Russell Ford

Russell David Ford is an Australian field hockey player. His first national team internationally came in 2006. As of July 2011, he had 21 goals from 76 appearances with the national team

Russell Ford
Russell Ford - 2012 Olympic field hockey team Australia (cropped).JPG
2012 Olympic field hockey team Australia at the Riverbank Arena before the game against Spain
Personal information
Full nameRussel David Ford
Born (1983-08-18) 18 August 1983 (age 36)
SportField hockey
Event(s)Men's team


Ford is from Victoria.[1] He was born in Eltham, Victoria and lived in the town while growing up.[2] He attended Eltham High School and was in Year 11 in 2000.[3] After retirement in 2015 Ford pursued a lifelong interest and proceeded to become an official and professional Espresso Martini aficionado, he regularly consumes upward of 35 in a sitting and won't stop usually until they've all been drunk. True champion.

Field hockeyEdit

Ford started playing hockey when he was eight years old[3] and is a striker.[2] He plays his club hockey for the Melville City Hockey Club He played for the U18 Victorian team in the national championships in 2000, where he wore shirt number 6.[3] He played in a June 2010 game for the Victorian against the Tassie Tigers in the Australian Hockey League that Victoria won 5-4. He scored a goal in the game.[4]

Ford's first national team international cap came in 2006 in a game against India.[2] He did not compete at the 2006 World Cup and 2007 Champions Trophy.[2] In 2006, he represented Australia at the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia.[5] He competed in the 2007 Champions Trophy competition for Australia.[6] In December 2007, he was a member of the Kookaburras squad that competed in the Dutch Series in Canberra.[7] In January 2008, he was a member of the senior national team that competed at the Five Nations men's hockey tournament in South Africa.[8] New national team coach Ric Charlesworth named him, a returning member, alongside fourteen new players who had few than 10 national team caps to the squad before in April 2009 in a bid to ready the team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[9] As of July 2011, he had 21 goals from 76 appearances with the national team.[2] In December 2011, he was named as one of twenty-eight players to be on the 2012 Summer Olympics Australian men's national training squad. This squad will be narrowed in June 2012. He trained with the team from 18 January to mid-March in Perth, Western Australia.[10][11][12] In February during the training camp, he played in a four nations test series with the teams being the Kookaburras, Australia A Squad, the Netherlands and Argentina.[1] He played for the Kookaburras in their 3-1 victory over the Australian A team in the first round of the competition. He scored the team's second goal of the game in the seventh minute.[13] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was part of the team that won the bronze medal.[14] He has played club hockey in the Netherlands for HC Bloemendaal and HC Tilburg.


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  2. ^ a b c d e Ryan, Conor (6 July 2011). "Mission for 2012 - London Olympic quest drives Ford forward". Leader - Diamond Valley News. Melbourne, Australia. p. 44. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Hill-Douglas, Olivia (5 July 2000). "Bright prospects for Vics - SCHOOL SPORT - HOCKEY". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. p. 9. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  4. ^ "scoreboard". Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. 21 June 2010. p. 49. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  5. ^ Malarski, Paul (22 May 2006). "Tassie teenager in Australian team". Hobart Mercury. Hobart, Australia. p. 48. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Ockenden to miss Trophy But Dancer recalls Wells". Hobart Mercury. Hobart, Australia. 5 October 2007. p. 48. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Canberra Times: Lakers duo in Kookaburras side for series". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia: Financial Times Information Limited - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Bulletin Wire: Fresh faces for next Kookaburras tour". Bulletin Wire. Australia: Financial Times Information Limited - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Carroll, Abbott in new-look Kookaburras". Northern Territory News. Darwin, Australia. 15 April 2009. p. 46. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  10. ^ AAP (14 December 2011). "Kookaburras name training squad for 2012 Olympic Games". Sydney: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  11. ^ "FOR THE RECORD". The Australian. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 35. AUS_T-20111215-1-035-447690. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  12. ^ "SCOREBOARD". Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 116. DTM_T-20111215-1-116-447684. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  13. ^ Todorovic, Damien (9 February 2012). "Kookaburras secure first-up win against Australia A". Sunday Times. Perth, Western Australia. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Russell Ford Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2015.