Firebirds Retain Defensive Wall for Next Season

Clare McMeniman and Jacinta Messer have re-signed with the Queensland Firebirds. This means the club has managed to keep intact the defensive unit able to carry them to consecutive ANZ Championship grand finals.

Laura Geitz, the Captain of the Australian Commonwealth Games team, also remains with the Firebirds. On paper at least, the club boast one of the most formidable playing rosters domestic league.

Firebirds Captain  Laura Geitz. Photo: www.abc.net.au

Firebirds Captain Laura Geitz. Photo: www.abc.net.au

Geitz was thrilled to hear McMeniman was re-joining the club. The two have worked to produce a seamless and punishing goal defence. “I am so excited to have my partner in crime back next season,” Geitz told new.com reporters, “Clare is an amazing defender and having her in front of me on the court gives me the confidence to play my own game.”

Though still smarting from their Grand final loss to the Melbourne Vixens last season the Firebirds keeps their starting seven: Amorette Wild, Gabi Simpson, Kim Ravaillion, Verity Simmons with Geitz, McMeniman and Messer adding their signatures.

The Firebirds’ towering goal attack Romelda Aiken is close to re-signing, and further strengthen the club’s already dominating offense. Plus the club has made less than subtle overtures Gretel Tippett in hopes of luring her back from nemesis of New South Wales.

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