Matt Wells

1978 –

Triple Olympian Matthew Wells won three medals for Australia in men’s hockey: bronze in 2000 and 2008 and gold in 2004. Wells was the only member of the Kookaburras to have played on each of the medal teams from Sydney to Beijing. From Tasmania, Wells proved a formidable defender for the Kookaburras for more than a decade. The highlight of his career came in Athens when the team finally secured Australia its first gold medal in men’s hockey after 48 years of trying. With the scores tied 1-1 in the final against the Netherlands, a Jamie Dwyer goal in the eighth minute of extra time sealed the famous victory. Wells is one of an elite group of champions to have won three Olympic hockey medals for Australia.

Olympic Results

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS v CAN HT: 3-0, Goals: Abbott 15', 16', Kavanagh 22', Ockenden 48', Abbott 54', Schubert 57' CAN 6-1 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - RSA v AUS HT: 0-5, Goals: Dwyer 2', Matheson 14', Schubert 27', Matheson 29', Guest 35+, Guest 38', Dwyer 42', Kavanagh 47', Matheson 57', Abbott 67' RSA 0-10 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - PAK v AUS HT: 1-1, Goals: Schubert 20', Dwyer 41', Brooks 59' PAK 1-3 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS v NED HT: 0-0, Goals: Ockenden 58', Doerner 61' NED 2-2 Draw
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS v GBR HT: 0-1, Goals: George 40', Dwyer 45', Ockenden 68' GBR 3-3 Draw
Semifinal 02 HT: 1-0, Goals: Abbott 1', Ockenden 37' ESP 2-3 Loss
Bronze Medal Match HT: 4-2, Goals: Ockenden 5', 6', Abbott 9', Matheson 28', Hammond 42', Doerner 62' NED 6-2 Win  
Final Placing 3

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS V NZL HT: 2-0, Goals: Elder 15', Dwyer 24', 42', 60' NZL 4-1 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - ARG V AUS HT: 2-1, Goals: Dwyer 25', 66' ARG 2-2 Draw
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS V IND HT: 1-1, Goals: Elder 11', Dwyer 38', McCann 49', Brennan 70' IND 4-3 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - RSA V AUS HT: 2-2, Goals: Brooks 17', Eglington 19', Brennan 47' RSA 2-3 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS V NED HT: 1-2, Goals: Brooks 28' NED 1-2 Loss
Semi Final HT: 1-3, Goals: Elder 3', McCann 23', 44', Wells 27', Schubert 51', 53' ESP 3-6 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 1-0, FT: 1-1, Goals: Brooks 37', Dwyer 78' NED 1-2 Win  
Final Placing 1 / 12

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries Pool B - Match 07 - AUS V POL HT: 1-0, Goals: Elmer 34', 52', Stacy 47', Brennan 58' POL 4-0 Win
Preliminaries Pool B - Match 22 - AUS V IND HT: 1-2, Goals: Stacy 5', Victory 51' IND 2-2 Draw
Preliminaries Pool B - Match 31 - ESP V AUS HT: 1-1, Goals: Davies 8', Commens 40' ESP 2-2 Draw
Preliminaries Pool B - Match 41 - AUS V ARG HT: 0-0, Goals: Sproule 56', Brennan 62' ARG 2-1 Win
Preliminaries Pool B - Match 55 - AUS V KOR HT: 1-1, Goals Victory 35+, Stacy 62' KOR 2-1 Win
Semi Final HT: 0-0, FT: 0-0, AET: 0-0 NED 0-0 (5-4) Loss
Bronze Final HT: 1-3, Goals: Elder 3', 8', 60', Davies 30', Elmer 49', Brennan 66' PAK 3-6 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 12