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 moments of an unforgettable few weeks in Kumamoto. Han Kock (Dutch journalist for NOS) “The last minute of the final. Because it was an example of how the whole tournament was – a mess. The whole tourname… »

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… »

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 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… »

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… »

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 its biggest casualty in the form of defending champions France, who must now face the ignominy of the President’s Cup on Sunday. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches,… »

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 unti… »

Tales from the first two rounds

Kumamoto Chronicles: Tales from the first two rounds By Chris O’Reilly We’re just three days into the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 and with a few surprises, dramatic conclusions and plenty of t… »

A new bear in town

Kumamoto Chronicles: A new bear in town By Chris O’Reilly My colleague Peter Bruun paid tribute to former Russia coach Evgeny Trefilov on Wednesday with “You big, roaring bear, I am gonna miss you!” But as we arrived in Kumamoto today, we discovered a new handball bear is here to assume the mantle. Step aside, Evgeny, the beloved local mascot ‘Kumamon’ is in town. The big and cuddly Kumamon can be… »