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

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Edition 4 - 20/3/2014


As usual it’s been a busy fortnight and hasn't it been good to see the seniors doing so well. I know it’s only the pre-season but two wins from two games, you can’t get a better start than that.  Although we were very rusty against the Swampdogs the game against Casuarina was a cracker. It’s great to see the numbers at training and the players really putting in, and it was also good to see the old faces down at University Oval watching Saturday’s game. The club has a real positive vibe around it at the moment. The trick is to keep the momentum going all through the season.
Anyway, this week sees us play University in the pre-season grand final and I encourage you all to come down to Rugby Park and support the players, meet up with old friends and enjoy the rugby.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on...

2014 Season Launch - Friday 21 March, 6.00 pm - 8.00pm

This is a one of the few nights that we mix as a whole club, both juniors and seniors. It’s also a good way to meet the many club members who go that little bit extra and volunteer their time to the club.  Special guests for the night will include the Lord Mayor of Palmerston Mr Ian Abbott and some of our Life Members.  Happy hour prices will be on all night, along with finger food for adults and snag sandwiches for the kids. Invitation attached.

2014 Pre-Season Cup Final

This weekend sees the Crocs compete in the 2014 Pre-Season Cup Final against University.  The Crocs had a fantastic game last week, coming from behind to beat Casuarina in what was a pretty good game of rugby (some old timers would even say that anytime you beat Casuarina, it's not a good game - it’s a great game!). University beat Dragons in the other game to qualify for the final. It’s hard to believe by looking at recent years' results that the Crocs will go in as favourites for this game - it is a reflection on the hard work that the players and coaching staff have been putting in since early January.  Can the Crocs go three wins in a row?  We say they can and it would be encouraging to see as many people as we can down at the game cheering the players on – the game kicks off at Rugby Park at 5.30pm.

Many thanks to Leith Woods of Leithal Pictures for kindly allowing us to include her photos in this week's edition of Croc Tales.

Seniors update

The senior season starts on Saturday 29 March when both A and B Grade play University at Rugby Park. Both games are on Field 1: B Grade kick-off at 3.45pm and A Grade kick-off 5.15pm

Our first home game of the season is on Saturday 5 April and it will also be Ladies Day.  Gentlemen, bring your partners down to the rugby and let them enjoy the hospitality of the club in the big shade area. It’s a great way for partners to get know each other.


Juniors update

The Junior season starts on Friday 28 March and the draw will be out next week. All junior games are held on Friday nights at Rugby Park (and Warren Park for the U13s). Game times are as follows:

Under 5, Under 7 and Under 9 - 6.00pm
Under 11 - 6.50pm
Under 13 - 6.30pm or 7.50pm
Under 15 - 7.50pm
Under 17 - 9.00pm

NT Pathway to Gold

The first NT Pathway to Gold (Junior Gold) try-outs were held on Sunday 16 March with around ten PRUC U13s and U15s attending. The tryouts comprised a series of tests that included a sprints series, agility tests, beep tests etc. The NTRU recorded all results and these will used to help select the final squad.  For many of the boys this was the first time that they had experienced this type of testing and it will be interesting to see how they progress as the season continues. For players that missed out, the next training session is scheduled for Sunday 13 April and will be held out at Palmerston. Further details available here.


Most positions are now filled; however we still have a few vacancies that need to be filled asap. If you are interested in any of the following please contact the club (email or text 0417 082 531). 
  • Under 7 coach (we will be entering 2 x U7 teams this year)
  • Under 7 managers
  • Under 15 manager 
It's very rewarding and support will be provided by the club.  For an idea of what's involved, here's the coaching manual for Under 7s and the position description for junior team managers.

With the season starting next week, please ensure that you / your child has registered and that registration fees have been paid (we accept the $75 sports voucher and payment plans are available if required). Players must be registered before they can play!
Wednesday 26 March at Rugby Park at 6pm.  Smart Rugby is an ARU mandated requirement for all coaches from Under 9 to Seniors.  You must be Smart Rugby accredited to ensure that you are probably insured as a coach. The Smart Rugby course is also available to any club members who may be interested in attending.  See Ben for more details and to register now.
The club was contacted recently by Patrick Kelly, with the following message: Hi, was wondering if anyone had a copy of the Palmerston Bundy Bears Grand Final 7s win in 1996/7. I was playing for Aussie Signs with my brother David Kelly against the Palmerston side and would love to get a copy. Thanks.  If you have a photo, please contact the club and we’ll put you in contact with Patrick.
To be held on Wednesday 26 March. Details available here.
ntru behaviour expectations

Timely reminders

Rugby Park is a licensed venue and alcohol cannot be taken into the grounds at any time. Penalties exist for people who are caught bringing alcohol into Rugby Park.
As the season is about to commence it is also timely to remind all players, parents and supporters that there is a code of conduct to abide by when participating in or spectating at the rugby. Please ensure that you are familiar with the ARU Expectation of Behaviour Guidelines (juniors) or the ARU Code of Conduct (seniors).

Palmerston Crocs Netball

The Palmerston Crocs Netball Club have had a strong start to the season, fielding two teams in Division 1, two teams in Division 2 and a team in Division 3. Their Division 1 and 2 teams commenced their season last week and Division 3 will be getting underway this week.  Catch up on their game results as well as details of this week's games in their newsletter available here.
you tube

Senior Pre-Season Camp on You Tube

Declan Oorloff, the rugby analyst and multimedia producer who was part of the coaching team at the recent senior’s rugby camp, has uploaded the video from the weekend. Thanks Declan!
Watch the video here! We've also uploaded the video to our website gallery, along with all our junior movies from last year's presentation night.

Update on playing gear

The club ordered playing gear back in December but as yet we are awaiting delivery of it. However Tsunami (the suppliers) has advised that the gear should arrive in time for the start of the season.
The organisation of playing gear is one of our major off-season duties. Sponsors need to be finalised and sizing's worked out.  This year the club ordered 250 pairs of shorts, socks and singlets, both men’s and ladies style polo’s, playing jumpers, club official shirts, netball training shirts and new snap-back style caps - all up almost $20 000 worth of gear which we pay when the order is placed.  All up a big and complicated task.

Social Membership cards have arrived

If you have become a social member, or would like to become a social member, drop into the clubhouse to collect your membership card.

Tenielle Nina Hayes

Welcome to another addition to the Bree/Hayes family. A beautiful granddaugther for club stalwarts Sonya and Bernie Bree, Life Member and founding member of the club. Congratulations Karyn and Raymond, and big sisters Maddy and Courtney!
Clubhouse opening

Opening the clubhouse

Tomorrow night we'll be officially opening our new kitchen. Here's the moment when the clubhouse was officially opened almost 25 years ago by then MLA Barry Coulter.


This year we welcomed DITS on board as a new sponsor of the club. DITS provides inspection and testing services, primarily for the mining, oil and gas and engineering industries (click on their logo for more details). We thank DITS for their valued contribution to our club.

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 4: Leith Woods (Leithal Pictures), Fiona Austine, Sonya Bree, Club Archives

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