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… »

Joyous Polman and Bont react to semi-final triumph

VIDEO: Dutch duo Estavana Polman and Debbie Bont spoke to Chris O’Reilly shortly after shocking tournament favourites Russia in a thrilling semi-final at Japan 2019. They spoke about the final minute… »

Sweden take giant leap towards Tokyo 2020

7/8 place match – Sweden 35:24 Germany By Chris O’Reilly Sweden saved their best for last at Japan 2019 as they tore through the usually resolute Germans to secure a seventh-place finish at the World… »

Assessing the contenders for the crown

Assessing the contenders for the crown By Chris O’Reilly After 90 matches in 11 gruelling game days, we’re down to the final four at Japan 2019. Just 120 minutes separate one of these teams from World Championship glory, but whose weekend will it be? Let’s take a look at the teams before Russia take on the Netherlands and Norway face Spain on Friday in Kumamoto. Spain Main Round Power Ranking – 4t… »

“We need to be mentally ready for the bad moments”

“We need to be mentally ready for the bad moments” By Chris O’Reilly INTERVIEW: Ambros Martin has seen his Russia side cruise through their Japan 2019 campaign so far, notching up eight clear victorie… »

Arntzen “I was so nervous before the game”

VIDEO: Norway’s Emilie Hegh Arntzen reflects on booking a spot in the World Championship semi-finals, telling Chris O’Reilly about her nerves before facing Germany, the keys to their 32:29 win and her… »

The final countdown

The final countdown TALE OF THE DAY: It’s decision day at Japan 2019 – Three semi-final places up for grabs and six teams still in the hunt to join Russia in the medal round. We’ll take you through the day’s action and keep you up to date with how the race for the semi-finals unfolds in both groups. By Chris O’Reilly Pre-game 1 (14:50 local time) – We’re minutes away from the 15:00 matches with th… »

Smeets “I’d just like to go to bed, sleep and hear about it tomorrow”

VIDEO: Martine Smeets spoke to Chris O’Reilly following her Netherlands side’s run and gun win over Korea. The Dutch left wing discussed their approach to the 40:33 victory, getting over some disappoi… »

What a difference a day makes

Kumamoto Chronicles: What a difference a day makes By Chris O’Reilly 24 little hours. That’s all it seems to take for the world to turn upside down at this championship. In the space of 24 hours, we’v… »

Russia first past the post in semi-final race

Russia first past the post in semi-final race By Chris O’Reilly TALE OF THE DAY: Kumamoto’s Park Dome saw Russia put through their toughest test to date, Japan fall agonisingly short and Sweden go hunting for goals. Russia put Olympic woes behind them The day’s first clash would be a true test of which path through this championship is most beneficial – Montenegro’s battle-hardened journey where a… »