It’s hard to believe that Laura Geitz has had a year in her career as rewarding as 2014.
Geitz captained the Diamonds through an undefeated International Series and to a Commonwealth Games gold medal, the ultimate pinnacle of success.
However 2011 was also a very fulfilling year for Geitz.
The Queensland Firebirds became the first ANZ Championship team to go through an entire season undefeated and claim the premiership, while on an international scale, she was part of the Diamonds’ team that won the 2011 World Championship in Singapore.
To top off a rewarding year, Geitz claimed the ANZ Championship Australian Player of the Year award and what she describes as “the highest honour a netballer can receive,” the Liz Ellis Diamond.
“I was in shock when my name was read out,” Geitz said.
“Winning the Liz Ellis Diamond is such a privilege. It recognises the standard of netball you played for the last 12 months across all competitions. It is up there with some of the best moments.”
Geitz was the third defender to take home the Liz Ellis Diamond, renowned for her strength and recognised as an integral element to securing the Diamonds’ victory in extra time at the 2011 world titles.
“It was an honour to be recognised in 2011. It really was a dream year, I probably didn’t realise just how special it was at the time until I sit back now and reflect on it,” Geitz said.
Geitz acknowledges her parents played a large part in her netball career, her mother Juanita shared in the success of the year and accompanied her to the awards.
“I took my Mum to that dinner with me and we both looked at each other in shock (when I won). It was lovely to have her there to celebrate with me,” Geitz recalls.