GREAT LEADER: Goalkeeper Laura Geitz, from Allora (right), will lead the Queensland Firebirds in the ANZ Championship grand final today.
GREAT LEADER: Goalkeeper Laura Geitz, from Allora (right), will lead the Queensland Firebirds in the ANZ Championship grand final today. Netball Queensland

Former player predicts narrow Firebirds win today

NETBALL: Queensland Firebirds by two goals is the prediction from retired national league netballer Karen Petrie, who hails from the Southern Downs.

Petrie played seven seasons in the national league and played for both today's ANZ Championship grand finalists - the Queensland Firebirds and Sydney Swifts.

She thinks there is so little between the teams, home-court advantage could make the difference.

"Romelda Aiken and Gretel Tippett are strong in the shooting circle for the Firebirds and then there is Laura in defence,” she said.

Allora goalkeeper Laura Geitz will aim to lead the Firebirds to a record-breaking third ANZ title and will be joined in defence by fellow Australian player Clare McMeniman, who started her career in Warwick.

"You can tell watching games how good a leader Laura is, she leads by example,” Petrie said.

"Swifts have a very strong defence but they need to get their shooters combining well.”

The game is at 12.10pm today at Boondall.

Petrie, the new Stanthorpe netball president, will be at the game with a family pass received for her birthday.

The new Stanthorpe netball president said the grand final would be the first time five-year-old twin daughters, Georgia and Hannah, would watch a Firebirds game.



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