Geitz shines for Diamonds

COACH Norma Plummer has rated Allora defender Laura Geitz as one of three standouts in the Australian Diamonds 78-22 netball defeat of Scotland on Sunday.

The new-look Diamonds side was out to impress in Glasgow, with the Australians recording a polished performance from start to finish.

Youngster Madison Browne made her international debut in the first quarter, recording her first Test cap in the wing-attack position.

With every player, except acting captain Natalie von Bertouch who was rested with a stomach virus, taking the court over the four quarters, the match will prove invaluable experience for coach Norma Plummer’s young squad as they prepare to tackle world number three England in a week’s time.

The Diamonds next match will be against Scotland on February 16.

Plummer said her side started a bit slowly, which she put down to some new kids in her team.

“They just needed to settle into the match,” Plummer said.

“The Diamonds came home strongly and really stepped up their defensive game; I was pleased with what they delivered.

“Renae (Hallinan), Bec (Bulley)] and Laura (Geitz) really had a lot of impact on the court and had standout games.”

Geitz came on at half-time at goal-keeper in place of Bianca Chatfield.

Australia scored 35 points in the first half while conceding 14.

When Geitz was on the field, the Diamonds only conceded eight points in the second half to win the half 43-8.

Plummer said it was an exciting milestone for Maddy (Browne).

“She was working hard on the combination between herself and Kim (Green) tonight.”



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