Football Queensland’s female programs boosted by new appointments

Female football

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.”

Football Coaches Australia presents ‘The Football Coaching Life Podcast’ S3 Ep 3 with Gary Cole interviewing Patrick Kisnorbo


Patrick Kisnorbo is busy preparing his Melbourne City Men’s team for the kick-off to the 2021-22 season after finishing his first season as Head Coach, as A-League Men’s Premiership and Championship winners. The first ever for Melbourne City!

He played his junior football at Essendon City and Bulleen, made his NSL debut with South Melbourne before heading to Hearts in Scotland as a 19-year-old. He then had a long professional career in England with Leicester City, Leeds United and Ipswich Town. Paddy, as he’s affectionately known, represented the Socceroos 18 times and unfortunately missed the 2010 World Cup with a torn achilles.

Paddy’s preparation for coaching began while he was playing in the UK, where he started to gain his coaching licences before returning to Australia to play with Melbourne City.

He served a five-year apprenticeship at Melbourne with the Youth Team, the A-League Women’s Team and then the Men’s Team. He worked as an assistant with Joe Palatsidis, Joe Montemurro, John van’t Schip and Eric Mombaerts, learning from them all.

This is a fantastic conversation. Paddy is so open about his development as a coach, including his learnings and self-doubts from a run of losses. He talks about mentors and the importance of mental health for players and coaches.

Paddy’s ‘One Piece of Wisdom’ was ‘be true to yourself’. ‘Do your apprenticeship and don’t be in a rush, you need to learn and understand’.

Please join us in sharing Patrick Kisnorbo’s Football Coaching Life.

Langwell Harper: The importance of investing in the growth of Australian football

Langwell Harper is an exclusive real estate agency located in Kew, Victoria. The company has been advising and meeting clients’ needs to the highest level over the past 25 years.

Peter Daicos (Director) and Arthur Korf (Principle Property Consultant, Development Advisory) began the company in 1996, after deciding to bring a different level of personalisation to the real estate profession – previously working at Collings Real Estate.

“The name comes from both of Arthur’s and Peter’s first sales in real estate – Langwells Parade and Harper Street,” Adrian Garra, Sales Consultant for Langwell Harper, explained.

“Since day one the company has retained and gained clients that now refer to them for all property needs from leasing to development and investment advice.”

The organisation has found great success throughout its time, due to a strong principled approach.

“We stay away from volume sales and expensive self-promoting marketing and focus on delivering a personalised and tailored service that suits each party’s best needs,” Garra stated.

“It’s not to just turnover the quickest commission for ourselves, each transaction is based off advice we ourselves would take if we were selling our own assets.”

Adrian Garra – Sales Consultant at Langwell Harper

The real estate agency has recently entered an agreement with Soccerscene, investing in the world game industry – but on a local scale.

The organisation hopes to engage all of the wider football public and offer services which will be rewarding for them.

“It is all about building relationships,” Garra said.

“Several individuals that are part of the team have been around the world game for over 30 years and we felt it was a great opportunity to continue that relationship further by investing in the football industry.

“We want to help accelerate the growth around footballing activity in this country and help to continue to grow the game.

“It’s about giving back to the game that many of us have grown up loving and still have a burning passion for. You could say it was our first love before property!”

Overall, representatives at Langwell Harper believe Australian football will reach greater heights. However, issues that exist in the game’s own backyard need to be addressed.

“We think that there is a long way to go in the country with regards to football,” Garra said.

“With current discussion around a B League and further investment into the game, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

“The focus at present should be about uniting the old with the new. We have noticed a divide between those that supported the NSL and don’t get involved with the A-League, that gap needs to be bridged in order for the game to grow.

“Better infrastructure, better coaching and more football people working for the game.”

Langwell Harper understand the importance of connecting with the local community and they hope to expand on the strong links they have developed, into the long-term future.

“With both partners and staff all being locals of Boroondara for over 20 years each, we want to connect more with the local community and use our real-life experience and intimate knowledge of these areas to help people truly get the best agent experience they can,” Garra said.

Adrian Garra – Reflecting on football growth

“Being able to connect with the local community is a cornerstone to any business and our real estate company is no different.

“We find it really important to continue to build and foster relationships with each individual either on a business level or personally.

“The importance of nurturing ties and holding an individual’s hand through the sale of a property (sometimes their biggest asset) is of high importance as we know for a fact, it can be one of the most stressful situations an individual can go through.

“By being Professional, Authentic, Adaptive and Committed, it’s really what this business is built on and why the local community will always get the best from us ensuring continued community support and connection.”

Visit Langwell Harper’s website here.


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