Round 10 Senior Match Report - Paddy Bree
Firstly, at Saturday's game Palmerston RUC also was celebrating the life of one of Palmerston's best, happiest, loudest and committed supporters in Lavinia Mills. Lavinia was mum to Ratu, and Frankie Mills who played for many years at Palmerston but was previously associated with South Darwin until he found his way to Palmy. Even when Frankie played for South's, she always sat in the Palmy stand and could be heard cheering for the mighty Crocs. She was an absolute favourite to ALL that knew or met her. RIP.

To the game -

Numerous lazy penalties for offside had Palmy on the backfoot which resulted in a Casuarina try after about 8 minutes. Shortly after the first try, more penalties for same infringements, and a quick tap by Casuarina, caught a napping Palmy defence at odds. First up tackles must be improved over coming weeks as they are playing havoc with what has been a fairly good straight defensive line. Shoulder hits instead of arm grabs need to be the order of the day as well as personal pride in never missing a tackle. Palmerston's scrum was matched by a well drilled Casuarina side, but each week we have seen big steps towards matching or out-powering any scrum in the comp. The most pleasing improvement on the day was the lineout, which had been a thorn in the Palmy A Grade side over previous weeks, and has been worked on at training with great dedication. Our spoiling at the lineout plus taking oppositions lineouts from them was especially pleasing. Two more tries to Cas had them leading at half time with 4 tries.

A penalty try to Smithy (who obviously would of scored bar being interfered with) was just reward for Palmies hard work. Again penalties and some negative talk to refs/opposition and worst still to ourselves caused a glut of possession to Casuarina, who had one speedy winger who will need to be contained in forthcoming conflicts.

In the couple of weeks I have been able to attend A Grade games I have witnessed a HUGE increase in numbers, skills and dedication from some extremely talented players. The A Grade will improve in leaps and bounds, as time is spent together at training and on the paddock and I still believe this team can not only make the finals but with this extra dedication to each other take out the flag. QUOTE ME!!!!!!

The future is bright for Palmerton RUC and this team, and as an outsider I am proud to of met some of the best people I have met, who truly WANT to learn and improve.