HOMETOWN HERO: Warwick netballers Sophie Edmunds, Larissa Vickers, Holly Naughten, Caitlin Auger, Brianna Gross, Lily Wacker and Daisy Wacker are cheering for Laura Geitz to win gold.
HOMETOWN HERO: Warwick netballers Sophie Edmunds, Larissa Vickers, Holly Naughten, Caitlin Auger, Brianna Gross, Lily Wacker and Daisy Wacker are cheering for Laura Geitz to win gold. Michael Cormack

Hopes for Diamonds and Geitz to shine

THERE is no doubt who the Warwick netballers will be cheering for as Australia strives for a gold medal this weekend at the Commonwealth Games.

Allora's Laura Geitz and the Australian Diamonds will play Jamaica in the semi finals tonight, with New Zealand or England waiting in the gold medal match if they can overcome Geitz's Queensland Firebirds team mate Romelda Aiken.

"I definitely hope Geitz wins," player Holly Naughten said.

"She's my idol and I think she's a great role model for everyone.

"She's very inspirational and I think everyone looks up to her."

Warwick netball coach Pollyanna Hope said Geitz had put a lot back into the Warwick netball community.

"She is very grounded and knows where she comes from," Hope said.

"She always puts 100 percent in so she's inspiring for the girls.

"I think she's a great role model because she wasn't naturally the great player she has become ... she's worked very hard to get to where she is."

Fellow coach Deanna Naughten said it would be a huge boost for Warwick netball to have Geitz as the face of a gold medal-winning side.

"She's kind of already put Warwick netball on the map but to have her captain Australia to a gold medal and be the face of the side would be incredible," Naughten said.

"It would be a great boost for netball in the local region.

"A few of the girls here have done coaching clinics with her so she has really put back into the community."

Naughten said she hoped it would not be long before Geitz was joined in the green and gold by her Firebirds team mate Claire McMeniman, a former Warwick West State School student.

"They've both been great so it would be fantastic to see them both playing for the Diamonds," she said. "I think she (McMeniman) can certainly get there.

"She had a year off and came back and she's just gotten better and better and her and Laura work great as a combination in defence."

 Australia v Jamaica 9.15pm tonight.



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