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St George’s have become complacent, says Marshall

Cup Match challengers St George’s could undergo a shake-up this year.

That’s the stern warning of newly appointed club Cup Match selection committee chairman, Charlie Marshall, who says no player’s position is safe.

“Nobody, not even the captain’s, position is going to be guaranteed this year,” said Marshall, who was appointed selection committee chairman following the resignation of predecessor Damon Walker. “Nobody is getting a free ride this year because I think that’s been the problem over the years.

“I think guys have had an easy ride and become complacent in their positions and when it came to results the club has noticed some guys haven’t been producing the goods. If the guys that played last year feel they are going to play this year they have to think again because everybody is going to be trying for their places as a colt for the 2013 Cup Match.”

High on Marshall’s agenda is long-term development and, naturally, regaining the coveted trophy St George’s relinquished to rivals Somerset in Somerset last year.

“We are preparing for long term,” he said. “That’s definitely the main priority; preparing the team for long term and also win the trophy.”

To bolster the challenger’s chances of Cup Match glory this year Marshall has scheduled five trial matches which at one stage used to be considered the norm at both ends of the Island.

“One thing I want to do is go back to the days when we had five trial matches because over the years we have just had two trial matches and it just hasn’t been working,” Marshall said. “The guys have been complacent about their positions but during my time we always had five trial matches.”

St George’s held their first Cup Match trial match last Saturday at Wellington Oval and will stage further trials this Saturday (against St David’s at Lords), July 6, 13 and 27.

Marshall, who scored a century as a St George’s colt on his Cup Match debut at Wellington Oval in 1980, was appointed as St George’s Cup Match selection committee chairman just over a week ago. It’s a role he accepts with enormous pride.

“I’m very excited and glad that the executive considered me as one of the nominees to take over,” he said. “I’ve played 27 years in Cup Match and this is an honour and perhaps reward for playing for so long as a die hard St George’s Cup Match player. This is definitely a privilege.”

He added: “My approach as chairman is basically going back to how I was brought up by senior players who guided players like Clevie Wade, Arnold Manders and myself. We were guided by positive leadership and positive information and that was the key.

“We had senior guys back in the day like Lionel Thomas, Clarence Parfitt and Neville Darrell who guided us through and everything that came out of their mouth was positive — they were sincere individuals.”

St George’s’ Cup Match selection committee now consists of past captains Wendell Smith and Herbie Bascome, Gary Brangman and chairman Marshall who also captained the East Enders in the annual mid-summer classic.

“I feel I have a very positive team,” Marshall said. “With all this Cup Match experience sitting around the table I think they are going to make my life very easy.”

Charlie Marshall has been appointed selection committee chairman of St George's.

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Published June 27, 2013 at 9:27 am (Updated June 27, 2013 at 9:26 am)

St George’s have become complacent, says Marshall

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