Hall Cross hockey lads give Harrow some stick!

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Hall Cross School earned all the plaudits as they came away from Bath’s prestigious international hockey festival unbeaten - and with a victory over Harrow School for good measure.

Captain Jonathan Powell fired in the winner as the Doncaster school twice came from behind to beat the £30,000-a-year private school and claim one of their biggest ever scalps.

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The 3-2 victory, which also saw Michael Sowerby and Brandon Carr Barker get on the scoresheet, earned the praise of Tony Blair’s former adviser Alastair Campbell on Twitter.

Campbell tweeted: “Congratulations Hall Cross School Doncaster (comprehensive) on beating Harrow (a tad private) 3-2 at hockey. #StateSchoolsBestDespiteGovt”

The school’s first team were on tour for the weekend after being invited to the prestigious event by hosts King Edwards School.

Hall Cross also beat Hertfordshire’s Haberdashe Aske School 4-0, defeated Devon’s Kelly College 4-3 and drew 4-4 with Wellington School from Dorset.

Team coach Gerry Cowan said: “The festival is mainly attended by private schools and included two teams from South Africa.

“The boys showed great determination and teamwork over the weekend, which also included ten pin bowling and a team meal.

“I hope these memories will stay with them and inspire them to greater things on or off the hockey field.”

Hall Cross Boys under 16s, meanwhile, still hope to reach the national school finals.