GAMES BOUND: Allora'sLaura Geitz has been named in the Australian Diamonds squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
GAMES BOUND: Allora'sLaura Geitz has been named in the Australian Diamonds squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Patrick Woods

Geitz to shine with Diamonds at Commonwealth Games

NETBALL: Allora's Laura Geitz has been named in the Australian Diamonds 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team.

Geitz joins the Diamonds for the first time since the 2015 Constellation Cup, after taking the 2016 and 2017 international season off for the birth of her first child.

Current Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett and vice-captain Gabi Simpson will lead the Australian side for the Games.

Five members of the 2014 team who broke Australia's Commonwealth Games netball gold medal drought return to the side; Caitlin Bassett, Laura Geitz, Kim Ravaillion, Madi Robinson and Caitlin Thwaites.

"As a consequence of picking on form, there is a very good blend of youth and experience," head coach Lisa Alexander said.

"We have athletes in each area of the court who know what it takes to win a tournament at the highest level.

"We are very happy with the overall balance and versatility of the group," said Alexander.

THE SQUAD: Caitlin Bassett, April Brandley, Courtney Bruce, Laura Geitz, Susan Pettitt, Kim Ravaillion, Madi Robinson, Gabi Simpson, Caitlin Thwaites, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Stephanie Wood.



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