Geitz honoured as player of year

MISSION Queensland Firebirds champion defender Laura Geitz has been awarded the prestigious Mission Queensland Firebirds Player of the Year.

Geitz was announced the 2010 Mission Queensland Firebirds Player of the Year at the teams’ celebration dinner held at The Gabba on Friday night.

For the second year running, Clare McMeniman has been recognised by her peers and received the Queensland Firebirds Player’s Player Award.

She also received an award for reaching the 50-cap milestone with the Queensland Firebirds.

Geitz went to Allora State School and The Scots PGC College before taking up a scholarship for netball at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

McMeniman went to Warwick West State School, the John Paul College and the AIS.

Both Geitz and McMeniman won a bronze medal in the youth world championships in Florida early in their national league careers.

Meanwhile Keirra Trompf’s energy on and off the court has earned her the Mission Queensland Firebirds Spirit Award.

This is not the first time Trompf has been recognised for her spirit – she received the same award in 2008.

The celebration dinner was an intimate gathering for the Firebirds family, friends, sponsors and supporters offering a time to reflect on the 2010 season and look forward to what next season will bring.

Other members of the Mission Queensland Firebirds were recognised throughout the evening for reaching significant milestones throughout the 2010 season.

These included Natalie Medhurst (100 CBT and ANZ Championship caps), Lauren Nourse (100 CBT and ANZ Championship caps), Jacqui Russell (Firebirds debut) and Laura Scherian (Firebirds debut).

The Firebirds Player of the Year and Spirit Award are both voted for by the coaching and management staff while the Mission Queensland Firebirds Players’ Player Award is voted by the Firebirds themselves based on performance and leadership skills.



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