Firebirds taking their triumph to Brisbane’s streets

2015 ANZ Championship ANZ Grand Final Queensland Firebirds v NSW SwiftsThe celebrations are still continuing in Brisbane for the Queensland Firebirds’ memorable ANZ Championship triumph with the players to be lauded with a tickertape parade through the Brisbane CBD this Saturday.

Days after their epic Grand Final triumph over the NSW Swifts, the Firebirds feat in winning their second title will be celebrated with Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk making a special presentation to the team.

Firebirds captain Laura Geitz said she sharing the spoils of their success with the Queensland sporting public was a fitting way to end their season.

“Brisbane is a proud sporting city and the Firebirds are a big part of that history now after Sunday,” Geitz said.

“We can’t wait to show off the trophy to our fans and share in this once in a lifetime moment. We want everyone out in purple lining the streets of the CBD this Saturday and cheer us on one more time this season like that amazing crowd did on Sunday at the Grand Final.”

The parade will start at 12.25pm and travel from King George Square along Albert Street and up Queen Street Mall to the Town Hall.

The players will hold a signing session for their fans after the public celebration at Redacliff Place in Brisbane.

2015 ANZ ChampionshipANZ Grand FinalQueensland Firebirds v NSW Swifts“We love meeting out fans and we know we did not get an opportunity to do that after the game on Sunday due to time restraints at the venue,” Geitz said.

“So we encourage everyone come out on Sunday and bring their posters and player cards for us to sign.”

The Firebirds come-from-behind one-goal victory over the Swifts has been hailed as one of the greatest matches ever played in the ANZ Championship.

The Firebirds snatched the title out of the Swifts’ grasp in the final minute of what was a memorable season decider at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

After trailing all game – and by four goals with only minutes left – the Firebirds rallied and Gretel Tippett scored the goal which gave them the lead.

Then on the Swifts centre pass, Geitz pulled off the game-saving intercept to deliver the Firebirds victory and their 13th consecutive win.

Geitz said the result erased the demons of the Firebirds past two Grand Final defeats to the Adelaide Thunderbirds (2013) and Melbourne Vixens (2014).

“In that last three minutes I knew we were coming home and I knew we were coming home strong. That’s just this team in a nutshell – in those pressure moments, never give up,” Geitz declared.