Pena: “We cannot fuck this match”

VIDEO: Mireya Gonzalez and Nerea Pena react to making history as they have brought Spain to their first Women’s World Championship final. The back-court pair tell Chris O’Reilly about their thoughts as they were on the verge of victory over Norway, the key areas of their 28:22 victory and why they will be crowned champions of Japan 2019 on Sunday.

Netherlands hold their nerve to dump favourites out

SEMI-FINAL – Netherlands 33:32 Russia By Chris O’Reilly On a semi-final day where few expected anything but sound victories for Russia and Norway, we’ve been handed a surprise of the highest order as… »

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… »

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 Championship and ruin Germany’s Olympic dreams with an 11-goal win. What was at stake? There were jokes made during the main round that if you’re not going to reach the final, finishing seventh is the… »

“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)… »

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 Championship glory, but whose weekend will it be? Let’s take a look at the teams before Russia take on the Netherlands and Norway face Spain on Friday in Kumamoto. Spain Main Round Power Ranking – 4t… »

“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… »

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 the day’s action and keep you up to date with how the race for the semi-finals unfolds in both groups. By Chris O’Reilly Pre-game 1 (14:50 local time) – We’re minutes away from the 15:00 matches with th… »