Friday, November 6, 2009

Geitz eyes off in Australian Team for 2010 Commonwealth Games

After a three-month break due to a broken hand, Allora netballer Laura Geitz is ready to resume training in quest of a spot in the Australian team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

This week, Geitz and former Warwick West State School student Clare McMeniman were named in a new-look Queensland Firebirds side for the 2010 ANZ Championship.

Geitz broke her hand at an Australian Diamonds team camp in August at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and was forced to miss the international campaign this year.

“It was disappointing to miss out but the injury did give me a bit of a break before two busy years of netball,” Geitz said.

With up to three defenders, including Geitz, out with injury during the Diamonds campaign in 2009, some young defenders were given an opportunity in the top team.

“Norma (Coach Norma Plummer) is likely to give everyone (in the squad) a go in the first half of next year before finalising a team for the Commonwealth Games,” Geitz said.

“It will be really tough to make the team for the Commonwealth Games and I will need a top performance in the ANZ Championships.”

Geitz has predominately played as a goal keeper in her career but hopes to play a little more at goal defender next season because versatility could boost her national selection chances.

While a lot of the Diamonds’ focus in 2010 will be the Commonwealth Games, Geitz also has an eye towards 2011 when the world championships will be played in Singapore.

The Allora player said her doctor was happy with her recovery from the broken hand and she had the all-clear to start training with the Firebirds at the end of the month.

Geitz and McMeniman played under new Firebirds coach Rosalee Jencke in winning bronze at the Junior World Cup in Florida.

Jencke is now assistant coach of the Diamonds.

“She is a specialist defensive coach which is good for me, definitely.”

One player expected to boost the Firebirds chances in 2010 is new goal attack Nat Medhurst from Adelaide.