The Byron Football Club women’s premiers side kicked off the 2023 season with style when Tony Gustavsson, head coach of the Australian women’s national football team, visited the club over the weekend.
‘Off the back of coaching the Matildas to an incredible Cup of Nations victory last week, it was such an honour to have the surprise visitor stop by to wish the girls good luck,’ BBFC womens’ coordinator, John McKay, said.
‘Tony jumped in on some photo opportunities and showed the local referees and junior spectators some appreciation and support’.
His presence seemed to be a major inspiration for the players, as the Byron women’s premier division team went on to win 10-0 over Ballina.
Female player registrations at the club this year more than doubled the 2022 number. This will mean the BBFC will have teams in the top three women’s divisions for the first time.
‘The excitement for this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, being held both here and in NZ, is in full force and a visit from Tony Gustavsson helped take it to the next level.
‘We can’t wait to seewhat’s in store for the rest of the season,’ John said.