Echuca Football Netball Club is committed to offering off-field help to our players and supporters by providing access to information, materials and support to assist them in mental health and wellbeing.

EFNC aims to provide an environment for all players and supporters to be valued and supported in their on field endeavours and off field wellbeing. We will provide information, materials and support to enable them to take responsibility for their decisions and their actions on and off the field.

Our Health and Well-Being Subcommittee has already rolled out, and continues to plan further, formal educational events for the EFNC community. The people on the committee offer a vast range of skills and experiences. Our players and supporters can feel confident that they can seek assistance by engaging with any member of the committee knowing that their wellbeing needs will be treated in line with our Code of Conduct and the Player Well-being Policy.

Dr Sam Kennedy

Sam is a local general practitioner at the Echuca Moama Family Medical Practice (EMFMP), who also practices anaesthetics, emergency medicine and inpatient medicine at Echuca Regional Health (ERH). He is the Director of the High Dependency Unit at ERH.
Sam is a supervisor for medical students and junior doctors at both EMFMP and ERH. He also travels annually (before Covid-19 interfered) to Mongolia to run training courses under the banner of Interplast.

03 5480 6001

Ruory Kirkby

I’ve been involved with the Echuca Football and Netball club for about half of my life. I played all my juniors here before a brief stint in Melbourne and moving interstate for 10 years. I moved back to Victoria in 2017 and re-joined the club to finish off my career where it all began.
My interest in Wellbeing has stemmed from my time in professional football and my experiences in education over the last 8 or 9 years. I’m currently working at the Monash Children’s Hospital School in the Oasis Unit which is an Australia first under 12’s Inpatient Unit, providing care to children and families with complex mental health and neurodevelopmental needs. As part of the unit we run an Education program working with children’s strengths, while seeking to reengage and make their schooling experience more successful and enjoyable.
I’m really looking forward to being a part of this fantastic Wellbeing initiative as we work together to strengthen what is already a great community club.

0436 627 833

Des Walladsen

I was born in Albury. In that year there was no hospital in Wodonga—Barnawartha was my home during childhood and adolescence. In the late 60’s and early 70’s I studied in Sydney and then in Melbourne, philosophy and theology. Since then, I have ministered in eight parishes throughout the Goulburn Valley, the North East and the Bendigo area. I also worked in a Melbourne parish with a group of people in team ministry. I have always enjoyed walking with people courageous enough to run with and deepen their gift of faith. A fellow endeavoured to continue playing football until the age of thirty two—finally ending up in hospital.

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Georgie Eishold

Georgie Eishold

Born and bred in Echuca, Georgie Eishold has completed her psychology degree, whilst playing college basketball for the University of Wisconsin, Parkside for 4 years. Moving home to Australia, Georgie is in her final year of studies for her Masters of Social Work.
Growing up around EFNC, Georgie is wanting to give back to the club through the Health & Wellbeing Committee, an area that she believes is necessary in society.
Georgie is a senior netball player at EFNC and wanting to support players and coaches beyond game day. Georgie encourages players and coaches to reach out and support each other.

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Lucas Denton

Lucas Denton

My name is Lucas Denton, I am 34 years old and am married to Veronica with 2 boys, Bradley (6) and Heath (3). I played for the Echuca Football Club between 2016 and 2018. After an extended period off I decided to come back and play with some of my mates in the Development Squad this year. This gives me a great opportunity to help out the wealth of talent we have in the 18-20 age bracket, both on-field and hopefully off-field.
Throughout my time in Echuca-Moama I have worked in advertising for Edge FM (formerly Classic Rock) and then into Education, working as an Education Support Staff member at Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School. Through all this, I studied at La Trobe University in Bendigo and graduated with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Special Education. I now work as the Health and Physical Education teacher at Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School.
I feel really blessed to have a supportive family, a great group of friends and want the Echuca Football Netball Club to be a safe and enjoyable place to be for my family.

0447 057 600