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 the World Championship main round to get a feel for how they view their team’s progression so far and what they make of their opposition on Sunday. Progression during the preliminary round Germany got t… »

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… »

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,… »

“I’m just so glad we don’t have to play the President’s Cup”

VIDEO: Sandra Toft and Trine Østergaard speak to Chris O’Reilly about their dramatic victory over France on the final day of the preliminary round. The 20:18 success for the Danes was hard-fought and… »

A dream come true for Heba Aly, Japan 2019’s only female head coach

A dream come true for Australia’s Heba Aly, Japan 2019’s only female head coach By Chris O’Reilly After a six-year absence from the Women’s World Championship, Australia were dropped back into the dee… »

Tomac: “I wanted to calm things down”

VIDEO: Norway battled through a tough Angola challenge to maintain their perfect record at Japan 2019. Centre back Marta Tomac spoke to Chris O’Reilly in the aftermath of the 30:24 win about which areas troubled them most, her impact after coming on and what to expect from the Group A “final” against the Netherlands on Friday.

Abbingh: “That was an old-fashioned Dutch handball game”

VIDEO: Lois Abbingh was clearly delighted with the Netherlands’ performance as she spoke to Chris O’Reilly after their 36:23 victory over Serbia. The Rostov-Don left back talked tactics, Dutch squad r… »

Dynamic Dutch blast past Serbia

Match of the day – Serbia vs Netherlands By Chris O’Reilly With the Netherlands’ shaky start to Japan 2019 and Serbia giving Norway a serious test two days ago, this was a highly anticipated clash. Ho… »

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… »