Sport

Geitz instrumental in victory over Trinidad and Tobago

AFTER being rested for some of the victory on Sunday against Barbados, Australian Diamonds captain Laura Geitz returned to the starting side of a 69-34 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Monday Commonwealth Games action in Glasgow, Scotland.

Australian coach Lisa Alexander made only two changes to her starting seven that beat Barbados by 50 goals with Geitz and Julie Corletto starting at goal keeper and goal defence, respectively.

Geitz is originally from Allora on the Southern Darling Downs and is playing in her second Commonwealth Games and first as captain. She was in the team which won silver in Delhi four years ago.

The Australians are aiming to win their first Commonwealth Games netball gold in 12 years in Glasgow.

The win sees Australia head into Wednesday's final preliminary round game against South Africa with destiny in their own hands with a win to secure the coveted top spot in Pool B ahead of finals beginning on Saturday.

The attacking combination of Caitlin Thwaites (goal shooter), Tegan Caldwell (goal attack), Madi Robinson (wing attack) and Kim Green (centre) picked up from where they left off on Sunday.

The quartet continued to link well through the middle in attack as Australia took a 16-9 lead into quarter-time before seven unanswered goals to start the second term pushed the margin out to 14 goals within minutes of the restart.

Trinidad and Tobago, undefeated to Australia in the previous two meetings in Glasgow during the 1987 World Netball Championships, were held to just five goals for the second quarter as the Australians took a 38-14 lead into half-time.

Alexander made changes to her bookends with Caitlin Bassett and Natalie Medhurst introduced in attack while Hallinan made way for Sharni Layton and Corletto for Bianca Chatfield.

Despite the substitutions for fresh legs, Australia's earlier dominance was subdued after the main break as Trinidad and Tobago made it difficult for the reigning world champions as the two sides went goal for goal.

After adding just three goals to their half-time advantage in the third quarter, Australia pulled away to in the last term to record a 35-goal victory to remain undefeated after four games at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"It's was a really physical game, they're just so athletic and have a lot of skill so we knew going into it that it was going to be a tough game and it was something that we had to build on in the four quarters," Australia midcourter Kim Green said.

"I think we did that today but I think there's a lot of improvement still to go."

Australia's Kimberley Ravaillion missed the game against Trinidad and Tobago as a precaution after suffering a back twinge during the warm up.

"We had Ravaillion out today so we've literally got to take one game, and its selection, at a time because the players have to be in the best shape possible to represent your country and on this court."

The Australian Netball Team will train on Tuesday ahead of their final round robin game against South Africa on Wednesday at 9.30am (6.30pm AEST).

Topics:  australian diamonds laura geitz netball



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Dear Margaret Court, this is what it's like to be gay

Tennis legend Margaret Court believes Australia should not have marriage equality because it does not align with her view of Christian and Bible values.

Why I live for a time when being gay is 'normal'

Groovy event returns bigger and better than ever

This year's Grooving in the Grove is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Organisers excited for third Grooving in the Grove in Inglewood

Draft budget under discussion by council

Southern Downs Regional Council will discuss draft budget submissions in a special meeting this morning.

Submission to be tabled in special meeting

Local Partners

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

IT’S been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas. Makes you feel old, doesn’t it?

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Game on at new arcade in Warwick

PLAY ON: Elizabeth Dennis gives the new arcade games at Video Ezy a shot.

New games arcade unveiled at Video Ezy

Big Pineapple festival safety concerns as 100s walk home

LONG WALK HOME: Many festival goers opted to take a dangerous walk home due to transport difficulty following the Big Pineapple Festival in Woombye on Saturday.

Big Pineapple festival-goers have braved dangerous walks home

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!