Ric Charlesworth

1952 -

Ric Charlesworth has had several lives in sport. He was a successful West Australian cricketer who played 47 matches for the state between 1972 and 1979 and was a member of three Sheffield Shield winning sides. He represented Australia in four Olympic Games (1972, 1976, 1984 and 1988), and was chosen as captain of the Australian team which was prevented by boycott from attending the Moscow Olympics in 1980. At his final Games, in Seoul in 1988, he had the honour of carrying the Australian flag; he had represented Australia 227 times and shared in a silver Olympic medal in 1976.

After his retirement as a player, Charlesworth became head coach of the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos. During his regime the Hockeyroos were gold medallists at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and the Sydney Games in 2000. They also won the Champion’s Trophy in 1993 (Amsterdam), 1995 (Mar del Plata), 1997 (Berlin), and 1999(Brisbane), as well as the World Hockey Cup in 1994 (Dublin) and 1998 (Netherlands). He later took on mentoring roles with Australian Institute of Sport, the Fremantle Football Club, the New Zealand cricket team and the men’s and women’s Indian hockey teams.

It was under the guidance of Charlesworth that the Hockeyroos developed into the world’s fittest women’s hockey team. Their flair and skill had been constant attributes, but it was Charlesworth who instilled the work ethic, discipline and determination that separated them from the rest. The Confederation of Australian Sport named him as Australian Sports Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 2000. After the Beijing 2008 Games he was named as coach of the Australian men’s team. Charlesworth coached the men's team to World Cup and Commonwealth Games titles, an Olympic bronze medal and four Champions Trophy gold medals. In March 2014 he announced that he would step down as coach following the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Harry Gordon, AOC Historian

Olympic Results

Seoul 1988 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries Group A - Match 03 - AUS V KEN HT: 3-0, Goals: Batch, Birmingham 2, Hager 3, Wansbrough KEN 7-1 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 04 - AUS V ARG HT: 2-0, Goals: Birmingham, Hager 2, Hawgood ARG 4-0 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 09 - AUS V HOL HT: 2-0, Goals: Batch, Hager, Hawgood HOL 3-2 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 11 - AUS V PAK HT: 4-0, Goals: Bestall, Hager, Hawgood 2 PAK 4-0 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 13 - AUS V ESP HT: 0-0, Goals: Stacy ESP 1-0 Win
Semi Final HT: 0-1, Goals: Hager, Hawgood GBR 2-3 Loss
Bronze Final HT: 0-1, Goals: Reid HOL 1-2 Loss
Final Placing 4 / 12

Los Angeles 1984 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries Pool A - Match 01 - AUS V MAL HT: 1-0, Goals: Haselhurst, Walsh 4 MAL 5-0 Win
Preliminaries Pool A - Match 07 - AUS V ESP HT: 1-1, Haselhurst, Patmore, Walsh ESP 3-1 Win
Preliminaries Pool A - Match 15 - AUS V FRG HT: 0-0, Haselhurst, Patmore, Walsh FRG 3-0 Win
Preliminaries Pool A - Match 20 - AUS V IND HT: 1-0, Goals: Batch, Davies, Walsh IND 4-2 Win
Preliminaries Pool A - Match 25 - AUS V USA HT: 1-0, Goals: Patmore 2 USA 2-1 Win
Semi Final HT: 1-0 PAK 1-0 Loss
Bronze Final HT: 1-2, Goals: Davies, Patmore GBR 3-2 Loss
Final Placing 4 / 12

Montreal 1976 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries Pool A - AUS V HOL HT: 0-2, Goals: Bell HOL 1-2 Loss
Preliminaries Pool A - IND V AUS HT: 1-3, Goals: Browning, Irvine, Riley 3, Smith IND 1-6 Win
Preliminaries Pool A - AUS V MAL HT: 1-0, Goals: Bell, Riley MAL 2-0 Win
Preliminaries Pool A - AUS V CAN HT: 2-0, Goals: Bell, Riley, Walsh CAN 3-0 Win
Preliminaries Pool A - AUS V ARG HT: 1-1, Goals: Cooke ARG 2-3 Loss
Preliminary Replay - AUS V IND HT: 1-1, FT: 1-1, AET: 1-1 IND 1-1 (5-4) Win
Semi Final HT: 1-1, Goals: Irvine, Riley PAK 1-2 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 0-0 NZL 1-0 Loss  
Final Placing 2 / 15

Munich 1972 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries Group B - Match 25 - HOL V AUS HT: 1-3, Goals: Glencross 32', Mason 39' HOL 2-0 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Match 16 - AUS V MEX HT: 6-0, Goals: Riley 16', 22' 31', 47', 63', Mason 24', 30', Charlesworth 35', Browning 51', Smart 55' MEX 10-0 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 05 - AUS V KEN HT: 1-0, Goals: Ninlan 30', 60', Riley 56' KEN 3-1 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 03 - AUS V NZL HT: 0-0, NZL 0-0 Draw
Preliminaries Group B - Match 19 - AUS V GBR HT: 1-1, Goals: Riley 21' GBR 1-1 Draw
Preliminaries Group B - Match 12 - AUS V IND HT: 1-2, Goals: Mason 26' IND 1-3 Loss
Classification 5-8 HT: 1-0, Goals: Charlesworth 58', 87' MAL 1-2 Win
Classification 5-6 HT: 0-0, FT: 1-1, Goals: Glencross 43', Riley 82' GBR 2-1 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 22 - AUS V POL HT: 1-0, Goals: Glencross 16' POL 1-0 Win
Final Placing 5 / 16