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Former Jersey hockey player realises lifelong Olympic dream with Canada

Canada have now qualified for four of the last six Olympics. Credit: Yan Huckendubler

A former Jersey hockey player says he has realised a "lifelong dream" after helping his native Canada qualify for Tokyo 2020.

Oliver Scholfield - who spent most of his youth in the island - scored as his side overcame a first-leg deficit to beat Ireland on a penalty shoot-out in their play-off in Vancouver.

The 26-year-old former Victoria College student has also represented his country at a World Cup but will now get the opportunity to play on the sport's biggest stage.

Canada have never finished higher than 10th at the Games, and placed 11th in Rio 2016 having missed out entirely in 2012.

Great Britain - who face Malaysia at Lee Valley - are among eight teams battling it out over the next three days for four remaining Olympic berths.

Scholfield scored Canada's second goal to help set-up a play-off victory over Ireland. Credit: Yan Huckendubler

It feels great. I still haven't quite processed everything for now, but obviously the excitement of the match, the ups and downs throughout, then to finally win and to qualify and to have the past four or five years work go in to come to this is a really good feeling for us. This has been a lifelong dream of mine. The Olympics is the pinnacle of the sport for hockey, and it's always been something I've wanted to do and been working towards so now to have that as a real opportunity, it's just amazing.

– Oliver Scholfield, Canada Field Hockey

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