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 disappointing days and the nervous wait ahead to see if they reach the semi-finals of Japan 2019.

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’v… »

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 hun… »

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 round decider.

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 t… »

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 position with one round of matches remaining. Regaining composure Serbia are making light work of those who emerged from the “group of death” – picking off more heralded medal contenders one by one and do… »

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 w… »

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 choice between the two, we could hardly ignore Group I, with Serbia facing Korea, followed by Germany vs Netherlands and Denmark vs Norway – a double derby promising an evening full of drama. Serbia s… »