Russ returns with silver and ready for new season
HOCKEY: Following the Masters World Cup City Bears Premier League captain Michael Russ landed back on home soil 4 grams heavier but a lot lighter then when he left.
While unfortunate to miss out on the all elusive gold medal in Over-50s Masters hockey Russ made it one step further this time around.
Two years ago in the Netherlands, Russ’ Australian Over-50s side were left ruing what might have been when getting knocked out of the gold medal clash by England.
This time around on home soil the Aussies cleared the semi final hurdle to make the big dance against their Pommy nemesis.
A clearly stronger England out-muscled and out-lasted the Australians finishing 3-1 gold medal winners.
But now home with a silver medal around his neck Michael Russ cannot keep the smile from his face.
“It is a pretty big moment to stand there and get the national anthem played, I have never done that before and that was pretty special.”
“We were all a bit blown away in the end that we didn’t win the final but to come second in the world it isn’t bad is it.”
But this does not mean Russ will be settling for silver as the 53-year-old begins working towards the gold medal at the Masters World Cup in Madrid, Spain in 2018.
But for now Russ is back with his City Bears outfit where he coaches Premier League and plays Reserve Grade as they chase Inter-City Premier League glory.
With round one of the expanded competition being an all-local affair the Bears will meet Barbs on Sunday afternoon on the Brent Livermore Field.
In other Premier League action Royals will play Barbarians on Brent Livermore Field on Sunday, while Coraki play East Lismore and Ballina play Northern Star.