Former Australian Diamonds captain Laura Geitz has been elevated to the national squad following the Commonwealth Game Simulation Camp in Canberra. 
It was only in February last year, Geitz gave birth to son Barney and has been away from competitive netball for 18 months. 

During the simulation camp, Geitz participated in three practice matches and was fully integrated in the Diamonds environment. 

"I really enjoyed returning back into the high performance environment that the Diamonds provide," she said. 
"I understand the importance of a great preparation leading into a major tournament such as a Commonwealth Games and I am happy that supporting role for the girls and help them to be in the shape for April.
"The Diamonds have always boasted and been lucky to have a great amount of depth to choose from and that's a great position for Lisa and the selector to be in heading into a major event such as the Commonwealth Games." 
Geitz has 64 test caps for Australia and was part of two successful Netball World Cup campaigns and she also led Australia to a Commonwealth Games gold medal at Glasgow in 2014. 
Head coach Lisa Alexander said she was pleased with Geitz's performance at the camp.

“Laura performed well at the camp, with improvement in each match play outing.

“She knows what is required of her in this next training block and will keep working hard to reach the level needed,” Alexander said.

Geitz will continue her preparations with the Queensland Firebirds.

Australia's Commonwealth Games netball team is set to be named in early February.