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 has already proven to be challenging and the full extent of the damage on all levels of the sport is difficult to stomach. However, times like these also foster innovative thinking and this is what w… »

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 mome… »

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 heads during the dramatic final moments, their reaction to a slow start, tasting victory for the first time and the rollercoaster of emotions the Dutch have gone through at Japan 2019.

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 i… »

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 between the Netherlands and Spain, to analyse and compare the two teams in key areas in an attempt to figure out who has the edge? One team will make history on Sunday evening, crowning themselves world… »

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… »

Pena: “We cannot fuck this match”

VIDEO: Mireya Gonzalez and Nerea Pena react to making history as they have brought Spain to their first Women’s World Championship final. The back-court pair tell Chris O’Reilly about their thoughts a… »

Netherlands hold their nerve to dump favourites out

SEMI-FINAL – Netherlands 33:32 Russia By Chris O’Reilly On a semi-final day where few expected anything but sound victories for Russia and Norway, we’ve been handed a surprise of the highest order as the Netherlands produce their scintillating style of play when it mattered most to overcome Japan 2019 favourites Russia in an instant classic. Before the match These two could scarcely have had a mor… »