Haringey Cup is a field of gold for Moneys

Winning team: Aaron Pritchard, Josh Pritchard, Tasha Cole and Lee Williams
Winning team: Aaron Pritchard, Josh Pritchard, Tasha Cole and Lee Williams
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Josh Pritchard delivered a career-best performance and announced himself as an Olympic contender at the Haringey Cup.

And there was double joy for Moneyfields as Tasha Cole also stormed to gold at the prestigious competition at Alexandra Palace in London.

Pritchard shone at the televised tournament with three outstanding successes.

That culminated with a stunning stoppage win in the final against four-time Irish champion Hughie Brady.

And the quality of that display at 54kg in class C saw Pritchard heralded as a contender for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

That assessment came from Team GB coach Richie Woodhall, who was hugely impressed with what he saw from the Widley ace at the event.

Pritchard first overcame Norwegian champion Ali Srour and Woking’s Nathan Grey with unanimous triumphs to set up his shot at the title.

That was seized emphatically against Brady with a dominant performance against a hugely-experienced opponent.

A powerful rear hand brought a count in the fourth.

Then sickening body punches and an uppercut ended the match-up.

Moneyfields coach and father, Aaron Pritchard, said: ‘It was unbelievable – the best Josh has ever performed.

‘He got through to the final with two good wins where he was in control of the bouts.

‘But we knew what we were up against with Brady.

‘Josh totally dominated, though, and really gave him a lesson.

‘I can’t speak highly enough of how well he boxed.

‘Richie Woodhall was there and was impressed by what he saw.

‘He said he has all the skills and attributes needed to make it at the highest level.

‘He saw that Josh is strong and aggressive and believes he could be involved in the 2016 Olympics.

‘Hearing that from someone like him is a great boost for Josh and our club.’

Cole’s return to boxing after an eight-month lay-off couldn’t have gone any better as she also picked up the gold medal and title.

She was tackling an unbeaten opponent in Glenrothes’ Gardener Moore in their class B 71kg battle.

Cole overcame her nerves to deliver an impressive and aggressive display which brought the success.

The first round saw Cole’s footwork and defensive skills negate Moore’s height advantage.

The second was a crowd pleaser as the pair engaged in non-stop action which delighted those watching.

Cole then stood her ground in the third and evaded the responses of her opponent.

The later stages saw Cole scoring and her fitness levels help her to the crown.

The win was reward for the eight kilogrammes Cole had lost to get herself in top condition for her return to the ring.

Pritchard added: ‘Tasha only joined in January and was overweight.

‘But she has worked incredibly hard. She tried to get her bouts before the championships but they didn’t come off.

‘Tasha was nervous beforehand but overcame it and performed.

‘We’re ecstatic to get two golds.’