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Opals face stiffest test yet against Spain
These two teams, who this summer will be looking to clinch spots in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, are getting ready for their vital qualifying games by playing against each other.
It's exactly the sort of game that Brendan Joyce craved as Australia boss when he was putting together the plans for the Opals' current tour of Europe.
The coach is throwing players in at the deep end, seeing how they respond against top talents on the old continent, many that played at last year's FIBA Women's World Championship.
The Serbians swept Australia in their two meetings, although the second encounter was very close.
Joyce was, overall, not disappointed by what he saw against Marina Maljkovic's team.
His players were tired after a long journey for the first game and in the second, they pushed Serbia hard.
The Opals then travelled to Italy and squared off against a team that narrowly lost to Serbia at the EuroBasket Women 2013 in the Quarter-Finals, a defeat that prevented them from reaching the 2014 FIBA Women's World Championship.
Australia won the first two games and Italy prevailed in the third.
It will be a great experience for the younger players playing Spain at home at full-strength - Joyce
Both Serbia and Italy will be competing at the EuroBasket Women in Hungary and Romania in just over a week, as will Australia's next opponents, powerhouses Spain.
The teams will meet in Huelva in the southern part of the country on Friday.
"We're going to have to play as well as what we did against Serbia in the eight-point loss [second game] and the first two games against Italy in order to compete with Spain," Joyce warned.
Garrick has been an interesting player to follow.
Her plan for this tour was to work hard and see how she measured up against top-flight competition.
She really did not know how she would cope in a faster, more physical game.
No team, other than the United States, plays faster than Spain, so that will be a good test for her.
"Whether I make further teams or camps or anything else this is an opportunity to see where I stand against these women who are the best," Garrick said.
While Friday's clash with Spain will be a test between the No. 2 side in the FIBA World Ranking Women, Australia, and the No. 3 team, Spain, the hosts will more closely resemble the side that played at the FIBA Women's World Championship.
Alba Torrens, Laia Palau, Laura Nicholls, Laura Gil, Anna Cruz, Leticia Romero, Leonor Rodriguez and Marta Xargay were all in Spain's team last year, while the Opals have World Championship players Snell, Tessa Lavey, Natalie Burton and Laura Hodges.
The performance in the last clash with the Azzurre did not bring a lot of praise from Joyce, so the players should have an edge to their play as they try to finish the tour in strong fashion.
"They jumped us at the start and then controlled the momentum from the beginning of the game," Joyce said.
"We tried to make a couple of runs and we played hard but we didn't really execute offensively consistently.
"Our defense wasn't as good as it has been the previous two games."
They are in Huelva and ready to go.