Allora’s Laura Geitz of Australia reaches for the ball during the netball semi final between Australia and Jamaica on Saturday.
Allora’s Laura Geitz of Australia reaches for the ball during the netball semi final between Australia and Jamaica on Saturday. Robert Cianflone

Australian Diamonds take gold in Glasgow

UPDATE: LAURA Geitz has lead the Australian Diamonds netball team to Glasgow Gold.

The Diamonds defeated the, aptly-named, New Zealand Silver Ferns 58-40 with Jamaica taking the bronze medal.

Earlier: ALLORA superstar Laura Geitz has won a third major international netball medal.

With the Commonwealth Games gold medal game being played as the Daily News went to press last night, the Australian Diamonds were already assured of gold or silver.

The medal at Glasgow will be the third for Geitz after she first played for Australia at open level in 2008.

She won silver with the Australians in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 and a year later came on at halftime as the Australians turned around a six-goal deficit to beat New Zealand in extra time to win gold at the World Championships in Singapore.

Geitz first led Australia in 2013 and has been a rock for Australia in each game at Glasgow.

While coach Lisa Alexander has used many different combinations in the first six games in Glasgow, she kept Geitz at goal keeper for most of the games.

In the semi final, Geitz put a lot of pressure on 198cm Jamaica goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler in the circle.

While starring for the Geitz-led Queensland Firebirds at goal shooter, Romelda Aiken was at goal keeper for Jamaica in the 57-42 loss to Australia in the semi final.

New Zealand beat England by one in the other semi, the same margin the Diamonds had over England in a round game.

An interview before the games with Geitz was shown by Network 10 at halftime in the semi where the love of family, the farm and Allora, dubbed the best little town on the Downs, came through loud and clear.

It was mentioned that her late father Ross had foreseen his younger daughter could one day captain Australia.

She is the face of the Allora Sporting Hall of Fame which she officially opened in 2013 in conjunction with rugby league legend Shane Webcke.

Geitz has already added another medal in a major championships to the proud sporting history of Allora.



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