Updated: February 1, 2015 9:24:35 am
Secret Harbour is what the Aussies call ‘far out’ or ‘beyond the black stump’. Even if it might be a popular surfers’ beach for some who like to break away from the humdrum-by Western Australian standards-of Perth’s CBD. It’s more than 60km away from the city, and it takes two buses and a train to get there.
But it’s also home to Brumby’s Bakery, located within the Secret Harbour Shopping Centre, where the party-pies are as comforting and the vanilla slices equally creamy and sumptuous. At times you could even be served by an Australian Test cricketer, or two or maybe three.
One day it could be Geoff Marsh baking you a croissant, the other Shaun Marsh handing you a strawberry Danish or how about Mitchell Marsh signing off the receipt. On the face of it, this might be just the Secret Harbour branch of the Brumby’s franchise. But for everyone in the know, this is Mamma Marsh’s bakery, and for five days a week, you’re sure to find at least one of the Marshes at the counter.
“The boys used to help out a lot more when they were younger and weren’t so involved with cricket. Geoff is always around though, and always keeps himself busy in the back,” says Devon, who’s been working here for six years now. “Melissa, their daughter and a former national hoopster, is around a lot. Michelle’s the ring-leader and the boss.”
The shop does show off a picture of Matthew Hayden holding a loaf of bread shaped like a bat-or the Brumby’s cricket bat-and cricket-ball shaped rolls. But except a picture of the Perth Scorchers squad, there’s hardly much of a giveaway in terms of the cricketing credentials of the shop owners.
“Michelle never brings up her sons. It’s only when some customer inquires about them that she opens up. But when they’re playing a match, she doesn’t let go of the radio and is always tuned in,” reveals Devon before adding, “The cricket-bat breads do get symbolically showcased more on the front counter on such days though.”
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