Laura Geitz and the Firebirds New Zealand victory
ALLORA defender Laura Geitz has the chance to lead the Mission Queensland Firebirds in another finals series following a victory tonight in New Zealand.
The Firebirds secured second spot on the ANZ Championship ladder with a kiwi-crushing final round win over the Kia Magic 59-55 giving the Queenslanders two chances of reaching the Grand Final.
The Firebirds will head to Melbourne this weekend for the Major Semi-Final to take on the minor premiers, Vixens and will be one win away from securing a second home Grand Final in four years.
The Firebirds will be the only team in the top four heading in to the finals on the back of the win after the Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts and Magic all suffered final round losses.
Coming off a strong performance on the defensive end with some crucial turnovers, Firebirds Captain Laura Geitz said her team showed guts to take out the win.
"That was a tough contest, we both knew we were fighting for that second position so there was a lot on the line but it was our composure that got us over the line in the end," Geitz said.
Securing that all-important second place Geitz said the Firebirds will head to Melbourne focused and continue to play their style of netball.
"I think we just need to continue to build on what we have been putting out on the court over the last six weeks with the starting seven are combining nicely," Geitz said.
"It is exciting to think about the chances of a home Grand Final but we don't want to get ahead of ourselves," she said.
Romelda Aiken was again named MVP of the match with another outstanding performance on the shooting end hitting 40/45.