Netball features in finalists for Queensland awards

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Queensland netball could be set for a big night at the state’s annual sports awards being held in Brisbane tonight.

Australian Diamonds and Queensland Firebirds captain Laura Geitz is again a finalist for the major individual award, the Sport Star of the Year.

It’s the fourth time that Geitz has been nominated for the Sport Star of the Year and she is proud to be recognised alongside Queensland’s elite sporting talent.

“It is an honor to be a finalist again this year and to be acknowledged among so many other amazing athletes” Geitz said.

“Queensland has had an exceptional year in sport and it is a testament to the strength of netball to see us up there against such outstanding athletes and teams.”

It’s been a successful 2015 for netball in Queensland and this is reflected with five finalists among the 11 award categories.

The Firebirds are in contention for the Sports Team of the Year after winning their second ANZ Championship title in an epic Grand Final against the NSW Swifts in June with Roselee Jencke a finalist for the Coach of the Year.

The ANZ Championship Grand Final at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre is a finalist for Queensland’s Sport Event of the Year.

Queensland’s 17/U side, which won the national championship in April, is a finalist in the Junior Sport Team of the Year.

Up-and-coming defender Kimberley Jenner, named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, is a finalist in the Junior Sports Star of the Year.

Meanwhile, there was success for Diamonds’ star and Adelaide Thunderbirds captain Renae Ingles over the weekend, winning the accolade as South Australian Sport’s Most Popular star. That was announced at the The Advertiser/Channel 7 Sport Star of the Year Award in Adelaide.

The main award was won by cyclist Rohan Dennis.

Ingles (nee Hallinan) played a key role in Australia’s Netball World Cup triumph in Sydney in August.