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ere is a number of
similarities between the
two --- just do not try
telling Ivan Cleary he is
the Wayne Bennett of the
Bennett s coaching
CV is obviously more
enlarged than Cleary s but
both are good thinkers
of the game, possess a
calm persona and are
fairly private individuals.
Crucially, they are also
both good appointments
for the Kiwis.
Wayne Bennett was the
ideal foil for Kearney in
2008. e former Kiwis
second-rower had barely
unlaced his boots from
a distinguished playing
career when he was
handed the New Zealand
coaching role and needed
someone of Bennett s
experience beside him,
especially as it was barely
six months out from the
World Cup after Gary
Kemble s sacking.
are considerably different in 2013, and
Cleary is an equally good fit for the
He knows a lot of the players and the
New Zealand way after 10 years as a
player and coach at the Warriors and
his personality fits easily beside Kearney
and Tony Iro, who crossed over from
assistant to manager earlier this year
after Tony Kemp s resignation.
Cleary took little time in accepting
the role when approached and it is one
he is glad he did.
"It s great," the Penrith coach says.
"It s different being able to just focus
on one aspect rather than the whole
management of everything. It s been
" is isn t something I had ever
thought about but, like a lot of things in
life, when it comes up you get an instant
feel and the instant feel I got was I
would love to (be involved). I watched
the Anzac test this year and went, wow,
these guys can really win the World
Cup . I still haven t changed my mind,
but we will still have to play well."
e Kiwis attack, Cleary s primary
focus, has been both brilliant and a
little ragged at times throughout the
tournament and he was hoping for
more improvement against Scotland
ey have a simple gameplan based
around forward power, building
pressure and a stingy defence but they
also have plenty of natural ball players
and Cleary says it is challenging trying
to find the right balance.
He arrived late into camp, only a
couple of days before the first game
with Samoa, because he was trekking
the Kokoda Trail in Papua New
Guinea as part of a Panthers leadership
programme. Winning the World Cup
is no walk in the park but Cleary is
enjoying what he has to work with.
" e calibre of guys we have here, it s
fun working with them because it s all
very well trying to come up with things
that might work but if you ve got the
cattle it makes it a lot easier," he says.
It is why, for instance, he would not
have taken any job to be involved in the
World Cup. He had little interest in
working with one of the minnows who
face challenges of a different kind to the
"I just come in and the organisation
is great, the coaching staff are great, the
players are great. It s a good place to
be around. My job here is pretty easy,
It has not always been that way at
Penrith, where he has spent the past
two seasons since leaving the Warriors.
ey are attempting to rebuild under
the watchful eye of Phil Gould and
have implemented a five-year plan.
Last year was difficult as the Panthers
finished 15th (the Warriors were 14th
by virtue of a better points differential)
but this year they surprised many
who predicted they would be wooden
spooners by finishing in 10th, two
points outside the top eight.
It helped vindicate decisions to offload
high-earning but under-performing
players like Michael Jennings, Luke
Lewis and Michael Gordon which was
a challenging time in Cleary s journey.
"It s hard but you have to do what you
think is right," Cleary says.
"Sometimes it doesn t please everybody.
It s just about making the place work
and everyone needs to be moving in the
same direction. Everyone now is very
much aligned. If you don t have that, it s
even harder to get through those tough
periods. It s very strong, very solid, and
that augurs well for the next few years."
His main goal is more immediate and
the signs are relatively good, too. It is
likely Bennett would approve.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Kiwis assistant coach Ivan Cleary, right, speaks
with Shaun Johnson.
of the New Zealand Herald
Carlton-Cornwall s Karen de Jongh,
who turns 60 tomorrow, had a spectacular
win in the New Zealand bowls open
women s singles championship at
De Jongh, an Auckland centre gold star
holder with seven titles, over whelmed
last year s champion, Kirsten Griffin,
formerly of Wellington but now in
Nelson, 21-7 in the final.
Among the first to congratulate de
Jongh was her 94-year-old father, Jos,
a leading Auckland bowler with several
centre titles in the 1960s and 70s and
who is still an active player.
De Jongh, who has been playing for
15 years, was held early to 7-all, but
then gained control with her greater
consistency to power away over the
last eight ends, scoring 14 unanswered
Earlier de Jongh skipped her
composite line-up of Bev Crowe and
Diane Hazelton to a 13-11 loss in the
triples final to Central Otago s Margaret
O Connor, Linley O Callaghan and
ough defeated, the game probably
gave de Jongh a crucial edge for the
As consolation, Griffin was allowed an
extended practice on the green, but in
the event she failed to match de Jongh s
accuracy and the quickness with which
she found her line.
After an early struggle in the triples
final, when her side slumped to a
13-5 deficit, de Jongh gained some
momentum over the final three ends,
picking up a sequence of twos to almost
force an extra end.
O Connor, from Queenstown, has 18
centre titles, while O Callaghan, from
Alexandra, has 28.
Buchanan, who is O Connor s regular
club lead, has only played the game since
2008 and has already picked up seven
Another Aucklander, Neil Fisher,
like de Jongh, also had the chance of
winning two titles, following his win
in the triples on ursday. But he, too,
missed out, losing the men s singles final
to Waikato s Tony Fabling 21-15.
Fabling, a one-time A grade squash
player who 10 years ago gave up that
sport at 40 only because it became too
hard on his body, always held command
over Fisher, jumping away to an 8-2 lead
which he never surrendered.
His effort took him one step ahead of
his uncle George, another who turned
to bowls after reaching a high level at
In 1987 George was a beaten finalist in
the national pairs championship.
Big win comes on
eve of significant
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