Vyakhireva proud of team’s fight in what is “probably the last chance to play with the Russian flag”

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VIDEO: Russia’s star right back Anna Vyakhireva spoke to Chris O’Reilly after her team booked their place in the semi-finals of Japan 2019. Vyakhireva reflected on the 35:28 win over Montenegro, how they have dealt with Monday’s news of Russia’s ban handed out by WADA and the inspiration new coach Ambros Martin gives them.

Group leaders fall as Norway take control

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Group leaders fall as Norway take control By Chris O’Reilly TALE OF THE DAY: Group I continues to surprise as the leading pack fail to stake their claim for a semi-final spot and Norway take pole position with one round of matches remaining. Regaining composure Serbia are making light work of those who emerged from the “group of death” – …

Day of derbies dominated by keepers

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Day of derbies dominated by keepers By Chris O’Reilly TALE OF THE DAY: The opening day of main round action at Japan 2019 provided us with a full schedule with both groups in action. Forced to make a choice between the two, we could hardly ignore Group I, with Serbia facing Korea, followed by Germany vs Netherlands and Denmark vs …

“We had quite a discussion”

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VIDEO: Germany goalkeeper Dinah Eckerle and coach Henk Groener discuss their main round victory over the Netherlands with Chris O’Reilly. Taking away their opponents’ easy goals, holding onto a lead and Eckerle’s fantastic goalkeeping performance were the hot topics after their 25:23 triumph.

Groener and Mayonnade prepared to resume cross-border rivalry

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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 …

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 …

Soubak making the most of every game on Angola’s road to Tokyo 2020

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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 become the first non-European team to win the title in 18 years and the second of all-time. Morten Soubak was the mastermind behind the success, …