Borussia blown aside by Brest on home Champions League debut

By Chris O’Reilly This is certainly not what BV Borussia 09 Dortmund would have been daydreaming about ahead of their first home match in the DELO EHF Champions League. The German club were swiftly and convincingly swept aside on Sunday, losing 41:29 to a Brest Bretagne team on a mission to avenge the cruel and early end to last season. Before the Match Dortmund were looking forward to their very… »

Nora Mørk’s move – a tale of two teams

By Chris O’Reilly The worst kept secret in women’s handball over the past week was officially confirmed on Monday afternoon as Vipers Kristiansand announced the signing of Norwegian superstar Nora Mør… »

Lockdown inspiring innovation with simulated handball matches

By Chris O’Reilly While the handball world had come to a grinding halt due to the current global health crisis, we will never know how this season’s major competitions would have played out. This time… »

Memorable moments at Japan 2019

Memorable moments at Japan 2019 Chris O’Reilly caught up with a variety of media professionals on the final day of the Women’s World Championship 2019, speaking to them about their most memorable moments of an unforgettable few weeks in Kumamoto. Han Kock (Dutch journalist for NOS) “The last minute of the final. Because it was an example of how the whole tournament was – a mess. The whole tourname… »

Player Ratings – Netherlands vs Spain

Player Ratings – Netherlands vs Spain By Chris O’Reilly The Netherlands made history on Sunday night in Kumamoto, winning their very first World Championship after 60 minutes full of nerves, drama and… »

Abbingh: “Don’t think right now”

VIDEO: The Netherlands are world champions for the first time after a 30:29 victory over Spain. Captain Danick Snelder and top scorer Lois Abbingh spoke to Chris O’Reilly about what went through their… »

Russia regroup best to claim bronze at Japan 2019

BRONZE MEDAL MATCH – Russia 33:28 Norway Chris O’Reilly Russia claimed their first medal at a World Championship in 10 years, comfortably beating Norway in the opening act on the final day of action in Kumamoto. With just one defeat in 10 matches, bronze is not the colour Russia were out here to claim, but the delight displayed at the final buzzer suggests they will rest easier now. Before the mat… »

Sen: “We believed in our team”

VIDEO: Russia’s Anna Sen spoke to Chris O’Reilly shortly after winning the bronze medal at Japan 2019. The experienced left back reflected on how they dealt with Friday’s painful defeat, how pleased s… »

Who will make the difference and history in Kumamoto?

Head-to-head – Netherlands vs Spain Chris O’Reilly sat down with Nagore Odriozola and Laura Agena, creators of Spanish women’s handball website Playmaker, on the eve of the World Championship final be… »

Spain stun the world to reach maiden final

SEMI-FINAL – Spain 28:22 Norway By Chris O’Reilly One surprise result not enough for you? Here’s an even bigger one. Spain brought a halt to Norway’s rise in form, exposed their weaknesses and played out of their skins to reach their very first Women’s World Championship final and they made it look easy in the end, claiming a 28:22 win at a canter. Before the match Spain had already exceeded expec… »