Cricket leg­end hon­oured

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Justin Fris

Revered West Aus­tralian Coun­try Cricket Board chair­man Rob Mar­shall will be in­ducted as a “leg­end” of se­nior coun­try week cricket prior the 100th in­stal­ment of the car­ni­val, which be­gins on Jan­uary 20.

A man who proudly rep­re­sented Har­vey-Leschenault 135 times across 31 car­ni­vals, Mar­shall is un­equiv­o­cally hum­ble yet hon­oured by the ac­knowl­edge­ment.

“It sort of came a lit­tle bit out of the blue even though I’ve been in­volved with the board and its pro­cesses for a while,” he said.

“I kind of lost track of the fact that back in 2007 they named an ini­tial six leg­ends.

“For my­self, Dave Hutchin­son and Shane Tobin – I know I’ve spo­ken with the other two and it’s mas­sively hum­bling.

“It is just a nice lit­tle full stop I guess on our ca­reers. And strangely enough, we all started our se­nior coun­try week ca­reers in the same year, 1984, which is quite bizarre.”

Grow­ing up, Mar­shall had no short­age of crick­et­ing prow­ess to learn from – with fa­ther Arthur and both broth­ers Don and David hav­ing lengthy ca­reers at se­nior coun­try week.

“Cricket was al­ways go­ing to be in my blood and my soul,” he said. “Dad had pi­o­neered so much in WA re­gional cricket – par­tic­u­larly down this way.

“To this day he is hailed as the leg­end of Har­vey cricket.

“My broth­ers, who were a lit­tle bit older than me, had also forged their paths by the time I was ready to get up and go­ing.”

Mar­shall de­vel­oped two ma­jor pas­sions dur­ing his ca­reer – a pas­sion for sit­u­a­tional cricket and an un­wa­ver­ing sense of pride rep­re­sent­ing Har­vey-Leschenault at any op­por­tu­nity.

“Ev­ery time I walked out to bat or bowl, my heart was on my sleeve for Har­vey-Leschenault,” he said.

“The pas­sion ran wild. Every­thing I did was to win for Har­vey-Leschenault. And not only did I spend a lot of my ca­reer box­ing out­side of my weight di­vi­sion as an in­di­vid­ual, we did also as a team.

“We didn’t have the num­bers that as­so­ci­a­tions like Bun­bury, Ger­ald­ton or Kal­go­or­lie had – and yet for long pe­ri­ods of time, we would beat those teams and be ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive.

“I’m mas­sively proud to say the ma­jor­ity of my ca­reer was with Har­vey and Har­vey-Leschenault be­cause we achieved way more than we should have in re­al­ity.”

In his role as chair­man of the WA CCB, Mar­shall be­lieves his ca­reer at Har­vey-Leschenault has en­hanced his abil­ity to re­late with cur­rent play­ers, along with a drive to max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties of all WA re­gional play­ers – par­tic­u­larly those who rep­re­sent smaller as­so­ci­a­tions or teams.

West Aus­tralian Coun­try Cricket Board chair­man Rob Mar­shall will be in­ducted as a “leg­end” of se­nior coun­try week cricket.

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