Mid-term report cards – Group B

By Chris O’Reilly The DELO EHF Champions League has a week off after six rounds filled with entertaining clashes, some surprises and a few too many postponements as Europe’s top 16 women’s clubs come to terms with a new competition format. During this week off, I’ve taken a look at each team and rated their season so far, taking into consideration their expectations, performances and the impact of… »

Mid-term report cards – Group A

By Chris O’Reilly The DELO EHF Champions League has a week off after six rounds filled with entertaining clashes, some surprises and a few too many postponements as Europe’s top 16 women’s clubs come… »

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 some tremendous handball in which they beat Spain 30:29. Here are the ratings for all players involved in the Japan 2019 final and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the wor… »

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 be… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

Player Ratings – France vs Denmark

Player Ratings – France vs Denmark In a do-or-die battle, it was Denmark who prevailed to survive Group B and progress to the main round with a deserved 20:18 win. Japan 2019’s group of death claimed… »

Player Ratings – Germany vs France

Player Ratings – Germany vs France France have finally arrived at Japan 2019 as their 27:25 win over the previously perfect Germans means their World Championship title defence lives on, at least until Friday’s showdown with Denmark. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best). Germany Coach Henk Groener… »