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The men’s hockey team won its first Olympic medal, a bronze behind India and Pakistan, at Tokyo 1964. At Mexico City 1968, the team finished second to Pakistan after defeating India in the semi-final. Paul Dearing, a courageous goalkeeper from New South Wales, was a member of the teams to Tokyo, Mexico City and Munich 1972. He was rated as the world’s best goalkeeper for a number of years from the late sixties to the early seventies.
In 2008, he was one of the inaugural inductees into the Hockey Australia Hall of Fame.
Tokyo: Merv Crossman, Dearing, Ray Evans, Brian Glencross, Robin Hodder, Don Martin, John McBryde, John McCormack, Don McWatters, Pat Nilan, Eric Pearce, Julian Pearce, Des Piper, Don Smart, Anthony Waters, Graham Wood
Mexico City: Arthur Busch, 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, Don Smart