CAMP PARTICIPANT: Laura Geitz (left) coaches in Emerald in July during her break from playing.
CAMP PARTICIPANT: Laura Geitz (left) coaches in Emerald in July during her break from playing.

Laura back in Diamonds environment in run up to games

NETBALL: Allora goalkeeper Laura Geitz will join the Samsung Diamonds squad in Canberra as a training partner for a camp which starts this Thursday.

The Diamonds squad will gather at the Netball Centre of Excellence for a four-day Commonwealth Games Simulation Camp before the 14 selected athletes travel to London and Johannesburg for the Quad Series.

In a pointer that Geitz was a chance for games selection, Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander said in a press release that the Allora athlete had been training well during the Queensland Firebirds pre-season.

"This provides an opportunity for her to return to the Diamonds environment and test herself in our match conditions,” Alexander said.

"This camp will play a part in our selection of the Commonwealth Games team, so it was important for us to see Laura in action.”

Warwick Netball Association secretary Linda Bunch has welcomed to news that Geitz would be at the camp this week.

"It's very exciting to see Laura taking up a training partner role with the Diamonds and wow, how wonderful if she were to progress to the squad and the team for the Commonwealth Games,” Bunch said.

"I know there would be many very excited young netballers in our Warwick community if Laura was in the games team.”

She is already a baton bearer for the Queen's Baton in Warwick and a Commonwealth Games Ambassador.

Geitz is not part of the team for the Quad Series but after Wednesday's statement by the coach is obviously a chance for selection for the Commonwealth Games after winning silver at Glasgow in 2010 and captaining Australia to gold at Glasgow in 2014.

After successive Queensland Firebirds championship wins in 2015 and 2016, Geitz took maternity leave in 2016 in the run up to her and husband Mark Gilbride welcoming their first child Barney in February last year.

Late in 2017, Geitz returned to Queensland Firebirds training before the next Suncorp Super Netball championships.

After a little netball at Allora State School, Geitz first played the sport seriously at Scots PGC College where she was identified by state netball coaches as a player with potential and first included in state teams.

Netball Quad Series Team

Name - test caps (state of origin/2018 Suncorp Super Netball team)

Caitlin Bassett - 73 caps (Western Australia, Sunshine Coast Lightning)

April Brandley - 18 caps (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)

Courtney Bruce -7 caps (Western Australia, West Coast Fever)

Paige Hadley - 18 caps (New South Wales, NSW Swifts)

Sharni Layton - 46 caps (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)*subject to medical clearance

Kate Moloney - 2 caps (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)

Susan Pettitt - 61 caps (New South Wales, GIANTS Netball)

Kim Ravaillion - 47 caps (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)

Gabi Simpson - 22 caps (New South Wales, Queensland Firebirds)

Caitlin Thwaites - 31 caps (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)

Gretel Tippett - 15 caps (Queensland, Queensland Firebirds)

Liz Watson - 12 caps (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)

Jo Weston -8 caps (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)Stephanie Wood - 6 caps (Queensland, Sunshine Coast Lightning)

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