Commitment and attitude the key to Scotland U17 side’s development

Head coach Jamie Thomson has praised his Scotland U17 players for their desire to progress and says he can’t wait to see them in action at iceSheffield this weekend.

Scotland are set to meet four English conference sides over the next three days – Northern, Midlands, South East and South West – at U11, U13, U15 and U17 level.

Each age group is a five-team round robin, with the top two sides in each group progressing to finals on the Monday.

Last year’s U17 team won three of their four group games to qualify for the final against North, but they were eventually beaten 5-3 after initially opening up a two-goal lead.

Thomson believes that the current group of players possess the ability to do themselves proud.

“This year’s team came together really easily from our monthly national development sessions,” he said. “Each player gave us everything we asked for and improved each month.

“We lost 75 percent of our players from last year as they moved up to the U19s and that was daunting. However, that changed very quickly and all the staff are very happy with this year’s team – they’ve been excellent to date.

“Regardless of results we’re very proud of all the players’ commitment and attitudes and we look forward to seeing them go up against the other top players in the English sides.”

The four-day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May.

The weekend begins with a Scotland versus England U19 international on the first day, with the Conference games starting early on Saturday.

You can keep up with the latest news via the dedicated Twitter account for the weekend – @EIHAConference.

SCOTLAND U17 ROSTER

Archie Holmes, Harvey Topen, Ewan Anderson, Jack Henderson, Jack Terroni, Jake Grubb, Lewis Young, Jamie Ferguson, Jamie Crawford, Findlay King, Zak Kenneth, Liam Stenton, Jamie Sturrock, Ethan Reid, Christian Clark, Lee Muirison, Josh Hamilton, Dale Shearer, Aaron Forsyth.

Head Coach: Jamie Thomson. Assistant Coaches: Ian Turley & Owen Reynolds. Manager: Peam Stenton.

(Image permission: Duncan Speirs)