Geitz ready to shine

“OH, you don't know how excited I am” were the first words from Laura Geitz to her parents in a text message one hour after she secured her first Commonwealth Games netball medal on Tuesday night.

But it was back to training yesterday for the Allora goal keeper and her Diamonds team mates as they face their toughest match of the year against New Zealand in the gold medal play off at 6 tonight in Delhi.

Laura went on in her text to speak about the toughness of the game in which Australia trailed by four goals before winning the semi final by six.

“It was such a hard game, I can't wait to see you on Sunday,” Laura wrote.

“We are staying on to watch the New Zealand/Jamaica game and will try to call you later, love you, XXX.”

True to her word, Laura called home just before the team headed to the village.

Her mother Juanita Geitz said before the games, their daughter said it would all be a miracle if the team got through the games without sickness.

Touch wood that has been the case with no tummy upsets among the 12 Diamonds.

As always, there was a text to her parents from Delhi when she woke yesterday and talk about a training session.

While Ross and Juanita Geitz will be nervous before the medal game, Laura's grandmother Betty Ball said yesterday she was already getting nervous.

“It is exciting but tense. Win or lose, I always say to her to give it to them,” Mrs Ball said.

“She can only do her best and always gives 100 per cent.”

Mrs Ball lived in Ipswich before moving to Allora three years ago and remembers “going up the hill to watch Laura carry the Olympic Torch in 2000 in Warwick”.

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