The Courier-Mail

GEITZ IS NOT DONE YET

- DAMIEN STAN­NARD

THE world is not enough for Laura Geitz, who has agreed to another ANZ Cham­pi­onship sea­son at the helm of the Queens­land Fire­birds.

Queens­land is ex­pected to an­nounce as early as to­day that Aus­tralia’s Net­ball World Cup-win­ning cap­tain will play on in the trans-Tas­man league next sea­son.

While Geitz has inspired her team to two ti­tles from four grand fi­nals in the past five sea­sons, she be­lieves she has un­fin­ished busi­ness with the Fire­birds.

In that same stretch, the peer­less goal keeper also has lifted two world ti­tles – one as skip­per – and cap­tained the Di­a­monds to a Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal.

Re­tire­ment also has an ap­peal for Geitz, whose strong fam­ily val­ues drive her to­wards a tribe of her own.

But the 27-year-old is just a few suc­cesses away from be­com­ing a leg­end in her own sport and a mod­ern great in the broader na­tional land­scape.

No team in the Cham­pi­onship has ever de­fended a premier­ship.

The Fire­birds be­lieve they have the team to break that pat­tern.

Geitz’s mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance in the World Cup fi­nal also sug­gests she is at the peak of her pow­ers.

The Al­lora prod­uct can still dom­i­nate the game’s best shoot­ers.

Queens­land re­ten­tion of her 2011 grand fi­nal team­mates Romelda Aiken and Clare McMen­i­man gives depth to the side’s lead­er­ship.

Add in Kim Ravail­lion, Gabi Simp­son, Gre­tel Tip­pett and Cait­lyn Nevins, and the team is laden with in­cum­bent and fu­ture in­ter­na­tion­als who have now ex­pe­ri­enced grand fi­nal suc­cess and are still im­prov­ing.

Geitz has no plans to ex­tend her in­ter­na­tional ca­reer to a Com­mon­wealth or world ti­tle de­fence. She recog­nises her dom­i­nance at the high­est level has earned her a pro­file matched by few women in Aus­tralian sport.

She is work­ing on a book and re­alises the best plat­form from which to de­liver its in­spir­ing mes­sages is the court.

Per­haps the great­est mo­ti­va­tion is her pas­sion for “netty” re­mains as strong as ever.

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