Laura Geitz wins Player of the Year award
ALLORA goal keeper Laura Geitz has won the Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year award which was presented at the Australian Netball Awards at a gala function in the Great Hall at Parliament House on Saturday night.
Geitz is the current Queensland Fire and Australian Diamonds captain and became only the second player to win the award twice.
The championship player of the year award is voted on by every player and coach from the five Australian ANZ Championship teams as well as selected media representatives.
Midcourter Madi Robinson created history at the awards by becoming the first multiple winner of the coveted Liz Ellis Diamond.
The 26-year-old was one of the stars in the Melbourne Vixens' ANZ Championship premiership in June and made the ANZ Championship All-Star Team for the third consecutive season in the wing attack spot.
Like she did in 2012, Robinson was also named Real Insurance Australian International Player of the Year after playing a key role in Australia's Commonwealth Games Gold Medal campaign in Glasgow during the year. Robinson was one of only two players to take the court in all of Australia's 13 Tests in 2014.
Victorian-born Robinson receives a superb one-carat diamond for her Liz Ellis Diamond honour.
"The main thing that sticks out for me this year about Madi has been the consistency of her performance, she's taken her game to a whole new level this year and she's been able to manage any opponent she's faced," Australian
Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.
"This year she's taken a big step forward, enjoyed her netball and played a major role in the success of the Australian Diamonds and Melbourne Vixens."