FOR Hanna Zavecz, any chance she gets to wear the green and gold is to be cherished.
The former Wangaratta junior came off the bench for the Australian Opals in their World Championship qualifying win over New Zealand yesterday, notching three points, three rebounds and a steal in six minutes of playing time.
Zavecz, a 183-centimetre guard-forward, admitted she was still “finding her feet” after joining the Opals’ group after their tour of China in June.
“I feel like I really have to prove what I can do,” Zavecz said.
“I’m grateful to be picked and have the chance to represent Australia.
“It’s a great feeling (to have qualified).
“It’s so nice to be back with the squad, we’ve been in camp, working on a new culture and style of play and it’s been really good.”
Much like her captain Lauren Jackson, Zavecz noted the abundance of positivity surrounding the Opals camp since coach Brendan Joyce came on board.
“There’s definitely a difference, it’s a fresh start,” Zavecz said.
“He helps everyone try to understand what he wants and how he wants us to play.
“And that’s something that’s going to take some time.”