Sharon Buchanan (Patmore)

West Australian Sharon Patmore was a member of the history-making women’s team in Seoul that won Australia’s first hockey gold medal. The team entered the tournament as one of the medal chances, but facing stiff opposition from reigning world and Olympic champions, the Netherlands, and South Korea, the very popular home team. After strong results in the preliminary round, Australia upset the Dutch favourites 3-2- in the semi-final. This set up a classic final against the Koreans, who had the support of 26,000 fans. After a scoreless first half, goals to Debbie Bowman and Lee Capes secured a famous 2-0 victory for the Aussies.

She also placed fourth at the Los Angeles 1984 Games and fifth at the Barcelona 1992 Games.

Olympic Results

Barcelona 1992 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries Group A - AUS V CAN HT: 0-0, Goals: Tooth, Haslam CAN 2-0 Win
Preliminaries Group A - AUS V GER HT: 0-0 GER 0-1 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - ESP V AUS HT: 1-0 ESP 1-0 Loss
Classification 5-8 HT: 3-0, Goals: Hager, Pereira 3, Hawkes NZL 5-1 Win
Classification 5-6 HT: 0-0, Goals: Annan, Powell L NED 2-0 Win
Final Placing 5 / 8

Seoul 1988 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries Group B - Match 03 - AUS V FRG HT: 0-0, Goals: Bowman FGR 1-0 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 02 - AUS V CAN HT: 0-1, Goals: Bowman CAN 1-1 Draw
Preliminaries Group B - Match 06 - AUS V KOR HT: 4-3, Goals: Clement, Bowman, Pereira 3 KOR 5-5 Draw
Semi Final HT: 1-1, Goals: Tooth, Patmore 2 HOL 2-3 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 0-0, Goals: Bowman, Capes L KOR 2-0 Win  
Final Placing 1 / 8

Los Angeles 1984 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminary Pool - Match 02 - AUS V FRG HT: 0-2, Goals: Pisani, Buchanan FRG 2-2 Draw
Preliminary Pool - Match 04 - AUS V NZL HT: 2-0, Goals: Buchanan, Sunderland, Heberle NZL 3-0 Win
Preliminary Pool - Match 09 - CAN V AUS HT: 1-1, Goals: Watkins CAN 2-1 Loss
Preliminary Pool - Match 12 - AUS V USA HT: 2-1, Goals: Sunderland, Herberle 2 USA 3-1 Win
Preliminary Pool - Match 15 - HOL V AUS HT: 0-0, HOL 2-0 Loss
Final Placing 4 / 6