U17 Men's European Water Polo Championships 2023 qualification round - 16-19 Mar
Great Britain’s U17 Men’s water polo squad has been selected ahead of the European Championships qualification round in March.
A squad of 15 has been chosen to travel to Malta to compete in four games in as many days, from 16-19 March 2023.
A total of 20 teams will participate across four groups, with two sides from each group advancing to the 2023 European Championships finals which will be held in Manisa, Turkey this August.
Those who qualify will join the eight teams who have already booked their finals place due to being the top eight ranked sides at the 2021 championships.
Slovakia 15 vs 12 GBR
(4 - 2 | 3 - 1 | 4 - 3 | 4 - 6)
Goals: Tom Davis (5), Alastair Cook (2), Murray Dickson, Henry Broadhurst, Louie McKie, Robert Bentham and Sam Leveridge.
Malta 34 vs 3 Latvia
(7 - 0 | 8 - 0 | 11 - 2 | 8 - 1)
Report to follow.
Latvia 3 vs 22 Slovakia
(1 - 2 | 0 - 8 | 1 - 7 | 1 - 5)
Malta 15 vs 13 Poland
(4 - 3 | 3 - 2 | 4 - 4 | 4 - 4)
GBR 20 vs 9 Latvia
(2 - 1 | 6 - 2 | 7 - 0 | 5 - 6)
Slovakia 6 vs 8 Poland
(4 - 1 | 0 - 1 | 2 - 2 | 0 - 4)
Poland 16 vs 10 GBR
(4 - 2 | 4 - 2 | 4 - 0 | 4 - 6)
Malta 12 vs 5 Slovakia
(4 - 3 | 2 - 1 | 3 - 1 | 3 - 0)
Latvia 6 vs 32 Poland
(0 - 9 | 2 - 7 | 2 - 7 | 2 - 9)
Malta 15 vs 5 GBR
(3 - 1 | 3 - 0 | 5 - 3 | 4 - 1)
Great Britain were drawn in Group D alongside Slovakia, Latvia, Poland and Malta with all of the groups matches being played across the four days.
Great Britain narrowly lost their first match 12-15 to Slovakia on Thursday 16 March at the Tal-Qroqq Sports Complex, and on Saturday beat Latvia 20-9 but lost to Poland 16-10.
They completed the group phase losing 5-15 against hosts Malta on Sunday.
|1||Malta||15 - 13||12 - 5||15 - 5||34 - 3||4||12|
|2||Poland||13 - 15||8 - 6||16 - 10||32 - 6||4||9|
|3||Slovakia||5 - 12||6 - 8||15 - 12||22 - 3||4||6|
|4||Great Britain||5 - 15||10 - 16||12 - 15||20 - 9||4||3|
|5||Latvia||3 - 34||6 - 32||3 - 22||9 - 20||4||0|
Group A (Tbilisi, GEO)
Georgia, Turkiye, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Cyprus
Group B (Maribor, SLO)
Germany, Slovenia, France, Austria
Group C (Targu Mures, ROU)
Romania, Ukraine, Switzerland, Moldova, Ireland
Group D (Gzira, MLT)
Malta, Slovakia, Great Britain, Poland, Latvia
‘A developing squad’
In preparation, the team have been in Romania to take part in a five day high-intensity training camp which was hosted by Team GB’s London 2012 Olympic Games coach, Cristian Lordache. Both the competition and the training camp will give the young squad a valuable experience after missing out on a number of competitions in recent years due to the pandemic.
U17 captain, Tom Davis, said: “We want to thank Bolton School for their support! Your contribution and allowing us to use your incredible facilities has helped us to represent Great Britain on the international stage and put us in a good position to work for qualification.” pic.twitter.com/DLXsqjztIZ— Swim England (@Swim_England) March 16, 2023
Swim England water polo programme lead, Craig Figes, credited the dedicated team and coaching staff ahead of the competition. He said: “The squad has worked really hard over a relatively short period of time under the expert tutelage of Tim Dunsbee and his team. I know that selecting a team for this competition from the wider squad was extremely difficult for the coaching staff, which is a credit to all the players and how much they have developed. This age group missed some key milestones in their development due to Covid and although they face tough opposition in their qualification group, we know they will do their absolute best to try and qualify for the finals in August.”
Great Britain’s U17 Men’s water polo squad for the European Championships qualifiers in Malta
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
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
* Live streams are provided by the local hosting club. LEN provides the online platform when steams are available. If a stream is not available this is because the organising club was not able to provide it.