WORKING with family isn’t always a good idea but it’s turned out well for father and son Dave and Brad Cleal.
Brad has coached Orange City’s second grade side this Blowes Clothing Cup season with Anthony Kent.
Dave has also been involved as the team’s manager and trainer.
The combination has proved fruitful with Orange City earning a place in Saturday’s second grade decider against Bathurst Bulldogs.
Dave and Brad admit it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.
“It’s certainly a different role from my point of view. If we were married we’d be divorced,” Dave laughed.
Dave has previously coached first grade at Orange Emus and the Central West Blue Bulls.
Despite his experience, he has left the hard work to Brad and Anthony.
“I think Brad and Anthony have improved on what they want to do at training,” Dave said.
“I left it to them to use the grey matter to work out what they wanted the team to do. Then I’m happy to organise the drills.”
Brad admitted it was helpful having his father’s experience to call on.
The experience of all three leaders will help Orange City tomorrow when they continue what has been an awesome rivalry with the Bulldogs.
The two sides met in last year’s decider where the Bulldogs came out on top.
In this year’s two regular season matches Bathurst came out on top 23-15 and 17-15.
It was Orange City who claimed the minor premiership ahead of the Bulldogs but it came down to for and against.
In the major semi-final, City scored a late length-of-the-field try for the Lions to win 16-13.
Anthony said last year’s 20-12 grand final loss to the Bulldogs is motivating the Lions players this season.
“I played in the grand final last year and the Bulldogs annihilated us,” Anthony said.
“It’s who turns up on the day. Half the team played last year and they know what it’s about. They’re ready this time.
“I’m quietly confident.”
Tomorrow’s second grade grand final at Pride Park will kick off at 1.30pm.