A talented Goalkeeper in his time, Paul Dearing represented Australia from 1963 until 1972, culminating in 69 international caps. Hailing from New South Wales, Dearing also played a considerable number of matches for his state. Born on February 23, 1942, Dearing played hockey at a time well before Goalkeepers had the luxury of protective gear and helmets.
With courage a trademark of Dearing’s game, the Goalkeeper regularly charged down the biggest penalty corner hitters in international hockey, none more so than the Dutch. His talents led him to be part of three consecutive Olympics Games, two of which were beside fellow Hall of Fame inductee Julian Pearce. The 1964 Games in Tokyo was Dearing’s first taste of Olympic glory, with the Australians winning a Bronze Medal. In 1968 in Mexico City he came home with a Silver Medal. Dearing’s final participation at an Olympic Games was in 1972 in Munich. In addition to this, Dearing’s other major tournament was the 1971 World Cup in Barcelona.
The bold and daring Goalkeeping approach of Dearing forced opposition teams to change their tactics to counteract his impact in the goal circle.