Matthew Swann

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Date: 16/05/1989

Number: 20

Position: Defender

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Caps: 204

Goals: 7

Home Town/State: Mackay, QLD

Debut: 19/10/2009 v Malaysia @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Country boy ‘Swanny’ is one of those superstitious types. As a junior, Swann was known for waiting until he lost a game to wash his uniform, believing it was bad luck to wash a winning shirt. He has also previously been known to wear a lucky yellow headband, given to him by former Kookaburra Luke Doerner.

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 Dabang Mumbai, whom he captained in 2016. Swann was the most expensive Australian in the auction for the 2016 HIL, picked up for US$75,000.

Swann has competed at two Olympics, winning bronze in 2012, while he has claimed two Commonwealth Games gold medals. A whizz with numbers, he took some time away from the national team in early 2018 to focus on his professional career.