Diamonds defender Laura Geitz has been sidelined with a minor grade
strain in her right calf and will not take part in the Australian
Diamonds third Test against England at Allphones Arena in Sydney on
Diamonds medical staff made the recommendation after Geitz sustained the
injury at a training session on Friday.
"If we played her tomorrow, the danger was she could have been
re-injured or worsened the injury and therefore would have left her out
against New Zealand, and we weren't prepared to take that risk
"If being out of this Test means that she's got time to recover and be
ready for the three Tests against New Zealand, it is an easy decision,"
Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.
Geitz joins captain Natalie von Bertouch (stress reaction - sesamoid
bone) and defender Mo'onia Gerrard (calf strain), on the Diamonds'
The defender said she was disappointed not see out the England series
but has her sights on joining the Diamonds for their three-Test series
against New Zealand.
"We've got three big games against the Silver Ferns; the injury is
nothing too serious at the moment so if I do all the right things
hopefully I'll be right for the first game against New Zealand."
Geitz will return home to Queensland on Saturday afternoon for four days
of rest before travelling with the team to Perth on Wednesday for the
first Test against the New Zealand Silver Ferns next weekend.
2011 Holden Netball Test Series Dates:
9 Oct - Australian Diamonds (62) def England (47), Newcastle
Entertainment Centre, Newcastle
12 Oct - Australian Diamonds (67) def England (36), AIS Arena, Canberra
16 Oct - Australian Diamonds v England, Allphones Arena, Sydney
23 Oct - Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Burswood Dome,
26 Oct - Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Adelaide
Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
30 Oct - Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Hisense Arena,
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