The Courier-Mail

GEITZ WONDERS HOW LONG SHE CAN SHINE

- CARLY ADNO

AFTER leading the Australian Diamonds to World Cup glory two weeks ago, Laura Geitz remains tight-lipped on her internatio­nal future.

The triumphant Diamonds, who won their third consecutiv­e World Cup title when they beat New Zealand’s Silver Ferns, were honoured with a ceremony at Sydney’s Martin Place yesterday.

While Geitz has extended her contract with the Queensland Firebirds for another season, the 27-year-old says it is impossible to predict how much longer she will play for the Diamonds.

“I always say to myself that I’ll play for as long as I’m performing and enjoying it, and still feel like I’ve got something to offer both on and off the court,” she said.

“It’s impossible to know how long that will potentiall­y be.

“I’m really lucky to have achieved the things I’ve managed to achieve and anything now is a bonus. I’m probably just taking it as it comes and not having too many plans set in my head.”

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has spoken to Geitz about combining a family life with netball.

Geitz married former rugby star Mark Gilbride two years ago.

“She sees that it is possible for her to move through the next cycle,” Alexander said.

“She is only young and I think out of anyone, she could see that she may be able to combine motherhood and playing for her country. I’m definitely a coach who supports that — I had an elite career as a mother as well, so I know you can combine both.”

Alexander barely had enough time to reflect on the World Cup win before turning her attention to the Constellat­ion Cup, which starts with two Tests in New Zealand next month.

She has experience­d players to replace, with the retirement­s of Kim Green, Julie Corletto and Rebecca Bulley.

“The next group underneath have really shown that they’ve earned it,” she said.

“We try to be very strategic about making sure people earn their places in the Diamonds.

“As you can see, that team is a sensationa­l team because they’ve had to work hard to get where they are.”

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