Geitz to soar again with Fire­birds

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - GREG DAVIS

SHE’S back. And Laura Geitz means busi­ness.

The net­ball leg­end will re­turn to the Queens­land Fire­birds for the 2018 Sun­corp Su­per Net­ball sea­son after miss­ing the 2017 cam­paign fol­low­ing the birth of her son Bar­ney in Fe­bru­ary.

It is no ca­sual farewell lap ei­ther.

The 29- year- old wants to re­cap­ture – and sur­pass – the form that saw the goal­keeper lead the Fire­birds to three tran­sTas­man ti­tles and the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds to Com­mon­wealth Games and World Cup glory.

Geitz said she would be “hav­ing a red- hot crack’’.

“It’s about com­ing back and striv­ing to be the player I was, if not bet­ter, in all as­pects of my game,’’ Geitz said.

“That’s the chal­lenge. I love chal­lenges and I want to be bet­ter than what I was.

“I’m 29. That’s not old … I’m not done.’’

Geitz has been train­ing hard away from net­ball and said she deeply missed the team en­vi­ron­ment as well as don­ning her beloved Fire­birds pur­ple.

Geitz has achieved ev­ery­thing there is to achieve in the sport and she re­turns with no fear of fail­ure and no con­cerns that her golden girl im­age could be dented. “That’s sport and there’s risks with ev­ery­thing,’’ she said.

READY: Laura Geitz is re­turn­ing to the Queens­land Fire­birds. Pic­ture: PETER WAL­LIS

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