|Born||7 August 1987
Murwillumbah, New South Wales
Matthew Butturini (born 7 August 1987 in Murwillumbah) is an Australian field hockey player. He is a member of the Australia men's national field hockey team. He won a gold medal at the 2010 Men's Hockey World Cup and a gold medal at the 2011 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy. He was part of the bronze medal winning Australian team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Butturini was born in August 1987 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales. In 2009, he was a university student, studying in New South Wales. That year, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Sydney University. After graduating, he moved to Perth so he could train with the national team full-time.
Butturini is a centre and defender. He participated in a national development camp in December 2008 in Perth, Western Australia. At the camp, he attracted the attention of national team coach Ric Charlesworth who would be key in moving him to the national team. Charlesworth describes him as a "fast learner who offers both speed and versatility".
Butturini is a member of the Australian national team. New national team coach Ric Charlesworth named him and thirteen new players who had less than ten national team caps to the squad before in April 2009 in a bid to ready the team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In 2009, he was a member of the national team during a five-game test series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia against Malaysia. In 2009, he won a gold medal at the Men's Hockey Champions Trophy competition. He played in the game against Korea. He won a gold medal at the 2010 World Cup in Delhi, India. In May 2011, he played in the Azlan Shah Cup for Australia. The Cup featured teams from Pakistan, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Britain and New Zealand. He won a gold medal in the 2011 Champions Trophy in New Zealand, playing in all the pool and semi-final games for Australia. In December 2011, he was named as one of twenty-eight players to be on the 2012 Summer Olympics Australian men's national training squad. This squad will be narrowed in June 2012. He trained with the team from 18 January to mid-March in Perth, Western Australia. In February during the training camp, he played in a four nations test series with the teams being the Kookaburras, Australia A Squad, the Netherlands and Argentina.
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