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Changes at the top as United appoints coaches

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January 01, 2018

ECHUCA United’s coaching set-up for 2018 is complete, but there’s change at the top, breathing even more life into the surging club.

The 250-game club veteran Lucas Walker has taken over as president, while Tracey Pearson is the new netball president.

Walker, involved with the club for two decades, was the last captain of a reserves premiership for the Eagles, and said being president was about giving back.

‘‘I probably always wanted to do it; there’s some people that have been there a long time and always pitch in off-field,’’ he said.

‘‘We need some ex-players to come back and help out and I’m back to do my bit. I’ve got the opportunity family-wise to do it and a few guys encouraged me so I stuck my hand up as president.’’

Walker came to the club in 1997, the first year United played in the Murray Football Netball League as the Eagles. He’s had a couple years away, but said his love of the club kept him coming back.

‘‘Obviously in any organisation, whether it’s work or a sporting team, you make friends,’’ he said.

‘‘You just get to know people and make really good friends and that’s the main thing that’s kept me around. It’s a family there and you become closer and closer.

‘‘I like to be loyal and I always wanted to stick with Echuca United and not be one of those guys that’s played for everyone.’’

As announced last season, Guy Campbell will coach the seniors again in 2018.

Brian Holmes will coach the reserves while Daryl Poole and Josh Molluso will coach the under 17s.

Garet Stobus (under 14s), Justin Voss (under 12s) and Dan Cavallaro (under 10s) round out the football coaches.

Walker was thrilled with the group, headed by Campbell who he said would only be better in 2018.

‘‘It’s a really good group; Guy is obviously an ex-junior and I actually played in his first senior game,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re really happy with him and he’s only getting better. He’s an excellent player and people manager, but he’s also got experience from exceptional coaches through his whole career, including in the AFL.

‘‘He’s a young coach and he’s only going to get better.’’

Rohan Starkey takes over as both A and B grade netball coach, Caity Lourey as C and Viv Duck as C reserve coach.

Lisa and Jess Davidson will coach 17-and-under, Sheridan Wagner (15s), Kristi Larkin (13s) and Nicole McCormick (11s) completing the group.

‘‘Our netballers have been excellent the last few years on the field, and to bring in Rohan for some new blood I think is important,’’ Walker said.

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