Tim proud of British squad's efforts in European Championships qualifiers

Proud Great Britain head coach Tim Dunsbee praised his U17s men’s squad for their efforts as they gained valuable experience at the European Championships qualification round.

The British team won one and lost three of their four Group D matches played in Malta.

After opening up their campaign with a 15-12 defeat at the hands of Slovakia on day one, they responded with an impressive 20-9 victory over Latvia.

That was followed by a 16-10 defeat at the hands of Poland, before they ended with a 15-5 loss against the host nation.

Skipper Tom Davis scored 13 goals across the four games – including six against Latvia – while Alastair Cook bagged nine.

Great Britain finished fourth in group D with Malta and Poland progressing to the championships in August.

Tim said: “I’m very proud of the players for their effort – each of them have performed well.

“If we perform well, then the results are the results we deserve.

“We were not quite good enough to impact on this tournament, though all the teams had to work very hard in phases of the games to beat us.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped the team.

“Team manager Terri for organising everything, Sarah for her excellent work over the last year as well as assistant coaches Joe, Stu and Jimmy.

“I’d also like to thank the players who didn’t make the final cut for their hard work over the past year.”


Slovakia 15 Great Britain 12
Scorers: Tom Davis 5, Alastair Cook 2, Murray Dickson, Henry Broadhurst, Louie McKie, Robert Bentham, Samuel Leveridge

Great Britain 20 Latvia 9
Scorers: Tom Davis 6, Alastair Cook 4, Peter Ash 3, Samuel Leveridge 3, Murray Dickson 2, Harrison Walsh, Tobias Chilcott

Poland 16 Great Britain 10
Scorers: Tom Davis 2, Joe Carolan 2, Tobias Chilcott 2, Henry Broadhurst, Robert Bentham, Alastair Cook, Indigo Nash

Malta 15 Great Britain 5
Scorers: Murray Dickson 2, Alastair Cook 2, Robert Bentham

Great Britain’s U17 Men’s squad

  • Peter Ash, Beckenham
  • Robert Bentham, City of Manchester
  • Henry Broadhurst, Worthing
  • Joe Carolan, City of Manchester
  • Tobias Chilcott, Welsh Wanderers
  • Alastair Cook, Neptunes WPSC
  • Tom Davis, Bridgefield
  • Murray Dickson, Stirling
  • Samuel Fitzsimons, City of Manchester
  • Leo Hewitt (GK), City of Chester
  • Sam Leveridge, Hucknall
  • Louie McKie, Cheltenham
  • Felix MonoGhan (GK), Worthing
  • Indy Nash, Worthing
  • Harrison Walsh, Cheltenham

Non-travelling reserves

  • Askel Gerhardstein, Watford
  • Tobias Ishaque, Sandwell Aquatics
  • Harrison Leeke, Northampton

Coaches and staff

  • Tim Dunsbee, head coach
  • Sarah Dunsbee, assistant coach
  • Terri Halstead, team manager