Firebirds goal keeper Laura Geitz pictured in action during the ANZ Championships.
Firebirds goal keeper Laura Geitz pictured in action during the ANZ Championships.

Nat squad calls Geitz, McMeniman

THEY'RE still coming to terms with a grand-final win, but today Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman will have the added anticipation of the announcement of the Australian netball squad.

The two netball players – who have strong roots in the Southern Downs – said yesterday they were still reeling from their ANZ Championship win against the Northern Mystics 57-44.

Allora player Laura Geitz – who led the side into the win – said it was an “incredible” feeling and paid homage to an energetic, home crowd.

“I think in the third quarter was when we really pushed on and won the game. We went in only two goals up 26-24 and went into the fourth quarter 44-33,” she said.

“The home crowd really got behind us, they were an amazing crowd who just cheered us on. It was amazing to play in front of all our family and friends.”

Former Warwick girl Clare McMeniman said it was still a bit surreal, but started sinking in yesterday when she caught the replay on television.

The two netball champs are awaiting an announcement from Netball Australia on the national squad, which will decide the next few months for them.

If chosen, McMeniman said she would attend a training camp this weekend.

“If I don't, well I work full-time as a speech pathologist, so it would be some time away from netball and just relax and re-coup from an intense season,” she said.

“It's busy and challenging balancing work and netball and we train outside work hours which helps. But if I got selected into the Australian team obviously it would be amazing.”

Geitz said a ticket into the Australian team would bring with it more international commitments.

“If we get selected we have world championships in July – we still have a lot of netball ahead if we do make the Australian side,” she said.

“If not, then I'll have a couple of weeks' break and then it will be pre-season training for a little bit.”

Outside the competitive netball courts, Geitz keeps busy conducting clinics for young players. She said she'd focus more on those and try and bolster the number of younger netball players.

“I run clinics for girls aged 8-15 so I'll be doing a lot more clinics in Australia,” she said.

“Obviously if I'm away and travelling it takes away a lot of time, but it would be great to increase the number of young players.”

When she finds time between playing and coaching, Geitz said she would also focus on upcoming nuptials to fiance and rugby union player, Mark Gilbride.

“Hopefully at the end of the season in October I can start planning a bit more,” she said.

“We're aiming to have our wedding this year and there's still a whole not done but we'll have to wait and see.”

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