|Full name||Dwayne John Russell|
|Date of birth||4 March 1965|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Debut||Round 1, 28 March 1987, Geelong
vs. St Kilda, at Moorabbin Oval
|Port Adelaide (SANFL)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1991.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Dwayne John Russell (born 4 March 1965) is a former professional Australian rules footballer and currently a commentator of the sport.
Born in Adelaide, Russell made his senior football debut as a sixteen-year-old in 1981 for Port Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), eventually becoming Port Adelaide's vice-captain, before crossing over to Victorian Football League (VFL) club Geelong in 1987. Russell played 50 games, kicking 51 goals for Geelong until he left the club at the end of the 1991 AFL season.
Russell initially considered returning to Port Adelaide to finish his career but instead coached in country Victoria for a few years before retiring from football.
Russell unsuccessfully applied for a journalism cadetship in Adelaide in 1984 before starting a journalism career in Geelong in 1989. Russell became a full-time sports journalist with The Age in 1997. Covering the major sporting events of Melbourne, Russell built up a serviceable record as the number four sports writer at The Age. Following this success he was moved full-time to the paper's coverage of the AFL in 1999, including a stint as the writer for The Sunday Age Sport section in the mid-2000s.
He also joined 95.5 K-Rock in Geelong as Sports Presenter in their news updates in the "Big Mattress" breakfast show. Soon, he also co-hosted a sport/comedy segment called "On The Bench" with ex-Geelong player Billy Brownless and the Essendon fanatic "Ferret" (Russell Taylor), twice a week. A long list of Geelong players were included in "On The Bench" as special guests including Barry Stoneham, Tim McGrath and Paul Couch.
In 2002 Channel Nine gave Russell the main caller's role for Sunday afternoon AFL matches before being promoted to the network's calling team for Friday night matches in 2006.
After leaving the Nine Network, Russell received a contract with Fox Footy to call two weekly AFL matches for the Pay-TV provider for the 2007 AFL season and beyond, under the new AFL TV Rights Deal, of which Fox Footy has four matches weekly during the Home and Away season to cover.
In 2012, Russell joined the Friday night 3AW football team while continuing to host Sports Today for the station.
Commentary in other sports
Russell expanded his work with Fox Sports by becoming a basketball commentator in Fox's coverage of the 2009/10 National Basketball League (NBL) season. Additionally, he also provided commentary on Fox's coverage of the 2011 Australian Open tennis tournament.
- Murfett, Andrew (5 July 2012). "Long run to the top of the ladder". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Dwayne Russell: Profile". 3AW. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Resuscitating basketball coverage". theage.com.au. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
- "Dwayne Russell – Elite Sports Properties".
- "Live: Fox Sports returns to broadcast Australian Open, first grand slam of tennis season". Fox Sports. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2015.