Geitz best pick for top job

NETBALL: Leanne Olsen has no doubt Allora goal keeper Laura Geitz will be a great Australian Diamonds netball captain going on her memories of coaching the Allora goalkeeper at Scots PGC.

"Laura had mainly been involved in individual sports before she played for Scots PGC in TAS netball and I remember she really enjoyed the camaraderie of the team," Olsen said.

"I thought Laura would make a great captain but it has come a bit earlier than I expected, good on her, she has had great support from her family."

Yesterday, Geitz became only the second Queenslander after Vicki Wilson to captain Australia in 75 years.

Geitz takes over from Natalie von Bertouch who announced her retirement after leading the Adelaide Thunderbirds to an ANZ Championship premiership in July.

"I'm absolutely honoured and overwhelmed to be appointed," Geitz said at a news conference.

"For me this appointment is particularly special because my dad told me that I should put my hand up if the opportunity ever presented itself to lead this team and his was one opinion that I respect the most."

Earlier this year, she courageously led the Queensland Firebirds to the ANZ Championship grand final after the shock of the death of her father Ross.

Geitz, 25, debuted for Australia in 2008 and has played 35 internationals.

She will captain the team in the Constellation Cup against New Zealand from September 15 and against Malawi in Wollongong and Gold Coast in October.

Juniors look up to idol from Allora

THERE were plenty of smiles among junior netballers after a former Warwick junior was named national captain.

"She's my idol, I watch Laura play on television," Warwick junior Phoebe Wyllie said.

"I play goal defence and goal keeper just like Laura. I have her autograph."

For Sophie Waples, the appointment of Geitz as captain was a great move.

"I like it as it means our area gets recognised a lot more," she said.

Taylah Eastwell said Geitz was her favourite player.

"She was at the sign-on this season," Taylah said.

Isabella Newton rated the move as "pretty cool" and Kateesha Lawler is impressed to have a captain from the Warwick area.



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