Vyakhireva proud of team’s fight in what is “probably the last chance to play with the Russian flag”

VIDEO: Russia’s star right back Anna Vyakhireva spoke to Chris O’Reilly after her team booked their place in the semi-finals of Japan 2019. Vyakhireva reflected on the 35:28 win over Montenegro, how they have dealt with Monday’s news of Russia’s ban handed out by WADA and the inspiration new coach Ambros Martin gives them.

Group leaders fall as Norway take control

Group leaders fall as Norway take control By Chris O’Reilly TALE OF THE DAY: Group I continues to surprise as the leading pack fail to stake their claim for a semi-final spot and Norway take pole posi… »

Jørgensen duo react to Danish bounceback win

VIDEO: Denmark’s Stine and Kristina Jørgensen spoke to Chris O’Reilly shortly after their 27:24 triumph over the Netherlands. The back court duo reflected on their reaction to the previous day’s loss… »

Liščević: “I’m in love with my team”

VIDEO: Serbia continue to shake up the main round at Japan 2019 with a 29:28 win over Germany and Kristina Liščević gave her reaction to the contest to Chris O’Reilly. Playmaker Liščević spoke about what went through her mind as the prepared to take the game-winning penalty, how they managed to deal with frustration in the second half and her admiration for the Serbian team.

Day of derbies dominated by keepers

Day of derbies dominated by keepers By Chris O’Reilly TALE OF THE DAY: The opening day of main round action at Japan 2019 provided us with a full schedule with both groups in action. Forced to make a… »

Skogrand: “Silje is the best goalkeeper in the tournament”

VIDEO: Norway right back Stine Skogrand spoke to Chris O’Reilly following the hard-fought 22:19 win over Scandinavian rivals Denmark. Skogrand scored three goals in the victory but focused on her side… »

“We had quite a discussion”

VIDEO: Germany goalkeeper Dinah Eckerle and coach Henk Groener discuss their main round victory over the Netherlands with Chris O’Reilly. Taking away their opponents’ easy goals, holding onto a lead and Eckerle’s fantastic goalkeeping performance were the hot topics after their 25:23 triumph.

Groener and Mayonnade prepared to resume cross-border rivalry

Groener and Mayonnade prepared to resume cross-border rivalry By Chris O’Reilly INTERVIEW: We spoke to both Henk Groener and Emmanuel Mayonnade ahead of the German-Dutch derby on the opening day of th… »

Power Ranking – Half-time at Japan 2019

Power Ranking – Half-time at Japan 2019 By Chris O’Reilly After a gruelling week of preliminary matches, filled with surprise results, physical battles and nerve-wracking endings, we move on to the ma… »

Soubak making the most of every game on Angola’s road to Tokyo 2020

Soubak making the most of every game on Angola’s road to Tokyo 2020 By Chris O’Reilly In 2013, Brazil shocked the handball world to claim the World Championship, beating hosts Serbia in the final, to become the first non-European team to win the title in 18 years and the second of all-time. Morten Soubak was the mastermind behind the success, which came halfway through his tenure with the Brazilia… »