Hamil­ton’s sound­track

The Irish Times - - The Best Of Times Women's Hockey World Cup 2018 - John O’Sul­li­van

RTÉ’s George Hamil­ton has pro­vided the com­men­tat­ing sound­track to so many great oc­ca­sions in Ir­ish sport so it was fit­ting that he should be be­hind the mi­cro­phone as Ire­land’s edged past

Spain in a nerve-shred­ding, sud­den-death penalty shootout in the semi-fi­nal.

Gil­lian Pin­der – she had scored in the penalty shootout proper – pro­vided Ir­ish women’s hockey with the un­for­get­table mo­ment, RTÉ the pic­tures and Hamil­ton, the words.

Some may be able to re­cite this by heart.

“Pin­der against Ruiz, (louder) Pin­der against Ruiz, Pin­der, Pin­der, (shout­ing) PPPPIIIIIN­NNDDDDERRR­R. Ire­land are in the World Cup fi­nal. That is in­cred­i­ble. This is the mo­ment, 2018 is the year. The Green Army march on. Ire­land are in the fi­nal of the World Cup and that has never ever, ever hap­pened anywhere else be­fore.

“Ire­land . . . Ire­land are in the fi­nal of the World Cup. The foot­ball boys got to the quar­ters, the rugby men have been there too, these women have pushed the boundary.”

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