Jonathan Phillips Targets Dream Farewell By Leading GB To World Championship

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

In Ice Hockey,

Jonathan Phillips, the captain of Great Britain, is hoping for the perfect ending to his career by leading his team to the highest tier of ice hockey’s World Championship.

The upcoming World Championship Division 1 Group A event, which begins on Saturday, will take place on GB’s home in Nottingham.

Phillips, who is the most experienced player on the Great Britain team, will be retiring at the age of 40 after their last game on May 5th.

With only the top two sides qualifying for the 2024 World Championship, Phillips’ side will face a tough challenge competing against Lithuania, Korea, Poland, and Romania. However, Phillips remains confident that his side can get the job done in Nottingham.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Phillips said, “Our main goal is to win gold and promotion. It’s a very tight, strong group, and GB has not often been one of the top seeds. So we really have to focus on ourselves and keep pushing the pace.”

In Squash,

Joel Makin and Tesni Evans lead Wales’ men’s and women’s teams into the European Team Championships in Helsinki this weekend.

The men’s team, is made up of Commonwealth Games silver medalist Joel Makin, Emyr Evans, Owain Taylor, Elliot Devred, Peter Creed, and Rhys Evans, will fancy their chances with a very strong squad.

The women’s side has also picked a strong lineup, with Evans, a Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, Em Whitlock, Lowri Roberts, and Stacey Gooding.

In Hockey, Wales’ Jacob Draper, Rupert Shipperley, and Toby Reynolds-Cotterill will be hoping that their Great British side can continue their excellent start to the FIH Pro League when they face New Zealand this weekend.

In the last match between the two sides, Great Britain sealed a dominant 5-2 victory, with Shipperly adding the fifth, which sealed an excellent win for his side. GB then edged past Australia with a 2-1 win, helping the side move up to third place in the Pro League table.