WORLD COMPETITOR: Concrete truck driver and Grafton Over-50s midfielder Michael Russ plays in the final of the Masters World Cup today in Canberra.
WORLD COMPETITOR: Concrete truck driver and Grafton Over-50s midfielder Michael Russ plays in the final of the Masters World Cup today in Canberra. Bill North

Russ in hunt for World Cup gold

HOCKEY: Michael Russ has the most important day in his hockey career today as the experienced midfielder lines up in a gold medal contest at the Masters World Cup in Canberra.

The new Grafton City Bears A-Grade captain will line up for the Australian Over-50s side against England.

And the veteran is out for revenge after England knocked them out of the gold medal clash at the World Cup two years ago.

“There will definitely be no love lost there,” Russ said.

“This rivalry goes back a long way and they usually put it to us when we play against them.

“They were the ones who knocked us out two years ago and those memories are still there for me definitely.”

The two sides have already met during this World Cup with England winning 4-3 in a round match.

“Realistically we should have won that match,” Russ said.

“We had them but just let it slip through our fingers. But there is no chance of that happening in the final.”

It is a massive achievement for Russ who had featured prominently for the side during the tournament.

“Well this is probably as big as it is ever going to get for me hockey-wise,” Russ said.

“It would be really great to get the win and bring home the gold.

“This tournament has been tough, but good.”

Australia v England Over-50s, today 2pm.



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