Geitz closer to the Games

ALLORA goalkeeper Laura Geitz is one step away from the Australian Diamonds netball team for the Commonwealth Games after making the squad of 15.

With a combined total of 12 Test caps, young talents Geitz, Amy Steel and Madison Browne made the 15-player squad, which was reduced from the 22 who attended a gruelling five-day camp that finished on Sunday at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

The 15-player squad will play six Tests in the next six weeks and will attend the pre-Games camp in Malaysia before the team of 12 goes to the Games in Delhi, India.

Coach Norma Plummer said Geitz’s ability to get her hand on the ball near goal was a major factor in her selection.

“We were behind by six in the last game of the recent series against England, and I put Laura on and told her to take the England shooter out of the game,” Plummer said.

“She and wing defence Renae Hallinan did that.”

As for the chances of Geitz being in the final 12 for the Games, Plummer said the Allora star was in the mix.

“What she did against England, she has to back up now, pull the ball in and get the touches,” Plummer said.

New Zealand is ranked No.2 in the world behind Australia, and Geitz is expected to mark the world’s best shooter, Irene Van Dyk, sometime in three Tests against the Kiwis before the games team is announced.

Plummer said Geitz had done a reasonable job against Van Dyk at international level.

Australia begins its international season with a three-Test series against Jamaica starting in Melbourne on August 8, before taking on New Zealand in Adelaide on August 29.

Squad: Kate Beveridge, Madison Browne, Rebecca Bulley, Catherine Cox, Susan Fuhrmann, Laura Geitz, Mo’onia Gerrard, Kimberlee Green, Renae Hallinan, Sharelle McMahon (capt), Natalie Medhurst, Lauren Nourse, Susan Pratley, Amy Steel, Natalie von Bertouch.



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