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Sportstar Awards - Ireland hockey team book their place in Tokyo

Few teams have a knack for such dramatic denouements as the Irish women’s hockey team, who in 2019 strapped the sporting public in and took them on another rollercoaster ride. More than 6,000 fans squeezed into Donnybrook to lend their support in the Olympic qualifier, their nerves shredded and fingernails chewed to pieces by the end of the nil-all draw. And just when it seemed like their Olympic dream was slipping, as they trailed Canada 3-1 in the shootout, back they came. Among the many heroes, Ayeisha McFerran stood apart, an immovable, impassable object during the key stages of the shootout. And so it’s onwards to Tokyo 2020. Here we go again.

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