Russia first past the post in semi-final race

Russia first past the post in semi-final race By Chris O’Reilly TALE OF THE DAY: Kumamoto’s Park Dome saw Russia put through their toughest test to date, Japan fall agonisingly short and Sweden go hunting for goals. Russia put Olympic woes behind them The day’s first clash would be a true test of which path through this championship is most beneficial – Montenegro’s battle-hardened journey where a… »

Mässing satisfied with Sweden’s goal chase

VIDEO: Sweden left back Mickaela Mässing reflected on the 34:22 win over Romania, telling Chris O’Reilly of how she felt their goal chase went and how confident she is heading into Wednesday’s main ro… »

Gonzalez: “I really like how they play”

VIDEO: Mireya Gonzalez speaks to Chris O’Reilly following Spain’s entertaining 33:31 win over Japan on Tuesday. The Spanish right back chats about bouncing back from the second-half collapse against S… »

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

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

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 posi… »

Jørgensen duo react to Danish bounceback win

VIDEO: Denmark’s Stine and Kristina Jørgensen spoke to Chris O’Reilly shortly after their 27:24 triumph over the Netherlands. The back court duo reflected on their reaction to the previous day’s loss… »

Liščević: “I’m in love with my team”

VIDEO: Serbia continue to shake up the main round at Japan 2019 with a 29:28 win over Germany and Kristina Liščević gave her reaction to the contest to Chris O’Reilly. Playmaker Liščević spoke about what went through her mind as the prepared to take the game-winning penalty, how they managed to deal with frustration in the second half and her admiration for the Serbian team.

Day of derbies dominated by keepers

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… »

Skogrand: “Silje is the best goalkeeper in the tournament”

VIDEO: Norway right back Stine Skogrand spoke to Chris O’Reilly following the hard-fought 22:19 win over Scandinavian rivals Denmark. Skogrand scored three goals in the victory but focused on her side… »

“We had quite a discussion”

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.