Lauren Nourse from the Australian Diamonds team gives McKenzie Ferguson a few netball tips at Daph Geddes Park.
Lauren Nourse from the Australian Diamonds team gives McKenzie Ferguson a few netball tips at Daph Geddes Park. Max Fleet

Another Diamond to shine in Bundy

BUNDABERG Netball Association (BNA) will host a second visit by an Australian Diamonds and Queensland Firebirds star when Laura Geitz delivers one of her hugely popular clinics at Daph Geddes Park next Tuesday.

It follows on from a training program conducted for five to six year-old Net Set Go program participants by Lauren Nourse at the same venue last week.

In 2011, Netball Australia ran a competition for the Net Set Go program centres to win a visit from an Australian Diamond player and Bundaberg was the lucky winner for Queensland.

Nourse was a vital member of both the Diamonds and Firebirds, including as captain, until she sustained a season-ending knee injury in May this year.

But she is on the comeback and will again line up with the Firebirds in 2012.

BNA secretary and Net Set Go program coordinator Shelley Naumann said 14 children joined in and they "had an absolute ball".

"It was definitely the highlight of the year for these excited young up-and-coming netballers to speak to and be coached by Lauren," Naumann said.

Meanwhile, after a successful 2011 season, Geitz is ending her year with a massive road trip through Central Queensland.

The talented defender has had a stellar year, culminating with her winning Australia's highest accolade for a netballer - the Liz Ellis Diamond.

From winning the ANZ Championship undefeated with the Firebirds to being part of the 2011 World Netball Championship-winning team and helping Australia take back the world No. 1 netball ranking, Geitz has had a busy year on the court.

But on top of all her successes on court, off the court she has still managed to launch a clothing line and deliver a series of netball clinics around south-east Queensland.

To wind up the year, she will head to Central Queensland for a trip down the coast, helping young netballers in regional Queensland hone their skills.

Kicking off in Rockhampton this Saturday, Geitz will visit Yeppoon, Biloela, Gladstone, Bundaberg and will finish in Hervey Bay next Wednesday. Geitz said she was excited to be able to hit the road and meet all her young fans.

"Growing up in a regional area, I know how hard it is for young netballers to have access to their favourite netball stars," Geitz said.

"Regional netballers have to work extra hard to fulfil their netball dreams, but it is possible. This is why I have decided to hit the road to visit some of my fans in regional Queensland and help them hone their netball skills."

Geitz will also be bringing with her the whole range of her popular sporting apparel, which will be available to purchase at the clinics.

The Bundaberg clinic will have two sessions, from 9-11.30am for eight to 12 year-olds, and 1-3.30pm for 13 to 16-year-olds and seniors.

There are still some spaces available in the clinics and registrations can be done via http://www.laurageitz.com.au.

"Regional netballers have to work extra hard to fulfil their netball dreams, but it is possible. This is why I have decided to hit the road to visit some of my fans in regional Queensland"



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