Butturini nets another hockey test cap
TWEED Border Hockey product Matthew Butturini's memorable year just keeps getting better.
The talented utility, who debuted for Australia against the Netherlands in January, was this week named in Rick Charlesworth's 18-man Kookaburras squad for the World Cup qualifying event in New Zealand this month.
Having experimenting with his squad over the past two weeks, coach Charlesworth showed faith in the talented Burringbar local who has had to juggle life as a professional hockey player with the final year of his Science course at Sydney University.
“Everything has just fallen into place and worked out well for me,” Butturini said. “It's great knowing that all my hard work and sacrifice has paid off, and that it was all worth while.”
Each State and Territory is represented within the squad, with New South Wales and Queensland claiming the most representatives with four players from each State.
At just 22 years of age Butturini is the youngest player in the squad and the second least capped, with just 12 internationals to his name thus far.
However, he will have plenty of experience around him with the likes of 33-year-old veteran Brent Livermore, who has played 306 internationals, and 30-year-old Jamie Dwyer, who has contested 214.The squad will compete against New Zealand and Samoa in Invercargill from August 24-29.
The winner of the tournament gains direct access to the World Cup in New Delhi, India which will be played from February 28 to March 13, 2010.