Shire behind our lone Olympian

Hockey player Matthew Butturini, left, is the Tweed's sole hope for Olympic glory.
Hockey player Matthew Butturini, left, is the Tweed's sole hope for Olympic glory. Getty

ONE of the hottest sites on Facebook belongs to the Tweed's lone representative at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Burringbar boy, Matthew Butturini.

"Butters", an integral part of the Australian men's hockey team, was quick to face up to Facebook on his arrival in London as the gold medal favourites put the finishing touches to their preparations for the Olympic campaign.

The 25-year-old has kept up a steady flow of information to his large crew of family, friends and admirers and they have replied in kind, posting hundreds of comments in support.

One of the most intriguing submissions was from Mark Crennan who posted "Goodl luck Butters! Have a great time and remember what happens when you win gold!"

Among the list of comments relayed back to London and Matthew were:

Sharon Dixon: "Good luck Matthew. Your home town is behind you all the way.

Damien Price: "Have fun over there and bring back gold..

Benjamin Laffineur: "Hope to see you winning the final live mate."

Greg Steele: "Awesome! All the best Butters. Enjoy!"

Tanya Fulton: "Good luck. I will be watching all your games and cheering you on from NZ."

More than 100 people have indicated they "like" a photo of a good-luck cake posted on his Facebook page, which Matthew says girlfriend Cassandra Potter whipped up for him.

As well as a multitude of supporters back home watching Matthew and the Kookaburras on television, Matthew will have his own private cheer squad in the grandstand - his parents, Janelle and John, younger brother Andrew, his aunt Marie Higgins and girlfriend, Cassandra Potter - hopefully they'll be there right through to the final on August 12.

Team Butturini flew out to London on Wednesday and are counting sleeps until the Kookaburras' opening Pool A match next Monday when they face South Africa.



- The Kookaburras play their first game against South Africa on Monday at 7.45pm.

- Butturini turns 25 on August 7 and on that day the Kookaburras play Pakistan at 7.45pm.

- The gold medal match is on August 12 at 5am.

- The victory ceremony is on August 12 at 7am.

Note: All dates and times here are local and AEST.

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