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Croc Tales

Welcome                                                                        Edition 7 - 14/5/2015

Welcome to another edition of Croc Tales. As usual there's been a lot on but it’s all been brought back in to perspective with the passing of long time club supporter Warren Greenup.

Warren has had a long history with the club.  He was the father of two past players, Aaron and Michael Greenup who both played for the club through the 90s. He later married Gail Barlow, a life member of our Palmerston Crocs.  Warren passed away on Tuesday after a long illness and our thoughts are with Gail and both the Barlow and Greenup extended families at this time.

Ben Blyton
Club President

What's on this week...

Friday 1 May - Juniors - Round 6
Refer to the draw for full details

Saturday 2 May - Seniors - Round 5
B Grade vs. Darwin Dragons - 4.30pm @ Rugby Park
A Grade vs. Darwin Dragons - 6.00pm @ Rugby Park
Warren Greenup

Palmerston Rugby Union Club extends their sincere condolences to the family of Warren Greenup (pictured left with wife Gail). Warren was a well-respected member of the club over many years and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Warren's funeral will be held at Thorak on Monday at 10am.
Seniors Update - from A Grade coach, Stan Carnes

The Crocs played the Cougars last week in a game which was going to clearly outline how far we have advanced this season.  Whilst our set piece has improved significantly to now be a real threat across the competition, other areas of our game need to be improved if we are to be competitive come finals time.  Whilst we went down by 29-12, the game wasn't one sided and the Crocs demonstrated their ruthlessness by coming back from 17-0 at halftime to score several tries in the second half.

It was great to see more old boys down at the ground including Noel and Pat Bree, Shane 'Fine' Cotton and of course our Committee who attend each week. On behalf of the players I'd like to acknowledge the work that Dennis Grant has put in behind the bar over the last weeks as well. The big guy does a lot behind the scenes which many don't know about, however we are all thankful for (until we have to pay our bar bill).

On the playing front, there has been a lot of talk about focusing on improving each week. Our old dog, Gareth 'Shrek' Felton continues to improve each week and has been a key part of our scrums. Jacob Collins has returned well off injury and Tommy Hurse is still playing like a 25 year old. Congratulations to Thomas Roe who recently made his A Grade debut also; which has been a great achievement for him just out of school. I'd also like to acknowledge Cameron Moore who has returned to playing after a 4 year break from the game, and works hard to get to the ground each week.
Finally, Id like a to share some advice which Stirling Mortlock gave to my old club the Melbourne Unicorns: "Keep it simple and master the small things, that's how you win games. It's not about the fancy steps, long miracle passes, big hits, it is really about technique and attitude. It starts here at training, you practice how you are going to play"

Our next game is against Dragons.

Slugger Cup

A highlight of the fortnight was the home game against South’s where we played for the inaugural “Slugger Cup” A game between Palmerston and Souths where both clubs remember their mate Adrian Graham. READ MORE... 
Well, round 6 is upon us this evening.  Our junior teams continue to improve each week. The U5s and U7s are, as always, having a great time  The U9s and U11s have made significant improvements since the start of the season and even though this is not necessarily evident in their final scores, the games have been very exciting for the supporters to watch from the sidelines.  The U13s remain unbeaten and the U15s have also had a couple of wins - well done boys!
Under 13s and Under 15s Training

This year the club partnered with Darwin Academy of Sport for expert strength and conditioning training. So far, DAS have been working with the Seniors however for the next four weeks (19 May to 18 June) DAS will work with our U13 and U15 sides as part of their weekly training sessions. This is a fantastic opportunity for these players to further develop both individually and as a team.  There is no additional cost to players as the club is funding this partnership from ongoing fundraising and sponsorship revenues.
A reminder about training

Rugby is a team game and all players are required to attend training, both for their own development and for that of the team. Although this applies to all age groups, it is particularly important for the older age groups (U11s and above) where set phases and are becoming a feature of the game. Of course we understand there may be times when making it to training or the Friday night game is not possible; if this is the case please let your coach or manager know.


A reminder that these can be accessed via the NTRU website, our club website and Team App. In addition to the draws and results you can also look up the ladder and player statistics.

Don’t forget to check Facebook for albums of the weekend’s games. The albums can also be accessed via the club’s website home page.

The NTRU will be holding their AGM on Friday 22 May at 6pm at Rugby Park.  Interested members of the rugby community are encouraged to attend. Persons wishing to considered for election to the Executive Committee are required to forward a written nomination to the CEO Mark Heath not less than 7 days before the date of the AGM.  The nomination form is available here.

The latest round of sports vouchers expire on 31 May. Did you know that sports vouchers can also be used towards the purchase of club clothing (playing shorts, socks, polo shirts, etc.), kit bags and rugby balls?  If you haven't used your sports voucher yet, be sure to drop into the clubhouse before the 31 May.

Training for this event commenced this week at Rugby Park on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.30 to 7pm and is currently open to all players wishing to be considered for selection in these teams. The final teams will be announced on Wed 27 May.

Crocs putting back into rugby

The club has always been a big supporter of its members putting back into rugby and has always supported and encouraged its members to participate in representative rugby programs. This year we have a number of club members again following this tradition with the naming of the coaching and support staff for the upcoming junior representative teams.

