Geitz on track for Gold Coast
21 January, 2018, 12:00 am
Former Australia netball captain Laura Geitz has taken another important step towards selection for April’s Commonwealth Games.
The 64-test defender, who has been out of elite netball since the birth of her first child, Barney, in February 2017, has been elevated to the Diamonds squad.
Geitz impressed at a Commonwealth Games simulation camp at the Australian Institute of Sport last week.
Australian coach Lisa Alexander was pleased with the 30-year-old’s performance at the camp and said she would continue preparations with her Queensland Firebirds domestic side. She won’t feature for Australia during the Quad Series, starting in London today.
“Laura performed well at the camp, with improvement in each match play outing. She knows what is required of her in this next training block and will keep working hard to reach the level needed.”
Geitz participated in the three practice matches across the simulation camp and was fully integrated in the Diamonds environment.
“I really enjoyed returning back into the high performance environment that the Diamonds provide,” Geitz said.
“Whilst it has been 18 months since I have played at that high intensity it was great to be back in the mix and really challenge myself by training against the best.
“I understand the importance of a great preparation leading into a major tournament such as a Commonwealth Games and I am happy to play that supporting role for the girls and help them to be in the best shape for April.