Football Queensland has taken excellent strides for the growth of football for the women’s game, with the additions of a former Matilda and an NPL Championship-winning coach. The two new roles have been created to oversee the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) and Female High Performance programs.
Bryony Duus, who represented Australia at the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will take on the role as FQ/QAS High Performance Operations Officer.
David Da Silva, who led the QAS/Brisbane Roar team to the NPL Women’s Championship in 2019, has been appointed QAS Director of Football.
“Bryony and David are both proud Queenslanders who have come through the Football Queensland player and coaching pathway,” FQ State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer said.
“Bryony was part of the first intake of the QAS women’s football program in 1992, so she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which will no doubt benefit the next generation of female footballers.
“David is a highly regarded coach who helped identify and nurture A-League Women and national team players such as Jamilla Rankin, Indiah Paige-Riley, Holly McQueen, Anna Margraf and Hollie Palmer.
“As these players have demonstrated over the past three years, Football Queensland’s QAS program is an important pathway to A-League Women and national teams.
“I know David and Bryony are looking forward to working with Brisbane Roar Women’s Head Coach Garrath McPherson to ensure that the production line of Queensland talent continues.”
Football Queensland President Ben Richardson outlined Duus and Da Silva will play a critical role in developing the next generation of A-League Women and Matildas.
“Bryony and David are two of the best practitioners in Queensland with a deep understanding of the women’s game,” Richardson said.
“With the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Brisbane 2032 Olympics on the horizon, we are investing in the QAS program to give young Queensland players the best chance to represent their country.
“Over the past three decades, the QAS women’s football program has led the way for the rest of the country, developing one-third of the Matildas since 1992.
“The creation of these two new roles and recruitment of Bryony and David will ensure that the QAS remains the pinnacle women’s football program.”