McMeniman at Geitz's level
SOUTHERN Downs netballers Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman are in the running for selection in the Australian Diamonds squad of 22 to be named next week.
The 22 will then need to impress at training camps and in six internationals next month to make the final team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
Geitz, who hails from Allora, has played for Australia in the past two years and on current form and past international performances is a likely selection in the squad.
McMeniman, who attended primary school at Warwick West State School, was not in the squad last year but after another outstanding season for the Queensland Firebirds in the ANZ Championships is considered well in the running for inclusion in 2010.
Both won a bronze medal for Australia in the Youth World Championships in Florida, attended the Australian Institute of Sport, and have been integral parts of the Queensland Firebirds team which has just missed the finals for the past three seasons.
The Southern Downs players combine in defence for the Firebirds.
Geitz is a specialist goal keeper while McMeniman plays most of her netball at the Firebirds at goal defence or wing defence. Both have the ability to play each of the defensive positions.
After the squad of 22 is named next week, they will attend training camps prior to a team being named for four Australian Diamonds Tests in Australia and two in New Zealand next month.
A spokesman for Netball Australia said a squad of 12 or 15 for the Commonwealth Games would be named in August.
Only 12 players will be in the final team for the October 3-14 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.