Laura named in Diamonds squad
LAURA Geitz is two steps away from Commonwealth Games selection after being named in the Australian Diamonds netball squad of 22 yesterday.
Geitz, of Allora, debuted for Australia in 2008 and has played internationals against England and New Zealand.
She rates the Commonwealth Games on a level footing with the world championships as the pinnacle of netball.
“I loved watching the Olympics when I was little and hoped to make it in swimming or athletics,” Geitz said.
“I wasn't even playing netball at the time.
“Playing in the Commonwealth Games would be very, very special.”
She is not getting carried away with plans for a trip to Delhi in October.
“There is a lot of hard work before the team is selected,” she said.
The hard work starts next Wednesday when the Australian team assembles at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for a camp.
Three days into the camp, the squad is reduced to 15 players who stay on for another two days of training.
The 15 play six Tests in Australia and New Zealand against Jamaica and the New Zealand Silver Ferns in August prior to the selection of the team for Delhi.
Geitz is one of four Queensland Firebirds players named in the squad but the only one who resides in the Sunshine State. The others moved to Queensland for the duration of the ANZ Championships, which finished on Sunday.
Last night, Geitz said she was disappointed for Firebirds team-mate Clare McMeniman who was tipped as a possible selection in the squad.
“Clare (who attended Warwick West State School) and I are close friends and she had a pretty solid season,” Geitz said.
“It makes it a bit harder if your team doesn't make the finals but we proved during the season we could match it with the best teams.”
While Geitz played all her ANZ Championship netball at goal keeper, she expects to spend some time at next week's camp in the goal defence position.