoy? Soccer, cricket, rugby league.

Paul Slaviero, A Grade

Paul Slaviero started with the Palmerston Crocs mid-way through this season and made an immediate impact on the senior sides. He is now a regular starter with A Grade.
When did you start playing rugby? About 8 years ago after i joined the army.
Teams you have played in? I played for the Singleton Army Lions in northern New South Wales in the Newcastle competition and also the Battalion representative team.
Enjoy about playing rugby? The fact it's such a technical, fast-paced game and everyone has a job to do and you need to be at 100% all the time otherwise things can go south pretty quickly.  I also love the fact that all the lads are in it for each other, I've never played footy where no one got along or didn't want to back each other up.
Proudest rugby achievements? Playing in the grand final 2 years in a row for the rep side at work by far, being with a group of mates i have known for a long time and having a team that was well drilled for such a long period and actually getting to play those games was enough for me.
Goals for this season? Would have to be just to not only enjoy myself but playing as well as i can to achieve as much as I can in such a short space, it was hard coming in half way through the season because I'd never played with the team before but in a way I've already had what I think is a win by playing A grade after only a few games for B grade so to me i feel like I've already had a win there.
Favourite rugby players? Would have to be Richie McCaw and I'm a pretty big fan of Steven Hoiles because I'm from New South Wales. 
Favourite rugby team? I'm a pretty big Waratahs fan.
Other sports or activities you enjoy? In my spare time I like to do a bit of fishing, and I'm pretty lazy on weekends, if I'm not walking the dog with my partner you will usually find me at the gym or in the aircon watching as many movies as i can fit in on a Sunday.
Home games always require club members to pitch in and make things happen, and of course Saturday's Charity Match required more than the usual helping hands. In no particular order, thanks goes to: Stan Carnes, Ben Blyton and the committee for all the endless leg-work before hand (and which continued on the day), Dennis Grant for organising the bar and the bbq, Ned Wyles-Kelly for cooking up endless sausage and steaks, Pauline Wyles-Kelly and Lyn Cotton for serving hungry tummies all afternoon, Babbsy and Backpacker for their dedicated waiter skills, Kylie and Cody Akers for their fantastic supervision of the jumping castle, Fiona Weaver for taking brilliant photos of all the action from U5s to A Grade, Robbie Taylor for setting up the field and to everyone who helped pack it up afterwards, the U11, U7 and U5 coaches and managers – Matty Taurima, Melanie and Dean Blackman, Kevin Humphries, Monique McKenzie, Grant McKenzie and Cody Akers – for organising their teams, Selina Blyton for helping out as needed, preparing flyers, sorting photos, etc…, the U13 boys for selling raffle tickets and and Dave Ley for selling jerseys under the hammer. Ten of course there's all the usual senior game day coaches, managers and trainers - Stan Carne, Riva Zio, Sarah Moran, Abbie Burke, Cecily Boulton - as well as the referees, touch judges and waterboys. If we've left anyone out (always a risk!), sincere apologies and thank you too!
Palmerston Herald

Raising the goal posts in 1984

HSBC Volunteer of the Year nominee Ben Blyton has been volunteering his time for the club for a very long time. He's in this photo second from the left as a 16 year old, back when he was just starting to make his way in the senior ranks.  Other familiar faces in this photo include Garry Crone, Bernie Bree and John Elferink.

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