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Laura Geitz leading Australia to Commonwealth gold

Laura Geitz (front left) and her Australian Diamonds team-mates at Parliament House in Canberra for the Commonwealth Games team announcement.
Laura Geitz (front left) and her Australian Diamonds team-mates at Parliament House in Canberra for the Commonwealth Games team announcement. Netball Australia

LAURA Geitz rates being named captain of the Diamonds for the Commonwealth Games as an exciting moment in her career.

"I am honoured to be leading and incredible group of 12 women to the Commonwealth Games," Geitz said.

"I think Lisa (Alexander) and the selectors had an incredibly tough hard job but it is a fantastic group that is more than capable of bringing home that gold medal,' she said.

"There is only 12 weeks to go and there's a lot of work to get through to make sure we are firing on all cylinders."

Allora Sports Museum president Perry Cronin hasn't lost any sleep about Diamonds netball selections.

"Laura is on top of her game and is now an automatic selection in Australian teams," he said.

"I knew she was pretty good in netball when she was playing at The Scots PGC College.

"Laura and my daughter Cassie started kindy together and Laura was always very athletic."

He said nothing had changed in the life of Laura Geitz from pre-school at Allora to the Commonwealth Games.

"Laura is still a lovely country girl and we are proud to call her an Allorian."

Laura is the face of the Allora Sports Museum which opened in February last year and according to Cronin will be a future inductee to the Allora Sporting Hall of Fame.

Warwick Netball Association secretary and regular Firebirds fan Linda Bunch said it was fantastic that Laura was in the team.

"I was confident Laura was going to be there but disappointed former Warwick West student Clare McMeniman didn't make it after being elevated to the Games squad," Bunch said.

"This year, I am confident of gold, the contest between Laura and Irene van Dyk is becoming a more even contest after no one could touch Irene for a decade.

"Laura does really well as he regularly marks a taller opponent." (Additional reporting, Queensland netball)

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