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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