Tales from the first two rounds

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Kumamoto Chronicles: Tales from the first two rounds By Chris O’Reilly We’re just three days into the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 and with a few surprises, dramatic conclusions and plenty of teams displaying the potential to be medal contenders, Japan 2019 looks set to be very a memorable championship. In a weekend with shock results sprinkled around the groups, …

Tess Wester delighted to bounce back from rough start

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VIDEO: Dutch goalkeeper Tess Wester spoke to Chris O’Reilly in the aftermath of her side’s first victory of Japan 2019, beating Angola 35:28. Wester reveals what areas of the performance she was most impressed with, how the younger players in the Netherlands’ squad are integrated by coach Emmanuel Mayonnade and how they are approaching this “incredibly difficult” championship format.

Anne Mette Hansen reacts to dramatic draw

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VIDEO: Anne Mette Hansen spoke to Chris O’Reilly in the aftermath of Denmark’s 26:26 draw against Korea. The versatile back court player shared her thoughts on whether it was a point won or lost, Korea’s style of play and her foul trouble, which resulted in a red card 10 minutes from the end of the tense encounter.

Denmark and Korea left deadlocked after 60 tense and thrilling minutes

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Match of the day – Korea vs Denmark By Chris O’Reilly Day two of the Women’s IHF World Championship continued to deliver drama as the evening’s headline game between Korea and Denmark ended in a stalemate, 26:26. Before the match Korea pulled off the biggest shock of the opening day, putting reigning champions France to the sword, inspired by 12 …

Pena: “Even we didn’t expect this”

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VIDEO – Nerea Pena spoke to Chris O’Reilly about Spain’s impressive 29:25 victory over against Hungary on Sunday. The Siofok playmaker reflects on how it was to take on a squad full of players she knows all too well, Spain’s surprisingly brilliant start to the World Championship and where they go from here.

“We have more to come”

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Kametani: “We have more to come” By Chris O’Reilly VIDEO – Japan goalkeeper Sakura Kametani reacts to Japan’s victory in the opening match of the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 on home court. The France-based shotstopper speaks about her team’s nerves, how they can improve and the next match against the “unknown” DR Congo.