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Croc Tales
Edition 7 - 1/5/2014


It was a quieter fortnight than usual with all grades having a break over the Easter weekend and then most of the junior sides having a bye on the ANZAC Day weekend.  I hope everyone had a bit of a break and got to catch up with family and friends during the time off, and now are feeling refreshed and ready to knuckle down and get some training miles into them.

As the season steps up, the club has a few things up it's sleeve to keep things interesting.  This Saturday 3rd the seniors have a home games and Ladies Day. On Thursday 8th we have our first whole club dinner being produced from the kitchen. More details available in the 'Club News' below and we'll hand a flyer out shortly.

The 'In the Spotlight' segment of Croc Tales is always interesting.  Each fortnight we''ll feature both a senior and junior club member and as an added bonus the junior member featured will receive a Palmerston rugby ball. This week's junior player is Luke Kinna from Under U15s and the senior player is A Grade forward Ciaran Jennings, all the way from Ireland via Canada.

Hope to see you all at the rugby either on Friday night at the juniors or at the home game on Saturday.

Ben Blyton
Club President

Coming up...

Saturday 3 May 2014
PRUC Home Grounds, 81 Bonson Terrace, Moulden
B Grade kick off at 4:30, A Grade at 6:00
Come along for a great afternoon of local rugby!

Thursday 8 May 2014
A flyer will be handed out at this weekend's games.
A Grade
A Grade

Senior Update

The season so far for our seniors has been okay.  The club won the Pre-Season Cup and started the season with great confidence.  Since then injuries have hit the club pretty hard, with several of our top players missing games. A Grade have performed reasonably despite this, winning the two games that we should have and being competitive at times in the other two. The boys are showing enough to suggest that if they can settle on a side, they will build some momentum and could give the top four a bit of a shake.  

Meanwhile the B Grade side has certainly benefited from the numbers at training and are currently undefeated and sitting on the top of the ladder. This is a great effort boys and one that the club hopes will continue, so well done!  

This week sees us play Casuarina at home and the club can think of nothing better than finishing the first round off with a couple of Cougar scalps.

Senior Match Report by Kerry Smith

A Grade

The first 20 minutes saw Palmerston with all the ball and great territorial advantage. Some good running rugby, strong pick and drive and a few well-placed kicks maintained pressure and kept Dragons within their own half and but for some missed passes and dropped ball Palmerston should have converted the pressure into points earlier than they did.
Palmerston did score near the posts after a solid drive from Gareth ‘Shrek’ Felton and Tyrone Gersch-Mizen added the extra two points. Similar play pattern continued from the restart and a second Palmerston try by Brock Evans and a second conversion by Tyrone had Palmy up 14 – 0 at the break.

Read the full report here

Round 4 Senior Results
The Cotton's

Father and Sons

A highlight for the B Grade game was three players from one family - Shane Cotton and his two sons Aaron and Ryan - ready to take the field. Aaron is in his fourth year of Pharmacy at Adelaide Uni so he doesn’t often have the chance to run on with his dad and brother. Unfortunately B grade was forfeited by Dragons, but not before mum Lyn took this great photo.
Under 7 Blue
Under 7 Red

Junior Update

With most of our junior sides having a bye on the ANZAC Day weekend, the Under 5s, 7s and 15s were left to fly the flag for Palmerston.

Our Under 5s were the only Under 5 team to turn up, but not to miss out on their rugby they split between our two Under 7s teams and by all reports enjoyed playing with the big kids.

Our Under 7 Blue team played University Red.  The whole team played well and Michael Tiro had a great game with 3 tries. Other try scorers were Levi Muller, Magne Holt and Joaquim Andreasen.  The Under 7s Red played University Black.  Again all players tried their best and Samson Boynton did very well with 2 tries.

Under 15s played Souths and together with players from University turned in a good game of rugby. The effort by these boys is outstanding and as they develop some more team cohesion they will be a force to deal with later in the season. The final score was Souths 36 Palmerston/University 34. Try scorers were Tai Terupo, Luke Kinna and Branden Thomson (4) with Hugh Harbeck kicking 2 conversions.

