Matt Nielsen

Matthew Nielsen made his NBL debut in 1995 for the Sydney Kings and then returned to the League after completing an AIS scholarship, winning the 1997 NBL Rookie of the Year award. Nielsen was first selected for the senior national team in 1998 and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics. He missed the 2006 World Championships and Commonwealth Games due to international commitments but returned to the national team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 World Championships.

He made his third Olympic Games appearance at the London 2012 Games. With Australia losing their opening two preliminary matches to Brazil and Spain, they went on to defeat China, hosts Great Britain and Russia to set up a quarter-final match against the USA. The Australians went down 119-86 to the eventual gold medallists to finish seventh. 

 

 

Olympic Results

2012 London

Basketball - Men
Quarterfinal - 02 HT: 42-56 USA 86 - 119 Loss
Preliminary Round Group B - 13 HT: 46-45 RUS 82 - 80 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 07 HT: 49-33 CHN 81 - 61 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 01 HT: 35-36 BRA 71 - 75 Loss
Preliminary Round Group B - 05 HT: 32-37 ESP 70 - 82 Loss
Preliminary Round Group B - 12 HT: 46-36 GBR 106 - 75 Win
Final Placing 7 / 12

2008 Beijing

Basketball - Men
Preliminaries Group A - Match 11 - AUS V CRO HT: 31-47, FT: 82-97 CRO 82-97 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - Match 24 - ARG V AUS HT: 39-29, FT: 85-68 ARG 85-68 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - Match 32 - AUS V IRI HT: 53-29, FT: 106-68 IRI 106-68 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 44 - RUS V AUS HT: 33-49, FT: 80-95 RUS 80-95 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 56 - AUS V LTU HT: 55-29, FT: 106-75 LTU 106-75 Win
Quarterfinal HT: 43-55, FT: 85-116 USA 85-116 Loss
Final Placing 7 / 12

2004 Athens

Basketball - Men
Preliminaries Group B - Match 12 - GRE V AUS HT: 35-33 GRE 76-54 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Match 20 - AUS V ANG HT: 45-29 ANG 83-59 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 33 - USA V AUS HT: 47-51 USA 89-79 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Match 43 - AUS V PUR HT: 51-41 PUR 82-87 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Match 56 - LTU V AUS HT: 52-28 LTU 100-85 Loss
Classification 9-10 HT: 34-48 NZL 80-98 Win
Final Placing 9 / 12