TOP YEAR: Laura Geitz, pictured during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, could be in line for two more awards in the coming week.
TOP YEAR: Laura Geitz, pictured during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, could be in line for two more awards in the coming week. Alastair Grantaap

Geitz could cap 2014 with two more awards

ALLORA'S golden girl, Laura Geitz, is set to shine on a different stage this weekend with finalist nominations in both the Netball Australia Awards and the Queensland Sport Awards.

The 27-year-old, who received a key to the region last Saturday for her achievements, is in the running for the coveted Liz Ellis Diamond after an outstanding year at the Netball Australia Awards in Canberra tonight.

She is also in line to take out the Sport Star of the Year category at the Queensland Sport Awards on Monday night.

"It is always a great honour to be recognised for all the hard work you put in during the year," Geitz said.

"I am looking forward to celebrating a memorable year of netball for both the Diamonds and the Firebirds on Saturday night with the rest of our netball family."

Geitz has had an action packed year becoming only the third captain to lead her country to a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal.

It was a year in which Australia ended its 12-year Commonwealth Games gold medal drought, retained the Constellation Cup and regained the world number one ranking. And also a year when the Diamonds were unbeaten - winning 13 consecutive Tests to record the first perfect calendar year since 2002.

Geitz also lead the Firebirds to the 2014 ANZ Championship Grand Final and is widely respected by her peers as one of the most inspirational players and leaders in the ANZ Championship, which could see her in the running for the big award of the night, the Liz Ellis Diamond.

The Liz Ellis Diamond, which takes ANZ Championship and international performances into account, has been won by six different players since its inception in 2008. No player has yet won the award twice but that record may change on Saturday evening with three previous winners - Julie Corletto (2009), Laura Geitz (2011) and Madi Robinson (2012) - all having stellar seasons along with shooters Caitlin Bassett and Natalie Medhurst on the domestic and international stages.

Geitz will line up against some of the great names in sport on Monday night as a finalist in the Queensland Sport Awards Sports Star of the Year.

Taking on Shannon Eckstein (Surf Life Saving), Mick Fanning (Surfing), Cate Campbell (Swimming) and rugby league star Johnathan Thurston. Geitz made her Test debut in 2008 and in 2011 led the Queensland Firebirds to the ANZ Championship title going through the season undefeated.



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