14 septembar 2008
Svitlana Pasičnik is one of the most experienced individuals in team of Zdravko Zovko. She is famous upon her shots from the floor and by taking responsibility in crucial moments of the match.
Croatian international was born in Ovidiopolj, Ukraine. 33-year old spent seven years in Koprivnica and many times won the prize for the best Croatian handball player of the year.
Wrhl.info talks to Pasičnik about great form of her team, CL qualifications and following derby of WRHL Budućnost-T-Mobile vs. Podravka Vegeta.
Wrhl.info: New season started, what are impressions about new team?
Svitlana Pasičnik: “In this season we really have a great team. New players arrived, and we continue improving.”
Wrhl.info: Your team had busy schedule participating on many preparation tournaments. You also have busy schedule in future. How do you feel now?
Svitlana Pasičnik: “I feel great. Atmosphere in team is excellent. We are little bit tired after the intense preparations period and all the tournaments, but its ok.”
Wrhl.info: Podravka won four out of five preparation tournaments, defeating Krim, Dunaferr, Gjorče Petrov… Does this mean Podravka is ready for big things in this season?
Svitlana Pasičnik: “You can never judge the team just upon preparation tournaments. We will see in Estella how good we are in this season. We will have really tough task there and we will play on 200%. I hope it will be enough to qualify.”
Wrhl.info: Your team recently had problems with away matches. Qualification tournament will be played in Spain, in Estella in front of loud fans of Itxako. Opponents will be Itxako, Leipzig and Ormi Patras. Will playing away be a problem for Podravka?
Svitlana Pasičnik: “We are now trying to play more away matches. To get used to play away and to win away. I hope bad away statistics are behind us.”
Wrhl.info: This season Podravka Vegeta has many matches to play. Besides CL qualifications your team is playing Croatian League, Croatian Cup and WRHL.
Svitlana Pasičnik: “Indeed we have a busy schedule, but it is not a burden for us. We have enough number of quality players and everybody is playing, so I don’t see a problem.”
Wrhl.info: What do you think about WRHL and favourites for winning the trophy, except Podravka Vegeta off course?
Svitlana Pasičnik: ”WRHL has just started and I don’t know much about all our opponents. But I saw Budućnost on tournament in Koprivnica and I like very much their play. And Hypo, the CL finalist is also a favourite.”
Wrhl.info: Derby of WRHL's fifth round will be match Budućnost T-Mobile vs. Podravka Vegeta. You find Budućnost as one of the favourites for winning the title. What do you expect from this derby?
Svitlana Pasičnik: “Budućnost is a good team, but I expect my team to win. Podravka Vegeta always goes for win.”
TEXT: Ivan Ambroš