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 Championship and ruin Germany’s Olympic dreams with an 11-goal win. What was at stake? There were jokes made during the main round that if you’re not going to reach the final, finishing seventh is the… »

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… »

“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 pride in her teammates who have exceeded expectations to reach the final weekend of Japan 2019.

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 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’ve seen Denmark going from exciting dark horses to dumped out of the running for the semi-finals; goalkeeping performances in one arena which make you feel like they run the show and other displays a d… »

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 hun… »

Mässing satisfied with Sweden’s goal chase

VIDEO: Sweden left back Mickaela Mässing reflected on the 34:22 win over Romania, telling Chris O’Reilly of how she felt their goal chase went and how confident she is heading into Wednesday’s main ro… »

Gonzalez: “I really like how they play”

VIDEO: Mireya Gonzalez speaks to Chris O’Reilly following Spain’s entertaining 33:31 win over Japan on Tuesday. The Spanish right back chats about bouncing back from the second-half collapse against Sweden, dealing with Japan’s unique style of play and having their semi-final hopes in their hands heading into the main round finale on Wednesday.