“We have more to come”

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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 France-based shotstopper speaks about her team’s nerves, how they can improve and the next match against the “unknown” DR Congo.

Ideal start for hosts Japan against Argentina

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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 …

A new bear in town

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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 …

Japan 2019 – Group D Preview

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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 favourites, while the other four have a glorious opportunity to jump into the main round. By Chris O’Reilly Top dogs              It is …

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

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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 …

Japan 2019 – Group C Preview

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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 …

Japan 2019 – Group B Preview

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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 Group B. Reigning champions France are deserved favourites to take maximum points into the main round, but this appears to be the “group of …

Japan 2019 – Group A Preview

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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 …