Denmark and Korea left deadlocked after 60 tense and thrilling minutes

Match of the day – Korea vs Denmark By Chris O’Reilly Day two of the Women’s IHF World Championship continued to deliver drama as the evening’s headline game between Korea and Denmark ended in a stalemate, 26:26. Before the match Korea pulled off the biggest shock of the opening day, putting reigning champions France to the sword, inspired by 12 goals from right back Eun Hee Ryu. Denmark had a sof… »

Pena: “Even we didn’t expect this”

VIDEO – Nerea Pena spoke to Chris O’Reilly about Spain’s impressive 29:25 victory over against Hungary on Sunday. The Siofok playmaker reflects on how it was to take on a squad full of players she kno… »

“We have more to come”

Kametani: “We have more to come” By Chris O’Reilly VIDEO – Japan goalkeeper Sakura Kametani reacts to Japan’s victory in the opening match of the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 on home court. The… »

Ideal start for hosts Japan against Argentina

Opening Match – Ideal start for hosts Japan against Argentina By Chris O’Reilly On an opening day with a packed schedule, a match between 16th and 23rd place at the last World Championship may not appear the obvious choice to highlight, but this was no ordinary occasion. Japan opened the 2019 championship in front of a packed house at Park Dome, claiming a 24:20 victory over Argentina and ensuring… »

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!” B… »

Japan 2019 – Group D Preview

Japan 2019 – Group D Preview The whirl around the four preliminary round groups comes to an end with Group D, home of the host nation Japan. This collection of teams is notable for its two clear favou… »

You big, roaring bear, I am gonna miss you!

OPINION – He is a coach, who almost everybody has something to say about. Evgeny Trefilov, head coach of Russia’s women’s handball team, announced his retirement from active duty not too long ago.  It marks the end of a coaching career that has been successful, colorful and controversial at times. The roaring, Russian bear deserves a farewell. By Peter Bruun First of all, this is not an obituary.… »

Japan 2019 – Group C Preview

By Chris O’Reilly Japan 2019 – Group C Preview Our build-up to the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 gains momentum as we move on to Group C, featuring rejuvenation, youth, doping drama and debutant… »

Japan 2019 – Group B Preview

By Chris O’Reilly Japan 2019 – Group B Preview As we inch ever closer to the beginning of the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019, we continue our look at each of the preliminary round pools with Grou… »

Japan 2019 – Group A Preview

By Chris O’Reilly Japan 2019 – Group A Preview With the Women’s IHF World Championship just days away, we continue our countdown to the event with a look at each of the four groups individually. Each group’s contenders will be placed into different categories, depending on their predicted chances and in Group A, it’s clear to see that two teams stand out above the rest – three-time world champions… »