Netball win on dad's birthday

AUSTRALIAN goal keeper Laura Geitz, of Allora, gave her father Ross the perfect 60th birthday present yesterday, a Diamonds 53-48 international win against England at Nottingham.

Ross said he couldn’t have received a better present than watching his daughter play for Australia.

“She is happy with how she is going on the tour,” Ross said.

It was an early start yesterday for Ross and wife Juanita when they turned the television on at 3.30am to watch the game and their daughter in action at goal keeper for the first half.

England went to an early 4-1 lead before Australia quickly settled to score five consecutive goals.

A Netball Australia spokeswoman said Geitz showed good anticipation and pressure causing her opponent Louisa Brownfield some trouble.

The Diamonds worked as a cohesive unit across court to build a six-goal lead at quarter time.

England coach Sue Hawkins made a change at the first break, bringing on Jo Harten to replace Brownfield at shooter.

The final Test of the UK tour will be played early tomorrow at the 02 Arena in London.



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