Mid-term report cards – Group B

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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 …

Mid-term report cards – Group A

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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 …

Memorable moments at Japan 2019

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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 …

Player Ratings – Netherlands vs Spain

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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 …

Who will make the difference and history in Kumamoto?

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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 between the Netherlands and Spain, to analyse and compare the two teams in key areas in an attempt to figure out who has the edge? One team will make history …

Assessing the contenders for the crown

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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 …

What a difference a day makes

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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 …

Power Ranking – Half-time at Japan 2019

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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 main round of Japan 2019 with 12 teams still in the hunt for gold. We take a look through the contenders and rank them based on how they’ve performed …

Player Ratings – France vs Denmark

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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 …