Having made his debut in late 2009, Matthew Swann won three of the four major tournaments in world hockey the next year- the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games. He showed he was going to be a star of the future in 2011 as he became one of the most capped players of the year with 25 games under his belt. This included another Champions Trophy victory in the season ending tournament. Swann’s skill on the field saw him win the award for the World's Best Young Player as well as being named to the World All Star Team.
Swann went on compete as one of 11 Olympic debutants in London. Kicking off the tournament with a resounding 6-0 victory over South Africa, Australia- ranked world number one- went on to beat Spain and Pakistan but drew with Argentina and Great Britain in the pool stage. In the semi-final the Australians held a 2-1 lead over defending Olympic Champions Germany midway through the second half, but the Germans stormed home to win 4-2. The Aussie Kookaburras bounced back to knock off the British 3-1 in the bronze medal match.