Colin joined Canterbury from OHA where he had captained
their 1976 A Grade Premiership team. He did not play hockey
in 1977 and in 1978 joined Canterbury to play in a summer A
Grade competition. Canterbury made the Grand Final but did
not win however, it was the first major final for Canterbury.
Geoff Collis encouraged Colin to play with Canterbury. At that
stage the Southern Hockey Association was in danger of
having only five competitive A Grade teams, Canterbury was
getting beaten, but with excellent recruitment this was
ultimately turned around.
Colin Pearce was a super recruit, who like Graeme
Corney was fiercely competitive and committed to
performing at a high level.
Strong minded and determined he set a high standard as
a player and coach. He has also contributed as an
administrator and sponsor and never accepted
remuneration when coaching. (Geoff Collis, Life Member)
Colin played A Grade from 1970 to 1990 except for 1977. In
1990 the year he retired as Captain and Coach Colin won the
Club A Grade Best and Fairest. His years playing A Grade
were fondly celebrated at a Canterbury Club function.
In 1981 Colin was a member of the Canterbury A Grade team
devastated by its Grand Final loss on strokes.
Determined to make amends, Colin was member of the 1982
A Grade Canterbury team that dominated the Southern
Hockey League A Grade competition winning the Opening
Day Tournament, the State CSR League Cup, the Southern
Hockey Association Premiership and State Premiership.
He was Captain and Coach in 1985 and 1986, with the
penultimate achievement in 1986 of leading the A Grade team
to its second Southern Hockey League Premiership and State
In 1988 as an indication of the regard Colin was held in the
Tasmanian hockey community, he was invited to Captain
Tasmania against Victoria in an exhibition match to open
Hobart’s first astroturf pitch in Hobart. Colin recollects “Batchy
towelled me up and I thought he had just returned from
Colin was named a player and Captain of Canterbury Hockey
Club Men’s Team of the Half Century in 2019.
Colin firmly believed in teaching great basic skills, that allowed
you to put the ball wherever it needed to go to benefit your
teammates. He believed the less time you spent over the ball;
the better options are created for your team.
Colin has had an outstanding State Junior representative
career starting in 1970 with Under 14’s then in 1971 and 1972
Under 16’s and in 1974 and 1975 in Under 21’s.
He played Seniors every year between 1979 and 1986, over
60 senior games for Tasmania.
Colin had no preferred playing position, in 1986 he was the
only player who had played every position for their State at
National level except goalkeeper.
In 2002, 2004 and 2005 he won the Veterans Club Best and
He was a State Veterans Representative in 2002, 2003, 2004,
2005 and an Australian Veterans Representative in 2003 to
North America and Canada, in 2004 the Trans-Tasman in
Wellington NZ, in 2005 the International Masters in
Melbourne, in 2006 the Trans-Tasman in Hobart, in 2006 the
World Cup in Germany and in 2009 the Australian Masters in
Colin coached nonstop from 1978 until 1990 both juniors and,
seniors. While he cannot remember the years and grades but
A Grade men’s and women’s or A Reserve as required. He
was also involved with Club junior development programs and
off-season training coaching.
He has never sought renumeration for his Club coaching
As a Coach he always wanted the best for the team and
wanted every player to improve to be the best they could be.
Colin and his father before him have been significant Club
Sponsors through their businesses Juliet Jewelers and
Golding and Son providing many generous raffle prizes and
training singlets for A Grade Women in recent years.