Round 4 Junior Results
Under 7 Red
Under 7 Blue
Under 15s
Under 15s


For some reason, the last edition of Croc Tales didn’t make it through to a small number of email addresses. If you didn’t receive it last fortnight, just go to the Croc Tales page on our website:
These have been loaded onto the NTRU website: and click on draws/results.  As the draw may change, we share the NTRU draws on our Facebook page each week and these posts are also available on the home page of our website.
* Could coaches and parents continue to help pack down after the U5 and U7 matches on Field 1. It’s a great help in ensuring the next match starts on time.
* A reminder to parents on Field 2 for the U9 matches that they need to move quickly off the field after the match, to ensure the following match can start on time.
Ladies Day

Ladies Day - Saturday 3 May

Ladies Day is on this Saturday 3 May. It's a home game - Palmerston vs. Casuarina.  Ladies, come along for sparkling champagne and delicious nibbles while enjoying an afternoon at the rugby. Players, be sure to buy your partner a ticket, available for $10.00 from the bar.

Club Night - Thursday 8 May

On Thursday 8 May we'll have our first whole club night utilising our new kitchen. Drop into the clubhouse after training for a delicious feed for $5pp. Meals will be ready for juniors and junior families from 6.15pm and for seniors after they finish training. We'll have a flyer for players on Friday night or Saturday and we'll need rough numbers for catering by Tuesday night.

Juniors: Luke Kinna, Under 15s

Luke is a promising loose forward who currently plays number 8 in our under 15 side. A real feature of Luke's game is his high work rate on and off the ball and he is a great ball carrier. Luke's hard running with the ball has seen him rewarded with several tries already this season. Luke is pictured below with club sponsor Jas Deo.
Jas and Luke


When did you start playing rugby?
Under 10s
What do you enjoy about rugby?
Being part of a team (and winning)
What are your goals for the season?
To make the finals and hopefully the NT rep team
Who is your favourite team?
The Wallabies
What other sports you enjoy?
BMX and basketball
Ciaran Jennings

Seniors: Ciaran Jennings, A Grade

Growing up I was very lucky to play for my local club Westport RFC in Co. Mayo Ireland where they taught me the basic fundamental skills of rugby. While playing there I also represented Connacht Rugby for a number of seasons and learnt a lot there also. After that I moved to Westmeath Ireland where I played with AIT and went on to win an All-Ireland Senior Cup. After finishing University I decided to travel to Canada where I lived for 2 years and played rugby for the Meralomas RFC in Vancouver, where I played with and against some of the Canadian players who had just played in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand which was a great experience.

I decided to play with Palmerston RFC as I met a couple of the guys on my first night in Darwin and I felt that they were a great bunch of lads and I also lost a bet (lost a boat race) to Mike Killiner and Brock Evans.

Read more... 
Palmy vs. Cas

Palmerston vs. Casuarina

This was a photo on display at the club's 25th reunion in 2002 - hopefully it's also a preview for Saturday's game against the Cougars.
Squirter and Boulder

Squirter, Boulder and Pebbles

Last week saw the return of Craig ‘Squirter’ Leach for his first game of the season and his first for a while in fact.

For new players in the club, if Craig looks like he has been around for a while see if you can recognise the player looking on.  Familiar?  It’s A Grade player Michael ‘Pebbles’ Killiner’s dad Sean ('Boulder’).
Bendigo Bank

In 2014 we welcomed Coolalinga Bendigo Bank as a new sponsor of the club. Lucia English, Branch Manager, has the following message for club members:

Coolalinga Bendigo Bank is proud to be able to support your club. It is with the communities support that we are able to disperse funds throughout our local community. I encourage club members to come in and have a chat on your banking needs. The more support our branch receives the greater outcome for your community. (For branch details, click on the logo above)

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 7: L Cotton, S Blyton, Club Archives

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