Allora joy at Geitz's win
MADELAINE and Gemma Nott reckon it is fantastic to see their next-door neighbour Laura Geitz play in an Australia win in the World Netball Championships in Singapore on Sunday night.
Geitz was prominent in the second half as Australia beat New Zealand 58-57 in the final.
“We watched it live and then a replay,” Gemma said.
“I thought it was great, they played really well.
“We have been to many of Laura's games in Brisbane, even when she played for the Firebabes and Firechicks before she made the (open) Firebirds.”
The Nott twins get a few hints from the Australian goal keeper when she is home at Allora.
“We sometimes play backyard netball with Laura,” Madelaine said.
“Laura has a hoop at her place and we just have a bit of fun.
“She is not a bad shooter but should stick to defending.”
The twins rated Geitz, Julie Corletto and Mo'onia Gerrard as three of the best along with player of the final Natalie Medhurst.
“Laura did really well against Irene van Dyk (NZ shooter),” Madelaine said.
Trailing by six at halftime, coach Norma Plummer replaced Susan Fuhrmann with Geitz at goal keeper and introduced Caitlin Bassett for Catherine Cox at goal shooter.
A Netball Australia media spokesman said the move ultimately played a significant role in the Diamonds securing the title. Immediately the halftime changes paid dividends for Australia who overcame the six-goal deficit within five minutes courtesy of seven straight goals from the Diamonds and strong defence from Geitz and Julie Corletto.