Joyous Polman and Bont react to semi-final triumph

VIDEO: Dutch duo Estavana Polman and Debbie Bont spoke to Chris O’Reilly shortly after shocking tournament favourites Russia in a thrilling semi-final at Japan 2019. They spoke about the final minute of the 33:32 win, their rollercoaster ride over the past two weeks and the incredible spirit this Netherlands team possess.

Sweden take giant leap towards Tokyo 2020

7/8 place match – Sweden 35:24 Germany By Chris O’Reilly Sweden saved their best for last at Japan 2019 as they tore through the usually resolute Germans to secure a seventh-place finish at the World… »

“We are no longer a team which can be pushed aside easily”

“We are no longer a team which can be pushed aside easily”   Before throw-off to the semi-finals in Kumamoto’s Park Dome on Friday evening, the match between Sweden and Germany will be in focus. … »

“Every player knows the importance of this game and we want to win it”

“Every player knows the importance of this game and we want to win it.” It has been a grueling schedule for the German women’s national handball team at the 2019 World championship in Kumamoto (Japan). Already during the group phase the squad was facing handball powerhouses such as Denmark and France, a surprisingly agile Korea and the 2013 World champions from Brazil. Only the match against Austr… »

Assessing the contenders for the crown

Assessing the contenders for the crown By Chris O’Reilly After 90 matches in 11 gruelling game days, we’re down to the final four at Japan 2019. Just 120 minutes separate one of these teams from World… »

“We need to be mentally ready for the bad moments”

“We need to be mentally ready for the bad moments” By Chris O’Reilly INTERVIEW: Ambros Martin has seen his Russia side cruise through their Japan 2019 campaign so far, notching up eight clear victorie… »

Arntzen “I was so nervous before the game”

VIDEO: Norway’s Emilie Hegh Arntzen reflects on booking a spot in the World Championship semi-finals, telling Chris O’Reilly about her nerves before facing Germany, the keys to their 32:29 win and her pride in her teammates who have exceeded expectations to reach the final weekend of Japan 2019.

The final countdown

The final countdown TALE OF THE DAY: It’s decision day at Japan 2019 – Three semi-final places up for grabs and six teams still in the hunt to join Russia in the medal round. We’ll take you through th… »

Smeets “I’d just like to go to bed, sleep and hear about it tomorrow”

VIDEO: Martine Smeets spoke to Chris O’Reilly following her Netherlands side’s run and gun win over Korea. The Dutch left wing discussed their approach to the 40:33 victory, getting over some disappoi… »

What a difference a day makes

Kumamoto Chronicles: What a difference a day makes By Chris O’Reilly 24 little hours. That’s all it seems to take for the world to turn upside down at this championship. In the space of 24 hours, we’ve seen Denmark going from exciting dark horses to dumped out of the running for the semi-finals; goalkeeping performances in one arena which make you feel like they run the show and other displays a d… »