The NT U14s side includes Robbie Taylor as coach, Ben Blyton as team manager and Abbie Burke as sports trainer, the NT U16s team includes Riva Zio as team manager and Cameron Croker as physio and the NT Schoolboys side includes Sarah Moran as team manager.  While it’s too early to know which players will be selected, we will hopefully see all three sides with a healthy representation from the Palmerston Crocs.
Club Night - Thursday 30 April
The juniors held their first club night of the season on Thursday 30 April. On the menu was delicious home-made beef and chicken and salad burgers. It was great to see so many families back in the clubhouse after training – we hope you all enjoyed it! Many thanks to the club volunteers who organised the evening and made sure there were plenty of burgers for hungry tummies.  If you would like the recipe for the super healthy burger patties, here it is: Recipe | Champion Burger Pattie.

Our next club night will be a pasta night on Thursday 28 May. Notes will be sent home from training next week.

Free Being supports Palmerston Crocs

We are proud to announce that chiropractic practice Free Being will be supporting the Palmerston Crocs through a number of special benefits for players and their immediate families.  Dr Tony Rudd is the Principal Chiropractor at Free Being.  He is also our Under 15 coach and an avid rugby supporter. He did his research project for his Masters degree on neck concerns in rugby players and he also worked with the first grade Newcastle Knights when he lived in Newcastle. For further information, click on the flyer (left).
Palmerston Women's Rugby

Following on from the success of the 2014 season between a couple of clubs, there will once again be a women's competition this year. For any enquiries about a new Palmerston side, please refer to women's coach Drew Weaver (ph/text 0438 712 375). Regular training will commence next week.
Summer of Sevens

The NTRU recently announced a new club-based Summer of Sevens competition for seniors (both men's and women's sides), youth boys (U17s) and youth girls (U16s). This will be held in October / November and will replace the privately run Corporate 7s which has been running for many years.

Palmerston Crocs confirm that we will again be running our Junior 7s Tournament for U7s through to U15s in Term 4 (October - November).

HSBC Volunteer of the Year

The ARU recently announced the launch of the 2015 HSBC Volunteer of the Year Award. The award aims to recognise those who volunteer their time and make a significant contribution to community rugby across Australia. We know our club has some amazing volunteers. For further information and to nominate a club volunteer, go to the HSBC Volunteer of the Year website. Nominations close Friday 3 July.

Asteron Life Community Coach of the Year

Nominations are currently open for the Asteron Life Community Coach of the Year. Do you think your coach is amazing? Do they encourage integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork?  For further information and to nominate your coach, go to the Asteron Coach of the Year website. Nominations close Friday 10 July.
Happy Mother's Day

Our Mother's Day wishes posted on Facebook last Sunday featured none other than our U13s in their round 5 game against University.  To all the Mums out there, whether your children are little or all grown up - thankyou for all you do!
Mothers Day
Mothers Day image


Hayden Schatz, Under 11s

Started playing? 2014
Teams played for? Crocs Under 9s and Under 11s
Enjoy about playing rugby? Team work, supporting my team mates on the field, running and learning more about the strategies of the game.
Proudest rugby achievement so far? PRUC Under 9 Best & Fairest
Goals? Get fitter and become a better player.
Favourite rugby players? Wallabies
Favourite rugby team? Wallabies and Crocs
Other activities? Long distance running, most sports and generally being active.
Anything else? Thanks to my encouraging team mates. Thanks also to Matty our coach who is helping us to become better players.


Pierre Striano, A Grade No. 7

Pierre is a new player to the club, nicknamed The Frenchie, because he's from - you guessed it - France. He has now been with the club for four months and has proved a valuable addition to the senior ranks.
Started playing? At 6 years old at the ALCL Rugby in France.
Teams played for? I stayed at the ALCL all my life. I played for my regional team in my junior years. I was also involved with the kids training back at home.  My Dad and my uncles have also been playing in this club. I joined Palmerston because I was travelling in Australia and I hadn't played in while and I was missing rugby. I also wanted to get back into a rugby social life. I have been with the Crocs for 4 months.
Enjoy about playing rugby at the moment? Discovery an all new dynamic to play and live rugby which in pretty different from France. And drinking beers with my new friends.
Favourite rugby players?
Favourite rugby team? French: Toulouse, Super 15s: Crusaders (sorry Oz)
Anything else? I came to Australia to travel and discover Australia  and I met my Australian fiancée during this travel.
As we move towards our 40th celebrations next year, the club will have a look at trying to document some more of our history.  This week’s history in question is "father and son/s" who have played senior rugby for the Palmerston Crocs. The following names may help get the ball rolling on this one...
  • Mick Smith / David, Dallas, Corey and Darren Smith
  • Dennis Bree / Dan Bree
  • Bernie Bree / Jeremy Bree
  • Sean Killiner / Michael Killiner
  • Shane Cotton / Aaron and Ryan Cotton
  • Colin Snowden / Jye Snowden
  • Garry Russell / Tom Cummins
  • Ray Barlow / Nerada and Jake Barlow
  • Jas Deo / Ayrton Deo
  • Sonny Tahi / Sonny Tahi
If you know of any other father / son combinations, be sure to let us know!
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