Geitz elevated to Samsung Diamonds squad

Former Australian captain Laura Geitz has been elevated to the Samsung Diamonds squad, following the Commonwealth Games Simulation Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport last week.

Head coach Lisa Alexander said she was pleased with Laura’s performance at the camp, and that the defender would continue in her preparations with the Queensland Firebirds.

“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,” Alexander said.

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,” she 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.

“I also understand that during my absence there have been many girls that have stepped up and showed that they are more than capable to perform on the international stage. The Diamonds have always boasted and been lucky to have a great amount of depth to choose from and that’s a great position for Lisa and the selectors to be in heading into a major event such as the Commonwealth Games.”

The defender has 64 test caps and captained the Diamonds to Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 and Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 gold.

The Diamonds team for the Commonwealth Games will be announced in early February.