Tess Wester delighted to bounce back from rough start

VIDEO: Dutch goalkeeper Tess Wester spoke to Chris O’Reilly in the aftermath of her side’s first victory of Japan 2019, beating Angola 35:28. Wester reveals what areas of the performance she was most impressed with, how the younger players in the Netherlands’ squad are integrated by coach Emmanuel Mayonnade and how they are approaching this “incredibly difficult” championship format.

Anne Mette Hansen reacts to dramatic draw

VIDEO: Anne Mette Hansen spoke to Chris O’Reilly in the aftermath of Denmark’s 26:26 draw against Korea. The versatile back court player shared her thoughts on whether it was a point won or lost, Kore… »

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 stale… »

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 knows all too well, Spain’s surprisingly brilliant start to the World Championship and where they go from here.

“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 app… »

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… »

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… »

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 debutants from Africa. Tight at the top Watch out Group C, Montenegro are coming to get you! They showed signs of what they were capable of at last year’s EURO, but this side is beginning to peak once again.… »