Katie Ebzery has been named as one of 27 players that will represent Australia in the Opals squad in 2019.

The squad also boasts 22 players who have competed in the Women’s National Basketball League this season – including the Novocastrian point guard – as well as all twelve of the Opals silver medalists from the 2018 FIBA World Cup.

“Following the Asia Cup in September, we have the very important qualifiers for our region in November,” said head coach Sandy Brondello.

“A top-four finish during that qualifier will see us advance to the Pre-Olympic tournament in February where we will play against the qualifiers from the rest of the world to determine the final 12 spots for Tokyo.

“With so much at stake, every camp and the games we have together will be crucial to continue our development and chemistry as a team so that we are performing at our best when it matters.”

It’s great news for Ebzery – who just recently celebrated her 29th birthday – especially as the Opals star prepares for the WNBL playoffs with Perth Lynx.

The Lynx rounded out their run of tough away games with a 68-66 victory over Bendigo that put a stop to a run of five losses on the road against Dandenong, Townsville, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne, and between the much-needed victory and the representative honours confirmed for 2019, Ebzery will be fired up heading into the elimination rounds of the national league.

The Opals will come together for a camp on the Gold Coast from April 12, as well as a second camp in Phoenix, Arizona in July, before the team for the Asia Cup is announced in August.