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Kookaburras squad athlete profiles

On this page you'll find the official 2016 Kookaburras squad with key information surrounding each player’s personal details, caps, goals, tournament history and a personal biography.

Please note: All caps and goals will be updated after each tournament.

KOOKABURRAS ATHLETE PROFILES
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Matthew
Swann

Personal Details
Swann
Matthew
20
Caps
146
Goals
6
Debut
19/10/2009
Date of birth
16/05/1989
Hometown
Mackay, QLD
Position
Defender
Former clubs
Redcliffe Dolphins, Brisbane, QLD; Bleomendaal, NED
Awards
World Young Player of the Year 2011; FIH World All Stars Team 2011

Tournament History

Year    Competition Location Finishing position 
 2016 Champions Trophy London, Great Britain 1st
2015  World League Final Raipur, India 1st
2015 World League Semi-Final Antwerp, Belgium 1st
2014  Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 1st
2014  World Cup The Hague, Netherlands 1st
2013  World League Semi-Final Rotterdam, Netherlands 2nd
2012 Champions Trophy Melbourne, Australia 1st
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain                     3rd
2011 Champions Trophy                                Auckland, New Zealand 1st
2011 Oceania Cup                                            Hobart, Australia                              
1st
2010 Commonwealth Games                       Delhi, India                                         
1st
2010 Champions Trophy Monchengladbach, Germany 1st
2010 World Cup Delhi, India                                         
1st
2009 Champions Trophy Melbourne, Australia
1st
2009 Junior World Cup Johor Baharu, Malaysia & Singapore
3rd
2007 Junior World Cup Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1st

Biography

Country boy ‘Swanny’ is one of those superstitious types. Until early 2014 he wore a yellow headband when playing, like the one worn by Ric Charlesworth during his playing days. It was given to Swann by former Kookaburra Luke Doerner. As a junior, Swann was also known for waiting until he lost a game to wash his uniform, believing it was bad luck to wash a winning shirt.

Growing up in Mackay, following in the footsteps of his three hockey-playing older sisters, Swann credits former Australian defender Dean Butler with helping him transition from the state team to the national set-up. His career has seen him play in the Netherlands’ Hoofdklasse league for Bloemendaal and the Hockey India League for the Mumbai Magicians and Ranchi Rays.

In 2015, Swann was picked up by Dabang Mumbai in the Coal Hockey India League auction, after finishing his contract with the Mumbai Magicians. Bouncing back into action after missing out on his 2015 Hockey India League campaign due to a stress fracture in his left calf, Swann was named Danbang’s 2016 captain.

A whizz with numbers, he is studying for a commerce degree with double majors in finance and accounting at Curtin University. He enjoys life on and in the water, too, with surfing and snorkelling.