Matthew Swann

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Matthew Swann
Personal information
Nickname(s) Swanny
Nationality Australia
Residence Perth, Western Australia
Height 167 cm (5 ft 6 in) (2012)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Field hockey
Event(s) Men's team

Matthew Swann is an Australian field hockey player. He plays for the Queensland Blades in the Australian Hockey League. He is a member of the Australian men's national field hockey team, making his first cap in 2009. He won a gold medal at the 2011 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy and is trying to earn a spot on the 2012 Summer Olympics squad.

Personal[edit]

Swann is from Queensland.[1][2] He is 1.68 metres (5 ft 6 in) tall.[3] He used to live in Herston, Queensland.[4] He moved to Perth, Western Australia to spend more time with the national team.[4]

Field hockey[edit]

Swann is a defender.[3] Luke Doerner gave him a yellow headband that he wears at every match.[3] He played junior hockey in Mackay, Queensland.[5] He currently resides in Perth, Western Australia.[5] The national team was aware of him when he was competing in junior hockey.[3] He plays for the Queensland Blades in the Australian Hockey League.[6] In 2010, he played in the final game of the season for his state team in the Australian Hockey League.[7] He played for the team in the first round of the 2011 season.[6]

National team[edit]

Swann made his first cap for the Kookaburras in 2009.[3] He played in the Champions Trophy tournament that year when his team won a gold medal.[3] He was a member of the national team in 2010.[7] That year, he was a member of the team that finished first at the Hockey Champions Trophy.[7] In 2009, he was a member of the national team during a five-game test series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia against Malaysia.[8] 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.[9] He represented Australia at the Champions Trophy in New Zealand in 2011,[5] where Australia won a gold medal for the fourth time in a row.[3] 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.[10][11][12] 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.[1] He is one of several Queensland based players likely to play in a three-game test series to be played in Cairns, Queensland from 22 to 25 June against the New Zealand's Black Sticks. He was selected to play for the Kookaburras at the Olympic games in 2012, beating the United Kingdom in the Bronze medal match.[2]

Recognition[edit]

In 2011, Swann was honoured by being named the Young Player of the Year by the International Hockey Federation.[3][4] In 2011, he was named in the World All-Star Team.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kookaburras begin their Olympic Games Campaign". Perth, Western Australia: Hockey Australia. 7 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Cairns hosts international hockey clash". The Cairns Sun. Cairns, Australia. 15 February 2012. p. 4. TSU_T-20120215-1-004-877399. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Clement-Meehan, Lindsay (3 February 2012). "Pocket defender gives plenty of stick — HOCKEY". Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 15. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c O'Neill, Brent (19 January 2012). "Sports extra with Brent O'Neill". City North News. Brisbane, Australia. p. 47. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Pressure is on for hockey star". Mackay Daily Mercury. Mackay, Australia: Mackay Printing and Publishing Company Pty. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Scoreboard". Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. 13 June 2011. p. 55. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "hockey — Top guns take the field for finals". Westside News. Brisbane, Australia. 18 August 2010. p. 79. WSN_T-20100818-1-079-091512. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  8. ^ AAP (2 October 2009). "Charlesworth welcomes son". The Australian. Australia. p. 37. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Singh, Ajitpal (26 April 2011). "New Straits Times (Malaysia): Aussies look powerful despite injury woes". New Straits Times. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  10. ^ AAP (14 December 2011). "Kookaburras name training squad for 2012 Olympic Games". Sydney: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "FOR THE RECORD". The Australian. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 35. AUS_T-20111215-1-035-447690. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "SCOREBOARD". Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 116. DTM_T-20111215-1-116-447684. Retrieved 9 March 2012.