Silver for Diamonds in thriller
ALLORA sports star Laura Geitz has won a silver medal in her first Commonwealth Games after last night’s gold medal play-off went into double extra time in Delhi before New Zealand won.
Geitz said before the semi final victory against England on Tuesday that she was happy with the time she had on court in four of the five lead-up matches for the Australian Diamonds even if she didn’t have much court time in the finals.
Coach Norma Plummer went for Geitz at goal keeper for the semi final against England and the Allora defender played the whole game and was one of the best on court.
Surprisingly, Plummer started with Susan Fuhrmann at goal keeper in the final against New Zealand and Fuhrmann matched up well against star New Zealand goal shooter Irene van Dyk.
Australia had the better of the early play but lost their way midway through the game.
Plummer moved captain Sharelle McMahon to goal attack and brought on Catherine Cox at goal shooter and the move paid dividends with Cox outstanding.
The scores were equal at full time and again after 14 minutes of extra time.
Play didn’t cease after the 14 minutes with the Diamonds and Silver Ferns giving their all until one team had a two-goal lead which was needed to decide gold.
New Zealand went up 66-64 to secure the gold medal.
There was plenty of emotion on the Diamonds bench in the final minutes of play with Geitz showing plenty of expression and putting her hands to her face more than once as she willed her teammates towards gold.
With strong games in five of the seven Australian matches, Geitz can be proud of her efforts in Delhi.
Except for her intercepts and touches when Australia was down in the semi final against England, the Diamonds may well have been playing off for bronze last night.
Geitz is the first Olympic or Commonwealth Games medallist from Allora, a town with a wonderful sporting tradition over the past century.
The baby of the Diamonds team, Geitz has won a silver medal in one of the world’s major sporting events a month before her 23rd birthday.
She is a credit to her family, town, sport and her past schools Allora State School and The Scots PGC College.
Scots netballers had an extra spring in their step last night as they anxiously waited to see their sporting hero bring home silver/gold in the Commonwealth Games gold medal final.
As well as praying for a win for Australia – a medal for Scots’ alumna Laura Geitz – as they sat on the edge of their seats, they were all secretly praying that one day they could be in her shoes.
“Knowing that she was from Allora, which is such a small town and that she went to this school really makes you think that one day we could be just like Laura Geitz,” said goal keeper Georgia Kiss.
“It really gives us something to look up to, knowing that she started where we did,” Julia Tanner agreed.
“Laura’s a fantastic role model for us. She even came and coached the team one day and gave us some really great tips.”