Gordon Pearce

1934 –

Gordon Pearce, one of five hockey brothers from Western Australia, was a member of the men’s hockey team at Mexico City 1968. The team, which also included his brothers, Eric and Julian, finished second to Pakistan, after defeating India in the semi-final. 

The silver medal in men’s hockey was equalled at Montreal 1976 and Barcelona 1992 before being bettered when the Kookaburras won the gold medal at Athens 2004. Gordon also played at Melbourne 1956, with Eric and another brother Mel (Melville), and at Rome 1960 with Eric and Julian.

 

 

Mexico City: Arthur Busch, Paul Dearing, Ray Evans, Brian Glencross, Robert Haigh, Don Martin, James Mason, Don McWatters, Pat Nilan, Eric Pearce, Gordon Pearce, Julian Pearce, Des Piper, Fred Quine, Ron Riley, Donald Smart

Olympic Results

1968 Mexico City

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries Group B - Match 54 - AUS V HOL HT: 0-0, Goals: Riley 40', Smart 42' HOL 2-0 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 44 - AUS V ARG HT: 1-1, Goals: Riley 35', Smart 63', Evans 69' ARG 3-1 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 03 - AUS V KEN HT: 2-0, Goals: Glencross 15', Riley 32' KEN 2-0 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 15 - AUS V GBR HT: 0-0 GBR 0-0 Draw
Preliminaries Group B - Match 24 - PAK V AUS HT: 1-2, Goals: Glencross 23', Riley 33' PAK 3-2 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Play Off - AUS V KEN HT: 1-1, Goals: Smart 16', 64', Glencross 47' KEN 3-2 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 31 - AUS V MAL HT: 2-0, Goals: Glencross 7', Martin 25', Quine 39' MAL 3-0 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 39 - FRA V AUS HT: 0-0 FRA 1-0 Loss
Semi Final HT: 0-1, FT: 1-1, Goals: Glencross 53', 92' IND 2-1 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 1-0, Goals: Glencross 46' PAK 2-1 Loss
Final Placing 2 / 16

1960 Rome

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V JAP HT: 6-1, FT: 8-1; Goals: Crossman 1', 25', Pearce E 13', 27', 31', 42', 70', Evans 33' JPN 8-1 Win
Preliminaries Group B - PAK V AUS HT: 0-0, FT: 3-0 PAK 3-0 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V POL HT: 0-0, FT: 1-1; Goals: Crossman 67' POL 1-1 Draw
Quarter Final HT: 0-0, FT: 0-0, AET: 1-0 IND 1-0 Loss
Classification 5-8 HT: 0-0, FT: 1-1, AET: 1-1; Goals: Crossman 45' KEN 1-1 Draw
Classification 5-8 Replay HT: 0-0, FT: 2-1; Goals: Evans 29', 34' KEN 2-1 Loss
Classification 5-6 HT: 0-1, FT: 2-1; Goals: Crossman 55', Evans 73'; A decision by the 'Ground Jury' ruled the match not valid and ordered it be replayed NZL 2-1 Win
Classification 5-6 Replay HT: 1-0, FT: 1-0 NZL 1-0 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Play off - AUS V POL HT: Pearce E 60', Currie 71' POL 2-0 Win
Final Placing 6 / 12

1956 Melbourne

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries Group B - Match 02 - AUS V KEN HT: 1-0, FT: 2-0 KEN 2-0 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 08 - AUS V MAL HT: 2-1, FT: 3-2 MAL 3-2 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 18 - GRB V AUS HT: 1-0, FT: 2-1 GRB 2-1 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Play off - GRB V AUS HT: 0-0, FT: 1-0 GRB 1-0 Loss
Final Placing 5 / 12